Okay, Canada is 150 years old, a mere toddler in the zillion-year history of the planet, but still something to celebrate. But, you may ask, what else is there to remember about the year 1867, the year of Confederation? Well, a few things, including these items:
* Russia sold Alaska to the United States (a $7.2 million bargain)
* Mark Twain published "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"
* Karl Marx published "Das Kapital"--not as funny as "The Celebrated Jumping Frog"
* Johann Strauss composed "The Blue Danube"
* Joseph Lister developed antiseptics
* Alfred Nobel produced dynamite
* Diamonds were discovered in South Africa
A happy 150th to diamond cutters, blasters, waltzers and jumping frogs.