Since it's July, we're celebrating North America's most important patriotic holiday. Put that watermelon on ice and stock up on fireworks, because Canada Day is here! July 1 celebrates the Constitution Act of 1867 that unified Canada into a single dominion—but have American really studied up on our neighbor to the north, or do we take its many accomplishments for granted? Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings is not Canadian, but he does live just two hours from the border, and is very pale and polite. All month, he's going to be correcting our counterfactual Canadian conjectures, eh?
Did Canada Really Burn Down the White House?
From many conversations with Canadians over the years, I get the impression that this little-remembered episode from the War of 1812—a footnote in most American history classes—gets a lot of play in Canadian elementary schools and popular culture. "Yeah, the War of 1812. That's when we burned down your White House, eh?" This was apparently the all-time high-water mark for Canadian military efficiency until January 1992, when Jacques "The Mountie" Rougeau won the WWF Intercontinental championship belt just two days before the Royal Rumble.