Friday, July 24, 2009

Oh Canada

I have never been to Canada but I would like visit there some day. I have several friends who are Canadian and I would have originally assumed they were Americans had they not have told me otherwise ... and had I not noticed the processing chip in the nape of their necks.

I don't know a whole lot about Canada, but I do know a few interesting facts. Many people don't realize that the Civil War was fought between Mexico and Canada (geographically speaking). Canadians also take some flack for saying "eh" at the end of a sentence, but Americans from Wisconsin and Michigan are just as guilty of that practice.

There are only 3 things about Canada that I don't like, and I can fit them all into this short paragraph. 1) I don't care for hockey which is probably a blasphemous thing to say in Canada. 2) I don't like the oozing "I'm smarter than you" attitude of Alex Trebek. 3) The only dark spot I know of Canadian history is Ben Johnson. It's a good thing no Americans have ever taken steroids.

Moving onto the positive, I have noticed an unusually high concentration of funny people and comedians from Canada. Some of them include Jim Carey, Dan Ackroyd, John Candy, Mike Meyers, Eugene Levy, Howie Mandell, Seth Rogan, Rick Moranis, Phil Hartman, Martin Short, Katherine O'Hara, Michael Cera, and Leslie Nielsen.

Other famous Canadians include: William Shatner, Michael J. Fox, Keanu Reeves, Natasha Henstridge, Steve Nash, Pamela Anderson, Peter Jennings, Elisha Cuthbert, George St. Pierre, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kiefer Sutherland, and a host of professional wrestlers. Speaking of Jack Bauer, who would have thought that America's greatest weapon (aside from Chuck Norris) was actually Canadian?

Some of their musical contributions include Loverboy, Saga, RUSH, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Corey Hart, Nelly Furtado, Paul Schaffer, Neil Young, and Shania Twain.

In summary, I'm proud to be an American and I love this country, but I have to give the Canadians a thumbs up too since I have never met one I did not like. I'm sure Canadians are breathing a sigh of relief now that they finally have my official endorsement and approval.


Lana@The Kids Did WHAT?! said...

Wahoo! Chaka loves us!!
I'm in British Columbia so if you ever swing through...!

I was never much a fan of Alex Trebek either, eh.

(How did you find out about the processing chips? I thought that was still under wraps...)

Polka Dot Moon said...

Interesting. Not a huge hockey fan either, but Loverboy was a fave!!
We actually have a Hockey team here in the desert and I think that they moved here from Canada. Go figure.

Raine said...

Wow. I didnt know that there were so many famous canadians. Ive been to canada and it rocks. Montreal is a good time. You should go.

Kelly said...

Canadians are the most friendly people! I have been several times and they put us to shame. Must be all the fresh air and beer eh?

Fancy Schmancy said...

Eh, they're just northern Americans with a better healthcare system.

Rachel said...

I was watching Jeopardy the other night with a bunch of people and final jeopardy was impossibly hard - none of the contestants or the people in the room got the answer - but after Alex told us what the answer was I could almost hear him whisper " idiots." under his breath. I haven't cared for him much since he shaved his mustache off. That mustache MADE him.

Andrew Rodriguez said...

Hey you forgot Barenaked Ladies!

And don't forget Canada's contribution to NATO in Afghanistan, even if it has a strange name like Princess Patricia Light Infantry.

Jeanne said...

I'm not crazy about hockey either, but what else are you going to play in a country where it's winter 10 months of the year?

When I watch "Just for Laughs," that new, Canadian version of Candid Camera, I always think what good-natured people they are. Of course, I have no idea how many grumpy old bastards they have to edit out....

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

I was reading your blog and thought this may be a good one to add to my blog roll since I am always looking for new and creative points of view. But you took me over the top with your shout out to my great nation. Pandering? Yes? Appreciated? Always?