Day 542: Smitten with Olympic mittens

Hand's off, Oprah, these babies are all mine!

If you’ve been watching the Olympics at all, you’ve spotted these red mittens on the hands of many of the spectators. They arrived in The Bay, Zellers and Home Outfitters stores across Canada in December and quickly sold out until after Christmas. Not only are they super cute, but all net proceeds go toward supporting Canadian athletes.

I bought some recently, yes, to support our athletes but mostly because they’re just so … Canadian! I even bought some for a couple of friends in the U.S. At first I wondered if Americans would think they were silly, then I found out Oprah (yes, Oprah) became so smitten with the mittens that she handed them out to her entire studio audience … see the video evidence below! (No wonder they’re sold out across town.)

Now, THIS is Canadian.

Canada, eh?

I also read that Fiona Richards, a B.C.-based greeting card designer ran a contest on her blog that gave a pair as a prize to the person with the best bit of trivia about Canada.

She received more than 300 entries, mostly from Americans, according to the Toronto Star.

Here are some of the “Canadian trivia” entries she received:

  • Kraft Dinner, Smarties, pop, Timbits, lumberjackets, beavertails, Nanaimo bars, butter tarts, two-fours, serviettes, chocolate bars, and most of all, eh!!!! (not to mention, once again, zed!!)
  • I know that Canada has ‘the mounties’ ! 🙂
  • What do I know about Canada? I know that as Canadians we say sorry if we bump into you. We even say sorry when we bump into inanimate objects or even if you bump into us.
  • In Canada, $2 coins are called Moonies ’cause there’s a Queen on one side, with a “bear” behind! Oh Canada! 😀
  • I know the provinces—British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and Nunavut.
  • Canadians say ‘ay’!

And according to, bacon was mentioned 11 times, poutine in six entries, and the fact that Canadians pronounce the letter Z as “zed” was tied with beaver tails, which were mentioned in three entries.


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