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Fun:Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland is Canada's easternmost and newest province. Because of a border dispute with Quebec, its name has been formally changed to Newfoundland and Labrador, although nobody outside of Newfoundland ever remembers this. Except Labrador Retrievers.
Newfoundland was colonised by the British Empire in 1583 and voted for pseudo-independence as a dominion in 1907 alongside New Zealand. As a loyal member of the Commonwealth, Newfoundland participated in the First World War with disastrous results. In 1939, Newfoundland was tasked with coastal defense and saw far fewer losses. In 1949, having gone bankrupt, Newfoundland opted to join Canada.
When it joined Canada, it had three natural resources in its favour: fish stocks (which have since been depleted due to overfishing and environmental devastation), hydroelectric power (which has since been pwned by Quebec) and oil (which will only be pried from its cold, dead hands). For some reason, the rest of Canada likes to make fun of Newfoundland, albeit in a very different way than they make fun of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, etc. To be fair, one can't expect a province full of the offspring of sailors and Irish folks to not be known as hard drinkers. Some jokes may also be partially rooted in the provincial accent, which is a strange Irish-English hybrid. To truly master the language of the locals, reliance on generous amounts of Catholic blasphemy is suggested.
Newfoundland likes to vote en masse for populist politicians.
In a nutshell
- Of 800 soldiers who went over the top on 1 July, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, only 68 answered roll call the next day. It's the reason that Canada Day is a day of mourning in the province.
- "The world will end at midnight, 12:30 in Newfoundland."