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"Really" Cruz said, laughing. "Is she from Canada? The Niagara Falls area, perhaps?"

I am sure there is some subtext here. But I have no idea what I am missing.

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    This could really use some extra context around it.
    – user31178
    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:05

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This is just an instance of the girlfriend in Canada trope/joke.

A character will purport to have a girlfriend in some distant state or country, making it impossible, or at least difficult for anyone to verify the story, or to conclusively disprove it.

When used in a work, "nerd" characters are often the ones claiming to have a girlfriend in Canada.

In Armada, Zack is regaling his friends with a story which his friends find unlikely. Not only was he supposedly at Crystal Palace, but he met a "super-hot mech driver" who kissed him, all within one day.

“If you must know,” I said, “that super-hot mech driver I met at Crystal Palace showed me how to do it. She also kissed me, FYI.”

“Really?” Cruz said, laughing. “Is she from Canada? The Niagara Falls area, perhaps?”

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  • @armadillo Niagra Falls is a place commonly used in the trope, often because a person supposedly vacationed there.
    – phantom42
    Jun 7, 2016 at 4:53
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    Seriously, don't overthink this.
    – phantom42
    Jun 7, 2016 at 4:53

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