The list of classic stereotypes that the world associates with being a Canadian includes liking maple syrup, loving hockey and enjoying free healthcare.
But being excited about data gathering? That's a new one.
And yet that's what the world will think when it gazes upon these selfies that Canadians took with their census forms, positively elated over having to fill out a mandatory government form.
It's embarrassingly amazing:
Canadians' "enthusiasm" for the census, which was made mandatory again by the Liberal government, appears to be behind the Statistics Canada website going down for 45 minutes on Monday night, according to CBC News.
The forms, which contain online access codes for the census, started rolling out on Monday:
Thanks Canadians for responding in such high numbers. The site was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm, but we are back! https://t.co/SnxAmqTRSr
— Statistics Canada (@StatCan_eng) May 3, 2016
Of course, people weren't happy about that:
Shine on, you nation of data-loving nerds. Shine on:
Twitter also gladly rose to the occasion and delivered some golden commentary on the census excitement:
Just called someone for an interview.
"Hey Sean, can I call you right back? I'm filling out the census."
— SeanFitz_Gerald (@SeanFitz_Gerald) May 3, 2016
Live footage of Canadians hurrying to fill in the census right away. pic.twitter.com/qx8hqEZL2H
— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) May 3, 2016
We're Canadian enough that we had a family argument over who gets to do the census
— Doug Saunders (@DougSaunders) May 3, 2016
At least this is one stereotype we can all get excited about.
I cannot explain how much fun I had filling out our census.
— SARAH (@SarahKDeen) May 3, 2016
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