Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Little Mosque on the Prairie

Mark Steyn, who is Canadian, eh? called my attention to it, and I didn't believe it at first, but it's true. The CBC has a new sitcom called Little Mosque on the Prairie.

Muslim Canadian humor? Is this even possible?

To test the concept I used the time-honored fact checking technique of counting Google results:
  • Results 1 - 10 of about 228,000 for "british humor".
  • Results 1 - 10 of about 82,200 for "russian humor".
  • Results 1 - 10 of about 49,900 for "canadian humor".
Clearly Canadian humor exists. Not huge, but it's there.
  • Results 1 - 10 of about 406,000 for "jewish humor".
Oh, now, that's not even fair.
  • Results 1 - 10 of about 23,800 for "catholic humor".
  • Results 1 - 10 of about 2,330 for "buddhist humor".
  • Results 1 - 10 of about 1,630 for "taoist humor".
  • Results 1 - 10 of about 1,560 for "muslim humor".
Dead last? (Sorry, unfortunate choice of words.) No, not quite:
  • Results 1 - 10 of about 782 for "hindi humor".
Oh dear.
  • Your search - "muslim canadian humor" - did not match any documents.
We're not laughing with you, we're laughing at you.