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June 30, 2009 10:26 PM   Subscribe

The Toughest Canada Day Quiz Ever. In honour of Canada Day, one tough quiz from the magazine that told us how much the Internet sucks.
posted by GuyZero (49 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
0 out of 20 correct. And I randomly guessed.

I guess I haven't listened to MC Frontalot's Canadia enough. That or way too much.
posted by Askiba at 10:43 PM on June 30, 2009


6/20. Misread May as June, and thought Lévesque was too obvious.
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 10:44 PM on June 30, 2009


I got 30% on part 1, and 50% on part 2. Not so great.

However, I got the superhero question correct (THANK YOU Heritage Project commercials) so that makes me a bad Canadian but a good nerd. I guess those two balance out.

Anyways, Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canucks. I plan on celebrating with a two-four of Pil and a chair in the sun.
posted by threetoed at 10:46 PM on June 30, 2009


18 out of 20. I don't feel guilty about the super centenarians and the arenas thing seems wrong, must be a definition hair splitter. Surprising that only 17% of people get the second most popular tourist destination right. I wonder what percentage the top wrong answer gets.
posted by Mitheral at 10:46 PM on June 30, 2009


7/20, and I live here. I totally nailed the "which province drinks the least beer per capita?" question; that place is so lame.
posted by Hoopo at 10:46 PM on June 30, 2009


Ooh, second part. Only 50%. Harder if only because there were more Canadian abroad questions. And the slurpee thing is oh so true. Those guys are crazy about slurpees, it's a little surreal visiting sometimes.
posted by Mitheral at 10:53 PM on June 30, 2009


How could you possibly know how many Canadian Nobel Prize winners there have been? You aren't even a librarian...

And that stupid Fleetwood Mac question.. I mean I got it too, but.. Is it just that easy to guess?
posted by Chuckles at 10:56 PM on June 30, 2009


9/20 on part one, 12/20 part two. A lot of guess work when it comes to numbers.
posted by furtive at 10:56 PM on June 30, 2009


Chuckles: "How could you possibly know how many Canadian Nobel Prize winners there have been? You aren't even a librarian..."

Stuff like this gets stuck in my brain and I listen to CBC radio a lot.
posted by Mitheral at 11:01 PM on June 30, 2009


I guess I haven't listened to MC Frontalot's Canadia enough. That or way too much.

I think you mean Wordburglar's "Yo Canada".
posted by GuyZero at 11:02 PM on June 30, 2009


8/20 and I don't even feel bad about it.
posted by mazola at 11:03 PM on June 30, 2009


7 & 10. I think I'll go out tomorrow and try to order a Caesar in every bar in the Bay Area.
posted by GuyZero at 11:12 PM on June 30, 2009


Perky "Canada" Has Own Government, Laws

It's Monday morning, and Toronto resident Steve Dorman shares a quick breakfast of "eggs" (a native food) with his "wife" (an officially state-sanctioned mate), and discusses yesterday's poor showing by the hometown team in "baseball" (a popular local sport). After a kiss on his wife's cheek, he hops on the "subway train" (a mode of subterranean transport) to the office.

This is life in exotic Canada City, the capital set deep in the heart of the mysterious land known as Canada (pronounced CAN-a-da).

posted by Rhaomi at 11:20 PM on June 30, 2009 [3 favorites]


17 out of 20 and 12 out of 20, with a few lucky shots in the dark.

And yeah, try to keep me from slurpees. Dead of winter, doesn't matter.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 11:22 PM on June 30, 2009


40% part 1, 30% part 2.
posted by LobsterMitten at 11:30 PM on June 30, 2009


So I'm in Ottawa for a math conference right now, far from the California that I've lately called home. It's 2:30am; I'm just back from an open mic, and there's a steady barage of screaming and fireworks out in the streets. People really love Canada, it turns out.

One of my first nights here was the night of the Stanley Cup. As I wandered down town to catch a show, I passed people who had set up their sofas and televisions on the sidewalks, gathered in crowds to watch the game. At the show, during the breaks, the band would come to the back of the bar where the tiny tv was apparent, and cheer with the rest of the crowd. Turns out it's not just a stereotype - they really love their hockey here, too.

canada, fuck yeah!
They got overpriced beer and motherfuckin' health care!
canada, fuck yeah!
where holy shit, they speak a lot of french, yah!
posted by kaibutsu at 11:32 PM on June 30, 2009


Go enjoy a butter tart before you leave kaibutsu.
posted by GuyZero at 11:52 PM on June 30, 2009


They got overpriced delicious beer and motherfuckin' health care!
posted by ageispolis at 12:01 AM on July 1, 2009


What the fuck is "Canada?" IS that Spanish for "can" or something?
posted by chasing at 12:24 AM on July 1, 2009


No, no. Our beer is severely overpriced.
posted by converge at 12:32 AM on July 1, 2009


35%, not too proud of the score. Still proud of the country (got the Lévesque, John Humphrey, NAFTA and the Gouzenko questions. So at least my education didn't completely fail me in answering quizzes).
posted by phyrewerx at 12:50 AM on July 1, 2009


13/20, 9/20. Not bad for somebody who wasn't even born when Trudeau took office.
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 12:54 AM on July 1, 2009


One of my first nights here was the night of the Stanley Cup.
That's a long conference!
posted by Flashman at 3:28 AM on July 1, 2009


11/20, 13/20. Pretty much guessed it.

Which Canadian news magazine is a dreadful rightwing crapsheet, and many of its subscribers only take it as it's the cheapest purchase you can get to save your Aeroplan miles until next year?
a) Macleans
b) Macleans
c) Macleans
d) Macleans
e) Macleans
posted by scruss at 4:07 AM on July 1, 2009 [6 favorites]



How Canadian Are You?


When should you say "Sorry"?
a) when you step on someone's foot
b) when someone steps on your foot.
c) when someone might step on your foot
d) both a and b
e) a b and c
f) sorry I don't know.

How does a Canadian say "about"
a) aboat
b) about
c) aboot
d) frequently

What percentage of the people within 100 meters of you are carrying a concealed gun
a) none
b) there is nobody within 100 meters of me. Canada is that big.
c) healthcare!

Do you get a case of 24
a) beer?
b) beers?
c) ? It's the weekend. I get 2 cases.

Do you own a Canadian Flag?
a) what for?
b) only on July 1
c) I'm not an American tourist. So no.

When you tell people how cold Canada is you use:
a) Fahrenheit
b) Celsius
c) Windchill

In your living room there is a
a) couch
b) chesterfield
c) beaver
d) handgun locker

Questions and statements end with
a) punctuation
b) eh.

Do you believe the best things in America are actually Canadian?
a)yes
b)you didn't know that but now that it has been pointed out you agree. (After saying sorry).

Do you conceal that some of the worst things in America (Celine Dion) are Canadian?
a) yes
b) she is not really Canadian is she?
posted by srboisvert at 4:31 AM on July 1, 2009 [27 favorites]


> When you tell people how cold Canada is you use:

d) Obscenities
posted by seanmpuckett at 5:14 AM on July 1, 2009 [4 favorites]


4 out of 20. I suck.

What the fuck is "Canada?" IS that Spanish for "can" or something?

There's a joke in Spanish like that, where someone goes on vacation to Canada and the friend asks him how it was: Aca nada (there is nothing there).
posted by molecicco at 5:21 AM on July 1, 2009


Ouch, I got 5/20 but I wasn't trying very hard. And I do not think our beer is overpriced, you can get a case of 24 bottles for $22.99 +tax +deposit; now why you would buy Old Milwaukee or Labatt Blue Dry is beyond me, but you can. Personally I prefer getting a case of Keith's for $30.
posted by Vindaloo at 6:17 AM on July 1, 2009


4/20, but in my defense, who gives a shit about supercentarians or arenas?

I got the superhero question correct (THANK YOU Heritage Project commercials)

That ad takes a hell of a lot of liberties with the truth, my inner comics nerd hateses it something fierce. Heritage Minutes: Teaching Canadians Their History, Only Not.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 6:30 AM on July 1, 2009


Is this thing broken? I can't see any questions showing up in either firefox or IE.
posted by nerhael at 7:37 AM on July 1, 2009


I can't see any questions under the first link. I'm in the US - are other non-Canadian IPs able to see the quiz? (want to know if its my IP address, or my browser, but IE didn't work either).
posted by jb at 7:38 AM on July 1, 2009


This certainly is the toughest quiz ever... I'm on "Question #45 of 1" so far, and I still haven't actually seen a question – just blank space. There is a field to type the answer and a button for "Next question" however. So I've been typing in random Canadian-ish answers, "Littlest Hobo", "Sir John A. MacDonald", "Coureur-de-bois", "Michael J. Fox", etc. in hopes that I might get a few correct answers by fluke.

Sorry if I'm doing it wrong. Or if I'm using the wrong browser or something.

Sorry.
posted by Kabanos at 7:47 AM on July 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


That happened to me as well, at first. This link should work instead.
posted by estlin at 8:33 AM on July 1, 2009


What the fuck is "canada"?

Spelled backwards its ADA-NAC!
posted by blackfly at 8:40 AM on July 1, 2009


Me too, jb - I even checked it in IE, figuring it was a firefox extension that was making it so I couldn't see the questions. But I still couldn't see the questions, so I figured it was because I'm in the U.S. and this is karma for all the links that get posted that people outside the U.S. can't access.

But estlin's link worked for me and I got 8/20!

Can that count towards my score for when I emigrate to Canada? Thanks!
posted by rtha at 8:47 AM on July 1, 2009


The quiz linked at the top is broken, but estlin's link works.

10/20.
posted by oaf at 8:58 AM on July 1, 2009


What the fuck is "canada"?

Spelled backwards its ADA-NAC!


Imagine a country so blue! I am at a loss for words expressing the sentiments...
posted by molecicco at 9:04 AM on July 1, 2009


What the fuck is "Canada?" IS that Spanish for "can" or something?

For many years in the early 2000s there were no Canadians in the Tour de France. There was, however, the famous Spanish rider David Canada (that's Cañada, technically).
posted by Chuckles at 9:33 AM on July 1, 2009


I am bad at this. I just learned about the Canada Day Quiz tradition today. Fun!

Here was the question I was trying to answer: does anyone else remember when there was a little girl on David Letterman who sang O Canada? I'm wondering now if it was on Canada Day when the song was officially adopted [in 1980] and my YouTube searching has not been helpful. Anyone else share this memory?
posted by jessamyn at 10:55 AM on July 1, 2009


Oh, how I miss Canada! I lived in Vancouver for two years, and fell completely in love with it (as well as many other places I visited - Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast, the Slocan Valley). But life threw me a curveball, and I had to return to the USA.

I still dream about moving back to BC someday.

Tough quiz indeed. 8/20 for me.

*hums O Canada*
posted by velvet winter at 11:14 AM on July 1, 2009


As a side-note of Canadian trivia, I should remind everyone to greet their friends today with the traditional Candadian greeting, the Shawinigan handshake.
posted by GuyZero at 11:33 AM on July 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


I can't see any questions under the first link. I'm in the US - are other non-Canadian IPs able to see the quiz? (want to know if its my IP address, or my browser, but IE didn't work either).

I'm in Canada, just tried with Opera and Safari, no questions. WTF, Macleans, you bunch of useless boobs?
posted by five fresh fish at 12:55 PM on July 1, 2009


14/20 on part 2! I would have to know something about figure skating to do better.
posted by anthill at 1:11 PM on July 1, 2009


no questions about igloos? some quiz...

happy Canada Day!
posted by gursky at 3:34 PM on July 1, 2009


Wow, only two correct guesses, which were completely accidental.
posted by futureisunwritten at 5:31 PM on July 1, 2009


11/20 and 9/20. Not too shabby. I only knew the slurpee capital of the world because I'd recently seen a short documentary on Current. Peggers sure are serious about their slurpees! And I thought I'd never have a use for that information...
posted by sunshinesky at 11:32 PM on July 1, 2009


wtf there are no questions now argh!
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 12:25 AM on July 2, 2009


Canada day is over, come back next year.
posted by Mitheral at 1:40 AM on July 2, 2009


I took it today, no problems with the original link.

5/20 - all guesses. I live in Canada but I'm not yet a citizen. And may never be if I can't get my score up!
posted by deborah at 11:59 PM on July 4, 2009


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