One of my favourite events in school was having a quiz, picking teams to answer the questions, and maybe even the winners getting a special prize like a sweet treat, a gold star, or an extra half hour in the gym or playground?
I remember that quizzes were much more fun than exams, because you didn’t have to stay so quiet or think so hard, and you could consult with your buddies before giving the answer. It was kind of like being on a TV game show; jumping up and down, with the bragging rights going to the smart set and lots of laughs for most of the rest of us who came up with some really wild or stupid answers.
Just for fun this week I thought I might give you all a little quiz that will give us a chance to find out just how much we really know about our beloved nation of Canada. Some of the questions are tough, while others are easy and even quite funny; but it should be a lot of fun for everyone to take a crack at it, if you dare.
My meager budget does not allow me to offer any prizes, but maybe you could all come up with a little extra incentive or wager for those who take part around the office, at home, at school, or wherever? I’ll give you the answers to the 20 questions in next week’s column, so have some fun, and thanks for taking part.
*What is the name of Canada’s spoof political party?
*What is a Calgary Red Eye?
*Which word for school supplies is unique in Canada?
*Which is not a level of amateur sports?
*A slang name for a piece of land promoted as having mining potential that is in fact worthless is?
*What is the slang name for a beer belly?
*What is the revenge of the cradle?
*Newfoundland cake made from rice, pork, and molasses is known as what?
*How many provinces and territories are there in Canada?
*What is Canada’s latest territory?
*If you visit Atlantic Canada but are not from there you are referred to as?
*A New Brunswicker is a Herring……..?
*Who was Canada’s only female Prime Minister?
*Where is Canada’s highest waterfall located?
*Which of our Alberta cities are divided between two provinces?
*Where in Manitoba is Canada’s only seaport on the Hudson’s Bay?
*When did Canada adopt the Maple Leaf for its Canadian National flag?
*Mile one of the Trans-Canada Highway is located in which Canadian city?
*Where did the greatest one -day snowfall in Canada occur?
*Where did Canada’s oil industry start?
*How many Canadian teams are in the National Hockey League and which one has won the cup more than all of them together?
So how’s the diet going?
We all try to make that special effort to eat properly and stay trim, especially at this time of the year when we are looking forward to coming out sassy in those new shorts, swim suits, or whatever. This week I found some classic, and mostly hilarious statements, beliefs, and excuses about the dieting process.
*Yours Doctor’s ultimatum: “What fits your busy schedule better, exercising one hour a day or being dead 24 hours a day?”
*I’m going to order a broiled skinless chicken breast, but I want you to bring me lasagna and garlic toast by mistake!
* Potato chips aren’t rubbery and blubbery like fat. They’re crispy and crunchy like lettuce, so that means they are great diet food?
*If you put a crouton on top of your sundae instead of a cherry, it counts as a salad.
*I was going to wake up early to go jogging, but my toes voted against me 10 to one.
*My doctor told me to start my exercise program very gradually so today I drove past a store that sells sweat pants.
*The healthiest part of a donut is the hole. Unfortunately, you have to eat through the rest of the donut to get there.
*The handle on your recliner does not qualify as an exercise machine.
*Everyone had weighed in and the diet-workshop leader began her lecture on the week’s topic, the problems of dining out. She chatted about alternatives such as requesting diet sodas and dressings, and having your meat boiled instead of fried. Finally she turned the question over to the group for discussion. “What is the greatest problem you encounter when going out to eat?” she asked the class. “Running into you,” one woman quickly replied.
While you are out enjoying this super spring weather please don’t forget to watch for the registration dates of all those great spring sports for all members of the family. These among many of your choice include lacrosse, softball, baseball, tennis, soccer, and of course golf, once the grass starts greening. Have a great week, all of you.