Special Sub-Topic: Canadian from Eh to Zed
|What is an Alberta Clipper?
A kind of snow storm. The Alberta Clipper brings freezing temperatures and powdery snow into Manitoba, the Dakotas and Minnesota, sometimes as far south as Texas.
|What would you do with a bangbelly?|
Eat it. This Newfoundland dish consist of flour, molasses, soda and some kind of animal fat, usually suet.
|Which of the following words means the same as "cheechako"?|
Greenhorn. This is a combination of two words: the Chinook word "chee", meaning "new, fresh"; and the Nootka word "chako", "to approach" or "to come". It has been used to describe newcomers to the Yukon for at least a hundred years.
|Which of the following words describes a fake or feint in hockey?|
Deke. It first appeared in the 1960s and is now used in a variety of contexts (as in "deke out of doing the dishes").
|If this 1980's TV show, starring Mr. T, had been set in Canada it could have been called ...|
The Eh Team. I hope you remembered this was the "Letter E" question.
|True or false: frazil ice is the best ice to play hockey on.|
f. "Frazil" is French for "cinder" and refers to ice crystals that form in turbulent, very cold water - the first stage of the formation of sea ice.
|When is the best time and place to hunt gooeyduck?|
Seashore at ebb tide. The gooeyduck, better known as geoduck, is the largest burrowing clam. It can get over a hundred years old and weigh up to ten pounds. The name is from Nisqually "go-duk - dig deep"; up to about four feet deep in fact.
|Is it appropriate in Canada to bring a half-sack to a barbecue?|
y. Definitely appropriate - a half-sack is a sixpack of beer.
|What is an Inuksuk?|
An arctic stone sculpture. Resembling a human being with outstretched arms, Inuksuks serve as land marks, indicators of good hunting or cover for hunters. The symbol of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver is a stylized Inuksuk.
|Almost a quarter of a million Canadians are Sikhs. One of their sacred symbols is the kirpan, a small ceremonial dagger. How many sacred symbols are there? (Hint: they all start with the letter "k")|
5. Kirpan, a dagger symbolizing self-respect; Kesh, uncut hair symbolizing purity; Kanga, a wooden comb for uncut hair; Kara, a steel bracelet to keep the hands free from sin; Kachh, short white breeches to symbolize chastity and marital fidelity.
|Which part of Canada is known as Lotusland?|
Southwestern British Columbia. The milder temperatures, the relaxed lifestyle, the abundant marijuana crops...
|What is a Molson Muscle?|
A beer belly. The name refers to the enlarged gut acquired by swilling too many "Molson Canadian" beers.
|What "N" word is the name of the Canadian territory created in the 1990s from part of the Northwest Territories?|
Nunavut. Nunavut means "our land" in Inuktituk. It contains one fifth of Canada's land mass.
|Which Canadian relative of Nessie is said to live in Lake Okanagan in British Columbia?|
Ogopogo& Ogo Pogo. There have been Ogopogo sightings as far back as the late 1800's. Like Nessie, Ogopogo has a long, snake-like body and a horse-like head. Sometimes it is said to resemble a log floating in the water.
|There are over a million Canadians of Ukrainian extraction. What is the name for the traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs?|
Pysanky. The eggs are decorated with a special pen dipped in wax, and dyed. Traditionally there are several dye-baths for several layers of colour, going from the lightest to the darkest (for example yellow, orange, red, black).
|True or false: Quebec sports the Canadian place with the longest (legitimate) name.|
t. The place is the village Coeur-Tres-Pur-de-la-Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie-de-Plaisance, or The-Very-Pure-Heart-of-the-Blessed-Virgin-Mary-of-Plaisance.
|What causes "Mal de raquette"?|
Snowshoeing. "Snowshoe lameness" is characterized by painful, swollen feet and legs.
|What is a snowbird?|
All of these (A Canadian heading south for the winter, An arctic sparrow, A song by Anne Murray). The song is from 1994; the bird is supposed to be very tasty, and the Canadians are often aiming for Florida.
|What is a Toonie?|
A 2-dollar-coin. Like the $1 Loonie, the Toonie replaced a paper bill. It is a silver coloured coin with a gold-coloured center, showing Queen Elizabeth II on the front and a polar bear on the back. Some punsters call it the "moonie": the Queen with the bear behind...
|What is the title of the person who records attendance in the Canadian Senate Chamber?|
Usher of the black rod. In addition to taking attendance, the Usher of the black rod supervises the Senate pages and deals with communications and protocol issues. He carries an ebony cane as his symbol of authority.
|"Vite sur ses patins" is a Quebec expression meaning what?|
Clever. Literally "quick on her skates".
|True or false: "To win like Wolfe" is a good thing.|
f. The saying means: "Some victory!" Major General James Wolfe was the leader of the British troops in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. The British won but Wolfe died of the wounds he sustained in the battle, as did the French General, Louis-Joseph de Montcalm-Gozon, Marquis of Montcalm.
|What was the name of a training facility for allied secret services during WWII?|
Camp X. Camp X was located near Whitby, Ontario. It was in operation from 1941 to 1946.
|"Yukon" is derived from a Gwich'in word meaning what?|
Big river. "Dyuk" is the Gwich'in word for "river"; "dyukun-ah" means "big river".
|What is the name of the machine used to smooth out the ice between periods in ice hockey?|
Zamboni. Although the Zamboni brothers were operating in Southern California the name of their invention has become a household word for every true Canadian, and "Zamboni driver" is second only to "Hockey player" in the ambitious dreams of little Canadian boys.
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