tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-33213281930861757582015-09-16T17:10:23.827-04:00How to Spot a CanadianTracking down Canadians one toque at a time.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.comBlogger50125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-89030210426685804922012-01-29T11:06:00.003-05:002012-01-29T11:07:58.429-05:00Sh*t Canadians Say<div>We didn't make this, but it feels like it fits into this blog nicely:</div><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="250" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/m0EsYiNA76Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div>___________________<div>If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.</div>HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com21tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-49535395753350336102011-11-29T12:42:00.003-05:002011-11-29T12:58:02.687-05:00Hockey is Like Everything... Really<div>One common Canadian stereotype is that all Canadians like hockey. Obviously that's not true. There are probably some Canadians out there somewhere who don't like hockey, just like there are probably some Americans who don't like college football. However, these people are very difficult to find and even if we did find them, we wouldn't want to get to know them. Who do they think they are anyway, refusing to give in to a stereotype?</div><div><br /></div><div>The good news is that you don't even need to worry about finding these Canadians at all. Canadian hockey fans more than overcompensate for those who don't enjoy the sport. And when we say "overcompensate" we mean "go freakin' nuts whenever hockey is discussed at any level."</div><div><br /></div><div>No where is ludicrous display of obsession more obvious than when Team Canada plays in a tournament. Any tournament. "Team Canada" is a truly uniting force in this country. Sure, Canadian hockey fans spend most of their time fighting out brutal rivalries between Montreal and Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton and Vancouver and <a href="http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/06/16/photos-riots-fire-destruction-after-vancouvers-loss/" target="_blank">not burning stuff after a loss</a>, but international hockey is different. These tournaments allow Canadians to get together and join in a united front. </div><div><br /></div><div>They allow the people of Canada the chance to wave their flags and paint their faces and sing the national anthem in true drunken glory. Normally Canadians shy away from being patriotic, but not when international hockey is concerned. When it comes to hockey, Canadians are willing to do anything to support the team.</div><div><br /></div><div>But they don't just offer support. You see, when you're "Team Canada" you're expected to win. That guy who painted his body to look like a Canadian flag isn't hoping for a good showing or a competitive run that comes close to victory. He wants his team to win. He wants to celebrate over the battered bodies of his enemies with an unhealthy dose of poutine, Canadian beer and showmanship.</div><div><br /></div><div>That means that every single aspect of any team representing Canada is analyzed extensively. Is Hockey Canada choosing a bunch of under 20 year-olds to play a sport? Yes? Well there had better be a <a href="http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Team+Canada+selection+camp+roster+named/5778260/story.html" target="_blank">ridiculous amount of over the top coverage</a>! Canadians wouldn't have it any other way. And if these kids lose the game? Prepare for meltdown.</div>___________________<div>If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.</div>HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-67919023868406169502011-11-03T11:44:00.001-04:002011-11-17T11:52:23.008-05:00Coffee Is Very Serious Business<div>We've mentioned before how anything Tim Hortons does is treated with <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/07/doughnut-shop-opening-in-new-york-is.html">great fanfare and attention</a> and that trend continues.</div><div><br /></div><div>Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons is going to specialty coffee drinks. A coffee shop selling coffee? No big deal, right? WRONG. It <b>is</b> big news in Canada.</div><div><br /></div><div>How big of a deal is it? The story was discussed on the national news. Not during the business section, not during the life section. No, it was reported during the news segment of the national news. On several networks including <a href="http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20111102/tim-hortons-enters-specialty-coffee-market-111102/">CTV</a> and <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/11/02/tim-hortons-latte.html">CBC</a>. <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/going-for-a-latte-or-espresso-at-tims/article2231765/">The Globe &amp; Mail</a> and <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/11/02/tim-hortons-latte.html">the Toronto Star</a> gave the story big coverage as well.</div><div><br /></div><div>This story got so much attention across Canada that you would have thought Celine Dion and Justin Bieber were taking a canoe guided by beavers to a maple syrup factory. Okay... that's pushing the stereotypes a bit. But you get the point.</div><div><br /></div><div>Also, we're back! =)</div><div><br /></div>___________________<div>If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.</div>HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com18tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-25696864449528008072010-05-16T16:29:00.002-04:002010-05-16T16:33:10.782-04:00Sorry! I want to bring the site back though!Sorry everyone! I know it's very Canadian of me to apologize, but I am very sorry for basically abandoning this site.<br /><br />I'd really like to bring it back in the near future. I'm going to start thinking of new ideas and hopefully the blog posts will resume on a regular basis in the near future.<br /><br />If you have any suggestions for good ways to spot Canadians, post them in the comments! With your help we can track down and identify as many Canadians as possible.<br /><br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com21tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-72196798534424431362009-08-31T13:09:00.003-04:002009-08-31T13:29:49.654-04:00Their Summer Lasts About 10 MinutesIf you were ever going to rank oxymorons in terms of relevance, "Canadian summer" would be at the top of your list.<br /><br />Everyone knows that Canadian winters are <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2008/12/minus-10-isnt-cold-and-its-measured-in.html">cold</a>. It's not uncommon to see your breath turn into ice the moment it leaves your mouth. Cold and Canada are synonymous, everyone knows that. However, what you may not know about Canada is that summers there last about 10 minutes. Depending on what part of the country you're looking at, sometimes if you blink for too long, you'll miss the entire season.<br /><br />A good way to spot a Canadian is to tell them that summer lasts three months. If they instantly turn into a confused, stuttering mess, you'll know that they are a Canadian.<br /><br />In Canada summer realistically lasts about a month. And that's in a good year. This year Toronto had about one week of summer weather. It's hot during the summer, but the heat doesn't normally last long enough to give the average Canadian a chance to climb out of the three parkas they've been wearing for the last eleven months.<br /><br />However, don't think that the short summer means there is nine months of spring and fall either, because that couldn't be farther from the truth.<br /><br />Fall and spring don't exist in Canada. They are simply called "early winter" and "late winter." In these two seasons it's still cold, just not cold enough to build an igloo in the middle of a downtown street. It is however cold enough that vistors to Canada think Canadians live in some weird hemisphere and that winter takes place at during different months there.<br /><br />Winter in Canada, as has already been discussed, is cold enough that only the heartiest Canadians survive it each year. <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2008/12/their-milk-comes-in-bags.html">Bagged milk</a> has been known to freeze solid for several months and <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/04/they-like-beavers.html">beavers</a> relocate their dams into the local <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/01/tim-horton-is-known-more-for-coffee.html">Tim Hortons</a> during the winter months.<br /><br />In case you're wondering, summer in Canada is already over.<br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com23tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-80382764683629229662009-07-17T16:38:00.001-04:002009-07-17T16:38:00.716-04:00Some More Ways That People Found This SiteWe <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/04/some-ways-that-people-found-this-site.html">did this once before</a> and people seemed to like it.<br />Here are some of the search terms people have used to find this site recently:<br /><ul><br /><li>pioneer gas money still used?</li><br /><li>polkaroo his name is so excellent</li><br /><li>toronto is one of the largest city in canda if I coould live in toronto my life would be like</li><br /><li>rusty the rooster this hour has 22 min</li><br /><li>new house tour take your shoes off</li><br /><li>What is the Tragically Hip song CBC Hockey Night In Canada used for a theme song?</li><br /><li>hate toronto</li><br /><li>child size mannequin</li><br /><li>are canadians polite</li><br /><li>why are canadians so proud of their country</li><br /><li>Mr Dressup Passed away</li><br /><li>do canadians feel hockey is own by tim hortons</li><br /><li>how much do you get for canadian tire purchase in canadian tire money</li><br /><li>kraft dinner dishes</li><br /><li>Americans are touchy</li></ul><br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com14tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-36319731793593221522009-07-16T08:10:00.003-04:002009-07-16T08:26:19.564-04:00A Doughnut Shop Opening in New York is a Huge Canadian StoryWe're back.<br /><br />We couldn't resist this one.<br /><br /><object width="400" height="255"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/3MoHVa59_xM&hl=en&fs=1&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/3MoHVa59_xM&hl=en&fs=1&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="255"></embed></object><br /><br />Tim Hortons has taken Manhattan.<br /><br />The <a href="http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090629.wtimhortons0629/BNStory/Business" target="_blank">once-again Canadian company</a> has expanded into New York City.<br /><br />And Canadians couldn't be more proud. Newspapers and television programs presented the news as if it were a successful Canadian invasion. And, in a way, it was. Not since <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/01/they-secretly-want-to-burn-down-white.html" target="_blank">the War of 1812</a> have Canadians felt so proud and victorious when entering the United States.<br /><br />Maybe now Americans won't give us strange looks and point us to a basketball court when we ask for a "double-double."<br /><br />Tim Hortons is an icon in Canada and, in a world where American companies have invaded almost every aspect of Canadian life, Tim Hortons opening in New York City represents a rare victory for Canadians.<br /><br />In fact, if Canada really wants to claim victory over New York here's a simple plan they could use: After about six months they should suddenly close all of the Timmies in NYC. By that point New Yorkers will be hopelessly addicted to the coffee and fatty treats. Suddenly taking it all away will weaken them severely. That's when the Canadians can strike.<br /><br />Tim Hortons: the first shot in the war against America.<br /><br />It sounds good, doesn't it?<br /><br />Of course, it will be hard for Canadians to fight while they're full of Timbits.<br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-58191803552003651932009-06-19T10:35:00.002-04:002009-06-19T10:38:33.736-04:00They Forget About The Rest of Their Life During the PlayoffsSo, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are over and that means we here at "How To Spot A Canadian" can go back to focusing on that "real life" thing everyone has been talking about for the last two months.<br /><br />That means we will be updating this site again.<br /><br />We'd like to apologize to those who were unable to spot Canadians during the last month. An unidentified Canadian is a dangerous Canadian.<br /> <br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-79511626402168995002009-05-22T13:28:00.000-04:002009-05-22T13:29:11.586-04:00A Prejudiced Sports Commentator is a National IconIf you know anything at all about Canada, you know who Don Cherry is. For those who don't, Don Cherry is a former NHL hockey coach who now provides commentary during the first intermission of CBC's Hockey Night In Canada program. The fact that a former coach is now working on television isn't strange or unique to Canada at all. Many coaches and players take up broadcasting positions at the conclusion of their sports careers.<br /><br />What is unique is that Don Cherry is incredibly controversial. He has called Russian hockey players cheaters and quitters. He's insulted French-Canadians and Europeans do for wearing visors. And he does all of this on the country's national public television broadcaster: the CBC. <br /><br />Don Cherry definitely isn't politically correct. He was on a seven-second delay for a while due to his comments. He has been investigated by the Commissioner of Official Languages. He has been criticized frequently by pretty much everyone.<br /><br />You would think this sort of attitude would be frowned upon in Canada. <br /><br />You would be wrong.<br /><br />Most Canadians love Don Cherry. He came in seventh in a recent "<a href="http://www.cbc.ca/greatest/" target="_blank">Greatest Canadian in History</a>" poll. He beat out Sir John A. Macdonald (Canada's first prime minister), Alexander Graham Bell (one of the inventors of the telephone) and fellow hockey icon Wayne Gretzky.<br /><br />It's strange.<br /><br />Canadians are generally very polite. They are very accepting. They don't like to create controversy. And yet Don Cherry, a man who breathes controversy, is a hero. A man who goes against the very Canadian idea of celebrating the differences of the country is, for some reason, loved.<br /><br />In 2004 rumours that he was not going to return to the CBC drew huge complaints from the Canadian public. For some reason this man is incredibly popular. But why?<br /><br />We've <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/02/theyre-polite.html">already mentioned</a> how Canadians take on completely different personalities while watching hockey. Even the most gentle Canadians cheer at the sight of a fight. Polite Canadians forget their manners when they're screaming at referees. Their culture of acceptance and tolerance disappears while watching hockey.<br /><br />That probably explains why they like Don Cherry. <br /><br />Average Canadians do not insult other cultures. They do not typically request more violence and less art. They don't take shots at people based on their names or their appearances. But while they're watching hockey they do. And so does Don Cherry.<br /><br />And most Canadians love it.<br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-8862666939324760672009-05-12T10:07:00.000-04:002009-05-12T10:07:34.374-04:00They Say "Eh"This is the big one.<br /><br />Outside of hockey, and possibly beer, the main way to determine a person's "Canadianess" is their usage of the word "eh." And it's not even really a word, is it? It's only two letters in length and it's really more of a sound than a word. <br /><br />But, despite this, it is central to the Canadian identity.<br /><br />But what does it even mean? <br /><br />In general, "eh" usually means "do you agree?" For example, a Canadian would say "It's pretty nice today, eh?" But, like all iconic slang, the Canadian "eh" has many meanings.<br /><br />For example, a Canadian might say "That's really far, eh?" In that case the Canadian isn't asking if a person agrees, they are using the word to emphasize what they just said. The common Canadian response to "That's really far, eh?" is usually "I know, eh?" Again, it's used more for emphasis in this case. <br /><br />Confused? Well, hold on, because it gets even more complex.<br /><br />Canadians have managed to include the word "eh" into pretty much every sentence. It's quite common for a converstation like the one above to degenerate into a series of "ehs" that become increasingly meaningless but still important.<br /><br />"That's really far, eh?"<br />"I know, eh?"<br />"You should leave now, eh?"<br />"I guess I should, eh?"<br />"I've been there before, eh?"<br />"Eh?"<br />"Yeah. It's really nice there, eh?"<br />"Maybe I should take a camera, eh?"<br />"You should, eh." <br />"It's a nice day, eh?"<br />"We've had a nice week, eh?"<br />"Eh?"<br />"I said 'we've had a nice week, eh?'"<br />"Oh yeah."<br />"Eh?"<br />"Eh?"<br />"Eh."<br />"Beers?"<br />"EH!"<br /><br />A non-Canadian looking at the exchange above would consider the usage of "eh" ridiculous and unnecessary. A Canadian would wonder why there weren't a couple more "ehs" in there.<br /><br />Now, this is important. As prevalent as the word "eh" is, it cannot be used in every sentence. It does have a correct and an incorrect usage. <br /><br />Non-Canadians don't understand this. They don't get where "eh" is appropriate. In an attempt to fool the Canadian spotters they will throw in too many "ehs" into awkward points of the conversation. A faux-nuck would say something like "I gotta go out there, eh? It's really cold, eh? And I need to eh outside eh Thursday, eh?" That person is clearly not Canadian. No Canadian EVER needs to "eh outside eh Thursday." True Canadians ALWAYS eh outside eh Monday. It's a known fact amongst Canadians.<br /><br />So, if you're trying to spot a Canadian you'll need to be careful. You will need to learn correct "eh" placement and hope that you have learned it better than your subject. Of course, since "eh" isn't really a word, it's difficult to learn about its usage. One will typically need to immerse his or herself into Canadian society for several years in order to learn proper "eh" usage. Only through putting in a great deal of time and effort will a non-Canadian learn the correct "eh" usage that all true Canadians have known since birth. <br /><br /><b>Fact:</b> 98% of Canadians admit that "eh" was their first word. The other 2% state that "eh" was their second word, after "Mama." <br /><br />"Mama, eh?" is a popular sentence among Canadian babies.<br /><br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-57359788574455663112009-05-06T12:00:00.000-04:002009-05-06T12:00:18.010-04:00Tim Horton's Victory Tracker Wrap UpWell, it looks like Roll Up The Rim is done for another year.<br /><br />As you may have noticed from the giant graphic on the right side of the page, we have been keeping track of our victories on this site. Is that sad? Probably. Was it fun? Definitely.<br /><br />Our final score: <b>9 for 65</b>. That's right, a whopping <b>13.8 percent</b>!<br />That's actually better than the posted odds (one-in-nine.)<br /><br />We have officially beaten the odds! Take that Tim Hortons! We claimed an extra coffee-and-a-half that we shouldn't have won! WE WIN!<br /><br />Now comes the point where we're confused as to how we should feel.<br />In once sense, we beat the odds, which is a great feeling.<br />In another sense, we bought way more coffee during Roll Up The Rim than we usually do. The fact that we fell for a corporate marketing plan so badly is pretty sad.<br /><br />We're settling with feeling happy. Of course, the fact that we're pretty happy about winning free coffee is, in itself, a little sad.<br /><br />However, like we've said before: winning free Tim Hortons' coffee is a great accomplishment for a Canadian. It's right up there with the Stanley Cup and free beer.<br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com13tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-82997098318539420272009-05-05T11:45:00.000-04:002009-05-05T11:45:51.989-04:00They Want To Be Their Own CountryCanadians are a very proud people. They <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/01/sewing-canadian-flag-on-their-backpack.html">show their pride quietly</a>, but they are still very proud. And while they are very proud of being Canadian, they are also quite proud of themselves and their own accomplishments.<br /><br />That's probably why so many of them want to form their own countries.<br /><br />The most famous of these movements to leave Canada and form an independent nation is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec_sovereignty_movement" target="_blank">Quebec</a>. It seems like Quebec has wanted to leave Canada since the minute Canada was formed. In fact, when Canada created a new constitution in 1982, Quebec refused to sign it. They still have not signed.<br /><br />There are numerous, significant reasons for Quebec wanting to separate from the rest of Canada. Most of these reasons are far too complex to be discussed on a humour website. It just wouldn't seem right for a complex discussion on Quebec sovereignty to take place here, beside conversations on <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/01/they-have-retail-stores-that-print.html">Canadian Tire money</a>, <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/04/their-national-hero-is-honoured-in.html">chocolate</a>, <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/01/tim-horton-is-known-more-for-coffee.html">Tim Hortons</a> and <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/01/their-goverment-mandates-they-listen-to.html">Nickelback</a>.<br /><br />Of course, Quebec is not the only part of Canada that wants to separate from the rest of the nation. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberta_separatism" target="_blank">Alberta</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Separatism" target="_b lank">the West</a>, Newfoundland and the East have wanted out at times as well.<br /><br />It seems that there is something distinctly Canadian about wanting to leave Canada.<br /><br />That is the great irony of Canada: People are proud of the nation, but they think they could do better on their own.<br /><br />Of course, this love for separation doesn't stop with provinces wanting to leave Canada. No, some cities have actually wanted to leave provinces. Most famously there has been a movement to form a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Toronto" target="_blank">Province of Toronto</a>. This movement even has <a href="http://www.provinceoftoronto.ca/" target="_blank">its own website</a>, which certainly makes it legitimate. Once you spend the money to buy a domain name, you're serious. <br /><br />Maybe Toronto realised that the <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2008/12/they-are-either-from-toronto-or-they.html">rest of the country hates it</a> and decided to leave. Could a movement to form a new Nation of Toronto be far behind?<br /><br />The bottom line is that Canadians are so proud of themselves that they want to run their own lives. They don't want to be told what to do by anyone. They want their own countries.<br /><br />A good way to identify a Canadian is to place the suspected Canadian in a group of people. If that person is Canadian, he or she will quickly begin to negotiate their way out of the group. Of course, they won't use violence. That's not Canadian.<br /><br />While many people want to separate from Canada, they want to do it the Canadian way: through negotiation and compromise, rather than armed combat. Perhaps this similar way of doing things is what keeps Canada united after all. <br /><br />Once your suspected Canadian has successfully managed to leave the group, they will likely head off to buy beer. Then you can be certain the person is a Canadian.<br /><br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-23287229980705482442009-04-24T11:53:00.005-04:002009-04-24T11:59:11.764-04:00Some Ways That People Found This SiteSort of off topic, but here are some of the search terms people have used to find this site recently:<br /><ul><br /><li>can poutine kill you</li><br /><li>why are loonies and toonies named that</li><br /><li>skin a marink wikipedia</li><br /><li>never play roll up the rim at tim hortons</li><br /><li>are canadians insulted by us bashing there health care</li><br /><li>ladies of fox news</li><br /><li>"Heritage minute" drinking game</li><br /><li>why was the canadian flag a good idea</li><br /><li>fox news maple syrup</li><br /><li>price of Tim Horton's XL</li></ul><br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-65902482921807370172009-04-22T14:45:00.004-04:002009-04-22T23:13:48.381-04:00Their National Hero is Honoured in ChocolateThe War of 1812 saw American forces battle with the British. We've <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/01/they-secretly-want-to-burn-down-white.html" target="_blank">already talked about</a> how the war led to the creation of the Star Spangled Banner and the birth of Canadian pyromania. What we haven't mentioned was that a popular <b>Canadian</b> symbol was born during this time as well.<br /><br />In 1813 American soldiers invaded what is now Canada. While they were there, they used several civilian homes as sleeping quarters their troops. One of these homes was Laura Secord's. While the American officers stayed in her home they discussed plans for a surprise attack. Apparently they incorrectly assumed that the British were deaf as they talked about their secret plans loudly enough for Laura Secord to overheard them. She decided that the British army needed to know about the plans.<br /><br />Laura walked over 30 kilometres through dangerous terrain to tell the British troops the plan. With the information she gave them the British were able to attack the Americans and defeat them.<br /><br />Laura Secord's heroism was so great that Canada later presented her with the country's highest honour: having a chocolate store named after her. It isn't widely known, but chocolate recognition is the greatest award a Canadian can be given. If someone argues this point with you, they are clearly lying and they do not understand history. The fact that no other Canadian heroes have a chocolate company named after them shows how truly prestigious this honour is.<br /><br />Laura Secord Chocolates sells a wide variety of high quality, expensive chocolate. Many pieces of chocolate have an image of Laura imprinted on them. Any true Canadian will proudly salute the chocolate before taking a huge bite out of Laura's head. Canadians will then proceed to eat far too many chocolates and make themselves sick. It's a ritual of respect and thanksgiving. Honestly.<br /><br />Of course, the Americans did get the last laugh in this matter. <br /><br />In 2004 Laura Secord was purchased by US-based private equity investment groups Gordon Brothers Group and LLC and EG Capital Group making Laura Secord an American-owned company.<br /><br />Laura was also honoured with a <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/01/theyve-been-taught-to-both-fear-and.html" target="_blank">Heritage Minute</a>. Thanks to that Heritage Minute, "Take me to Fitzgibbon" has become an iconic Canadian line. There is no word as to when the line will be purchased by an American company.<br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-88123272470979698752009-04-18T15:39:00.002-04:002009-04-18T15:41:25.760-04:00Missed Posting This Before Yesterday...It's still very good:<br /><br /><object width="400" height="205"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/eDeDQpIQFD0&hl=en&fs=1&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/eDeDQpIQFD0&hl=en&fs=1&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="205"></embed></object><br /><br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-46451707194156123642009-04-16T08:39:00.003-04:002009-04-16T16:23:12.497-04:00A Sports Show Changing Its Theme Song Was On Their National News - For WeeksSaying that hockey is popular in Canada would be pointless. That statement would be right up there with saying water is wet, the sun is hot and <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/04/they-like-beavers.html">beavers are awesome</a>.<br /><br />Everyone knows that Canadians love their hockey. However, many non-Canadians don't know how far this obsession stretches.<br /><br /><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hockey_Night_in_Canada" target="_blank">Hockey Night In Canada</a> is a very popular Canadian television program. It has aired on the CBC for over 50 years and, due to Canada's love affair with hockey, it has become a Canadian institution. The show introduced a new theme song in 1986. Fittingly, the song was called "The Hockey Theme."<br /><br />This all sounds completely normal so far, right?<br /><br />Yes. But then it gets weird. <br /><br />Due to the popularity of hockey and the sport's close connection to the Canadian identity, the song eventually became known unofficially as "Canada's second national anthem." Patriotism and hockey are very, very closely linked in Canada. The fact that the show was frequently sponsored by beer companies completed the circle. A hockey show sponsored by a beer company would definitely become a Canadian symbol.<br /><br />Now, you would think that the theme to a TV show being equated to a national anthem would be as bizarre as this situation gets, right? <br /><br />Wrong.<br /><br />You see, Canadians are a very strange people. They latched onto this theme and they loved it. They REALLY loved it. They played it at weddings. They played it at concerts. They used it as their cell phone ringtones. It was THAT big. <br /><br />Then, at the end of the 2008 NHL hockey season, the CBC's license to use the song ran out. The CBC, a publicly funded institution, was not able to afford the new, increased asking price for the song. They announced that the following season of Hockey Night in Canada would feature a new theme that would be chosen by a nationwide contest.<br /><br />Then all hell broke loose.<br /><br />It was as if every Canadian had been suddenly punched in the stomach. They were hurt. They were confused. They were angry. Their stomachs hurt. Canadians didn't want a new song. They wanted "The Hockey Theme." National campaigns to "save the theme" were set up. It was near pandemonium. The theme song change was the topic of every call-in show, every water cooler conversation and every social gathering you can think of. You can mess with a lot of things in Canada - politics, religion, the bear population - but messing with this theme song was going too far. Canadians wanted the song back. <br /><br />Of course, all attempts failed and the CBC set out to find a new song.<br /><br />Rival network CTV ended up "saving the song" when they paid the increased asking price, but Canadians were still upset. A hockey game on CBC wasn't the same without that song. It would never be the same! The very nature of television viewing was forever altered!<br /><br />Then the puck dropped for the next season and everyone went back to watching the games.<br /><br />That's how Canadians get angry. In a civilized, organized manner where they eventually end up just going with the flow.<br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-73631103023334695812009-04-07T11:06:00.001-04:002009-04-07T11:10:29.640-04:00They Like BeaversYou can tell a lot about a country by its national animal. The United States uses the bald eagle: a large bird of prey. The United Kingdom has a lion: an imposing carnivore. China has a dragon, Germany has an eagle, India has a Bengal tiger, Italy has a wolf. All of these animals are strong, proud and majestic. They are regal. They show the world that the country is question is large, grand and impressive.<br /><br />Canada has a beaver.<br /><br />Beavers are large rodents. Of course, they're not the largest rodents. No, choosing the <i>largest</i> of a species would be very un-Canadian. No, beavers are the <i>second-largest</i> rodents in the world. They are very slow on land and they frighten easily. They would probably lose in a fight to any of the other national animals listed above.<br /><br />Well, that's not entirely true. Dragons are fictional. Even a beaver could beat up a fictional creature. It would be a close fight though.<br /><br />However, what beavers lack in size, strength and imposing physical stature they make up in ingenuity.<br /><br />A beaver dam is a pretty impressive structure. Beavers are hard workers and quite intelligent. The dams that they build are quite strong and beavers are able to build new dams or repair damaged ones quite quickly. Beavers work together with other beavers in order to build their dams.<br /><br />Small, hard working, social and intelligent? <br /><br />Yes, it makes sense that the beaver is Canada's national animal.<br /><br />Of course, those traits are not the reason why the beaver is the national animal. No, like many other great symbols, the beaver is a martyr. When the Europeans originally began settling Canada, the fur trade was very important. More often than not it was beaver pelts that were being traded.<br /><br />That's right, it was in death that the beaver became the symbol of Canada.<br /><br />The conversation that decided this designation must have been completely bizarre:<br /><br /><i>“So... this country needs a national animal.”<br />“Hmm... you know that little annoying rodent we've been killing for a while now? How about that?”<br />“Works for me! Well, now that we're done with that, let's play hockey.”</i><br /><br />And thus, with that ridiculous conversation, the beaver was given its iconic status.<br /><br />Yes, that conversation is pretty much verbatim.<br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-11145653309177355352009-03-23T23:12:00.002-04:002009-03-23T23:12:57.828-04:00They're Insulted By Fox News<object width="480" height="295"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/1tI2wQL-3fA&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/1tI2wQL-3fA&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="245"></embed></object><br /><br />Not much needs to be said, except:<br /><a href="http://www.gregneedstoresign.com/" target="_blank">http://www.gregneedstoresign.com/</a><br /><br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com11tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-56807444861858374142009-03-18T17:50:00.005-04:002009-03-18T18:24:12.185-04:00They'll Watch Anything Played on IceMaybe it's because it's <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2008/12/minus-10-isnt-cold-and-its-measured-in.html">freezing cold</a> for the majority of the year. Maybe it's because they're looking to be <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2008/12/they-define-themselves-as-being-not.html">different than the United States</a>. Maybe there is <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2008/12/beer-commercial-is-source-of-national.html">something in the beer</a>. It's not known why, but Canadians will watch anything that takes place on ice.<br /><br />First of all, there's hockey. It's the most obvious example of Canadians being obsessed with an ice-related activity. Hockey to a Canadian is a sacred tradition. It's a religion. It's life. Without hockey there are no Canadians, only Americans that have wandered too far north. <br /><br />But the Canadian love of ice does not stop there. No, it continues on to figure skating. While less blatant, Canadians treat figure skating with incredibly high esteem as well. The country's citizens were close to declaring war when <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Olympic_Winter_Games_figure_skating_scandal" target="_blank">controversy</a> initially cost a pair of Canadians an Olympic gold medal in pairs figure skating. <br /><br />But those interests generally make sense. Hockey and figure skating are popular around the world, not just in Canada. <br /><br />However, there is one ice sport that defines Canada's bizarre obsession: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curling" target="_blank"><b>curling</b></a>.<br /><br />While the game was not invented in Canada, it is a definite part of Canadian culture.<br /><br />Though interesting and difficult to play, the sport of curling looks absolutely insane to outsiders.<br /><br />Teams take turns throwing rocks down a sheet of ice trying to place their rocks closer to a goal than their opponent's. At first it sounds like a completely normal game, right? Wrong. In order to direct the rocks to the goal two team members shuffle slightly in front of the rock, sweeping the ice in front of it with brooms. Yes, brooms.<br /><br />Household cleaning supplies aside, the game gets weirder. <br /><br />In order to assist the sweepers in positioning the rock close to the goal, other members of the team scream instructions at them. That isn't an exaggeration. They scream. Loud. What you are left with is one person (having thrown the rock) sprawled on the ice, screaming uncontrollably as two other people awkwardly shuffle along, frantically sweeping a path across the ice. It looks just about as crazy as it sounds.<br /><br />But Canadians love it. <br /><br />While curling is played around the world, it has a huge following in Canada. There's just something about brooms and screaming that gets Canadians excited.<br /><br />When trying to spot a prospective Canadian, mention curling. If the person mumbles something about how their hairstylist doesn't have time to fit them in for a good appointment, carry on with your day. That person isn't from Canada. However, if they immediately start sweeping and/or yelling, you've found yourself a Canadian. Congratulations.<br /><br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-76480893489674893582009-03-12T14:07:00.003-04:002009-03-12T14:11:23.533-04:00The Tim Hortons Roll Up Victory Tracker<i>Roll Up The Rim To Win</i> time at Tim Hortons is <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/03/paper-coffee-cups-provide-one-of-most.html">like a second Christmas for Canadians</a>. Okay, it's like a second Christmas where 90% of your gifts are nothing but a "Please Play Again" tab, but it's still exciting.<br /><br />This year the creators of <i>How To Spot A Canadian</i> is keeping track of their Roll Up record. Over on the right sidebar you will see the "Tim Hortons Roll Up Victory Tracker."<br /><br />The odds of winning a prize are 1 in 9. Let's see if we can beat those odds!<br /><br />How are you doing in the contest this year? Post your records and your thoughts in the comments.<br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com16tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-17968378220036759692009-03-11T18:31:00.003-04:002009-03-11T19:12:46.720-04:00Their Cultural Dishes Could Easily Kill YouOne of the first things you notice when going to a different country is the food that they eat. In most major cities you will find Indian restaurants and Chinese restaurants and Italian restaurants and many other types of restaurants. You rarely find a Canadian restaurant. In fact, it's possible that such thing does not exist.<br /><br />Therefore, many people would assume that there is no such thing as Canadian food. Due to the country's <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2008/12/they-define-themselves-as-being-not.html">close relationship with the United States</a> the two countries share many foods. (Contrary to popular opinion, apple pie and hot dogs are quite popular in Canada as well.)<br /><br />But there is such thing as Canadian food, and we're not just talking about <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/01/tim-horton-is-known-more-for-coffee.html" target="_blank">Tim Hortons</a>. However, much like Canada itself, popular Canadian food is more of a combination of different foods than original creations. There is no typical "Canadian meal" which is probably why there are no Canadian restaurants. Canadian food also differs greatly across the country.<br /><br />For a nation that is known for being outdoorsy, rugged and athletic, a lot of Canadian food is strangely unhealthy.<br /><br />First, starting on the west coast of Canada, you will find <a href="http://www.nanaimo.ca/EN/main/visitors/NanaimoBars.html" target="_blank">Nanaimo bars</a>. Named after a city on Vancouver Island, these chocolate squares filled with custard are absolutely delicious.<br /><br />Staying with sweet food, you will find the the <a href="http://www.ottawa-information-guide.com/beaver-tails.html" target="_blank">beaver tail</a>. Beaver tails are fried dough topped with a variety of sweet toppings. Again, they are delicious, and they are also quite bad for you. One of Canada's <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2008/12/they-wish-they-could-have-voted-for.html">favourite foreign politicians</a>, Barack Obama, recently <a href="http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090219/obama_bt_090219/20090219/?hub=TorontoNewHome" target="_blank">stopped for one</a> while visiting Ottawa.<br /><br />Another great Canadian sweet is the <a href="http://www.canadianhomeandcountry.com/recipes/from-scratch/butter-tarts-a-national-treasure/a/2414" target="_blank">butter tart</a>. Reportedly the first Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald, called butter tarts his favourite treat.<br /><br />Switching away from sweets, one of Canada's best known exports is <a href="http://www.morgoth.org/kraft/kraft.php" target="_blank">Kraft Dinner</a>. A favourite of university students and anyone with limited cooking ability, this macaroni and cheese dish is definitely a Canadian treasure. Yes, it's available all around the world, but Canadians will always consider this low budget meal their own. There's something about incredibly orange powered cheese that Canucks love.<br /><br />Speaking of cheese, one cannot discuss Canadian cuisine without mentioning <a href="http://www.members.shaw.ca/kcic1/poutine.html" target="_blank">poutine</a>. Along with <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/Montreal-Smoked-Meat-Sandwich-112308" target="_blank">Montreal smoked meat</a>, poutine defines the province of Quebec. <br /><br />You would think that fries coated in cheese curds and gravy would be disgusting, but you would be wrong. You would also think that this meal would be terrible for your health. In that case you would be right. As started earlier, Canadian food is not good for you. At all. Tough Canadian bodies are able to withstand things like fried dough and fries with cheese and gravy. Average non-Canadians are not.<br /><br />If you're trying to spot a Canadian give them some poutine followed by a beaver tail. A real Canadian will devour the meal. A non-Canadian will likely have a heart attack, so it is good to have emergency response personnel on the scene for this test.<br /><br />An alternate method is to give the suspected Canadian some beer. A true Canadian will be able to knock back a <a href="http://www.dooryard.ca/two-four.html" target="_blank">two-four</a> without flinching. The previously mentioned emergency response team could once again come in handy here.<br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com16tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-89663114644997760222009-03-04T18:37:00.006-05:002009-03-12T14:24:22.767-04:00Paper Coffee Cups Provide One of the Most Exciting Times of the Year<object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/UdyD7ef7VVo&hl=en&fs=1&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/UdyD7ef7VVo&hl=en&fs=1&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="350" height="281"></embed></object><br /><br />First of all, that commercial above is genius. If this website was going to get into the advertising business that is exactly the kind of commercial we would produce. Actually, if we were going to get into the amusement park business <i>Canada Land</i> would definitely be our first investment. There's no better way to catch Canadians than by creating an entire park for them to play in.<br /><br />By now everyone knows that <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/01/tim-horton-is-known-more-for-coffee.html">Canadians love Tim Hortons</a>. What people do not know is that a Canadian's love of Tim Hortons is so strong that they will complete the most redundant and ridiculous tasks out of love for the company.<br /><br />Hence the promotion known as "Roll Up the Rim to Win" (or more accurately "Rrrrrrroll Up the Rrrrrrrrim to Win.") <br /><br />If you ever want to see two Canadians come to blows over a paper cup, this is your contest.<br /><br />The premise is simple. For a limited time each year the rim on Tim Hortons paper cups can be rolled up to reveal a possible prize. The prizes range from cars and bikes to cash and barbecues to free Tim Hortons coffee and doughnuts. Canadians love this contest. Every year when the bright red cups with the giant yellow arrows on them start to appear it's like a second Christmas has struck Canada. People go crazy, buying coffees and rolling up rims. <br /><br />A "Roll Up the Rim to Win" cup is second only to the Stanley Cup (and possibly the Grey Cup) in terms of valuable Canadian cups.<br /><br />Unfortunately, very few of these cups are winners. It's a Canadian rite of passage to excitedly roll up the rim on a cup of Tim Hortons coffee only to see the words "PLEASE PLAY AGAIN." It's like they're sitting there mocking you. They're laughing at your failure. They're shattering your dreams.<br /><br />Nothing, outside of badly played hockey game, causes feelings of anger inside a Canadian like a losing cup.<br /><br />Actually, the only thing that brings more range and bitterness than a losing cup is a winning cup.<br /><br />You would think that a winning cup would be a good thing. But you'd be wrong. Sure a winning cup is good if you bought it yourself, but many coffees are bought during a coffee run (locally known as a "Timmies Run.") This is when one person from a group of friends or a workplace goes out and gets coffees for everyone in their group. When a winning cup is produced from a coffee run the real chaos begins. Canadians start to argue about who paid for the coffee or who distributed the cups. Winning cups are so rare that every Canadian wants one. Sure, they might not need it but that free doughnut is theirs and no one is going to take it away! Canadians have even taken to lying about their wins in these situations. It is one of the only times you will see a Canadian be dishonest.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060419/tim_hortons_fight_060419?s_name=&no_ads=" target="_blank">There have even been lawsuits</a> due to the prize-winning cups.<br /><br />In 2006 a 10-year-old girl found a Tim Hortons coffee cup in the garbage. The rim had not been rolled up. Finding an unrolled-up rim is like discovering gold for a Canadian, even a 10-year-old knows that. Unfortunately, the girl had not yet completed her mandatory Canadian roll up training and thus she was unable to roll up the rim on her own. She asked a 12-year-old friend to help her. This was her mistake. She allowed an unrolled-up cup to leave her hands. When the 12-year-old rolled up the rim she found that the cup was a winner. The girls had won an SUV.<br /><br />Of course, when their parents found out they both claimed ownership of the winning cup. It got more confusing when the janitor that had originally thrown out the cup claimed that the car should be his. He even requested a DNA test to prove that his spit remains were still on the cup! How the janitor, who claimed to be Canadian, allowed an unrolled up cup out of his grasp will never be known. <br /><br />Tim Horton's eventually awarded the prize to the girl who found the cup and her family.<br /><br />A good way to spot a Canadian is to buy a coffee from Tim Hortons. Empty out the coffee (we suggest you should do this by drinking it.) Leave the rim unrolled and place it on the sidewalk. Any Canadians in the immediate area will sense that a Tim Hortons cup has been discarded unrolled and will charge for the cup. The people that charge are Canadians.<br /><br /><b>You can now track <i>Roll Up The Rim To Win</i> stats with our <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/03/tim-hortons-roll-up-victory-tracker.html">Tim Hortons Roll Up Victory Tracker</a></b><br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com11tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-12364322670427104072009-02-25T12:50:00.004-05:002009-03-04T00:12:49.569-05:00They're PoliteYou don't have to be a frequent reader of this website to know that Canadians are polite. If you have ever met a Canadian you instantly noticed that fact.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />But it doesn't end there.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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. <br /><br />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. <br /><br />Hockey is also where riots come from. Montreal's famed "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Riot" target="_blank">Richard Riot</a>" 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.<br /><br />Or not.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-69440564247644600362009-02-18T14:06:00.011-05:002009-02-18T16:28:52.233-05:00They Spent Childhood Watching a Giant Talk to a Rooster in a SackThe following tip only works on Canadians of a certain age, but it will definitely help you weed some Canadians out of the pack. As always, spotting even one Canadian is preferred to letting them run wild.<br /><br /><b><i>The Friendly Giant</i></b> was a children's television show that aired on the CBC for almost thirty years. Much like many children's programs it focused on a human actor and his puppet sidekicks. However, unlike many children's programs, the human actor played a giant (named Friendly) and one of his puppet sidekicks was Rusty, a rooster that lived in a sack that hung from the giant's castle wall. The other sidekick was a giraffe named Jerome who stuck his head through the castle window to converse with Rusty and Friendly.<br /><br />The show would always start with a shot of a giant boot in the middle of a small town. You would then hear Friendly asking his viewers to "look up, waaaaaaaay up" in order to see him and then he would welcome them into his castle. Inside the castle Friendly would arrange some tiny chairs for the children watching to sit in. Of course, the chairs weren't actually tiny. They were normal-sized chairs that only appeared tiny due to the fact that they were being held by a giant. <br /><br />This show ran for many, many years and generations of Canadians were practically raised by this giant and his animal companions. Sometimes Friendly would tell stories and other times the trio would play instruments. It was an entertaining, and definitely bizarre, show. I would have liked to be in the room when the show was proposed to the network.<br /><br /><i>"Okay, we're going to have a show about a giant. Except this giant isn't mean, he's friendly. He's so friendly that his name is actually 'Friendly!' He lives in a castle with a rooster and a giraffe. Well, the giraffe lives outside the castle, but the rooster lives inside in a bag that hangs from the wall. Of course, the rooster is also huge in size as a regular-sized rooster would be too small for a giant to interact with. Oh yeah, the animals also play instruments."</i><br /><br />And thus a children's classic was born!<br /><br />But <i>The Friendly Giant</i> wasn't the only bizarre program Canadian children were introduced to. There were many more:<br /><ul><br /><li><b><i>Mr. Dressup</i></b> - A man who had an endless variety of costumes inside his "Tickle Trunk." He would dress in these costumes to entertain his puppet friends. The original puppets were Casey (a human child in puppet form) and a dog named Finnegan. The puppets spent most of their time in a treehouse in Mr. Dressup's yard. The puppets were later changed as the puppeteer retired. Mr. Dressup often drew pictures or made crafts for the children as well. A puppet alligator named Al ran a local trading post.</li><br /><li><b><i>The Elephant Show</i></b> - Three singers (Sharon, Lois & Bram) went through a series of wacky adventures accompanied by a group of children and their elephant friend. The elephant (appropriately named "Elephant") was a person inside an elephant suit who never spoke but loved to dance. The show also featured concert footage of the three singers as well as appearances from their friend Eric, who played a tuba made from washing machine parts.</li><br /><li><b><i>Polka Dot Door</i></b> - Adapted from a British show, Polka Dot Door featured a cast of several actors; both adults and children. They told stories, sang songs, and played with (and talked to) stuffed animals. The stuff animals did not talk, but everyone pretended they did, holding them up to their ears and asking them to repeat themselves. When the stuffed toy said nothing for the second time it was instantly understood. The signature moment in the show would occur when only one of the two adult hosts were present. A strange creature known as "Polkaroo" would appear and try to explain something to the remaining host and any children that were nearby. Of course, Polkaroo would have been easier to understand if it was capable of saying anything other than its own name. Eventually, through a series of actions and muted "Polkaroos," it would be understood and leave happily. At this point the missing host would return and find out, much to their dismay, that Polkaroo had left. This always prompted a sad "And I missed him again?" from the unlucky host.</li><br /><li><b><I>Today's Special</i></b> - Shot in a department store, this show featured a mannequin that came to life, a puppet security guard and a giant mouse that spoke in rhyme. If the mannequin (named "Jeff") ever lost his hat he would turn back into a mannequin and could not move again until his hat was replaced. This aspect of the show terrified me as a child.</li><br /><li><b><i>Camp Cariboo</i></b> - A fictional camp where the two hosts/camp counselors wore hats with giant antlers and eyes. They would frequently do crafts, sing songs and other such camp activities. They would also end up in several wacky situations that they would need to find their way out of.</li><br /><li><b><i>Under the Umbrella Tree</i></b> - The story of a woman (Holly) who lived (under an umbrella Tree) with a puppet blue jay, puppet iguana and puppet gopher. Holly may or may not have been the mother of the three puppets. She certainly treated them that way. How a human woman gave birth to puppets of three different species was never explained. Even if she wasn't their mother, didn't anyone find it weird that she was living with three different wild animals?</li><br /><li><b><I>Fred Penner's Place</i></b> - The story of a man who crawl through a hollow log during his daily hike. Once through the log he would enter a clearing where he would spend his day singing and doing crafts. Much like any good television show, there were also puppets.</li><br /><li><b><i>Rocket Robin Hood</i></b> - This was an older show that aired in reruns for many years, thus touching the lives of many Canadians. It basically told the story of Robin Hood, except it was in the future. Many characters wore rocket packs. No joke is necessary here.</li><br /><li><b><i>Sesame Park</i></b> - Originally <i>Canadian Sesame Street</i>, this show was one of the many <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/01/produce-canadian-versions-of.html">Canadian versions of international programs</a> that are very common in Canada. However, this deserves its own recognition due to the large number of Canadian stereotypes present. Not only were there segments in French, but the show featured new, Canadian muppets such as a polar bear, an otter and a beaver. The show was eventually transitioned off of the standard street and into a "more Canadian" park and renamed.</li></ul>If using these methods to spot Canadians please note that some of these shows may have aired in the northern United States as well. To determine whether or not your subject is a Canadian it is best to ask them questions relating to two or more of these programs.<br /><br /><i>Thanks to readers <b>Art of <a href="http://www.mashuptown.com/" target="_blank">Mashuptown</a></b> and <b>Geoff of <a href="http://queencityimages.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Queen City Images</a></b> for this suggestion. If you have an idea for the site please <a href="mailto:howtospotacanadian@gmail.com">Email Us</a>. We're always looking for new ways to spot Canadians.</i><br />___________________<br />If you liked this post, please consider <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/howtospotacanadian">Subscribing to our RSS feed</a> or joining our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62337211824">group on Facebook</a>.HowToSpotACanadian.cahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02286711529179969368noreply@blogger.com17tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3321328193086175758.post-17547196992207447612009-02-11T16:48:00.005-05:002009-02-13T17:32:50.258-05:00They Have an Accent, But Not THAT MUCH of an AccentYou would think that an easy way to spot a Canadian would be to look for the guy saying "aboot" and "eh" a lot. After all, the Canadian accent is one of the easiest distinguishing factors of a Canadian, right?<br /><br />Wrong.<br /><br />If you find someone saying "aboot" and "eh" in every other sentence you likely haven't found a Canadian. What you have probably found is an American pretending to be a Canadian. Confused? You should be.<br /><br />Free health care, a lower drinking age and access to affordable igloos have created many fake Canadians, or "faux-nucks" as we like to call them here. For generations Americans have been crossing the border to avoid wars, purchase prescription medicine and listen to Celine Dion albums (an acceptable practice in Canada that could get American tarred and feathered.) These Americans have done their best to blend into Canadian society during their trips up north. Unfortunately this practice has also made it difficult to spot a true Canadian when you see one. But never fear, we here at <i>How To Spot A Canadian</i> understand how important it is to identify and catalog all Canadians, so we have another tip for you.<br /><br />Canadians speak with what is known as <a href="http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Canadian-raising" target="_blank">Canadian Raising</a>. Canadians don't actually say "aboot," but they do pronounce the word differently. An American attempting to duplicate the Canadian accent will likely exaggerate the accent, and this is how you can spot a true Canadian from a fake one. Another way to is to ask the person if they are saying "aboot." An American will laugh and mention how all Canadians pronounce it "aboot" while a true Canadian will be confused. It's difficult for Canadians to hear their own accents.<br /><br />If this doesn't help, take a look at their <a href="http://www.howtospotacanadian.ca/2009/01/sewing-canadian-flag-on-their-backpack.html">back pack</a>.<br /><br /><i>Thanks to reader <b>Brandi</b> for this idea and for the "Canadian Raising" link. If you have an idea for the site please <a href="mailto:howtospotacanadian@gmail.com">Email Us</a>. 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