What's Different in Canada

A Beginner's Guide to the Differences Between the Two Most Similar Countries on Earth

Bulk Barn

Bulk Barn is an only-in-Canada godsend to thrifty-minded moms from Halifax to Vancouver. It features hundreds of bulk items in giant bins that you can scoop out into little bags; everything from corn starch and flour to various candies to the best part of Lucky Charms (the marshmallows.) There is also a surprising number of piñatas in every store. There are over 200 stores across Canada in every province, and every Canadian alive is guilty of secretly sampling from the bins.

Metric vs. Imperial

Metric vs. Imperial

Welcome to Augtober.

Welcome to Augtober.

House Hippo

House Hippo is a sickeningly adorable Canadian public service announcement originally released in 1999 by Concerned Children’s Advertisers. It chronicles the life of the house hippo, a small mammal that lives in the Canadian home. The ad claims: "They build their nests in bedroom closets using lost mittens, dryer lint and bits of string. The nests have to be very soft and warm; house hippos sleep about 16 hours a day." 

The purpose of the ad is to teach kids not to believe everything they see on TV. This aim backfired some percentage of the time, as some young children missed the message at the end and actually believed house hippos were real. 

Beyond being disgustingly cute, the ad follows the theme that Canada produces very high-quality public service announcements (and more grotesque health warnings.) 

Excellent question from the Commonwealth Games

Excellent question from the Commonwealth Games

Street Party Tomorrow

(Editor’s note: This is a shameless plug for a free renegade parade I am throwing in Toronto tomorrow. It’s going to be amazing and you should come.) 

Canadian cities all seem to have a contingent of whacky, free-spirited, “let’s throw glitter everywhere and dance” crazy kids. Tomorrow in Toronto I am throwing a renegade parade/subway party/surprise ending celebration called Castles in the Sky. The fun starts at Bloor & Spadina at 3 PM. Bring subway fare.

More info: Click here for Facebook event

Reblog if you know people in Toronto who might be down ;) 

50% of Canadians live in the red areas 

50% of Canadians live in the red areas 

Shirley Temples have Orange Juice

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The Shirley Temple is the classic virgin cocktail, most commonly enjoyed at Bar Mitzvahs, Sweet Sixteens, and by children at wedding receptions. It is a simple drink, made with ginger ale, grenadine and a maraschino cherry. Except in Canada… where they use orange juice. What? Indeed, a Shirley Temple in Canada is 7-Up, Orange Juice, grenadine syrup, then garnished with a citrus wedge and a maraschino cherry. Other possible ingredients for this unnatural monstrosity include soda water and lemon juice. Apparently you can order these at Swiss Chalet, which also has the other best grenadine-containing drink ever, the Darth Vader.