(You'll notice I'm cheating a bit today!)
This is what it looked like at our house at 7:30 a.m. this morning.
That's because it's July 1st, Canada Day. Whee. You can read up about it here, if you like. It's a work and school day in Germany, so no big celebrations going on at our house. Perhaps a quiet salmon BBQ later with a bit of flag waving.
So what sort of things do YOU identify with Canada? The maple leaf? The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (oh, I DO love a man in uniform!)? What about Canada's national animal? That would be the castor canadensis, more commonly known as the beaver. Yes, the little old beaver.
I was turfing some stuff out of Boy12's room and came across a most interesting and entertaining Canadian souvenir given to him by some well-meaning relative.
CANNED BEAVER - CASTOR EN BOîTE
And at the bottom of the can we have
Caution: These beavers have been known to snuggle you to sleep.
Attention: Ces castors peuvent se blottir contre vous pour vous endormir.
You'll notice the French on there as well as English. That's because as a rule, all products sold in Canada must be labeled in both of Canada's official languages. Does this mean that my French has ever progressed past first year university level? Nope, unfortunately not.
If we turn the can around a bit we find
ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED
SUPERVISION D'UN ADULTE REQUISE
CANNED IN/MIS EN BOîTE AU CANADA
CONTENTS: ONE FUZZY BEAVER
CONTENU: UN CASTOR EN PELUCHE
Hmm. This gets better all the time.
Here's the back of the can
It gives us some miscellaneous castor canadensis facts, including talk of late night tale slapping parties and the ability to cut down up to 200 trees a year with their razor-sharp incisors. Scary.
And way down at the bottom a serious warning
Always treat wild animals with respect.
Respectez toujours les animaux sauvages.
Indeed. You wouldn't want to get in the way of one of these guys in a dark alley.
If you still can't get enough, here's a Canada Day quiz. See if you can identify these Canadianisms.
6. Kraft Dinner
9. homo milk
and my kids' all time favourite
Got them all? Scroll down to see how you scored.
1. knitted cap
2. Canadian 1$ coin
3. Canadian 2$ coin
6. Kraft macaroni and cheese
7. 40-ounce bottle of spirits
8. 24-can flat of beer
9. homogenized/whole milk
Isn't Canadian English weird? Just in case you want to hear me speaking it, here's a repeat of a recording I did as an "accent meme" in 2006. Just click on play - you'll probably have to turn up your speakers quite high.
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