Raise your hand if you live in your own time zone
A sporting event older than the Olympics?
Of course, Stephen means the modern Olympics, but you have to admit, that's pretty amazing. And it's just one of the many things that makes St. John's, Memorial University, and Newfoundland and Labrador different.
Want to know ten more things that mark us as unique?
- We have our own dictionary... The Dictionary of Newfoundland English
- We have our own time zone (Newfoundland Standard Time)
- We are the only snake-free province in Canada (wild, not domestic)
- Bell Island, near St. John's, is the only land site in North America which German forces attacked during World War 2
- Newfoundland and Labrador is roughly the same size as the United Kingdom, but we have half a million people and they have 60 million... we have a lot of free space for you!
- The Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland was once a part of Africa!
- Newfoundland issued its own postage stamp from 1857-1949... and it is still a valid mailing stamp today.
- A Newfoundlander has placed in the Top 6 of every season of Canadian Idol to date.
- North America's only Viking Site, a UNESCO recognized site, is right here in Newfoundland at L'Anse aux Meadows.
- We are closer to some European cities than we are to cities in our own country! Check this out. As the crow flies, St. John's is over 3700 kilometres from Regina, Saskatchewan. We're only a little over 3300 to Dublin, Ireland.