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22 Facts About Canada That Show How Weirdly Wonderful It Is



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#22 Macaroni and Cheese

Canada is the top consumer of macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world.

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#21 Polar Bear

In order to help people in case of a polar bear attack, residents of Churchill in Canada leave their cars unlocked so that pedestrians can take refuge inside.

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#20 Baby?

In 2010, a Canadian man rescued a newborn baby from a dumpster, only to find out he was the father.

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#19 Tradition

In Newfoundland, Canada, the Atlantic Ocean sometimes freezes so, as is custom in Canada, people go out and as is custom in Canada, people go out and play hockey on it.

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#18 Letters to Santa

Santa Claus is technically Canadian! Every Christmas, 1 million letters are addressed to Santa Claus at his own postal code: "H0H 0H0, North Pole, Canada."

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#17 Guns

Canada has no weapons of mass destruction since 1984 and has signed treaties repudiating their possession. They also don't allow people to carry guns (except with a hunting license).

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#16 Canada

"Canada" is an Iroquoian language word meaning "Village." Canada basically got its name by mistake. When Jaques Cartier, a French explorer, came to the new world, he met with local Natives who invited them to their 'kanata' (the word for 'village'). The party mistakenly thought the name of the country was "Kanata" or Canada.

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#15 Less

If you want to weigh less, go to Canada! Large parts of Canada have less gravity than the rest of Earth. The phenomenon was discovered in the 1960s. Though the weakness is slight-one part in 25,000, or a tenth of an ounce for a 150-pound (68-kilogram) person-scientists have argued for years about the cause.

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#14 Fail

Americans have invaded Canada twice, in 1775 and 1812. They lost both times.

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#13 Doughnuts

Canada consumes the most doughnuts and has the most doughnut shops per capita of any country in the world.

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#12 Fight

Canada and Denmark have been fighting over an uninhabited island by leaving each other bottles of alcohol and changing their flags since the 1930s. Here's the story: Far in the Arctic North lies the barren and desolate Hans Island. The uninhabited half-square-mile island, possessing no apparent natural resources, is a bizarre sliver of territory for two countries to fight over. However, since the early 1930s, this nondescript rock has been at the center of an ongoing disagreement between Canada and Denmark. Hans Island is technically located in both Danish and Canadian waters. Denmark's minister of Greenland affairs visited the island in 1984 and planted a Danish flag. At the base of the flag, he left a note saying "Welcome to the Danish island," along with a bottle of brandy. And since then, the two countries have waged a not-quite-serious "whiskey war" over Hans Island. When Danish military go there, they leave a bottle of schnapps. And when [Canadian] military forces go, they leave a bottle of Canadian Club and a sign saying, 'Welcome to Canada.'

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#11 Cause

There's a service called "Cleaning for a Reason" in the U.S. and Canada that cleans the houses of women with cancer for free so they can focus on their health.

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#10 100

In 2015, a Canadian man was arrested after tying more than 100 balloons to a garden chair and flyingover the city of Calgary.

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#9 The Offer

One of the thirteen articles in the 1781 U.S. Articles of Confederation states that if Canada wants to be admitted into the U.S., it will automatically be accepted. Canada has yet to take them up on the offer.

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#8 TV

The average Canadian watches 21 hours of television per week. 128,000 Canadian households have TV’s in the bathroom.

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#7 Languages

French and English are the two official languages in Canada. It was recently announced that they are thinking of also adding sign language.

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#6 Fruit Juice

Canadians drink more fruit juice per capita than any other country.

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#5 Celebs

Famous Canadian celebrities include Justin Bieber, Michael Buble, Joni Mitchell, James Cameron, Jim Carrey, Celine Dion, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Mike Myers, Ryan Reynolds and William Shatner.

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#4 Winnie

A bear cub named Winnipeg was exported from Canada to the London Zoo in 1915. A little boy named Christopher Robin Milne loved to visit Winnipeg (or Winnie for short) and his love for the bear cub inspired the stories written by his father, A.A. Milne, about Winnie-the-Pooh.

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#3 Syrup

Once, 60 million pounds of maple syrup was stolen from a reserve in Quebec.

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#2 2005

On July 20, 2005, Canada became the first country outside Europe and the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide after the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act. Same-sex adoption has also been legal in all provinces and territories under varying rules.

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#1 Radio

Canadian radio stations are required by law to play a certain percentage of music from Canadian artists.

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