I'm just back from Europe, where 1000-year-old buildings are passe -- and where Germany is celebrating its 60th birthday. No kidding; they're counting the 60 years going back to when a reset button got pressed in 1949. Germany: where everyone is an expert on George Bush, but no one knows about the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Today, Canada celebrates its birthday, being nearly three times "older" than Germany at 142 years. To celebrate, here are some self-deprecating Canadian jokes:
Q1: How do you get a Canadian to apologize?
Q2: How to you get a pool full of Canadians to get out the water?
Not that our politicians don't like to have fun. My home province of British Columbia found excuses to hold 100th-birthday celebrations several times: 1958, 1967 (Canada's 100th), 1971. We school kids got to know the word "centennial" pretty well, as politicians spent our parents' money throwing parties. It's just that we grew up thinking centennial was Canadian for birthday.
A1: By stepping on his foot.
A2: By announcing, "All Canadians leave the pool."