100 Interesting Facts About Canada

1Iron ring story

Engineers in Canada receive an Iron Ring to remind them to have humility. It is in memory of a bridge that collapsed twice due to incorrect calculations involving iron.

2. There is an island which is disputed territory between Canada and Denmark. The militaries of both countries periodically visit to remove the other guy’s flag and leave a bottle of Danish schnapps or Canadian whiskey.

3. One of the thirteen articles in the 1781 US Articles of Confederation states that if Canada wants to be admitted into the United States, it will automatically be accepted.

4. In 2009 Canada passed the "Apology Act", establishing that apologizing to someone after an incident cannot be used in court against the person who apologized to establish their guilt or liability.

5. The US military sends its doctors to Chicago to give them practice for gunshot wounds

6Dying farmer's will

A dying farmer scratched his will on the fender of the tractor he was trapped beneath, and the courts accepted it as legally binding

7. All telephone service in the US and Canada was silenced for one minute on August 4th, 1922 to mark the funeral of Alexander Graham Bell

8. Pepper spray is illegal in Canada. If pepper spray is used on another person causing serious bodily harm or harming the environment it can carry a penalty up to a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment of up to 3 years.

9. As a result of Breyers adding excessive amounts of additives in their ice cream to cut costs, Canada has determined their product no longer contains enough milk and cream to meet labeling requirements for ice cream and must be labeled "Frozen Dairy Dessert", or "Frozen Dessert."

10. Only about 12 rats per year enter Alberta, Canada and are quickly killed by provincial rat control specialists before they can breed. Alberta is the largest rat-free populated area in the world.

11Stanley Cup theft

In 1962 a Montreal Canadiens fan tried to steal the Stanley Cup from a display case in Chicago. He was arrested and reportedly told the judge he was trying to bring it back to Montreal "where it belonged." He was fined $10.

12. Since the end of the World War 2, Canada has been naming its 1000's of unnamed lakes after fallen soldiers.

13. Canada consumes the most doughnuts and has the most doughnut shops per capita of any country in the world

14. Anyone from Canada can order a portrait of The Queen and have it shipped to them for free

15. With less than 24 hours notice before the 2014 Olympics Hockey final Canada vs Sweden, Alberta changed the liquor law to allow bars to open at 5 am and serve liquor so people could watch the game at the bar.

16Octopi surgery policy

Canada, the European Union, and the U.K. do not allow surgery to be performed on octopi without anesthesia due to their cognitive abilities

17. On July 23, 1983, Air Canada's Flight 143, with 69 people on board, ran out of fuel at an altitude of 41,000 ft. The pilot managed to glide the plane down safely as he was a very experienced glider pilot. 22,300 pounds of jet fuel had been put in instead of 22,300 kg.

18. During WWII, Canada had PoW camps. The prisoners are referred to as the happiest prisoners and were treated well. Many were given jobs, and some were even trusted with the guards' rifles to go hunting. After the war, many brought their families to Canada.

19. The University of Montreal had to cancel a study comparing perceptions of women between men who watch porn and men who have never watched porn because they "couldn't find any" of the latter.

20. A Canadian creationist who believes the world is only around 6,000 yrs old, accidentally discovered a 60-million-year-old fish fossil while excavating a basement in Calgary.

21Bob territory

An area of Canada nearly twice the size of Texas was almost renamed "Bob" after politicians in the Northwest Territories asked residents to propose a new name. The campaign to name the territory Bob began as a prank, but thousands supported it. Politicians and Aboriginal leaders were not amused

22. The maternity ward of Dutch Princess Juliana (sheltered in Canada during WW2) was declared international territory so that the child would be born in no country and inherit Dutch citizenship. In gratitude, she sent 100,000 tulips paving the way for the Canadian Tulip Festival.

23. Leonardo DiCaprio blocked a film he was in from being released in the US and Canada. The producer of the film has released it on the Internet and drafted a letter to Leo about it.

24. The Jay Treaty, signed in 1794, provides that American Indians may travel freely across the Canadian-US border. Native Indians born in Canada are entitled to freely enter the United States for the purpose of employment, study, retirement, investing, and/or immigration.

25. In 1998, a woman disappeared while awaiting trial after she had drunkenly killed a woman in a fatal car crash. In 2013, she was arrested in Manitoba, Canada after bragging in a bar about having gotten away with the crime.

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