A light bulb will save ya, brother
So why are Canadians afraid of the darkness?
Are they afraid of it though?
This is a common joke and a stereotype about Canadians spread by certain TV shows and sitcoms like “How I Met Your Mother“.
The joke goes something like that:
- How many Canadians does it take to change a light bulb?
- None, they don’t change light bulbs. They accept them the way they are.
There are no reasonable evidence or explanations of such fear, the only source of it is “How I Met Your Mother” show where Robin and Canadians in a bar were trolled by Americans.
With all that in mind people keep asking such questions and spreading this stereotype even further, some even came up with the answer.
For instance it is sometimes explained by geography. Canada is a northern country, therefore the day length is shorter that in other places (longer night time). So… So this doesn’t make any sense if you think about it. If this was a factor, it should be the opposite, Canadians should feel comfortable to live in darkness with almost no sunlight. Also if this was true, other cold countries like Sweden, Norway or Finland should have the same thing among their people, but they don’t.
In general many people all around the world are afraid of night and darkness, this is natural. We all prefer sun because sun gives life, sun was a god in many ancient religions, moon and darkness were an evil force.
Even if you recall Game Of Thrones you can think of a quote:
The night is dark and full of terrors
Which just shows the same old way to feel about night and day in many cultures and countries. It is not a Canadian thing, it is universal. In conclusion, there is no special connection between Canadians and darkness.
This is original image and article by MapleDude.Ca.