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Harvard students stumped on Canada's capital

Categories: Canada, World


A YouTube video posted by Harvard University's newspaper puts a simple question to students at the prestigious institution: "What's the capital of Canada?" Their answers, ranging from "Vancouver" to "Quebec," were pretty far off the mark. 

The Harvard Crimson posted the "roving reporter" segment over the weekend. 

The paper has been posting these "FlyBy" videos for years now and occasionally tries to catch fellow students with seemingly simple questions, like "What are the words to the Star-Spangled Banner?" or "What happened on July 4?

The bit is similar to Rick Mercer's Talking To Americans segments, although the question is genuine rather than a work of fiction designed to reveal stereotypical views of Canada held by our neighbours to the south. 

Some of wrong answers were close; you could forgive an American for thinking that Toronto is the seat of Canada's government. Some were way off, though. "Alberta"? 

In the video, just one Harvard student correctly answered "Ottawa." The Crimson's reporter smartly asked a follow-up question: 

"Are you Canadian?" 

"Yes."

Are you surprised by the responses in the video? Have you ever been asked funny questions by an American with seemingly little knowledge of Canada? Tell us your story in the comments below.

Tags: Canada, U.S., video

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