May 23, 2012 | By Adam Bisby, MSN Travel
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10. Kiss the cod



Kiss the cod, Newfoundland (© giulia.forsythe/Flickr)
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How has Newfoundland earned its quirky reputation? Let's start with the decades-old tradition of "Screeching in" first-time visitors. In many of the province's bars — Trapper John's and Christian's Pub are well-known spots — newbies are encouraged to drink a shot of Screech rum, kiss a codfish on the mouth (pictured), and answer the question "Is ye an honourary Newfoundlander?" with the phrase " 'Deed I is me ol' cock, and long may your big jib draw." (Translation: Yes I am, friend. Now where's the mouthwash?") The payoff: An "Official Screecher" certificate — and hopefully a shot or two of mouthwash.

* Video: Melting iceberg a draw in St. John's

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