www.whyville.net Oct 27, 2006 Weekly Issue

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Canadian, eh?

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Hey peeps, this is dogobsess here to tell you about my favorite country (which also happens to be where I live). Now for all those people who do not live in Canada, let me get one thing straight: we do not all live in igloos and it's not always snowing here.

It's kind of funny how some other countries know next to nothing when it comes to Canada except for the fact that we do say "eh" sometimes, we have lots of maple syrup on our pancakes and waffles and we do have lots of snow in the winter (but not all year). One day I was watching Jeopardy and one of the questions was "What is the crazy name for Canada's dollar?" And no one could answer that it was a "loonie". (even though U.S.A lives practically next to us!)

We have had lots of brilliant people live in this great country over the years and still do. We have invented some sports that I'm sure many countries have heard of. We created lacrosse, basketball and of course, hockey, just to name a few.

Now let's go into inventions. Speaking of hockey, the goalie mask was made by a Canadian. Some great things were made to help us through the harsh winter and cold weather. Such as the snowblower, snowmobile and the car heater. We also invented some things we have for our own enjoyment, like the television system, the telephone, the wireless radio and the walkie-talkie. Some things are small but very useful inventions like the zipper or garbage bags, light bulbs, steam engines and lawn sprinklers. These were all by Canadians.

Over time, over one million Canadian inventions have been made. A very useful invention was standard time. I'm sure that you use standard time many times a day to be on time for activities, work and school. And after you read this article and finish playing on Whyville you'll probably go on a Website that uses JAVA. This software (created by a Canadian) is helping one of your favorite websites work as well. All of these inventions were created by Canadians and are normally very useful in everyday life. Finally, two extremely important Canadian inventions are heart pacemakers and insulin.

Speaking of health care and diseases let me tell you about a Canadian legend that made a huge impact on Canada's health care. I'm going to tell you about a man named Terry Fox.

Terry was 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer). He was forced to have his right leg amputated six inches above his knee so that the cancer did not spread. He was angered at how little money was put into cancer research. It was then he decided to run in what he called the Marathon of Hope. His goal was to make a dollar for every living Canadian (at the time it was 24 million). He ran across many countries, with donations pouring in from millions of people. He had to stop when the cancer spread to his lungs. While he was in the hospital donations still came in. He finally earned more than 24 million. He had reached his goal. Since then, the Marathon of Hope has raised more than 400 million for cancer research. Terry Fox may be dead, but his legacy still lives on.

So now that I have written this article, I hoped you learned a little about this fabulous country that I proudly live in.

See ya later, eh


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