What better way to celebrate Canada Day then to educate ourselves on some weird facts about our homeland? Here are some strange things you probably didn’t know about our country:
#1: We Are Prepared For The Arrival Of Aliens: For some odd reason a UFO landing pad was built in St. Paul, Alberta in 1967. This was the first UFO landing pad to be built in the world, and was put together thanks to the town of St. Paul. I guess it never hurts to be prepared?
#2: Canada Consumes More Mac & Cheese Than Any Other Country In The World: Is there really much more to say about this then we love our fake orange cheese and conveniently cheap dinners?
#3: The World Can Thank Us For Electric Wheelchairs: Yes, the electric wheelchair was a brilliant invention by a Canadian. George Klein developed the electric wheelchair to assist injured veterans in World War II.
#4: We Are Pretty Smart: Canada is ranked to be the most educated country in the world, more than half of all adults in our country have post-secondary education of some sort. On top of that, we’ve somehow managed to be a world leader in education without being a leader in education spending; I guess we’re doing something right!
#5: Santa Claus Is Actually From Canada: Our post office receives millions of letters for Santa during the Christmas season, and “Mrs. Claus” responds to every single one! Canada claimed the address of Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H0H0, so North Pole or not, Santa is Canadian. In fact, The Citizenship and Immigration Minister declared that Santa Claus is officially Canadian.
#6: We love our donuts: Canada has more donut shops per capita than anywhere else in the world. What more could anyone really need?
#7: We are fully responsible for Hawaiian pizza: Yep, a Canadian invented Hawaiian pizza. This pizza creation comes from Sam Panopoulos who lives in London, Ontario. He was the first to make this masterpiece at his restaurant in Chatham back in 1962. So no, you can’t thank the people of Honolulu or Maui for this brilliant invention.
#8: Water anyone? The quality of Canadian tap water is usually better than the bottled water.
#9: Better late than never: Canada was delayed in obtaining its national flag – it took nearly 100 years after having become an official country.
#10: Why we are called “Canada”: Canada actually obtained its name through a misinterpretation! When the French explorer Jacques Cartier met with the local people in the New World, they invited him to their “Kanata”, meaning “village”. The explorer, however, thought that they were referring to the country, and so he labeled the country as “Canada”.\
I love this list! Not only did I learn something new, but I think I actually love Canada even more!
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Bonus Fun Fact: Did you know? All of our labels are made right here in Canada. Yup, Lovable Labels is proudly Canadian made company!
Tell us! What do you love about Canada?