Canada is probably one of the more popular countries in the world. With its sheer size and its diverse culture, its seems like there’s nothing more to it than convenient living, and for some, not-so-strict immigration laws. As a Canadian myself, I keep on wondering if there is more to this country than meets the eye. The idea came after our social science teacher asked our class a while ago to write an essay on canada after our discussion about the country’s geography, demography and topography. I figured out that it would be much better if I do some research on some of less known yet still interesting things about the country. To my surprise, there is still much that is to be discovered about Canada.
I was raised my whole life in this country and yet some facts about the country surprises me. For example, in Winnipeg, there exist what is called the Narcisse Snake Dens where thousands of garter snakes emerge during spring after a long period of living underground. Speaking of underground, there is a laboratory in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada which studies new forms of matter. Named SNOLAB, short for Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, it houses scientists who study dark matter physics and neutrinos. And again, speaking of tiny particles, most of the world’s supply of the element Caesium can be found here in the country- to be more specific, in Lake Manitoba. Caesium is mainly used for ultra-accurate atomic clocks.
Here’s another thing, did you know that the green ink used in printing American currencies was actually invented in Canada? Thomas Sterry Hunt came up with the green ink during his experiment in McGill University in Montreal in 1857. To think that we Canadians often receive criticisms due to out monopoly-colered currency!