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Know the World: Canada

All You Can Books : Travel Series

Welcome to the Real Land beyond the Wall…So Serene and So Beautiful and Peaceful. We are here going on our Travel Journey after Germany, Japan and France and now at our stop at CANADA.

Thought you knew all there was to know about the true north strong and free? These surprising facts about Canada will have you seeing this beautiful country in a whole new way.

Top 10 Interesting Facts about Canada

  1. World’s longest non-military border

The world’s longest non-military border is between Canada and the United States. It stretches for 5,525 miles. If you walked and never stopped—not to eat, not to rest your feet, not to get some sleep—it would take you four-and-a-half years to walk the length of Canada’s coastline.

2. Santa Claus is Canadian

Canada’s Immigration Minister declared in 2012 that Santa Claus was indeed a Canadian citizen. He also suggested that this is why his signature look is a red and white suit – the colors of Canada. To send letters to Santa, children can use this address: Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada.

3. The Maple Capital

Of the world’s maple syrup, 71% comes from Canada, which probably isn’t surprising. But what is fascinating is that 91% of maple syrup production occurs in Quebec alone, according to Pure Canada Maple.

4. Canada welcomes Aliens

World's First UFO Landing Pad – Saint Paul, Alberta - Atlas Obscura
https://stpaulchamber.ca/ufolanding.html

Canada is the first country in the world to create a landing pad specifically for UFOs. It’s located in St. Paul, Alberta and was opened in 1967. Even Canada’s Minister of National Defence at the time, Paul Hellyer, was there for the unveiling. The platform weighs just over 130 tons, and the concrete structure actually contains a time capsule, to be opened in 2067.

5. Eh! 

The famous Canadian interjection “eh” is actually listed in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary as a valid word.

6. Canada has bathtub Race!

50 years of Nanaimo bathtub racing told through new book filled ...

The townspeople of Nanaimo, B.C. race their bathtubs as part of an annual aquatic tradition.

7. The Polar Bear Capital

Churchill in northern Manitoba is the world’s polar bear capital. Approximately 15,500 of the world’s 25,000 polar bears live in Churchill, because of its access to frozen Hudson Bay, which is where they live in winter. It’s also the only place in the world with a polar bear prison, and sometimes the town is home to more polar bears than people. The few residents who live there also leave their cars and homes unlocked in case they or a visitor need a quick escape from a polar bear.

8. Canada Loves Kraft

Canada consumes more mac and cheese than any other country in the world.

9. Canada has national parks bigger than countries

 Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories: not only is it a sight to behold with massive waterfalls, it’s bigger than Albania and Israel. Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta and the Northwest Territories is even bigger than Denmark and Switzerland.

Don’t miss this spectacular gallery of Canada’s most beautiful waterfalls.

10. It is as cold as Mars in Canada

A temperature of -63 C (-81.4 F) was recorded in the small village of Snag on Feb. 3, 1947. That’s roughly the same temperature as the surface of Mars!

Canada is an officially bilingual country, with two official languages: French and English.  If you ever need to brush up your French, All You Can Books offers easy to learn foreign courses.

Stay tuned for next week….

Know the World: Japan

All You Can Books : Travel Series

Welcome, all to the second stop to our traveling journey!
After our first visit to Germany it is time for our next stop, i.e the magnificent country of Japan.

Let us dig deeper into the fascinating facts of Japan

Top 10 Facts about Japan, you ought to know:

  • Welcome to the Shakiest place on Earth!
    The number will vary from year to year, but in general, there will be more than 1500 earthquakes in Japan. Luckily, most of them are do not cause any damage, but each year there are earthquakes that reach more than 8 on the Richter scale. Japan sits along the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, so it has many volcanoes and experiences many earthquakes.
    In 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 hit Japan and created a Tsunami which resulted in much devastation.
  • ‘Kanamara Matsuri’: The Penis Festival of Japan
    The festival is known as Kanamara Matsuri, which means something like “the festival for the phallus of steal”.
    The Festival is celebrated in the Japanese city of Kawasaki on the first Sunday in April. In short, everything, including candy, vegetables, and decorations, has the shape of the male reproductive organ or other things related to fertility. I mean EVERYTHING!
Kanamara Matsuri - The Story Behind Kawasaki's Strange Spring ...
  • Kobe Beef: The Most Expensive Beef in the World
    Japanese Kobe beef is famous worldwide for its succulence and taste. This beef comes from cows who receive daily massages and, in summer, are fed a diet of saké and Beer mash. True Kobe beef comes from only 262 farms in the Tajima region, of which Kobe is the capital and each of which raises an average of 5 of the animals at a time. In the United States, Kobe beef is called Wagyu beef. The rarest steak in the world, Olive Wagyu, can cost anywhere from $120 to over $300 for a steak.
  • The Cuddling Cafes: Cafes where you can pay to cuddle
    Stop right there….there is nothing sexual about it. There is a reason why these cafes exist, a lot of inhabitants are single and loneliness is a big problem in Japan due to their high work rate. That’s why there is a demand for cuddling and intimacy, and at these cafes, you can come and get a hug or just lie down in someone’s lap, or spend time together with another human being.
  • Something is Fishy in Tsukiji!
    The world’s largest seafood market is the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. The market employs over 60,000 people and opens at 3:00 am most mornings, with its famous wholesale tuna auctions beginning at 5:00 am.
    The Japanese eat more fish than any other people in the world, about 17 million tons per year. Woahhh….That is a lot of fish!

Tsukiji Outer Market: Exploring the Fish Market - Japan Rail Pass
  • Japanese Macaque – The Japanese Snow Monkey
    Japan is home to the Japanese Macaque, or snow monkey, which lives in colder climates than other primates. The Nagano Prefecture is known for its macaques, who bathe in hot springs in the winter.
    The omnivorous monkeys aren’t picky about their meals and will eat everything from fruit to insects, ferns, invertebrates, bird eggs, and, when times are tough, fish, and even soil.
Famous Japanese Snow Monkeys Take Baths to Lower Stress | National ...
  • Japanese Ganguro
    Japanese Ganguro (“black face”) fashion was started in the 1990s and has young women tanning their skin as dark as possible, bleaching their hair, and using extremely colorful makeup in contrast to the traditional Japanese pale-skinned, dark-haired standard of beauty. This fashion style has often been criticized for having a racist theme.
  • Ssssluuuuurrrrrppppp your Noodles! Japan Loves it!
    If you go to a noodle restaurant in Japan, (which you should) don’t be afraid to slurp up the noodles. On the contrary, this is considered polite.
    According to Japanese customary, it’s polite to slurp up the noodles since it shows the cook that you appreciate the food and at the same time, it enhances the flavors.
What is the reason behind the Asian culture of people slurp their ...
  • Japanese Bosses Love it when their employers take a Nap
    Taking a Nap in during a work hour is considered to be the fruits of working extremely hard. Japanese people are working more than any other country in the world and the working days are long. Since a couple of years back, some employers are letting their employees take a power nap at work, recharge, and get more energy. It’s pretty interesting, and overall I would say that power naps are very common in Japan, and you will constantly see people taking power naps on trains.
Japanese firms encourage workers to take nap breaks to fight ...
  • It’s forbidden to bathe in Hot springs and Onsen with tattoos
    Many hot springs and onsen (public bathhouses) in Japan ban customers with tattoos from entering because the tattoos remind the public of the Yakuza, or Japanese mafia, whose members sport full-body tattooing.
    Luckily, nowadays many places offer guests to cover their tattoos with a skin-colored band-aid.
    If you can cover them, you’ll be allowed to take a bath. However, not all onsen are this strict, since Japan is moving on to be more inclusive for boosting their Tourism.
Everything You Need to Know About Visiting a Hot Spring in Japan ...

We have come to an end of this Interesting Journey with Japan.

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