Take Off, Hoser! Bob and Doug Blast Into Space

3… 2… 1… Take off, eh?

ISS—Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley rode the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, docking on Sunday. That’s right—Bob and Doug went to space.

The US press has largely referred to the crew as “Bob and Doug”. Here in Canada, citizens across the nation are picturing two hosers orbiting high above. Because to us, “Bob and Doug” will always and only refer to the SCTV McKenzie brothers from the Great White North.

Canadians are wondering things such as: How did they fit their space helmets over their toques? How much beer were they allowed to take on the voyage? And will words like “eh” and “hoser” be understood by the ISS crew?

Comedians Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas embodied the McKenzies as a joke when CBC asked for specifically Canadian content. Some of the skits were exported to the US, and the pair unwittingly created the Canadian stereotype that lives on in the mind of many Americans. It’s why so many of us are assaulted with calls of “coo roo coo coo, coo coo coo coo” south of the border.

The NASA astronauts are scheduled to stay on the ISS for 110 days. Their mission will end when they climb back aboard the Crew Dragon, reenter the Earth’s atmosphere, and splash down into the ocean. It’s a beauty way to go.

Molly Donovan

Molly Donovan

I grew up in the USA, but don't hold that against me because I'm also Canadian. Just think of me as the mole.

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