Several years ago, I found this gem on Usenet. Someone was saying that they were moving to Canada, and they were asking where to buy electronics in Canada, via mail order from the USA or where.
Someone asked: I'm about to move to Canada shortly and I want to know where do Canadians go buy softwares and hardwares? Would you prefer mail order to buying it from the stores? For mail order, would buying from a US company be cheaper than buying from a Canadian company? Thanks for the info.
To which Brad Ball, in true Canadian humor (rather humour) replied:
You guys are really lucky in the USA. You know... malls, chain stores, electronics warehouses, online ordering, etc. Here in Canada, we have to travel by dog team to northern Manitoba to buy computer hardware/software. There is a little Igloo there (yep, built from snow and ice) and the owner is pretty nice. He doesn't speak English but you can just grunt once for "Yes" or twice for "No". It's kind of a universal language here in Canada. I usually travel there in late summer when the temperature is only -20C. Last summer I got a wicked deal on Doom II and NHL 84, only cost me three beaver pelts!!! Too bad my right arm got frost bitten on the journey and I had to have it amputated. The year before that I traded a bear skin for what I thought was a VCR. When I got home I was disappointed to find out it was a vacumn cleaner! Like I said, you guys in the USA sure are lucky. Brad Ball
What is funnier is that these stereotypes about Canada persist. One of my daughters' friends went to the USA with her parents. There, some American girl asked her if she lives in an Igloo in Canada? When the Canadian said "No!", the American replied: "Oh, you must be one of the fortunate Canadians who live in a log cabin!"Indeed, life imitates humor.