Friday, January 10, 2014

"Stats Canada: Satire on a National Scale" from @stats_canada

67% of Canadians own summer snow pants.

79% of Canadian teens don’t want to wear their winter coat, it’s not even that cold out.

65% of Canadian Instagram accounts include an artsy photo of a Tim Hortons cup.

Canadians are an interesting, unique bunch.  One thing that makes us so loveable is our ability to laugh at every one of our quirks.  And @stats_canada has proven that.  Since July 2012, Stats Canada (not affiliated with the official Statistics Canada) has been providing daily doses of Canadian humour on everything from our history and culture to sports, entertainment, politics, and weather to over 235,000 followers. 

Now, their successful Twitter feed has been put into one great book, Stats Canada: Satire on a National Scale.  It comes complete with graphs, maps, and illustrations and is organized by topic.  While it’s most likely supposed to be enjoyed bit by bit, tweet by tweet, you’ll find yourself breezing through it, laughing at every page.

I think this book should be mandatory reading for all Canadians.  It should be required reading in schools and would probably help newcomers understand the culture much more than any other books.  Ok, that might be a little much but this is definitely a funny book that will have you laughing from cover to cover.  And you don’t have to be Canadian to get the humour, anyone from a cold climate will find that we have a lot in common!


There isn’t too much to say about this book.  Give the Twitter account a look and see if it’s for you.  With statistics such as “the word ‘sorry’ appears 114 times in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” chances are you’ll be wanting to read the entire collection.  My only question at the end of the book is: what have they got against New Brunswick? 

2 comments:

  1. I really want to read this one. I love Canadians laughing at themselves.

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    1. I think we do that very well! This is a fun read.

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