“Canada is either an idea or it does not exist. It is either an intellectual undertaking or it is little more than a resource-rich vacuum lying in the buffer zone just north of a great empire.”
- John Ralston Saul, Reflections of a Siamese Twin
1. Until 1942, American children recited the Pledge of Allegiance while holding their palm face down and extending their arm towards the flag. It is unknown why this was discontinued.
2. Ancient Rome did have vomitaria, but it wasn’t like what comes to mind. Vomitaria were the entranceways to stadia.
3. Monopoly was created to teach how evil capitalism could be.
4. Calvin and Hobbes was first published when its creator, Bill Watterson, was 27. He retired at 37, and is now 52.
5. Google Maps gets traffic information by tracking people’s phones.
6. Ronald Reagan fired his FDA commissioner because he wouldn’t approve Nutrasweet. His replacement immediately approved it, then resigned to work for Monsanto, which incidentally makes Nutrasweet.
7. The Beer Store is not government-owned; it’s a private monopoly owned by foreigners.
8. The only Conservative government in Canada’s history to balance the deficit? Sir John A. MacDonald’s.
9. Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family guy, was scheduled to be on one of the planes that hit the WTC, but arrived late at the airport.
10. The CBC broadcasts Hockey Night in Canada in Punjabi.
11. Afghanistan has one Jew. There used to be two but they couldn’t stand each other.
12. Jackie Chan spent twelve months in the womb.
13. Pamela Anderson was Canada’s “Centennial Baby”.
14. Atefah Shaaleh was a sixteen year old schoolgirl in Iran who was executed for “crimes against chastity”. The judge was the executioner, witness, and rapist.
15. It took over a year to design President’s Choice’s “The Decadent” chocolate chip cookie. Glad they did it right.
16. According to the Nation of Islam, an evil black scientist created white people 6600 years ago in order to rule the world.
17. John Quincy Adams took his oath on a book of laws, not the bible, to preserve separation of church and state.
18. One of the members of Canada’s bronze-winning four-man boblsed team is a former member of another country’s… Jamaica’s!
19. Napoleon wasn’t short. He was about 5 feet six inches, which was normal at the time. He may have been named Le Petit Caporal out of affection.
20. If you dropped a penny from the CN tower, its terminal velocity would be about 30-50 miles per hour, which would not be enough to crack a human skull, let alone a sidewalk.
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