Monday, March 06, 2006


Germany is still freezing its buns off. We've had a bit of snow up here in the north, but it's nothing compared to what's been going on down south. Nevertheless, I would be very, very happy if it would start warming up because I'm tired of being cold. Below zero temperatures in March are not my idea of fun.

Here's a bit of silliness I came across the other day. But I'm pretty sure they can't mean me. They must be talking about Those Other Canadians.

(If you're into ice hockey, you'll get the last reference too)

The Official Canadian Temperature Conversion Chart

50 F (10 C)
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
Canadians plant gardens.

35 F (1.6 C)
Italian cars won't start.
Canadians drive with the windows down.

32 F (0 C)

American water freezes.
Canadian water gets thicker.

0 F (-17.9 C)
New York City landlords finally turn on the heat.
Canadians have the last cookout of the season.

-60 F (-51 C)
Mt. St. Helens freezes.
Canadian Girl Guides sell cookies door-to-door.

-100 F (-73 C)
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Canadians pull down their ear flaps.

-173 F (-114 C)
Ethyl alcohol freezes.
Canadians get frustrated when they can't thaw the keg.

-460 F (-273 C)
Absolute zero; all atomic motion stops.
Canadians start saying "Cold, eh?"

-500 F (-295 C)
Hell freezes over.
The Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.


At March 06, 2006 11:09 a.m., Anonymous Belinda said...

LMAO that's a good one!

At March 06, 2006 11:33 a.m., Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Hahahaha....I'm not Canadian, but still I find that very amusing!

At March 06, 2006 1:05 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Nice one, Christina. And they're not talking about THIS Canadian either! Brrr. Greetings from snowy (50 cm!!)Basel! :-)

At March 06, 2006 1:35 p.m., Blogger mar said...

Very funny :) , we have been following the German weather (yes, we have satellite, specially for it!). Your post reminds me of a friend who spent a couple of years in Greenland teaching. At one time she wrote : "It's -15ºC today, perfect weather for a walk! " Yes, it's all relative, dear!

At March 06, 2006 2:36 p.m., Blogger Kim/Thomas said...

(in response to your comment on my blog)
HOW????? did you do it without internet? I mean we talk, or just have a connection somehow with our IM's on throughout the day...sigh
Well I am very glad to hear you made it, I know it can be done, its just hard at times!
thanks for commenting, that helps somehow, to hear other people experiences, thank you so much :)

At March 06, 2006 5:07 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Ah CS made it back! I'd say at 50F those Californians also start putting on big jackets, while you'll see Canadians sporting shorts.

At March 06, 2006 6:03 p.m., Blogger lettuce said...

haha - very good. My husband comes from Jersey - Channel Islands. At sight of the first few flakes of snow, all the schools shut and people start putting chains on their car tyres!

At March 06, 2006 6:34 p.m., Blogger Lisa said...

*LOL*! :D Canadian water gets thicker! They can't thaw the keg! Oh thank you, Christina. I really, REALLY needed that laugh.

At March 06, 2006 9:15 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what people in Alaska do!'s cold in Chicago too, we had a "mildish" winter overall but now we've got snow on the ground again. Spring is still a long ways off.

At March 06, 2006 10:28 p.m., Blogger melusina said...

Too funny! I always used to joke about Nashvillians and now Greeks and how they can't handle the cold, even though I'm not Canadian.

It has been nice and warm here in Greece for quite some time, but we are due snow again tomorrow night. Must be coming from Germany. ;)

At March 07, 2006 12:00 a.m., Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Com’on Ice Lady…you know you’re not cold. You’re just trying to blend in with us mortals.

That post made me laugh so hard that I spilled coffee on myself.

At March 07, 2006 12:22 a.m., Blogger Cathy said...

Oh, Christina...this is sooo true. It is starting to warm a little this week, but we still won't see any sign of spring for annother two months practically!

And that cake; ohhhhh.....!my mouth is watering.

At March 07, 2006 12:38 a.m., Blogger Nyana said...

that is hillarious!
today, it was supposedly 0 degrees in toronto (that's in canada :) last year, we literally planted our grass when the weather was 8 degree - we thought the weather was fantastic.
Today, I didn't wear a hat, scarf or gloves because 0 degree is like summer conditions in winter.
Thanks Christina!

At March 07, 2006 7:05 a.m., Blogger Karen said...


At March 07, 2006 9:12 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Glad you all got a good laugh out of this. It's my goal in life to make people spill coffee on themselves. :-)

In "Lotus Land" where I'm from I don't think it ever got below -10C and I can only remember that happening once.

At March 07, 2006 1:05 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Now that I'm your neighbor again, I've seen the snow but not cold enough to stick. Maybe Spring is coming to you after all!

At March 07, 2006 2:55 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Ginnie - Howdy neighbour! Hope you had a good trip over. The snow didn't last long at all and I'm hoping this really is the end of it.


(don't know if this will work - Blogger isn't letting me post as myself)


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