About this photo: Thematic. Vegetables. Here. Because they're good for you.Never let it be said that the land of my birth, the Canadian Province of Quebec, isn't a strange and wondrous place. For example, when I was growing up, Dr. Pepper was not sold in La Belle Province. Now, I didn't much care, as pop - oops, excuse me, boissons gazeuse, or soft drinks - have never really been my thing. Still, this product's absence from the store shelves was one of many examples of how different this part of the country was from the rest.
The popularly understood reason for Dr. Pepper's Quebec no-show was an interesting one: The word pepper is derogatory slang. If you described someone as such, you'd be just as likely to find yourself surrounded by a bunch of very angry people. I'm guessing the bottlers didn't want to change the name to something else.
These days, the drink is sold throughout Quebec. I'm guessing the word isn't as taboo as it once was. Or consumers simply wanted their sugared, fizzy drinks without having to drive across the border.
Your turn: Things you can't buy where you live. Please discuss.