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2014-07-02 12:22:22 AM  
Let's be honest - seriously, how many US states could Canadians recognize and label correctly outside California, New York, and Florida?
 
2014-07-02 12:32:27 AM  
As glorious as it was to win the revolutionary war, I often find myself wondering how this country would be different if we'd stayed with the Brits, considering how well things worked out with Canada.
 
2014-07-02 12:49:42 AM  
I did mostly OK.  I forgot about Manitoba, and I didn't realize that Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick weren't part of Nova Scotia.
 
2014-07-02 12:56:00 AM  
Hey, at least I know how to use apostrophes.
 
2014-07-02 01:02:04 AM  

gopher321: Let's be honest - seriously, how many US states could Canadians recognize and label correctly outside California, New York, and Florida?


pretty much all of them?
 
2014-07-02 01:13:12 AM  

some_beer_drinker: gopher321: Let's be honest - seriously, how many US states could Canadians recognize and label correctly outside California, New York, and Florida?

pretty much all of them?


Give the average Canadian (or American for that matter) a blank map of the US and ask them to find Arkansas, Nebraska, or Iowa.  I'd bet the success rate would be well under 50%.
 
2014-07-02 03:19:11 AM  

gopher321: Let's be honest - seriously, how many US states could Canadians recognize and label correctly outside California, New York, and Florida?


TuteTibiImperes: some_beer_drinker: gopher321: Let's be honest - seriously, how many US states could Canadians recognize and label correctly outside California, New York, and Florida?

pretty much all of them?

Give the average Canadian (or American for that matter) a blank map of the US and ask them to find Arkansas, Nebraska, or Iowa.  I'd bet the success rate would be well under 50%.


Not at all the case.  What you forget is that we get a constant barrage of US media, the same stuff that you do.  It's reasonable to assume taht we have likely the same geographical knowledge as a standard American.  I just took this test and scored 50/50 in 2:31 (got hung up on Delaware for a bit).  Bonus:  I did it sweeping west to east, north to south.

Culturally, living in Canada is like having a 4000 mile long one way mirror.  It's no insult, nor should you feel shame, about not knowing Canadian geography.  It's not even a fair competition.  What we have to feel shame about is that there are likely more Canadians that have that level of knowledge about the US without having the same knowledge about their own country.  That's pretty sad.
 
2014-07-02 03:20:43 AM  
I heard on Jeopardy that two provinces merged and one was a breed of dog.
 
2014-07-02 03:21:28 AM  

unyon: gopher321: Let's be honest - seriously, how many US states could Canadians recognize and label correctly outside California, New York, and Florida?

TuteTibiImperes: some_beer_drinker: gopher321: Let's be honest - seriously, how many US states could Canadians recognize and label correctly outside California, New York, and Florida?

pretty much all of them?

Give the average Canadian (or American for that matter) a blank map of the US and ask them to find Arkansas, Nebraska, or Iowa.  I'd bet the success rate would be well under 50%.

Not at all the case.  What you forget is that we get a constant barrage of US media, the same stuff that you do.  It's reasonable to assume taht we have likely the same geographical knowledge as a standard American.  I just took this test and scored 50/50 in 2:31 (got hung up on Delaware for a bit).  Bonus:  I did it sweeping west to east, north to south.

Culturally, living in Canada is like having a 4000 mile long one way mirror.  It's no insult, nor should you feel shame, about not knowing Canadian geography.  It's not even a fair competition.  What we have to feel shame about is that there are likely more Canadians that have that level of knowledge about the US without having the same knowledge about their own country.  That's pretty sad.


sure, they should feel immense shame. lolz
 
2014-07-02 03:27:19 AM  
About 1996 or 1997, when I was teaching English in Taiwan, there was a quote in an article we were studying. It said "Being in Canada is like living next door to the Simpsons". To this day, I do not know if they meant the O.J. Simpsons or the Homer Simpsons (remember, this was still soon after the O.J. trial was news every day).
 
2014-07-02 03:34:36 AM  

Ambivalence: As glorious as it was to win the revolutionary war, I often find myself wondering how this country would be different if we'd stayed with the Brits, considering how well things worked out with Canada.


Add to that mix, there might not even be a Canada if not for the USA. 44"40' or fight was one thing, but buying Alaska in 1867 made Britain poop in their pants and say "OK now it's a country not just a colony".
 
2014-07-02 07:26:17 AM  
I don't enjoy being that guy but Canada day was yesterday.
 
2014-07-02 07:29:20 AM  
and see how dumb American's really are

Subby, was that on purpose? Please tell me you were going for some sort of meta joke.
 
2014-07-02 07:30:30 AM  

MythDragon: and see how dumb American's really are

Subby, was that on purpose? Please tell me you were going for some sort of meta joke.


uh, yeah...thats the ticket...yeah
 
2014-07-02 07:36:08 AM  

unyon: Not at all the case.


Dude just because you know the states doesn't mean the rest of us do. I'm ignorant enough to only be able to identify maybe 10 of them, and I could say the same for most people I know.

Seriously though, congratulations on your geography degree

/Canada Day hangover
//biatchy
 
2014-07-02 07:36:11 AM  

unyon: Culturally, living in Canada is like having a 4000 mile long one way mirror.  It's no insult, nor should you feel shame, about not knowing Canadian geography.  It's not even a fair competition.  What we have to feel shame about is that there are likely more Canadians that have that level of knowledge about the US without having the same knowledge about their own country.  That's pretty sad.


I seem to recall reading somewhere that something like 80 or 90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the US border.
 
2014-07-02 07:36:45 AM  

gopher321: Let's be honest - seriously, how many US states could Canadians recognize and label correctly outside California, New York, and Florida?


I once taught US politics in Ottawa, and the first day gave a quiz to figure out how much the Canadian students knew already- from geography to Constitutional issues. Turns out they knew a hell of a lot more than any American university class I'd ever taught.

The joke is that US elections matter more for Canadians than to Americans.
 
2014-07-02 07:37:04 AM  
I dunno...are you really an independent country when the queen of an ostensibly different nation can dissolve your parliament and install her own govt?
 
2014-07-02 07:38:49 AM  
www.echoesandmirrors.com
/Oh, and Canada Day was yesterday
 
2014-07-02 07:39:41 AM  

MythDragon: and see how dumb American's really are

Subby, was that on purpose? Please tell me you were going for some sort of meta joke.


it's a buzzfeed link.  highly nonlikely.
 
2014-07-02 07:39:42 AM  
sadmoment.com
 
2014-07-02 07:43:27 AM  

gopher321: Let's be honest - seriously, how many US states could Canadians recognize and label correctly outside California, New York, and Florida?


Oh come on! Canada has something like 7 states and America has like over 25.
 
2014-07-02 07:45:10 AM  
Canada = England with French people.
 
2014-07-02 07:46:13 AM  

elvisaintdead: American's


MythDragon: and see how dumb American's really are

Subby, was that on purpose? Please tell me you were going for some sort of meta joke.


Please stop with the stupid apostrophe crap. Are you all really that stupid?

/Sick of seeing this
 
2014-07-02 07:47:31 AM  

some_beer_drinker: gopher321: Let's be honest - seriously, how many US states could Canadians recognize and label correctly outside California, New York, and Florida?

pretty much all of them?


I've tested this an you are wrong.  Many can name ten, but that is about it.  Sadly many AMERICANS are in the same boat.  It's just a map and wrote memory is not intelligence, so who care any way?

*source:  dual citizen
 
2014-07-02 07:48:11 AM  
Dear Canada...

images.wikia.com


Just kidding. I love our polite northern neighbors.
 
2014-07-02 07:49:05 AM  
I haven't trusted Canadians since I found out they named a food after Russia's president.
 
2014-07-02 07:50:02 AM  

Tiberius Gracchus: I dunno...are you really an independent country when the queen of an ostensibly different nation can dissolve your parliament and install her own govt?


The CIA called, they want their 1979 world-fact book back.

/old troll is old

boarch: [sadmoment.com image 621x688]


i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-02 07:51:55 AM  
I keep important things where that useless knowledge would reside
 
2014-07-02 07:53:31 AM  

GungFu: gopher321: Let's be honest - seriously, how many US states could Canadians recognize and label correctly outside California, New York, and Florida?

Oh come on! Canada has something like 7 states and America has like over 25.


And Canadian History is probably one week of class, while we have to go over our 500 years of dominance. They have more extra time to teach this useless information
 
2014-07-02 07:55:45 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
RIP
 
2014-07-02 07:55:52 AM  
Careful with the insults, Canada.  We can fire enough nukes at you to melt ALL of your ice rinks.
 
2014-07-02 07:56:52 AM  
Dear Canadians:

name 3 English counties.

Go.
 
2014-07-02 07:56:58 AM  
Oh boy, I just love "Americans are dumb" articles.
They always include a fair and accurate representation of the population, and they're gosh-durn HI-LARIOUS as well.
 
2014-07-02 07:57:22 AM  
Well subby fails immediately since Canada Day was yesterday, July 1st.
 
2014-07-02 07:57:39 AM  
Who cares?  Wake me up when PM Tim Horton finally takes someone else's queen off your money.
 
2014-07-02 08:01:29 AM  
mrphil: Who cares?  Wake me up when PM Tim Horton finally takes someone else's queen off your money.

Is that before or after the Avro Arrow had sufficient range to taxi to the other side of the airport?
 
2014-07-02 08:01:39 AM  
Is part of the joke that Canada Day was actually yesterday?

Also, the US purchase of Alaska, however interesting the subject may be, is something I never heard mentioned as a motivator for Confederation, which was an idea of the Canadian colonial government, and not of Westminster.
 
2014-07-02 08:02:14 AM  
Why name the provinces when they're all buried under a ten-mile-thick wall of ice starting at the border, anyway? It's not like the Carnivorous Ice Weasels that roam the Torontonian Tundra hungering for round bacon care if they're in Assiniboia or Winnepegosis?
 
2014-07-02 08:02:27 AM  

hillary: There are numerous reasons why Americans could give a rat's ass about Canada. Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Justin Bieber, and William Shatner, e.g.

Then there's this.
http://www.nytimes.com/1997/07/22/world/canadians-end-blockade-in-sa lm on-fishing-dispute.html

Never forget!!!


You are a horrible bastard. BTO is freaking awesome!
 
2014-07-02 08:05:44 AM  

Ambivalence: As glorious as it was to win the revolutionary war, I often find myself wondering how this country would be different if we'd stayed with the Brits, considering how well things worked out with Canada.


No idea. Did the British let Canada ( & other Colonies) have more self-determination in the long run as a result of losing the American Revolutionary War?
 
2014-07-02 08:05:54 AM  

kicksmile: some_beer_drinker: gopher321: Let's be honest - seriously, how many US states could Canadians recognize and label correctly outside California, New York, and Florida?

pretty much all of them?

I've tested this an you are wrong.  Many can name ten, but that is about it.  Sadly many AMERICANS are in the same boat.  It's just a map and wrote memory is not intelligence, so who care's any way?

*source:  dual citizen


FTF Cold_Sassy
 
2014-07-02 08:06:16 AM  

Bomb Head Mohammed: Dear Canadians:

name 3 English counties.

Go.


Oxfordshire
Northamptonshire
Lancashire
 
2014-07-02 08:06:18 AM  

T-Servo: gopher321: Let's be honest - seriously, how many US states could Canadians recognize and label correctly outside California, New York, and Florida?

I once taught US politics in Ottawa, and the first day gave a quiz to figure out how much the Canadian students knew already- from geography to Constitutional issues. Turns out they knew a hell of a lot more than any American university class I'd ever taught.

The joke is that US elections matter more for Canadians than to Americans.


Only because they're so entertaining. Our politicians, Rob Ford aside, are pretty boring.
 
2014-07-02 08:07:54 AM  
 
2014-07-02 08:08:38 AM  

some_beer_drinker: gopher321: Let's be honest - seriously, how many US states could Canadians recognize and label correctly outside California, New York, and Florida?

pretty much all of them?


Married to a Canadian.  They're as ignorant of shiat south of the border as we are of shiat north of it.  They pretty much know what borders the province they live in.  My inlaws know what states they drive through to visit us.
 
2014-07-02 08:08:57 AM  

Kevin72: Ambivalence: As glorious as it was to win the revolutionary war, I often find myself wondering how this country would be different if we'd stayed with the Brits, considering how well things worked out with Canada.

Add to that mix, there might not even be a Canada if not for the USA. 44"40' or fight was one thing, but buying Alaska in 1867 made Britain poop in their pants and say "OK now it's a country not just a colony".


9/10.

1. The 'fight' was 54 44', which is also the name of a Canadian band from the late 80's.

2. Alaska was sold to the Americans by the Russian czar for cash to keep the British from taking it by force after the British and allies kicked the Russian's rear ends in the Crimean war. Britian had established a naval base on the Pacific in what would later become BC, and were making the Russians very worried. They also needed the cash to cover their losses in the Crimean.
 
2014-07-02 08:08:58 AM  

Bomb Head Mohammed: Dear Canadians:

name 3 English counties.

Go.


Essex
Suffolk
Surrey

/not positive on that last one, but I haven't had coffee yet
 
2014-07-02 08:10:07 AM  
I know quebec, British columbia, and where wolverine is from (alberta), the rest would be guess work.

unyon: Culturally, living in Canada is like having a 4000 mile long one way mirror. It's no insult, nor should you feel shame, about not knowing Canadian geography.


I wouldn't go quite that far, but great point.

Wehn I worked overseas most the other expats I worked with were from europe and australia. I woudl get my chops busted abotu how much they knew about the US, and how little I knew about their country. But ask the guy fromt he UK about Greece? Same thing.
 
2014-07-02 08:10:15 AM  

Bomb Head Mohammed: Dear Canadians:

name 3 English counties.

Go.


Herefordshire,  Twattenford, and Westeros.
 
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