Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Canada Day! (We Have Many Canadian Readers, Of Course, About 10%, Actually, and One Very Prominent Community Member is an Expat Canadian.)

Do You Have Any Idea How Hard It Is to Find A Picture of a Regular Beaver On the Internet?


Happy Canada Day!

16 comments:

  1. "Do You Have Any Idea How Hard It Is to Find A Picture of a Regular Beaver On the Internet?"

    This year I took the challenge, and Googled 'beaver'. After the obligatory Wikipedia page, and some entries for National Geographic and Canadian Geographic (we're such copycats... copybeavers?... whatever), the worst I got was a video for "The Beaver Whisperer", which sounded a little iffy, until I noticed it was an episode of The Nature of Things. Not even a link to Urban Dictionary.

    Over on the Images tab, it was all pretty much the Castoridae, though one composite image included a sea otter, and another - inexplicably - a very large fish (make of that one what you will).

    So I don't think you're doing it right. Or maybe I'm not doing it right, depending on how you look at it.

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  2. Leslie K must have the dirty settings activated on her browser.

    Happy Canada Day to our friends from the north.

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    1. That's what I was thinking (or, rather, that the previous browsing history of whoever was looking for the beaver might be influencing the current results. All the same, I'm not trying it, since I don't want to spend the next year having porn sites pop up in all the available ad spaces).

      Searching on scientific name would, I would guess, be a solution (well, unless the porn purveyors and adolescent males have teamed up to outwit the nanny programs, and are now using scientifically-based pseudonyms).

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  3. Welcome to Canada!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XhC3T2PGSU

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  4. A very happy Canada Day to all. . .but, um, you do realize those are Japanese maple leaves adorning the CM masthead?

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    1. I'm sorry, but I did the first graphic on my phone and I didn't spend a good deal of time on it.

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    2. Good gravy, Cal, don't you know the difference? Working for the site on your phone? Man, you are really showing that summertime determination. I don't know why Leslie K hasn't fired you yet. Maybe she has? Did you turn your key card in? And take all that damn gluten free bread out of the freezer so I can fit in some more pudding pops.

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    3. Appropriate. I think we have Norway maples on our money.

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    4. Thanks, and apologies for the nitpickiness. I really don't care what kind of maple leaves we have on the masthead, but I was amused given their stated purpose (not that I have anything against Japan; in addition to making reliable cars and electronics and making a variety of contributions to worldwide culture, they've got some really neat plants, and make lovely gardens from them). Clearly, I need an actual garden to play in; armchair/backseat gardening just makes me a nuisance.

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    5. R and/or G: I seem to remember hearing something about that. Maple misidentification is apparently epidemic. What is this world coming to?

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  5. Maple syrup on anything day (eggs benedict this morning, but with prosciutto--that's Canadian).

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  6. In the spirit of dirty Canadian hashtags, I give you the best of #canadiansexeuphemisms on Twitter today:

    http://storify.com/tmann/best-of-the-canadiansexeuphemisms-hashtag

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