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25 Things Every Canadian Would Like You To Know

It's "aboot" time to stop saying that.

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6. A Canadian invented basketball. We'll give you a minute to let that soak in.

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The invention of basketball is accredited to James Naismith, an Ontario phys-ed instructor who attended McGill University.

7. And the BlackBerry your livelihood depended on? We conceived that too.

In 1999, Research In Motion (RIM) came up with the idea of a handheld email device, that would later become the BlackBerry/CrackBerry as we know it.

9. But not that exclusive! Compared to the U.S., Canada has a much simpler and more welcoming immigration system.

Canada's immigration system is simpler and outshines the United States. In Canada nearly half of self-made millionaires are immigrants, compared to only one-third of American millionaires.

10. We don't actually pronounce "about" as "aboot."

There is an ever-slight accent when most Canadians pronounce the "ou" sound, but they do not actually say "oo" (as in "aboot"). It sounds more like "a-boat."

12. Here's a step-by-step tutorial on how Canadians drink milk (since everyone has a weird fascination with it):

13. Yes, we have an army...

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^Sergeant David Chelkoski of the Canadian Armed Forces returning from operation in 2014.

We even took over command of international security forces in Afghanistan in 2003.

17. "Yes, actually, I do know Steve from Vancouver. Thank you for asking."

"Everyone knows Steve. Everyone knows everyone. Because we all live in rural communes, riding moose and transporting bagged milk from one igloo to the next."

19. When two Canadians accidentally bump into each other, they both apologize. And it's a very genuine exchange.

Canadians don't profusely apologize for no reason: they immediately acknowledge someone else's apology by apologizing. It's a very natural and genuine gesture. If you don't say "sorry" to their "sorry," it's considered a little rude.

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