Government of Canada posts geeky April Fools joke


Oh, Canada. We Canadians have a little bit of an inferiority complex when it comes to contributions to the global culture. Despite occupying a very large chunk of the earth, our population is small, we blend in easily with Americans, and the world simply doesn’t look our way very often. But just because our numbers are few doesn’t mean we haven’t made pretty big contributions to entertainment; you know you’re hanging out with a Canadian when they insist on mentioning whenever an actor, celebrity, or even fictional character that comes up is one as well. Which is why every Canadian nerd will be pretty quick to tell you that arguably the most famous X-Men, and definitely the most profitable, Wolverine is one of ours.

So it wasn’t necessarily surprising when Library and Archives Canada, a branch of the Government of Canada, posted a tribute to the character in honour of April Fools. They posted “the declassified journals and military records of Canadian supersoldier James ‘Logan’ Howlett.”

The post states that Logan was born in Cold Lake, Alberta in 1882. It continues to say he went on to fight in World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and then continued to work “with various NGOs.” The document contains various references to battles that were of significance to Canadian military history, as well as a photo.

It was a pretty cute nod to Canada’s geeks, who were quick to spread the post on social media. It’s rare to see a government join in on the fun.

What do you think of the “prank?” Do you hope to see more about Canada’s super-soldier program in the future? Let us know in the comments!

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