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Old 07-02-2013, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Aloverton
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If you need further proof that there's some truth to the Canadian politeness stereotype, all you need to do is read a bunch of these US-started "Why aren't you like the States?" threads, and all the polite replies when the less polite reply is: "Because we have this odd notion that we're allowed to come up with our own ideas on how to run our country, without first considering if we should just imitate the Americans. Why is it so hard to grasp that we might actually make a decision without reference to the States' method? Let's turn this around. We have shown you an example of a society with universal healthcare, much lower crime, much less poverty and a much better national legislative ratio. Why do you keep doing these things your way, which anyone can see has failed? Why don't you imitate us? What, you mean you have the warped notion that you can run your own country without consulting us? How can this be? Aren't these questions great?"
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:41 PM
 
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Because 12345 is easier to write and remember than A1A H2A
Science has proven otherwise. Look up pattern grouping in psychology journals. Numbers grouped in 3 are ideal to remember. Numbers grouped in 4 are the next ideal. That's why phone numbers have a dash in them. To break the number up into pattern groupings. That's why License plates have a break in them. That's why IP addresses have periods.

###-### is easier than ###### to remember.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I would suggest that Canadians are more flexible, when it comes comes to using their imagination, after all we did invent the internet. And star trek.

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We did?????
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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If you need further proof that there's some truth to the Canadian politeness stereotype, all you need to do is read a bunch of these US-started "Why aren't you like the States?" threads, and all the polite replies when the less polite reply is: "Because we have this odd notion that we're allowed to come up with our own ideas on how to run our country, without first considering if we should just imitate the Americans. Why is it so hard to grasp that we might actually make a decision without reference to the States' method? Let's turn this around. We have shown you an example of a society with universal healthcare, much lower crime, much less poverty and a much better national legislative ratio. Why do you keep doing these things your way, which anyone can see has failed? Why don't you imitate us? What, you mean you have the warped notion that you can run your own country without consulting us? How can this be? Aren't these questions great?"
You sir, are very astute.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The answer the the original question is, because every country (that is not a colony of the USA) gets to choose their own postal code system.

The reason telephone numbers and area codes in Canada match those in the USA is to allow a person using an American telephone to call a Canadian number without going through international switching with a country code. The destination of the call is "sorted" at the point of origin. But that doesn't matter in postal codes, because all mail from the US to Canada goes through a funnel and gets dumped somewhere in Canada where is seems to get sniffed at by Customs, re-discovered by a surprised postal worker (sooner or later) and gets sorted by Canadian postal workers (sooner or later) and then essentially "remailed" to a Canadian address. By which time the reason for writing the original letter has been forgotten. This is not a knock on Canada, it works the same way going back the other way.

In the USA, all international incoming mail gets bottlenecked through US Customs in New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, or Miami. Presumably, all mail from Canada goes through New York, and possibly Seattle. So a letter from Windsor to Detroit goes and spends a few days in New York along the way.

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Old 07-06-2013, 11:56 AM
 
Location: CFL
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Interesting difference between phones and mail..

When you make a long distance call to another country. Both your phone companies and the person being called's phone company have infrastructure involved in the call. The money you pay your phone company is split and some of it is paid to the receiving phone company. There is a lot of time and effort to calculate and track all these splits.

With the post office you pay for the stamp at the sending end. The receiving end receives no payment for their part in delivering the letter. There is an assumption that a letter would be sent back at some point. No time , effort or money is spent calculating any splits.
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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With the post office you pay for the stamp at the sending end. The receiving end receives no payment for their part in delivering the letter. There is an assumption that a letter would be sent back at some point. No time , effort or money is spent calculating any splits.
Since 1874, there is a Universal Postal Union, a treaty to which virtually all countries are signatory, in which every country agrees to process, handle and deliver mail for which postage was paid in a member country. It is reciprocal.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:36 PM
 
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I'm surprised that this thread has lasted so long (and, really, why was this question asked?), and no one mentioned the absolutely annoying tendency for US gas stations to insist that you punch in a zipcode if you intend to prepay at the pump with a credit card. As a Canadian, I don't have a zipcode. I try to punch "90210" but almost never works. As a result, I have to prepay at the cashier, which prevents me from truly fulling up the tank.

HATE!
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:10 PM
 
Location: CFL
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I'm surprised that this thread has lasted so long (and, really, why was this question asked?), and no one mentioned the absolutely annoying tendency for US gas stations to insist that you punch in a zipcode if you intend to prepay at the pump with a credit card. As a Canadian, I don't have a zipcode. I try to punch "90210" but almost never works. As a result, I have to prepay at the cashier, which prevents me from truly fulling up the tank.

HATE!
My american cards don't generally work at Canadian pumps I have to pay inside all the time
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:00 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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How come Canadian postal (zip) codes are letters and numbers like in the UK, instead of 5 digit number like the southern neighbor?

I know phone numbers in the US and Canada are the same, and same address format, but postal code is different. I prefer the US zip code since it is easier to remember and write.
Why should Canadian zip codes be like the US? What an odd expectation.

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