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2010-11-06 02:44:43 PM  
"The type of experiences that journalists were having in China were not experiences that the general public could buy," she added.

It's true. I was looking to getting a "Chinese journalist experience" for my wife but the prices were either exorbitant or the thugs didn't get what I was hinting at. I just want someone to convince her that focusing on the good and ignoring the bad is for the good of everyone under my dominion. You'd think this would be a thriving industry by now with healthy competition keeping prices low.
 
2010-11-06 05:01:55 PM  
Bow before your Canadian overlords. Or don't. Either way, we're cool with it.
 
2010-11-06 05:11:04 PM  
It's true; a friend of mine who just got back from a 14 month round-the-world in which he spent a lot of time in southeast asia (lao, cambodia, thailand, malaysia, indonesia, korea, hong kong, etc) said that you can ALWAYS tell a canadian because they'll have a patch or a hat or something.

Because they want you to know that they're not american.
 
2010-11-06 05:28:44 PM  

xiaodown: It's true; a friend of mine who just got back from a 14 month round-the-world in which he spent a lot of time in southeast asia (lao, cambodia, thailand, malaysia, indonesia, korea, hong kong, etc) said that you can ALWAYS tell a canadian because they'll have a patch or a hat or something.

Because they want you to know that they're not american.


When the truth is, we're almost as obnoxious.
 
2010-11-06 05:57:57 PM  

Adman12: When the truth is, we're almost as obnoxious.


Everyone North of the Rio Grande needs to come to the understanding that we share a common heritage of being dicks.
 
2010-11-06 06:37:03 PM  

xiaodown: It's true; a friend of mine who just got back from a 14 month round-the-world in which he spent a lot of time in southeast asia (lao, cambodia, thailand, malaysia, indonesia, korea, hong kong, etc) said that you can ALWAYS tell a canadian because they'll have a patch or a hat or something.

Because they want you to know that they're not american.


I did the round the world trip thing too, and what always confused me was how most people in some places would guess I was Canadian over American. When I asked whether they actually got more Canadians or not they said no, just the Canadians would get super-upset whenever someone assumed they were American.

/half-Canadian so I guess they were right either way
 
2010-11-06 08:48:24 PM  
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Oh my, look at the time.
 
2010-11-06 08:50:04 PM  
Canadians always have a patch, a hat, or feel upon introduction they must tell you they are not from the US. Quite honestly, no one could give a fark, because North American, is just North American.

I have some good Canadian friends but I have also met some traveling who are complete assholes, and justify it with "I am Canadian so I am allowed to act like an ass".

That maple leaf does not give you some magical shield.
 
2010-11-06 08:50:50 PM  
Canada Dry is some pretty good ginger ale.
 
2010-11-06 08:51:58 PM  
i.imgur.com

Lick it.
 
2010-11-06 08:53:12 PM  
As an American, I'd like to thank our Canadian neighbors for maintaining such good relations with the rest of the world.

When I'm traveling abroad and I slap that Canadian Flag sticker on my backpack, the good intentions and friendly behavior of the backward brown people around me is just really great.

Thank you, Canada.

PS, watch your ass, I hear you guys have oil now.
 
2010-11-06 08:54:47 PM  
want to cause a sure-fire kernel panic in just about any canadian you meet? get them to describe what defines "canada", except the catch is they're not allowed to mention the united states.

/is a born and raised canadian, who naturally gets a kick out of this.
 
2010-11-06 08:55:38 PM  

krupintupple: want to cause a sure-fire kernel panic in just about any canadian you meet? get them to describe what defines "canada", except the catch is they're not allowed to mention the united states.

/is a born and raised canadian, who naturally gets a kick out of this.


Hockey!
 
2010-11-06 08:55:41 PM  
 
2010-11-06 08:56:45 PM  
If you can't trust a Canadian news site based in Britain, who can you trust?
 
2010-11-06 08:57:07 PM  

theflatline: Canadians always have a patch, a hat, or feel upon introduction they must tell you they are not from the US.


I spent a week and a half in Stockholm earlier this year, and tried my best not to stand out. No maple leaf toque, no nothing. A few people assumed I was an American; I politely corrected them. Most of them were a bit shocked by the fact that I didn't fly into a rage upon being called an American, "like most Canadians do".

Why the hell do we Canadians behave like that? For an ostensibly polite people, we sure are good at blowing first impressions.

/flew IcelandAir
//now THERE is a country desperate to brand itself
 
2010-11-06 08:58:43 PM  

krupintupple: want to cause a sure-fire kernel panic in just about any canadian you meet? get them to describe what defines "canada", except the catch is they're not allowed to mention the united states.


Years ago a contest to complete the sentence "As Canadian as..." won with "possible under the circumstances." That's the kind of sideways identity politics that I'm comfortable with.
 
2010-11-06 09:00:31 PM  
51
 
2010-11-06 09:00:39 PM  

Ignorant McNugget: theflatline: Canadians always have a patch, a hat, or feel upon introduction they must tell you they are not from the US.

I spent a week and a half in Stockholm earlier this year, and tried my best not to stand out. No maple leaf toque, no nothing. A few people assumed I was an American; I politely corrected them. Most of them were a bit shocked by the fact that I didn't fly into a rage upon being called an American, "like most Canadians do".

Why the hell do we Canadians behave like that? For an ostensibly polite people, we sure are good at blowing first impressions.

/flew IcelandAir
//now THERE is a country desperate to brand itself


You were probably suffering from some sort of syndrome.
 
2010-11-06 09:01:24 PM  

gilatrout: 51


What does Puerto Rico have to do with this
 
2010-11-06 09:01:26 PM  

theflatline: Canadians always have a patch, a hat, or feel upon introduction they must tell you they are not from the US. Quite honestly, no one could give a fark, because North American, is just North American.

I have some good Canadian friends but I have also met some traveling who are complete assholes, and justify it with "I am Canadian so I am allowed to act like an ass".

That maple leaf does not give you some magical shield.


We've got just as many jerks as any other country, and don't let anyone, Canadian or not, tell you otherwise.

/I try not to be a dick
//Except on the internet, where we're all dicks.
 
2010-11-06 09:01:52 PM  
you know, when i think of branding, i think of products marketed to a dull and poorly informed consumer who wants to be told what to drink and what tampon to stick in their sandy vaginas, Canada, please don't become this.
 
2010-11-06 09:01:54 PM  

Ignorant McNugget: theflatline: Canadians always have a patch, a hat, or feel upon introduction they must tell you they are not from the US.

I spent a week and a half in Stockholm earlier this year, and tried my best not to stand out. No maple leaf toque, no nothing. A few people assumed I was an American; I politely corrected them. Most of them were a bit shocked by the fact that I didn't fly into a rage upon being called an American, "like most Canadians do".

Why the hell do we Canadians behave like that? For an ostensibly polite people, we sure are good at blowing first impressions.

/flew IcelandAir
//now THERE is a country desperate to brand itself


Hahaha. I had a Canadian here in Colombia trying to explain a toque to me the other day and I pointed out that all the frigging people in the Andes wear them as well, that it is not just a Canadian thing.
 
2010-11-06 09:02:11 PM  
This brand is my brand, this brand is your brand, this brand was made for you and me.
 
2010-11-06 09:02:22 PM  
theflatline [TotalFark] Quote 2010-11-06 08:50:04 PM
Canadians always have a patch, a hat, or feel upon introduction they must tell you they are not from the US. Quite honestly, no one could give a fark, because North American, is just North American.

I have some good Canadian friends but I have also met some traveling who are complete assholes, and justify it with "I am Canadian so I am allowed to act like an ass".

That maple leaf does not give you some magical shield.


Jebus. Would you like a nice merlot with that whine. What a farking cry baby.
 
2010-11-06 09:02:48 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: gilatrout: 51

What does Puerto Rico have to do with this


I will take Canadians over Puerto Ricans any day.
 
2010-11-06 09:02:55 PM  

loonatic112358: you know, when i think of branding, i think of products marketed to a dull and poorly informed consumer who wants to be told what to drink and what tampon to stick in their sandy vaginas, Canada, please don't become this.


I think of hot metal meeting flesh.
 
2010-11-06 09:02:59 PM  

krupintupple: want to cause a sure-fire kernel panic in just about any canadian you meet? get them to describe what defines "canada", except the catch is they're not allowed to mention the united states.

/is a born and raised canadian, who naturally gets a kick out of this.


That's impossible. The Canadian identity is founded on being "not the US." Had the US not tried to forcibly invade Canada in the War of 1812, we'd probably all be Americans right now.
 
2010-11-06 09:03:11 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Adman12: When the truth is, we're almost as obnoxious.

Everyone North of the Rio Grande Red River needs to come to the understanding that we share a common heritage of being dicks.


The dicks from Texas are the ones with the giant cowboy hat on when traveling abroad
 
2010-11-06 09:03:51 PM  

EdBear: krupintupple: want to cause a sure-fire kernel panic in just about any canadian you meet? get them to describe what defines "canada", except the catch is they're not allowed to mention the united states.


Years ago a contest to complete the sentence "As Canadian as..." won with "possible under the circumstances." That's the kind of sideways identity politics that I'm comfortable with.


Bahahaa I do love our collective sense of humour.

/Yeah that's right, humOUr.
//That's how we roll up in the northizzle
 
2010-11-06 09:04:08 PM  
see what you did Fartbama!

/did I do that right?
 
2010-11-06 09:04:23 PM  

Burchill: loonatic112358: you know, when i think of branding, i think of products marketed to a dull and poorly informed consumer who wants to be told what to drink and what tampon to stick in their sandy vaginas, Canada, please don't become this.

I think of hot metal meeting flesh.


a maple leaf burned into your ass? well if you're into that sort of searing pain....
 
2010-11-06 09:05:42 PM  

krupintupple: want to cause a sure-fire kernel panic in just about any canadian you meet? get them to describe what defines "canada", except the catch is they're not allowed to mention the united states.

/is a born and raised canadian, who naturally gets a kick out of this.


Pluralism. An abundance of natural riches and unending opportunity. Open and welcoming. Peace, order, good government. Weather, shared sense of survivalism, and the collective interest that that cultivates. The world's greatest buffet of international cuisine. There's lots of things that we share and that define us.

I understand the point you're making, though. 'Unarmed Americans with single payer health-care' is a fairly apt description to lots of people.

/Canada is like a bumble bee- On paper it shouldn't work, but be damned if the farking thing doesn't fly
 
2010-11-06 09:07:13 PM  

indarwinsshadow: theflatline [TotalFark] Quote 2010-11-06 08:50:04 PM
Canadians always have a patch, a hat, or feel upon introduction they must tell you they are not from the US. Quite honestly, no one could give a fark, because North American, is just North American.

I have some good Canadian friends but I have also met some traveling who are complete assholes, and justify it with "I am Canadian so I am allowed to act like an ass".

That maple leaf does not give you some magical shield.

Jebus. Would you like a nice merlot with that whine. What a farking cry baby.


Actually,

Over the last 20 years living between the states and Colombia, I have had plenty of experience with traveling Canadians.

I used to be paid to give orientations to Canadian teachers who were doing a stint or Canadian tourists passing through.

I would say 60% would end up calling me in the middle of the night because something had happened to them because they did not follow my guidelines. They thought that being Canadian gave them a little extra oomph with the locals.
 
2010-11-06 09:07:50 PM  
Of all countries, Canada's cliché human mascot has the coolest uniform.
ironic1.com
/Except maybe for Marianne, if you call having your tits out a "uniform."
nsfw
 
2010-11-06 09:08:33 PM  

Burchill: You were probably suffering from some sort of syndrome.


You know, at the risk of sounding sappy, I think Stockholm syndrome got its name because, no matter how many things go wrong while you're there, it's impossible not to fall in love with the place.
 
2010-11-06 09:10:41 PM  

Andromeda: xiaodown: It's true; a friend of mine who just got back from a 14 month round-the-world in which he spent a lot of time in southeast asia (lao, cambodia, thailand, malaysia, indonesia, korea, hong kong, etc) said that you can ALWAYS tell a canadian because they'll have a patch or a hat or something.

Because they want you to know that they're not american.

I did the round the world trip thing too, and what always confused me was how most people in some places would guess I was Canadian over American. When I asked whether they actually got more Canadians or not they said no, just the Canadians would get super-upset whenever someone assumed they were American.

/half-Canadian so I guess they were right either way


Yeah, I was actually staying in a Toronto hostel and ended up quite popular when I mentioned to someone that I was American. They assumed Canadian before that. Got drinks bought for me all night, but on the flipside, the first question was 'so, why did you guys vote for Bush?'.

Anyway, you know there are Americans - at least there definitely were during the Bush heyday, probably still - who throw Canadian patches on their bags.

I could probably get away with it, but I also grew up 15 minutes from the border and went to Canada on a fairly regular clip for trips, or if we were bored, or had friends from out of state who hadn't been, or whatever.

/Michigander who grew up watching CBC on a regular basis
//also, I own a Canada Olympic t-shirt
///what, it was cute
 
2010-11-06 09:11:35 PM  
Unlikely, subby?
How much of a cold hearted bastard are you not to like Canada?
 
2010-11-06 09:11:59 PM  
if i ever travel abroad i certainly won't represent myself as american and the resulting ass kicking.
 
2010-11-06 09:12:44 PM  

unyon: krupintupple: want to cause a sure-fire kernel panic in just about any canadian you meet? get them to describe what defines "canada", except the catch is they're not allowed to mention the united states.

/is a born and raised canadian, who naturally gets a kick out of this.

Pluralism. An abundance of natural riches and unending opportunity. Open and welcoming. Peace, order, good government. Weather, shared sense of survivalism, and the collective interest that that cultivates. The world's greatest buffet of international cuisine. There's lots of things that we share and that define us.

I understand the point you're making, though. 'Unarmed Americans with single payer health-care' is a fairly apt description to lots of people.

/Canada is like a bumble bee- On paper it shouldn't work, but be damned if the farking thing doesn't fly


I would say New York and San Francisco have always had the lock on international cuisine.
 
2010-11-06 09:13:22 PM  

Ignorant McNugget: Burchill: You were probably suffering from some sort of syndrome.

You know, at the risk of sounding sappy, I think Stockholm syndrome got its name because, no matter how many things go wrong while you're there, it's impossible not to fall in love with the place.


Were you there in the winter?

I mean, damn, I loved Sweden - Denmark more - but meeting Swedes and Danes (and a American girl who did a winter semester in Denmark)... sometimes you just miss sunshine, y'know?
 
2010-11-06 09:13:38 PM  

xiaodown: you can ALWAYS tell a canadian because they'll have a patch or a hat or something.

Because they want you to know that they're not american.


We've been doing that probably since WW2. It didn't used to be to show we weren't american, but nowadays.....sorry but too many people out there hate you guys now.
 
2010-11-06 09:15:13 PM  
Perhaps why Americans visiting Europe pretend they're canadians.
 
2010-11-06 09:16:28 PM  
Let's be honest, the only "Canadians" that freak out when mistakenly recognized as an American is actually an AMERICAN! Americans have a long history of slapping Canadian flag patches on themselves when travelling abroad. So who is REALLY making Canadians look like an ass around the world? Actual Americans.

To be fair, I've met a lot of Americans (in my limited travels) who are not only pleasant but warm, intelligent and the complete opposite of the stereotype. They really do get a bad rap. C'est la vie.
 
2010-11-06 09:16:45 PM  

krupintupple: want to cause a sure-fire kernel panic in just about any canadian you meet? get them to describe what defines "canada", except the catch is they're not allowed to mention the united states.

/is a born and raised canadian, who naturally gets a kick out of this.


I used to troll Canadian folks I ran into by demonstrating some knowledge of Canada, then finally coming to "so, provinces are like states, right?"
 
2010-11-06 09:17:07 PM  

theflatline: unyon: krupintupple: want to cause a sure-fire kernel panic in just about any canadian you meet? get them to describe what defines "canada", except the catch is they're not allowed to mention the united states.

/is a born and raised canadian, who naturally gets a kick out of this.

Pluralism. An abundance of natural riches and unending opportunity. Open and welcoming. Peace, order, good government. Weather, shared sense of survivalism, and the collective interest that that cultivates. The world's greatest buffet of international cuisine. There's lots of things that we share and that define us.

I understand the point you're making, though. 'Unarmed Americans with single payer health-care' is a fairly apt description to lots of people.

/Canada is like a bumble bee- On paper it shouldn't work, but be damned if the farking thing doesn't fly

I would say New York and San Francisco have always had the lock on international cuisine.


Can't speak for San Fran, but Toronto's international cuisine DOES kick ass.

Christ, you can get Ethiopian food at 3 AM and there were a number of restaurants representing certain countries that I'd never seen before (Bosnian being the one I can remember off the top of my head).

Oddly enough, though, finding decent South America food was tricky. I didn't try that hard, but no one in the U of T co-op I was staying in could think of anything either. Maybe wherever those folks settled was just on the other side of town or something, I mean, hell, Michigan's cold too and Detroit has a Mexicantown. (shrug).
 
2010-11-06 09:19:04 PM  
Tag should be Obvious, not unlikely.
 
2010-11-06 09:20:26 PM  

VonAether: krupintupple: want to cause a sure-fire kernel panic in just about any canadian you meet? get them to describe what defines "canada", except the catch is they're not allowed to mention the united states.

/is a born and raised canadian, who naturally gets a kick out of this.

That's impossible. The Canadian identity is founded on being "not the US." Had the US not tried to forcibly invade Canada in the War of 1812, we'd probably all be Americans right now.


What has kept you from being Americans is the one quarter of your population that speaks French at home.

Old American saw: "Canada is British because it's French" :-)
 
2010-11-06 09:20:43 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Ignorant McNugget: Burchill: You were probably suffering from some sort of syndrome.

You know, at the risk of sounding sappy, I think Stockholm syndrome got its name because, no matter how many things go wrong while you're there, it's impossible not to fall in love with the place.

Were you there in the winter?

I mean, damn, I loved Sweden - Denmark more - but meeting Swedes and Danes (and a American girl who did a winter semester in Denmark)... sometimes you just miss sunshine, y'know?


Touche. But I've been working the graveyard shift for a couple of years and sunshine is something I've learned to live without.

I was there at the beginning of october.
 
2010-11-06 09:20:53 PM  
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