Today I learned about The Tragically Hip, "the most Canadian band in the world". They have sold more albums in Canada than global bands like U2, and have had nine albums in the #1 spot on Canadian charts, but are virtually unknown outside of Canada. bbc.com/news/magazine-363…
Canadians in WW1 regularly executed prisoners and exploited truces. "[He] described the practice of lobbing tins of corned beef into a neighbouring German trench. When the Canadians started hearing happy shouts of β€œMore! Give us more!” they then let loose with an armload of grenades." nationalpost.com/news/can…
Canadian Thanksgiving predates American Thanksgiving by 43 years insider.com/why-canada-ha…
Approximately half of all Canadians live south of Seattle. latimes.com/socal/daily-p…
A Canadian named Dominique Rousselle has spent 1 month every year for the past 20 years traveling to Thailand to provide food and medicine to stray dogs bangkokpost.com/thailand/…
The Canadian province Alberta basically has no permanent Norway Rat population because they have an incredibly aggressive rat control program. It includes a hotline to call if you ever actually see a rat in the province. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
In 2014 during a hockey game between the Nashville Predators and the Toronto Maple Leafs, a woman performing the U.S. national anthem lost her mic and the Canadian fans joined in to help her finish the Star Spangled Banner. youtube.com/watch?v=oMIYO…
While Canada was officially neutral during the U.S. Civil War, between 33-55,000 Canadians volunteered and fought mostly for the Union. Over 29 Canadians received the Medal of Honor. The war led to change in governing philosophy in Canada, with more focus on federation instead of states rights. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Today I learned of the Disposable Ship- As British taxes only applied to lumber on a ship, and not the lumber that MADE UP the ship, Canadian loggers began building large, barely seaworthy ships that would be broken up for timber once they reached British shores. amusingplanet.com/2019/10…
During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Molson delivered a fully-stocked beer fridge to Team Canada Olympic House. The only way to open the fridge was to use a Canadian passport on the electronic passport reader. abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/…
The Canadian government will pay you to plant trees for a summer. It became so popular that work visas became available for foreign workers simply to plant trees. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
On May 13th, 1945 Canadian Military Officers permitted a illegal court martial and allowed for the execution of two Kreigsmarine deserters 5 days after Germany’s surrender. military.wikia.org/wiki/1…
, the Canadian slang for a dollar is a Loonie wikipedia.org/wiki/Loonie
Today I learned of CASL, the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation, which can issue fines of up to $10M for spam email. fightspam.gc.ca/eic/site/…
In 2014, due to a glitch in the Canadian version of iTunes, a Taylor Swift song titled β€œTrack 3” was released and immediately shot to the top of the charts. Fans who downloaded the song had purchased eight seconds of static noise for $1.29. time.com/3531142/taylor-s…
Today I learned about the Marxist-Leninist party of Canada, who hasn't been able to secure a single seat in the Canadian Parliament despite running candidates for every election since 1974. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
In 1942 the Canadian government sold the homes of Japanese-Canadians to pay for their own detention in camps during WW2. The majority were Canadian citizens by birth. Compensation in 1988 amounted to $21,000 to each surviving internee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
In Canadian Parliament, it is tradition to drag the new Speaker of the House to their seat. The Speaker had to report to the Monarch, and sometimes the Monarch would kill them if the news was bad. It was an undesirable position and many Speakers were forced into that role. nationalobserver.com/2019…
In 2017 a 100kg, Royal Canadian Mint made (but privately owned) gold coin dubbed the "Big Maple Leaf” was stolen from Bode Museum in Germany. It has a face value of $1 million but by weight was worth $4 million. cbc.ca/news/entertainment…
The Edwards v Canada (the Persons Case deciding whether women could sit in the Canadian Senate) was ultimately decided in favour of the women by the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, which struck down the Supreme Court of Canada’s earlier ruling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
In 1965 the future Canadian prime minister John Turner was vacationing in Barbados when he noticed someone struggling in rough surf at the beach; being a strong swimmer, he instinctively entered the water and unknowingly saved the life of former Canadian PM John Diefenbaker. collectionscanada.gc.ca/p…
There's no mysterious meaning behind why singer/songwriter The Weeknd has the "e" missing from his stage name. The spelling was altered simply to avoid copyright conflict with a Canadian band called "The Weekend". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A 12-yr-old Canadian boy was caught after hacking multiple sites in order to trade pirated information to the hacktivist group Anonymous for video games. His lawyer said the boy who had been hacking since age 9 was not politically motivated; he merely saw it as a challenge. theverge.com/2013/10/26/5…
One Canadian tank, nicknamed "Bomb," never missed a day of service from when it landed in Normandy on D-Day until the surrender of Germany, firing over 6,000 rounds and taking two enemy hits across France, Belgium, and the Netherlands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
The Canadian Airborne Regiment was disbanded after soldiers tortured and murdered a 16-year-old Somali boy, Shidane Arone in 1993. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Som…
While Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown is credited with shooting down the Red Baron's plane, the Red Baron himself was actually killed after being shot once in the heart by small arms fire from the ground, not the air. It is still unknown who, exactly, fired the fatal bullet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The Canadian Football League Expanded into the USA during the 90s. And during that time one CFLUSA team won their championship, the Grey Cup. The team had only been in existence for 3 years. rollingstone.com/culture/…
Canadian researchers watched 40 episodes of 'The Dr. Oz Show' and found that nearly 40% of the medical advice is not evidence-based, and 15% goes directly against evidence. reliasmedia.com/articles/…
Today I learned of Winston Blackmore, a Canadian polygamist and cult leader. He has 150 children with his 27 "spiritual" wives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
The most skilled sniper in all of World War I was a Canadian Indigenous man, Francis Pegahmagabow. He had 378 confirmed kills, captured over 300 enemy soldiers, and spent his post-war life fighting for Indigenous rights. He remains the most decorated Indigenous soldier in Canadian history. youtube.com/watch?v=kYzDB…
Today I learned about Sandra Perron, the first female infantry officer in the Canadian Army. Viewed as a threat by the male officers, she was beaten, tied to a tree, and left in the snow for two hours without boots. Her experience forced the army to revise its procedures to prevent harassment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Today I learned about LΓ©o Major, a Canadian soldier who single-handedly liberated a whole city in the Netherland capturing 93 German soldier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
The Canadian Post office responds to mail addressed to Santa Claus (his zip code is "H0H 0H0") en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
The Canadian Parliament once discussed how the country would deal with a zombie apocalypse; then Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird declared that "Canada will never become a safe haven for zombies, ever" theatlantic.com/internati…
Unlike their counterparts in America, Canadian Slurpees do not contain yucca extract which gives it the airy consistency American Slurpees are known for. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slu…
Canadian A&W restaurants have no corporate connection to the US A&W restaurants en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%2…
A Canadian man getting a rectal exam by his doctor at a hospital was observed by people he assumed were medical practitioners/med students. He sued the hospital and observers after learning the observers were two actors who play doctors on TV doing research for the TV series "Saving Hope." bramptonguardian.com/news…
Today I learned about the Big Maple Leaf, a set of six $1 million Canadian gold coins each weighing 100 kilograms (220 lbs). One of the coins was stolen in Berlin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
22-yr-old Canadian man John McCue took it upon himself to fill potholes with the sign: "I filled the potholes. Pay me instead of your taxes." Drivers gave him cash, coffee and joints for filling in potholes. cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s…
The US had to abandon construction of a border fort in New York State after realising that they'd accidentally built it on the Canadian side of the border. It was promptly nicknamed "Fort Blunder". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Today I learned of Anya Pogharian, a Canadian who at age 17 invented a portable dialysis machine costing $500 to build; (dialysis machines typically cost about $30K). Her machine filters 4 liters of blood in 25 minutes. cbc.ca/news/canada/montre…
Canadian singer Shania Twain met her current husband due to each of their ex-spouses having an affair with one another. cnn.com/2020/01/31/entert…
Shrek was originally given a thick Canadian accent by actor Mike Meyers. However, after animation had begun and the dialogue almost finished, Meyers decided the character would be better portrayed with a Scottish accent. The film had to be re-animated and cost over $4 million cbr.com/movie-legends-rev…
Today I learned of Brigader John Lawson, the highest ranking Canadian soldier killed in WW2. When the Japanese surrounded his HQ during the Battle of Hong Kong, he radioed his superiors that he was "going outside to fight it out." He then left his headquarters with a pistol in each hand, and died in the fight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The modern American and Canadian special operations forces trace their heritage to the 1st Special Service Force, an elite American–Canadian commando unit in World War II. During the war, the 1,800-man unit accounted for some 12,000 German casualties, captured some 7,000 prisoners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf, one of the most American song, actually belongs to a Canadian rock band and sang by German vocalist John Kay. Three members out of five are Canadians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned of the "Battle of Bowmanville." After an international dispute led to Germans and Canadians shackling each others POWs in WW2, some German prisoners revolted and locked themselves in a mess hall with makeshift weapons. The Canadians successfully raided the building using hockey sticks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow…
Today I learned of the Battle Of Bowmanville in 1942 where approximately 100 Canadian soldiers quelled a rebellion of German POWs using only hockey sticks and water cannons. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowman…
Football, baseball, basketball and hockey were all invented by Canadians. cbc.ca/sportslongform/ent…
Today I learned of Red Cloud, a Volvo DL Wagon driven by Canadians Ken Langley and Garry Sowerby that circumnavigated the globe in 74 days through Australia, India and the Eastern Bloc, setting a Guinness world record. The car was equipped with neither AC nor Power Steering. timescolonist.com/bill-va…

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