Happy Canada Day!

In celebration of Canada’s 142nd Birthday, I thought I would give you an insight into my heritage (as dubious as it may be)...

Signs You May Be Canadian...

  • You stand in "line-ups" at the movie, not lines.
  • You're not offended by the term "Homo Milk"
  • You understand the phrase, "Could you please pass me a serviette, I just spilled my poutine on the couch".
  • You eat chocolate bars instead of candy bars.
  • You drink pop, not soda.
  • You take out the garbage, not the trash.
  • You know that a mickey and a 2-4 means "Party!"
  • You can drink legally while still a teen.
  • You know that francophones, anglophones and allophones are not electronic devices.
  • You talk about the weather with strangers and friends alike.
  • You don't know or care about the fuss with Cuba, it's just a cheap place to travel to and has good cigars.
  • You're not sure if the leader of our nation has EVER had sex and don't want to know if he has!
  • You get milk in bags as well as cartons and plastic jugs.
  • Pike is a type of fish, not some part of a highway.
  • You drive on a highway, not a freeway.
  • You know what a Robertson screwdriver is.
  • You have Canadian Tire money in your kitchen drawers.
  • You know that Thrills are something to chew and "taste like soap".
  • You know that Mounties "don't always look like that".
  • You know that the four seasons mean: almost winter, winter, still Winter, and road work.
  • You know that when it's 25 degrees outside, it's a warm day.
  • You know how to pronounce and spell "Saskatchewan".
  • You know what a toque is.
  • You design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
  • You know that loonies and toonies are not birds, but have monetary value.
  • You know that the last letter of the English alphabet is always pronounced "Zed".
  • You get excited whenever an American television show mentions Canada.
  • You brag to Americans that; Shania Twain, Jim Carrey, Celine Dion & Mike Myers are Canadians. ... also Alex Trebec, David Foley, Matthew Perry, Pamela Anderson, etc., etc.
  • You are in grade 12, not the 12th grade.
  • "Eh?" is a very important part of your vocabulary, and is more polite than, "Huh?"

Happy Canada Day!


Anonymous said…
Beauty! I won't be lonesome (lonely?) with all of my Canadian buddies around! :-) Man, I haven't heard "serviette" in a while, lol! Great entry.

Happy Canada Day!
What are loonies and toonies then? And why would you chew something that tastes like soap? That was funny and informative! I learned something new today except the loonie and toonie stuff! Oh and what's a Robertson screwdriver?
SA - LOL! We have one and two dollar coins - the one dollar coins are called loonies because they have a picture of a loon on one side and toonies are the two dollar coins. I guess they are called toonies because they are two dollars. Original Eh?

Thrills are some cheap ass gum that are like purple Chicklets - as kids, we didn't care that they tasted like soap because they were cheap to buy. Needless to say, I've moved on...

A Robertson screwdriver is the screwdriver that has a little "star" on the end. I guess it was invented by a Canadian and we probably invented the screw that goes along with it. Not sure why we needed to be different, but what can I say?
Anonymous said…
Aww I love that! heheh!! Gotta be proud to be Canadian! :D Happy Canada Day!
f8hasit said…
Thanks for all the concise information! Now I'll be able to fool all my friends...

Happy (dubious origins) Canada Day!
Brian Miller said…
happy canada day, eh!
CrazyCris said…
lol! very funny!

I knew about the loonies but not the toonies!

and this one:
"You drink pop, not soda."
Reminded me of my trip to Niagara Falls over 10 yrs ago. We stayed in a hotel on the Canadia side (by the way, you forgot to mention the people are usually much friendlier than on the US side!) and my sisters and I got a kick out of everyone saying "pop" instead of "soda"! :p

Happy Canada Day!

ps: what do you usually do to celebrate it? and what is the occasion? anniversary of the Constitution? or something else?
Cris - LOL about the soda vs. pop!

Canada Day is the anniversary that Canada became a separate federation/country. There are a lot of celebrations - parties, parades and fireworks. It's typically a national holiday, but my company is working today, but we get to have Friday off instead.
Everyone, please forgive me for being a poor Canadian. I have wrongly informed SA as to what a Robertson screwdriver is. I have since been advised by my husband, a Robertson screwdriver actually has a square end - not the star shape. My apologies for the misinformation. I suspect my citizenship to be revoked.

f8hasit - Hope the bit of odd Canadiana info gives you the upper hand over your friends - especially in a game of trivial pursuit.

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