Canada Day: Top 5 reasons to blame Canada -- and thank Canada

Until 1 p.m. today, the Canadian consulate is hosting Canada Day festivities on the 16th Street Mall between Cleveland and Court streets. Which got us to thinking: What is most worth celebrating about Canada? And what deserves a special musical attack from the

South Park

boys? These probing questions led to not one but two lists -- the top five reasons to thank Canada, and the top 5 reasons to

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Canada. First, the thanks...

5. Drinking beer -- legally! -- at eighteen

In the U.S., eighteen-year-olds can die for their country but not guzzle a brewski for it. For letting young adults act like them, Canada deserves a toast! With some Molson, not Miller Lite!

4. Mounties!

They're heroic, they stand for all that is good and right and true, and they wear funny hats. What's not to like?

3. Steve Nash

Nash has transformed sharing the basketball with others, instead of hanging onto it like a life raft, into a work of art.

2. Dave Coulier


Full House

staple admits to being the inspiration for fellow Canuck Alanis Morissette's vitriolic "You Oughta Know." Did she go down on him in a theater? If so, how ironic!

1. Neil Young

He's not a technically great singer -- just an awesome one. Prove it by picking up

Tonight's the Night

. And then

Rust Never Sleeps

. And then


. And then...

Page down for the blame!5. Canadian bacon

Come on: It's just ham. Not only that, but it's just ham too ashamed to admit it's just ham -- which is embarrassing even if we kinda like the John Candy movie named after it.

4. Howie Mandel

It's not just that Mandel isn't funny, has never been funny, and will never be funny. On top of that, he's getting scarier-looking with each passing year. No deal!

3. Poutine

Didn't think anyone could ruin French fries? Eat a serving a poutine, featuring cheese curds and brown gravy, and think again.

2. Celine Dion

Dion is terrifying in part because every time you think she's gone away, she returns even scarier than before. Her heart will go on and on, but does her career have to?

1. Neil Young

When Young is good, he's very, very good. And when he's not, he puts out albums like


, or


, or

Le Noise

. Then again, at least his crappy records are weird and unusual, not boring. On second thought, we love bad Neil Young, too. Thanks, Canada!

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