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Only People Who Know Canada's Dirty Secrets Can Get 8/10 On This Quiz

We're weirder than you think.

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Think Canada is all sunshine and rainbows and apologies? Think again.

Dan Buller

A new book from the people behind media startup Canadaland, The Canadaland Guide to Canada, takes a satirical look at our nation's dark side. Published by Touchstone, the cover features Drake snuggling up to a moose. So you know it's going to be special.

See if you can figure out which of these facts from the book are true or false.

  1. Canada is a democratic republic.
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    FALSE.

    Canada is a constitutional monarchy, headed by the Queen.

    FALSE.
    Via Ministry of Defence
  2.  Matthew Perry once beat up Justin Trudeau. 
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    TRUE.

    Perry attended the same elementary school as Trudeau and revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live that he and his friends once beat up the future prime minister.

    TRUE.
    Via Jimmy Kimmel Live
  3. It is illegal in Canada to startle the Queen of England.
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    TRUE.

    Seriously. It's illegal to willfully commit "an act with intent to alarm Her Majesty."

    TRUE.
    Via UK Home Office
  4. You can't have anal sex in a threesome.
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    TRUE.

    Although efforts are being made to change the law, anal sex is illegal if it takes place "in a public place or if more than two persons take part or are present."

    TRUE.
    Via Getty
  5. We never had slavery.
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    We sure did. It was before confederation, but slavery was legal until 1833.

    FALSE.
    Via Getty
  6. Our Supreme Court judges wear Santa-like outfits.
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    It's a thing.

    TRUE.
    Via The Canadian Press
  7. The government hired fake Nazis to invade Winnipeg.
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    Yep. In 1942 the Canadian government hired actors to pretend to be Nazis and invade Winnipeg. It was all in a bid to get the public onboard for participation in WWII and they called it "If Day."

    TRUE.
    Via Western Canada Pictorial Index via Manitoba Historical Society
  8. Saying "sorry" is legally an admission of guilt in Canada.
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    In fact, we have something called the "Apology Act" that declares saying "sorry" doesn't imply guilt or liability. So we can apologize as much as we want.

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    Via Warner Bros.
  9. Canada had a political scandal involving tuna called "Tunagate."
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    Embarrassing, but accurate. It involved a whole lot of rancid tuna and 1985's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, John Fraser.

    TRUE.
    Via Getty
  10. Canada's first Prime Minister was a drunk.
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    John A. Macdonald was a drunk, a racist, and now graces our $10 bill.

    TRUE.
    Via Bank of Canada
 
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