Geek things we all think about sometimes...
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  1. Shannan O. Williams says

    hahahah

    I love it!

  2. Michael Baker says

    Loooove it!

  3. Scott Bee says

    Inventing leaves???

  4. Mike Wyner says

    I qualify as a Canadian export 🙂

  5. Igor River says

    Canada – Invented Leaves

  6. Eric Lortie says

    Yeah, eh. Up until we invented our flag trees were covered in small ferrets.

  7. Antone Johnson says

    …as well as my mom, lots of funny actors, game show hosts and network news anchors!

  8. Nicholas Oehlberg says

    I think he forget the famous pop sensation Robin Sparkles with her hit, "Let's go to the Mall!"

  9. Stephen Allen says

    Yeah the "Toronto Maple Leaves" 😀 sorry, couldn't resist.

  10. Ken Nagrod says

    He forgot, "Amanda Blain". 😀 How dare you, Alex.

  11. Adrian Parsons says

    I think that should have been phrased "Famous for leaves & inventing Hockey…"

  12. Doug Alder says

    Not too mention about 1/2 of Hollywood and themusic industry started here 🙂

  13. Shauna Harper says

    LOL.. love it.

  14. Teresita B says

    Amanda Blain nice try for CAPS lock

  15. James May says

    And Rush

  16. Amanda Turmel says

    Love it! enough said!

  17. Mario Lombardo says

    And that blonde lady on google+ ;P

  18. Stacy S says

    Eh?

  19. Juan Ochoa says

    Is that all there is to say aboot Canada?

  20. Morely Dotes says

    Oh, Canayjans, eh! And +Juan Ochoa if that was the worst thing ever said about the USA it would be WONDERFUL.

  21. Xin Li says

    Is that for real? I mean was it really a Jeopardy question?

  22. Aaron Malakai says

    Bwahahahahaha!

  23. L Musko says

    What is CANADA for 800 US Dollars, I wait for payment Aye.

  24. Aaron Malakai says

    Kebert, Xela… OH NO!!!! zoop

  25. Jean Wadson Alphonse says

    why is there a conflict between the Quebec Canadians and all rest of the Canadian territory, it s like one country divided in 2 nations …………..?

  26. Mike Wood says

    this is awesome. 🙂

  27. Amanda Blain says

    +Jean Wadson Alphonse Because of their french background… A lot of Quebec feels different than the rest of #Canada. It's a shame really 🙂

  28. Peter Lindelauf says

    Trebek–another Canadian export.

  29. Tim Hunt says

    Sorry +Jean Wadson Alphonse, that kind of question can't really be answered in a single post… its a long story.

  30. Dean Reimer says

    Now wait a minute. I'm Canadian and I don't have any accent. Let alone and endearing one.

  31. Amanda Blain says

    +Dean Reimer i dare you to join a hangout full of americans and aussies.. and say about.. or house… I never heard it either… Now i hear it all the time…

  32. Dean Reimer says

    Yes, but they are the ones with accents. Not us Canucks! 😀

  33. Antone Johnson says

    "Out and about" is the litmus test. An Aussie backpacker once made me say that in London to prove definitively whether I was American or Canadian.

  34. Mike Wood says

    the only aboot I know is the one on my foot. 😉

  35. Dean Reimer says

    +Antone Johnson But even that is ridiculously regional. I don't know a single person that says "aboot" in Western Canada. If anyone says it that way they must be from Atlantic Canada.

  36. Zeb McClure says

    I would say the accent varies greatly. I just travelled across BC and a little into Alberta, and there were some "Hoose (house) and aboot" around, but also there was a mix of accents from all the aussies, englishmen/women, kiwis, etc, that live out there.

    I've heard that Canada doesn't have an accent per se, or a food, even complaints of not having a strong enough national identity. Having just visited I would strongly disagree.

    The accent, even of freshly-immigrated people from the united kingdom, had changed just a bit. The pattern of speech slightly altered. Even foods like french-fries, onion-rings, steak and eggs, that are served everwhere from here to mongolia tasted just a little different.

    I didn't see that many things that were overtly canadian like poutine fries and hockey, but I did see little subtle details everywhere. I think that those little differences, although hard to bullet-point, and sound-bite are the most important.

    zmc

  37. Jacob Chappell says

    Oh sure, focus on all the good things. Let us not forget they are the harbingers of the worlds most vile creature. The French Canadian! Ruuuuuuuuun!

  38. Trevor Sharp says

    The aboot thing must be from Newfoundland or something because I live in NB and I've never heard it pronounced that way in my life.

  39. Euro Maestro says

    +Amanda Blain

    The correct question is

    "What is Canada, eh?"

  40. Sally Richardson says

    This made me giggle.

  41. Euro Maestro says

    +Amanda Blain

    I always wondered who invented leaves. Now I know.

  42. Matt Hall says

    Nice, eh?

  43. Bearman Cartoons says

    I think researchers have found +Dean Reimer that those of us in Southwestern Ohio have the purest non accented English.

  44. Euro Maestro says

    +Bearman Cartoons

    Non accented English ?

    Does that even exist ?

  45. Bearman Cartoons says

    Well I have no accent +Euro Maestro haha

  46. Adrian Parsons says

    I am from Newfoundland & the only people I met who sounded even vaguely like they said "aboot" were from Manitoba or Saskatchewan.

  47. Adrian Parsons says

    +Euro Maestro +Bearman Cartoons From what I have read, the most "Neutral" American Accent is that of Nebraska. However that said, by definition, any non-accented English would have to be from England.

  48. Karen Ryder says

    Bahahahahaha! Too funny. I've never met a Canadian who said 'aboot' and I have friends and family from all over this fair country,…. we've never invented leaves either tho so….. ;o)

  49. Anneke Dubash says

    My ex (we are Canadian and he was First Nations) claimed that accents were all just put on in order to "pull the chicks". By "accents" he meant "foreign accents". And I am not quite sure if her really meant it or not. He said a lot of junk.

  50. Anneke Dubash says

    And the Ottawa Valley accent is pretty close to the "aboot" accent. Irish and Scots mix.

    Of course, there is also the Outaouais joual, the local Francopohone accent from the Ottawa Valley.

  51. Amanda Blain says

    i never heard aboot before hangouts.. now i hear it… and i'm from toronto.. ontario.. 🙂

  52. Ken Nagrod says

    +Amanda Blain I heard you say "amongst" to the hangout group and I had a quiet laugh. 😉

  53. Artemis Entreri says

    +Amanda Blain don't you mean torrana ?

  54. Euro Maestro says

    +Artemis Entreri

    Or even TO.

  55. Euro Maestro says

    At least Canadians say again correctly.

    I used to go to Toronto all the time. Had fun going up to Canada's Wonderland too.

  56. Anneke Dubash says

    I lived in Toronto for 4 years and mostly hated it. I was very glad to get back to Ottawa. I'd pick New York City or London over Toronto. Toronto is trying too hard to turn itself into a poor imitation of New York and just isn't succeeding.

    Too many gigantic monstrosities of modern architecture dwarfing all the historical bones of the city.

  57. Doug Alder says

    +Amanda Blain it's a myth devised by our southern cousins to distract attention from their appalling accents 😉

  58. Aaron Malakai says

    Just had a discussion on the similarities and differences of Quebecois vs French, Olde English vs "amerkan"/deutch/latin, and Mix/native mexicano vs español.

    It "can" be a shame but isn't nec. so… we can move forward and learn a lot from this. It's a tiny part of the basis of tractatus logico-philosophicus.

    "All problems are solved when on realizes most questions have no basis in logic… therefore, nothing can be solved because we can never agree on a language that rests on logic rather than question."

  59. Hektor dePaula says

    what is Irak….!

  60. Anneke Dubash says

    I grew up in a neighbourhood which was English and French but since most of the English kids were Protestant and the French kids were all Catholic, we didn't really mix. I could swear in French because I had a French babysitter who swore up a storm.

    When I was in high school (1972-1977) they were just beginning to start teaching French intensively in the schools. When I was in grade school, they taught words, the names of objects and some phrases. We had these bid pictures with some sort of story going on and we had to be able to describe what was going on… Little conversational French, and most of the teachers were from France so their standard of French was different from Canadian French.

    By the time I hit high school, they had started French immersion classes and learning verbs and tenses. I was very shy and intimidated by the teacher and despite the fact that my pronunciation was (and is) excellent, my grammar and conversational skills were (and are) almost non-existent. Making things even worse, the teacher used to pick me out and get me to say something and laugh at me in front of the class because I didn't pronounce things in proper Parisian French. It was awful and I failed miserably.

    Living in a bilingual city, I don't have problems making myself understood and understanding French, and I was able to deal with customers in French, even when I was dealing with computer books. But there is no way I would be able to get a government job because I am not fluent.

    What bothers me most is that many of the government managers I have are Francophone who are considered "bilingual" but can barely manage in English. Meanwhile, bilingual Anglophones are held to a higher standard and you are expected to be completely fluent. It is a double standard.

  61. Euro Maestro says

    Well, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to live in Quebec. I'm sure there are probably abuses on all sides but mostly I saw Québec getting a raw deal but I understand that EnglishCanadians may feel differently.

  62. Ken Nagrod says

    This has been an interesting post. I didn't realize the "separation" and sentiments throughout Canada. I've been to Toronto about a half dozen times, Montreal once and Quebec a couple of times. Loved Toronto, loved the old city of Quebec (got to use my French when I was younger and remembered it), but Montreal didn't seem friendly to Americans.

  63. Anneke Dubash says

    I understand the concerns of Québécois. I also know the anger and frustration of the people in traditionally English areas of Quebec who are forced to put up signs in French first when there are few, if any Fracophones. And the frustration of Jewish shopkeepers who are ordered to remove signs in Yiddish when 99+% of their clientele are Yiddish-speaking.

    If those concerned about the loss if the French language in Quebec want to stop the loss, they are better to bolster their own culture and not force people who are not French to "be French".

  64. Doug Alder says

    Not to mention the anger in the west here when we see continued favoritism towards Quebec by Ottawa because (a) Quebec is a crucial voting bloc (b) a large percentage of politicians come from there (c) Ottawa is afraid to annoy les séparatistes

  65. Nicholas Oehlberg says

    Leaves is not an invention.

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