Canadian Dollar go forth!

Ohhh Stephen Colbert. So funny!

Read this article from National Newswatch if you wish to laugh.

Stephen Colbert warns Americans of poutine-sucking Canada’s audacious currency coup

Published On Wed Apr 25 2012
Stephen Colbert warns Americans of Canada's audacious currency coup, from Iceland to glow-in-the-dark dinosaur coins.Stephen Colbert warns Americans of Canada’s audacious currency coup, from Iceland to glow-in-the-dark dinosaur coins.

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Niamh Scallan Staff Reporter

Funnyman Stephen Colbert poked fun at America’s “poutine-sucking, healthcare-addicted” nemesis to the North during an episode of The Colbert Report Tuesday night, pointing to recent news that economically beleaguered Iceland considered adopting the Canadian loonie.

Read more: Iceland and the loonie

“The U.S. dollar remains the global currency standard. You can use it all over the world from buying sushi in Tokyo to prostitutes in Cartagena. There are no challengers to America’s currency domination, until now,” Colbert said.

“Everyone knows George Washington should be the only icon recognized by the world’s market. Not Canada’s first president, Featherford Beloon.”

Iceland’s government has floated the idea of replacing its weakened krona with a more stable currency since three of its banks were crippled by the global financial meltdown in 2008. Earlier this year, Canada’s ambassador to Iceland, Alan Bones, took to the airwaves on Iceland’s national broadcaster and said Canada would be open to the idea of sharing its currency with its Nordic neighbour.

Read more: Iceland’s yen for loonie causes diplomatic embarrassment

But hopes that the loonie would line Icelanders’ pockets were dashed in late March when Iceland’s minister of economic affairs told Dow Jones the idea was “theoretical speculation more than practical realities” — and replacing the krona with the loonie was “not on the table.”

Still, Colbert warned Tuesday night, “this is just the beginning of Canada’s currency coup.”

Perhaps more concerning for Americans, Colbert said, is the Canadian Mint’s glow-in-the-dark Alberta dinosaur coins — 25-cent coins that reveal a dinosaur skeleton when placed under the light.

“Folks, Canada’s coming after our young people. What do you think they’re going to prefer: a glow-in-the-dark dino quarter or this green rectangle?” he said. “Nation, we must fight this before we lose a generation of young Americans to the scourge of Canadian politeness and fiscal sanity.”

“As for you, Canada,” he ended, “you keep your dinosaurs where they belong — liquefied in your tarsands and pumped directly into our gas tanks.”

With files from Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew

Go Canadian currency in Iceland!!

I am so happy the USA (and the world now) knows that our first president president, Featherford Beloon condoned glow in the dark coins.

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All eyes on Iceland, again.

Is there another major volcanic eruption in the near future in Iceland? An eruption that will ground even more flights because of the ash clouds? And would it cause terrible damage to the population there, by causing major floods?

An increase in earthquake activity at the site of Katla have scientists and residence worried that one of the most dangerous volcanoes in Iceland will soon erupt. Oh yes, and it is covered by a large glacier…

All eyes on Katla, we shall see what happens.

Fantasy Friday Part V – Peru

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I would say Peru is in my top 5 places I would love to see most, very close to my ultimate Egyptian fantasy and another Fantasy Friday location, Iceland. All the history and culture of Peru is quite enticing. As I did a bit of research for this post on things to do in Peru, I came upon the Lonely Planet top 15 list of things to do. I couldn’t have added a list more appealing…

1 Lake Titicaca – Home to floating islands and singular cultures, the world’s highest navigable lake is, literally, breathtaking

2 Arequipa – The ‘White City’ is a colonial-era jewel within reach of smoldering volcanoes and deep canyons

3 Lima – Peru’s sprawling capital has expansive museums, thumping nightlife and some of the continent’s most spectacular food

4 Río Amazonas – Isolated villages, remote rainforest and well-equipped wildlife lodges can be found on South America‘s greatest river

5 Máncora – Warm water and rippin’ waves attract surfers, kitesurfers and sun worshipers all year long

6 Nazca & Huacachina – Condor’s-eye views of the mysterious Nazca lines, plus giant dunes for sandboarding

7 Machu Picchu – Peru’s legendary ancient Inca citadel clings to the top of a cloudy, forested peak

8 Huancavelica – Well off the tourist trail, this is a charming colonial center bursting with beautiful churches

9 Parque Nacional Manu – High-altitude cloud forest to lowland rainforest – and all the wild animals to go with it

10 Chiclayo – A seaside metropolis surrounded by ancient tombs bearing dazzling gold artifacts

11 Huaraz – High in the Cordillera Blanca, this is a center of inexpensive trekking and mind-boggling mountain views

12 Chachapoyas – Peru’s wildest archaeology: the mountaintop fortress of Kuélap and scores of little-known jungle sites

13 Ayacucho – Vivid folklore and a fascinating archaeological museum in a storied highland city

14 Cuzco – The ancient Inca capital’s cobblestone streets house artisan shops, world-class restaurants and raucous discos

15 Trujillo – An attractive colonial city near monumental archaeological sites and famed surf spots

I am starting to think that this is actually officially my #2 fantasy behind Egypt. Wow, it’s so unbelievable how much I would enjoy each number in this list. Ok, this Friday is also officially a write off…time to daydream.

Fantasy Friday Part III – Iceland

 
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What an explosive decision this week for my Fantasy Friday destination. This place is a true fantasy for me. As a Geography teacher, imagine all the different physical features that I would be running to see. Iceland has really been on my mind since I learned about this place in high school. I would actually be able to SEE the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. How cool! I can just see myself attempting the jump from one tectonic plate to the other, “look mom! I am on the North American plate, oh wait..not now, the Eurasian plate!”…

Anyway. Here are some ideas of what I would like to do and see:

1. Float around in a geothermal bath at The Blue Lagoon, where ” “Conde Nast Traveller” voted Blue Lagoon as the best medical spa worldwide.”

2. Embark on a week long hiking trip, so that I can fulfil my dream of standing between 2 tectonic plates

3. Go whale watching in Húsavík

4. Check out the various glaciers in the region

5. See the popular Eyjafjallajökull and Grímsvötn volcanoes.

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Ok, when can I go??!!