It may surprise some Canadians and Americans (but no one else in the world will be surprised..sorry) that there are a few common items that exist in Canada that do not exist in America (and vice versa, I'm sure, but since I'm Canadian I have a smaller chance of knowing about these things. Mental note: don't let the parenthesized portion of the sentence be longer than the non-parenthesized portion).

For example, ketchup-flavoured potato chips are available only in Canada. I'm not sure that I really understand why this is the case...but it is and it's unfortunate.

The TV show "Traders" is uniquely Canadian, and unavailable in the States. Which strikes me as odd because there is apparently a market for this type of show. I saw a commercial recently for a show called "Wall Street" or something similar and it's basically a "Traders" rip-off (in fact, I thought it was a commercial for "Traders" at first).

From what I recall (with my limited memory), Fuzzy Peach Slices were also available only in Canada until fairly recently. Since Fuzzy Peach Slices are arguably one of the best candies in existence, this was an unfortunate state of affairs. Thankfully, it has been remedied.

Oh yeah, and federally-funded health care.

Whoop! Apparently ketchup-flavoured potato chips have been available in Maine for quite some time. Perhaps this speaks volumes for the illegal potato chip trafficking industry...

And no one has to worry about me down-voting anything, at least until I get to level two :)

"Ketchup" chips have been available in the State of Maine, United States of America for quite some time. 15 years at least, as they have been a fairly regular staple of my diet for at least that long. So check your sources, yah damn canuck. And before you go downvoting this node cause I called you a canuck, be aware that I myself am a canuck, and that I simply can't stand ignorant or mis-informed information floating around such as "canada is the only one that has" or "You can't find it anywhere but the states"... Also, being so close to Canada, we are able to get some canadian channels sometimes, so I wonder if traders is actually *only* available in canada, beyond the technical sense..

*sigh*.. once again... Canada *DOES* have a history channel. During the 8 months a year I am there, I have to suffer through many a "Canadian Heritage" program... and as far as Canadian Tire goes, I can't say it's a particularly great store.. at least the ones I have frequented in Montreal. They do have cheap bike locks though, which is something Canada seems to be able to provide over the states (once again, this is a broad generalization, and should in no way be considered fact, truth, or anything even closely resembling a legally binding statement)..
Canadian Tire. Never seen one, but from all I've read, I wish we had places like this in the USA.

Hardware plus sporting goods... enough to keep a non-geek male happy for days, and even this particular geek could spend a few hours happily poking around a hockey equipment section larger than 10 square feet (which is about all we get in Virginia).

Well, they're not exclusive to Canada, but there are quite a few Canadian Inventions... Like the washing machine, the zipper, the paint roller, kerosene...

And the ones most people know about. Insulin, Pablum, the snowmobile, Superman, the Telephone, and Trivial Pursuit.

The Tuck-Away-Handle beer carton is worth mentioning, too.

Go to a bar in the United States and order a Caesar. After the natives have beaten you for making up silly drinks that no one has heard of, visit the local grocery store and try to find some Clamato to make your own. Equally fruitless (clamless?).

Apparently, the Bloody Caesar is a little too close in kind to the Bloody Mary and the American tavern vernacular cannot allow such blatant conundrums.

On top of the legendary exclusive "Only in Canada" availability of Red Rose tea ("...Pity.") the brief anecdote goes that upon winning in his category at the 1992 Juno Awards (Canada's equivalent to, euh, the Grammies) for his work on The Future, devil-crooner (or is that gravel-gargler?) Leonard Cohen stepped up to the mic and cunningly deadpanned:

"Only in Canada could I get 'Male Vocalist of the Year.'"

- an undeniably astute summation of our cultural situation in so many ways. Ask some Canadian to explain it to you 8)

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