Friday, July 1, 2011

Empire State Building Honors Canada Day

Last night, the Empire State Building honored Canada by lighting its top tiers with red and white, reflecting the Canadian flag. 
Before that, a team of volunteer Canadians showered Maple leaves from the tower's observation deck. The organizing committee for the NYC Canada celebrations also replaced the water in the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park with premium Canadian Maple syrup. Also, all the 11 branches of Canadian donut icon, Tim Horton's gave away free coffee and Timbits.

OKAY. The maple syrup, maple leaves, and Tim Horton's are not true. But it's not too late, maybe today.

Friday's Best: Canadiana Tidbits

What famous people said about Canada:

"President Bush left for Canada today to attend a trade summit. Reportedly, the trade summit got off to an awkward start when the president pulled out his baseball cards."Conan O'Brien  
"The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff." - Britney Spears
"A lot of funny stuff happens in Canada."Samantha Bee 
"Canada was built on dead beavers."Margaret Atwood
"I don't even know what street Canada is on."Al Capone 
Things you should know about Canada:

  • Canadians consume more donuts than any other country in the world. Also, there are more donut shops in Canada per capita than any other country in the world.
  • Did you know that the comic book artist Joe Shuster who created Superman was born in Toronto, Ontario? He held Canadian and American citizenships. 
  • Did you know that the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith, a physical education professor was born in Canada? A product of Canada's top university, McGill University in Montreal, Naismith was inducted in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame, Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and the McGill Sports Hall of Fame. 
  • Canada has six time zones. From east to west they are Newfoundland Time Zone, Atlantic Time Zone, Eastern Time, Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone, and the Pacific Time Zone.
  • Canada has the largest amount of freshwater in the world having over 2 million lakes.
  • About 89% of Canada is uninhabitable because of harsh climate. 
  • Canadians call their one dollar coin "loonie" and the two dollar coin a "toonie"
  • The US-Canada border is the world's longest undefended border.
  • In Canada, the legal drinking age is 19 except for the Provinces of Quebec, Manitoba, and Alberta which is 18. In an interview, Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds said: I remember being upset because I was finally legal to drink in Canada, and I decided to throw that all away and move to America, where I had to wait another two years. I came here to do improv and to try to join the Groundlings. 
  • The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics opening ceremonies were the first Olympic opening ceremonies for both the summer and winter editions to be held in an indoor venue.
Oh Canada from CBC:

Molson Canadian Beer "I Am Canadian Anthem" commercial:

"Un Canadien Errant" performed by Luke Doucet and Mellisa Mclelland from the movie "One Week" starring Joshua Jackson. This is the best version I've heard. 

The BEST of Molson Canadian Beer commercials: