The Globe did a nice infographic about Canadians living abroad. Nearly 2.8 million Canadians (9 per cent of the population) live in other countries, making Canada one of the likliest immigrant-receiving nations to see its own citizens move abroad. Lebanon has the fourth highest number of Canadian citizens, and unless I’m understanding population wrong 1% [...]
I was shopping for some kids toys today and saw these series of family dolls that are supposed to be ethnically appropriate. They had Hispanic-American, African-American, and below, Asian-American. I love what they’ve dressed the mother in.
I may have been flipping by Dr. Phil today and he was giving reality star celebrities personality tests, which yay I can do online! It was the worst quiz ever. It was like “how open are you?” and then you would say how open you were, and then they would put it on this graph. [...]
I’m pretty sure I could build an entire career around finding the most obscure Canadianisms ever. We’ve got soccer baseball, the grammatical use of done, and the not so obscure chocolate bars. My latest is corn dogs, often referred to as pogo sticks in Canada (after a brand). In Korea they’re called American Dogs or [...]
A little post on the Sony security breach had an interesting comment about the most common passwords out of the over 1 million that were released: seinfeld, password, winner, 123456, purple, sweeps, contest, princess, maggie, 9452, peanut, shadow, ginger, michael, buster, sunshine, tigger, cookie, george, summer, taylor, bosco, abc123, ashley, bailey Purple? 9452? Really??? Well [...]
It’s a year old but somehow I just found it now. And interestingly, when it’s broken down by gender men are more accepting of basically everything, except having a baby outside of marriage (although the difference is only 3% points there which could just be sampling). Almost 25% more men consider wearing fur, cloning animals, and medical [...]
Click play… Or download… Michael Wessells on Refugees and Children in Conflict ————————————————————————————— A few years ago I interviewed Professor Michael Wessells (Professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health) with my classmate Jake about refugees and his experience working with adults and children in conflict zones in West Africa. It [...]
I love finding out about Canadianisms that go beyond the obvious – eh, aboot, ketchup chips, etc. This one is huge. Yesterday Libby informed me that for the past YEAR she has thought that I had some grammar problem because I kept saying I was done things… “I’m done work,” I’m done my sandwich,” I’m [...]
Like Victoria’s Secret products. (Graphs come from here) Exhibit 1 Total Health Expenditure per Capita, U.S. and Selected Countries, 2008 Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2010), ”OECD Health Data”, OECD Health Statistics (database). doi: 10.1787/data-00350-en (Accessed on 14 February 2011). Exhibit 2 Total Health Expenditure per Capita and GDP per Capita, US and Selected Countries, [...]
This, and the Caramilk bar, have to be my craziest Canadian realizations this week. Bumper Stumpers was a Canadian game show! But this was a part of our cultural language!