Oh Canada

canquarter.jpgI paid cash for my breakfast this morning and received some change that was burning a hole in my pocket, so I decided to buy some Peanut M&M’s.

Every time I put a quarter in the vending machine, it was being returned.  Finally I took a look at it, and lo and behold, I had a Canadian Quarter.

So in case you ever wondered, a Canadian Quarter doesn’t work in an American vending machine.

Maybe some of my Canadian readers can tell me who the chick on the quarter is?  Queen Elizabeth?  If so, why?

And is there any difference between Canadian Bacon and ham?

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4 Responses to Oh Canada

  1. Trinity13 says:

    When I worked in the coin room at a bank vault, the coin machine had a magnetic strip in it that would collect all the Canadian coins…they just weren’t good enough to be put in with the American coins! 😛

  2. Heather says:

    Very funny … the “chick” is indeed, the Queen. She’s on all our money — along with various national fauna and/or ships! Officially, she’s still our head of state, represented here in Canada by our Governor-General (who has nothing to do with the military!)
    And, just so you know, American quarters don’t usually work in our vending machines, either! However, people here usually hoard them for trips south, seeing as they’re worth more. (But only a leetle bit more these days …)

  3. Heather says:

    ooops, forgot the bacon question. We call “Canadian” bacon, “back bacon” or “peameal bacon” and it comes with peameal on the edge. According to porkpeople.com (!!!! who knew) it is indeed a ham, not a bacon

  4. vasco says:

    Ham comes from the back or rear leg of the pig canadian bacon is a smoked bonelss pork chop; you can take that as a fact.

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