But Canadians aren't just polite. They're obnoxiously polite. If they bump into someone THEY apologize. But that's not all. Canadians have been known to apologize for bumping into inanimate objects. It's quite common to see a Canadian bump into the edge of a table and say "Sorry." And that's not just a slip of the tongue. Canadians are actually concerned for the table's feelings.
But it doesn't end there.
Canada is a country filled with people opening doors for others, smiles, thank yous and orderly line-ups. Canadians help and share and love whenever possible, even if it is completely inappropriate to do so. It's like some bizarre utopia that also happens to include beavers, poutine and hockey.
Ironically it is the game of hockey that causes Canadians to throw their politeness out the door. It's a proven fact that if you put even the kindest, gentlest Canadian in front of a hockey game they will almost instantly be turned into an aggressive, blood-thirsty, angry monster. All of the rage that they build up while helping and thanking others comes out when the puck hits the ice.
Why do you think hockey is the one professional team sport that allows fighting? It's because Canadians need it. They need the outlet. They've spent their lives apologizing to tables and now they need to get that anger out. And hockey is the one socially acceptable place for them to vent their frustrations. This fact is true for Canadians who are watching the game as well as those who are playing it. To a Canadian it's not real hockey unless someone is bleeding.
I've watched as a little old lady baked a batch of cookies, kissed a child on the forehead and then sat down in front of an NHL game and screamed "KILL HIM! KILL HIM!" for three straight periods.
Hockey is also where riots come from. Montreal's famed "Richard Riot" was caused by a hockey game. In fact, if you look at some obscure history books that are no longer in print, you will likely find that the war of 1812 was also caused by a hockey game. Unfortunately the modern media has repressed that fact.
Regardless, a good way to spot a Canadian is to see how polite they are. True Canadians will respond to even the most brutal insults with an apology and an offer to join them for a warm cup of maple syrup back at their igloo.
A better way to spot a Canadian is to sit them in front of a hockey game. If they instantly turn into a vicious goon who feeds on the blood of the opposing team, you have definitely found a real Canadian.
Once that Canadian is found using this method it is best to leave the room until the game is over. At the conclusion of the game the Canadian will revert back to their former personality almost instantly. The process may take longer if their team lost. This Bruce Banner/Incredible Hulk transformation is a definite Canadian trait and it should be treated with the utmost respect and fear.
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