Iqaluit, Nunavut

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Iqaluit's midnight sun produces a balmy tourist season that attracts sunbathers.

“The rockiest beach I ever had sex on!”
~ Stephen Hawking on Iqaluit

Iqaluit is a popular city in Nunavut, Canada. Its tiny population is overwhelmed by the ample hot season produced by the midnight sun, even though no roads nor highways lead to it. Canadian tourists wait to visit Iqaluit until Hudson Bay freezes over, knowing that the ice will be thin due to the extreme heat.

Iqaluit is a Mecca for Canadians who get bored of their nation's permanently cold weather and are willing to brave the hazards of Iqaluit's jungles for the allure of 'round-the-clock sunbathing.

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The residents of Iqaluit are proud of their odd geographic location, and show it off to visitors by turning their maps upside-down. Another reason may be that, if a map of Canada was hung right-side-up, Iqaluit would be so high up as to be invisible.

It is also good for the Inuit tourism industry. It causes readers to inadvertently travel north when they're trying to go home, and thus they take the scenic route. This is a very long route, and at every bathroom stop (i.e., sled-dog feeding station) one can purchase nifty souvenirs such as sealskin t-shirts, with sayings such as, I went to the Nunavut and all I got was - well, let's just say it wasn't "laid." There are also stuffed bipolar bears and mini inukshuk statuettes. These have been hot sellers ever since the inukshuk was adopted as the 2010 Winter Olympics logo.

edit History

The Ninjuit took control of Iqaluit from the Vikings in 1000 AD, but were later annihilated by some other group (it may have been pirates). No trace of them remains to this day, especially since, because of continental drift, Iqaluit has moved further north since then and its climate has considerably warmed up.

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The move northward has created territorial conflicts with another group who live even further north. At first the Inuit kept their distance, given the size of the northerners' military - until they realized that the entire North Pole army was made of toy tanks and soldiers. Besides, the little green uniforms looked ridiculous, and hardly served as camouflage on the ice. Their top general was clearly out of shape, and was an easy target in his huge red suit. But the North Polians surprised the Inuit on flying reindeer back. Only intervention by the Canadian government, defending its sovereignty in the north, saved the Inuit and all of Nunavut from malicious corporate takeover. The general, who was rumoured to have wanted to use Inuit as sweatshop slaves was captured and publicly hanged in Ottawa to cheers of thousand of Stephen Harper fans and cries of millions of children.

edit Culture

The Iqaluitians are known for their love of yogurt, which they make from churning snow. Their diet consists of many delicious dishes that are unfortunately unknown in the rest of the world - for example:

breakfast - usually consists of bran-flavoured yogurt; yogurt juice; arctic loon eggs

lunch - yogurt sandwich (with two slabs of ice, and a little fish-turd dressing); fruit-flavoured yogurt or yogurt-flavoured fruit, depending on availability; side dish of yogurt for dessert

dinner - fish deep-fried in wine-soaked yoghurt or yogurt-stuffed polar bear feast plus rice and vegetables (though rice and vegetables are hard to come by in Iqaluit, so yogurt is often used as a substitute)

Extra supplies of yoghurt are sometimes stored for the summer and distributed by staple gun.

Many young Iqaluits spend much time sniffing glue or other household solvents to pass the fun summer months. During the short hot winter, gas sniffing seems to be the snort of choice. They also love snow-sniffing, though visitors who try it are usually disappointed, adding a comment such as "Hey, this isn't coke!"

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