11/06/2012 04:59 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'Canada,' Why Are You Trending On Twitter During A U.S. Election?

If you're like us, you may have noticed something strange on Twitter today. While wading through tweets about the presidential election, we asked ourselves: Why is "Canada" trending during an American election?

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Every individual Twitterer's list of "Trending Topics" appears to left of the page on and is based on a user's location and the accounts he or she follows. So "Canada" may not be showing up for you, but it is for us and a few others we talked to.

Why the commotion over Canada on Twitter? A 4.2 earthquake struck Quebec early Tuesday, and, given that news about earthquakes travels quickly on Twitter, this is no doubt part of what sent "Canada" skyrocketing up the Trending Topics list. (No injuries have been reported yet, according to the Toronto Star.)

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But there's another reason: Everyone thought of the same joke referencing America's neighbor to the north on this Election Tuesday, and a lot of Americans are promising they'll be moving to Canada if their candidate doesn't win.



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