Friday, June 30, 2006


The following exchange took place in the office today:

But Canada’s in America, isn’t it?

No. Canada is a separate country.

Fuck off. It’s in America!

No it isn’t. It’s a totally separate place.

But I went to America on holiday, and we went to Canada. It was just over a bridge.

Yes, but it’s a different country.

It isn’t.

Yes, it is.
(Verified by various other incredulous people).

Seriously? I did have to show my passport. Maybe that’s why.


They speak American though, don’t they?

The same girl then turned to a colleague who had just walked in and said “apparently Canada isn’t in America! Did you know that?”

Makes you fear for the gene pool, doesn’t it?


Blogger Donna chimed in with...

What ... Really?

30 June, 2006 21:43  
Blogger surly girl chimed in with...

really what? really is someone that fucking stupid, or really canada isn't in america?

30 June, 2006 21:49  
Blogger longcat chimed in with...

it's almost endearing, the ignorance mixed with the blind, open, trusting attitude, in a few years she'll still be stupid, but she'll have learnt to hide it and laugh at others who let down their guard...

my boss, a few years ago now, told me that he'd just found out that in that jimi hendrix song, the lyric was not - excuse me while i kiss this guy... but in fact...

i found this really funny, but somehow managed to give him the impression that i too had been labouring under that foolishness... i did my best to set him right but he wasn't having it, he needed to believe that i... just like him, had believed that jimi was singing about kissing guys...



30 June, 2006 22:17  
Blogger Universal Soldier chimed in with...

What an idiot. Canada is still a part of Britain - everyone knows that.

30 June, 2006 22:33  
Anonymous Whinger chimed in with...

Just so long as we're all clear that Scotland is part of continental Europe.

30 June, 2006 22:42  
Anonymous Piggy and Tazzy chimed in with...

I'm really not at all surprised.

Not even slightly.

30 June, 2006 22:43  
Blogger claire chimed in with...

ok, but sometimes i get confused with the United Kingdom, Great Britain thing.

i'll accept that there are people like her out there.

30 June, 2006 23:32  
Anonymous kristy chimed in with...

The very scary part is that those same conversations take place here in America too.

01 July, 2006 03:14  
Blogger First Nations chimed in with...

oh lordy. thats disgusting.
its supposed to be this big hilarious joke in the u.s. that canada is the 51st state and that there isnt a canadian culture, blah blah blah...fucking, these people are literally my next door neibors. they have a rocking culture and if americans spent any longer there than it takes to visit WalMart they'd fucking know that. bit of a sore point with me. grr.

01 July, 2006 04:59  
Anonymous Stu Savory chimed in with...

Just FYI, because now many people know this:-

There is a small piece of the United States in England! Near Windsor great park are the fields of Runnymere, where the Magna Carta was signed. Several years ago, the UK gov gave a small piece of the fields to the US as a sign of gratefulness for their fight for liberty and democracy. There is a nice memorial there beneath the tree and a shady path to Runnymere.

Now that the US under Bush is turning its back on democracy and fast becoming fascist maybe they should ask for it back :-(

More in my blog last July at

Stu Savory

01 July, 2006 05:53  
Anonymous Stu Savory chimed in with...

Sorry for the Typo : that should read "Runnymede" of course. Damned spelling "Corrector"!

01 July, 2006 05:55  
Blogger MJ chimed in with...

*checks passport*
Yup. It's Canada.

01 July, 2006 07:27  
Blogger car01 chimed in with...

See, I too work with someone like that. A few months ago a conversation that began "USA – that's Europe isn't it? What about Greece? World zone 1?"

I too fear for the future of the human race.

01 July, 2006 08:31  
Blogger Kellycat chimed in with...

I was the one who actually asked for that to be pointed out to several members of staff, along with the fact that Denmark is not in the Netherlands.

What makes me want to really weep is that we work in the travel industry....

01 July, 2006 09:19  
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01 July, 2006 11:57  
Anonymous Anonymous chimed in with...

Of course Canada is in (North) America. Just as much as the USA is !

It is YOU that has to learn to distinguish between USA and America :-)

01 July, 2006 14:15  
Blogger tom909 chimed in with...

I just read this whole thread and thought I was going to get in with the clever comment, then up pops anonymous. But truly I don't think that was the point the girl was misunderstanding.
Mexico is in America too, right! And of course Andrew Murray is the best thing to happen in English tennis in a long time, right!

02 July, 2006 13:02  
Blogger Urban Chick chimed in with...

i didn't know jade goody had got herself a proper job*

[makes note to self to start buying 'ok!' magazine again]

* cheap gag, i know

02 July, 2006 14:08  
Blogger DavetheF chimed in with...

Well ...Canada IS in America ... it just isn't in the United States part.
PS: the gene pool is stuffed.

02 July, 2006 18:11  
Blogger DavetheF chimed in with...

Christ, I must read all the comments before posting. Sorry, anonymous.

02 July, 2006 18:12  
Blogger Spinsterella chimed in with...

Holy fuck.

That out-stupids all my ex-colleagues.


02 July, 2006 19:54  
Blogger Kyahgirl chimed in with...

Wh-a-a-t??? you're joking! Canada is a separate country?

Here is something that happens to me all the time Surly. I get a meeting notice for a netmeeting/teleconference.
On the meeting info there will be 2 phone numbers, U.S. and International. Most of the teams I'm on have members all over the world.

The first time I saw this I asked the meeting organizer if I should call the international number. They said 'Of course NOT!' I said 'oh, I only see a number for the U.S.' They said I should use that number. I asked them if they realized that Canada is not in the US and they said 'Of Course'. I then suggested in the future they call that phone number the North America number. They still didn't get it. Maybe I'm overly sensitive.

Its just annoying as hell.

03 July, 2006 04:13  
Blogger The Swearing Lady chimed in with...

I have to agree with the other disserters. Canada is in America.

Honestly, those USAians. Always claiming monopoly on the name of the continent.

03 July, 2006 12:31  
Blogger The Boy chimed in with...

Ah, time for the pedants to pounce... To be precise Canada is in the Americas (ie the continents), but in common usage (the OED) defines America as refering to the USA. Surly is correct.

This saddens me though, Brits in general have a good grasp of geography. Shall we have a go at education policy anyone?

03 July, 2006 13:45  
Blogger frangelita chimed in with...

- Brits in general have a good grasp of geography -
Well, I don't, I'm dreadful at it. But I do know that Canada is separate from the USA but is in North America.

03 July, 2006 15:55  
Blogger Kellycat chimed in with...

OK, it was pointed out in the email that prompted this conversation that "Canada is not in the USA".

So it's not Surly and I that's thick, it's just everybody else we know....

(Bloody pedants.)

03 July, 2006 18:15  
Blogger First Nations chimed in with...

Brazil is in America too. The South part. Kind of by Louisiana.

03 July, 2006 20:29  
Blogger 30-Something chimed in with...

Up there with the twat who once asked me what the Pope did for a living. Or the twat who asked what shredded beetroot was.

03 July, 2006 20:37  
Blogger Geisha chimed in with...

And those canadians speak AMERICAN??

What language is that then?

04 July, 2006 11:56  
Blogger Tabby Rabbit chimed in with...

Someone here in the States told me they thought Wales was 'an imaginary place'.

Someone else asked me 'Where in France is London?'

Depressing, 'aint it?

05 July, 2006 11:59  

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