Thursday, September 13, 2012

Quote of the Week (I love Canada edition)

Couple of blog posts coming your way today, starting with your Quote of the Week, which will be a little lighter for a change. I gave some serious consideration to this eye-opening quote from Vladimir Putin, extolling the virtues of group sex (seriously, can you imagine Obama dropping a bomb like that on the campaign trail?), but nahhhh.

Instead, I'm going to keep things a little closer to home, heading up to America's hat. From Quebec...


"Someone (possibly wearing super villain gear, although that’s pure speculation on my part until they’re apprehended) broke through security at the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve in Quebec and made off with $30 million worth of Canada’s sweetest export."
                                         - Brad Moon, Wired
Whoa, whoa, whoa... Canada has a Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve? That... is... AWESOME.

Here in the good old U.S. of A., we maintain a Strategic Petroleum Reserve, to be tapped during times of supply disruptions or other emergencies (like, you know, a Presidential election... side note, amazing that the link there doesn't mention Fed policy at all when discussing the impacts on crude oil prices... savvy). At any rate, a petroleum reserve is one thing, given the outsized impact that fuel prices tend to have on our economy. But up in Canada, it's apparently maple syrup that's the prized commodity. Terrific.

This news item plays into all of the awesome stereotypes that I already want to have about Canada, so I'm not going to bother to do any further research into this matter. Canada is an awesome land of flapjacks and maple syrup and flannel shirts and lumberjacks and hockey and all of those things combined into something called "lumberjack hockey", and that's how I'm going to leave it. I love you, Canada.


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