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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Read your history, folks!

Many Americans are completely ignorant of the War of 1812, save for the fact that it was when the poem "Defense of Fort McHenry" was written, and then "filked" to fit the lyrics of the British melody "The Anacreontic Song (To Anacreon in Heaven)" to create the song "The Star-Spangled Banner".

But do most Americans know, or were even taught in schools, that during that war, British troops from Canada made their way to Washington DC and burned down the White House?

This is something that Canadians love to gloat about: That the only two countries that the USA failed to win a war against were Vietnam and Canada.

The Canadian folk trio Three Dead Trolls In a Baggie have taken this sentiment and written a song about it, entitled simply, "The War of 1812".

Below is a YouTube video of the song, set to clips from Ren & Stimpy cartoons (The cartoon duo's creator, John Kricfalusi, is Canadian). Enjoy.

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