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    well its 10:39pm right now on the radio there is a phone show and they are talking about annoying americans now my site http://www.damnyanks.com covers this topic but is still being set up after i just opened my account other day, so i scramble onto my pc to set up a mailing list for the site but wait those mailing lists arent in the control panel ahhh this phone show gets 60k+ listeners and when they goto my site now they will see site opening in 12 days or something
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    Well let me be the first American to say HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    j/k of course, but I hope you can say the same thing about your site being against American's! There has got to be something better to spend your time on!

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    One thing WHY do americans think that canadians live in igloos, eh?

    I find it annoying
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    Originally posted by Ace Nova
    One thing WHY do americans think that canadians live in igloos, eh?

    I find it annoying
    Ummm... I don't know one American that thinks that! I for one have many online friends in Canada, and I know that none of them live in Igloos.

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    lets go oot-n-aboot for ice fishin and hockey, eh.

    most americans aren't that annoying, it's mostly texans that give the rest of us a bad name.

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    What?! You mean Canadians don't live in igloos?

    Americans have received quite a bad reputation for not knowing much about the events outside their own front yards, but we're not all that bad. Every region and nation has its own typical stereotypes of the way some people are, but that shouldn't be carried over to reflect all people.

    Besides, I know that Canadians don't live in igloos...Eskimos do!

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    I posted this in another thread - but what the hell!

    How to tell if you're an American

    1. You decide that the relationship with your partner is over. How do
    you break the news you are leaving?
    (a) Leave a tearful note on the table and slip quietly away
    (b) Calmly discuss the reasons with your partner for your decision
    (c) Attack them with a chair in front of a rabble of cheering pumped-up inbreds on national television.

    2. You and your mates decide to have a game of football in the park. What do you need to take?
    (a) A ball
    (b) A ball and 2 coats
    (c) A ball, 50 crash helmets, 4 tons of body armour, 20 cheerleaders, a marching sousaphone band with a grand piano on a trolley, and a team of orthopaedic surgeon specialising in spinal injuries.

    3. You are driving along a country road when you accidentally run over a rabbit. What do you do?
    (a) Stop and see how badly injured it is, taking it to a vet if it is still alive
    (b) Carry on driving, but hope it is still alive, or if not, that it died quickly
    (c) Strap it across the bonnet of your car and drive home a-hollering and a-whooping and throwing empty Budweiser cans out of the window.

    4. You wake up in the morning with a stiff neck after sleeping in an awkward position. What do you do?
    (a) Ignore it. It will probably loosen up as the day progresses
    (b) Take a couple of aspirins and get on with things.
    (c) Take yourself to a prostitute-addicted TV evangelist faith healer in an ill-fitting wig, who will lay his hands on you head, whilst screaming about the devil in front of an audience of gibbering rednecks.

    5. What do you have for breakfast?
    (a) A bowl of Cornflakes, slice of toast and a mug of tea
    (b) Glass of orange juice, croissant and a cup of coffee
    (c) A bag of donuts with ice cream, a 32 ounce steak with six eggs sunny side-up, fifteen pancakes with maple syrup, ten waffles, five corn dogs and a diet root beer

    6. You and your partner decide to take the plunge and get married. What sort of ceremony do you have?
    (a) A quiet party with a few friends in a registry office
    (b) A church service followed by a traditional reception at a hotel
    (c) A minute long mockery at a 24 hour drive-through chapel in Las Vegas, presided over by a transvestite vicar dressed as Elvis.

    7. Your 14-year-old son is going through a difficult phase, becoming disruptive at school and reclusive at home. What do you do?
    (a) Don't worry. It's just a phase and will pass.
    (b) Encourage him to get out more, get involved in team sports or join a youth club.
    (c) Take him to an armoury and buy him an arsenal of semi-automatic weapons and enough ammunition to slaughter a small town.

    8. You fancy a night in watching something funny on TV. What kind of comedy do you choose?
    (a) A sitcom like Fawlty Towers or Father Ted
    (b) A sketch show like the Two Ronnie's or the Fast show
    (c) A thinly disguised morality play set in a massive lounge where the audience whoop for ten minutes every time an overpaid actor with a superglued grin on his face makes an entrance to deliver a lightweight wisecrack.

    9. While getting ready for bed, you stub your toe on your wife's
    dressing table. What do you do?
    (a) Shout and swear a bit, after all, it did hurt
    (b) Make a mental note to move the table so it doesn't happen again
    (c) Immediately call a hotshot lawyer with an uptown reputation, and sue your wife.



    If you answered mostly (a)s and (b)s then you are a normal well balanced
    individual.
    If you answered mostly (c)s - Congratulations!! you are an American.


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    I can talk like an american too LuZeR.

    "Hey Cletus come check out dis fancy darn peice o' rod kill"
    "That som good varmin, Elly-Mae will have an ellegantt wedding drress"
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    esp at Peter
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    Or...

    "I'll just use my credit card".
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    peter would you mind if i used that quiz on my site? and the site isnt all against americans its just lots of other countrys find them annoying at times saying stupid things like it wouldnt be hard to trick some americans into thinking that we actually do have leprachans here in ireland and if anyone else has stuff like peter send it to sbourke@oceanfree.net
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    Ace Nova,

    I've never heard of the igloos thing. It's the equivalent of everybody thinking Texans have horses, pickup trucks, cowboy hats and boots. BTW, I have none of those.

    Luzer,

    I resemble that Texan comment. LOL! (Dallas)

    Peter,

    That was hilarious. I'm bookmarking it. The only problem with it is that each of the number 3 items uses UK terms instead of American terms. For instance, we don't have vicars or bonnets on our cars. (Or vicars on our cars. LOL)
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    I am an American and I thought most Internet Developers would be more sophisticated and culturally acceptable of others.

    I had planned to travel to England and other European Countries to get more of a world of experience. But if this thread is any indication of how accepting people are, I am better off staying at home.

    [Edited by W. Luke on 11-09-2000 at 01:03 PM]
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    dont get us wrong its not like we would start talking to someone and then oh your american and then get the police on you its just american tourists normaly moan and look for money back if something isnt exactley how it is described like most americans think irish are all drunks but there are one or two of us who arent hey look at me i bought http://www.squareyes.net when i was drunk
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    Wayne - we are only joking - that's why I made the point that it is a stereotype type joke! There were other questions in the joke survey, but I thought they over stepped over the mark of good humour so I didn't put them in.

    I was hoping that someone from the US would post jokes aimed at the English - it's interesting to see how we are perceived abroad, and the misconceptions. I think all these jokes are so over the top and laugh at the same thing that the Americans do when they laugh at themselves.

    It's like the English always moaning and talking about the weather - which goes hand in hand here! Especially at the moment.

    Anyway,
    SBDI - you are welcome to use it - it just turned up in my e-mail and I edited it a little.

    I think it would be good if a US sitepointer did a moany-limey.com and the aussies did a wingeing-pomme.com, then you could all link together in a joint forum or something.

    As long as it's all done tongue in cheek!

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    Also SBDI I think you ought to check your holding page - less than 20 words and a typo! Oops!

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    Hey, we Americans are arrogant, and we know it. Furthermore: we're proud of it. Think of Texas: those are real people! They take the Alamo, a major defeat, and turn it into a source of pride.

    We're cocky, but we have a lot to be cocky about.

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    Originally posted by Peter Hibbit
    Wayne - we are only joking - that's why I made the point that it is a stereotype type joke! There were other questions in the joke survey, but I thought they over stepped over the mark of good humour so I didn't put them in.

    I was hoping that someone from the US would post jokes aimed at the English - it's interesting to see how we are perceived abroad, and the misconceptions. I think all these jokes are so over the top and laugh at the same thing that the Americans do when they laugh at themselves.

    It's like the English always moaning and talking about the weather - which goes hand in hand here! Especially at the moment.

    Anyway,
    SBDI - you are welcome to use it - it just turned up in my e-mail and I edited it a little.

    I think it would be good if a US sitepointer did a moany-limey.com and the aussies did a wingeing-pomme.com, then you could all link together in a joint forum or something.

    As long as it's all done tongue in cheek!

    Peter
    Stereotypes are the root of all discrimination in the world. I personally would like to get rid of Discrimination in the world and therefore have no preconcieved notions that people from any particular place act in a certain way.

    It is one thing to make fun of your own life and lifestyle (Look at Jeff FoxWorthy) but quite another to make fun of someone you have never met.

    That is my personal opinion and I stick with it.
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    Originally posted by Sparkie
    What?! You mean Canadians don't live in igloos?

    Americans have received quite a bad reputation for not knowing much about the events outside their own front yards, but we're not all that bad. Every region and nation has its own typical stereotypes of the way some people are, but that shouldn't be carried over to reflect all people.

    Besides, I know that Canadians don't live in igloos...Eskimos do!
    The official name for 'Eskimos' is Inuit. The name 'Eskimos' was 'invented' by neighbouring tribes. 'Eskimo' means 'raw meat eater'. They were called this way, because the Inuits ate the flesh of seals raw (quite logical: wood is rare on the NorthPole and ice won't burn...).
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    Originally posted by TWTCommish
    Hey, we Americans are arrogant, and we know it. Furthermore: we're proud of it. Think of Texas: those are real people! They take the Alamo, a major defeat, and turn it into a source of pride.

    We're cocky, but we have a lot to be cocky about.
    Amen!

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    Originally posted by W. Luke
    Stereotypes are the root of all discrimination
    Sorry Wayne - you're a super guy but I must disagree with you on that one. It's intollerance and ignorance that are at the root of all discrimination.

    Having lived for over thirty years in one of the world's worst discriminatory societies (Apartheid South Africa) I feel I am more than qualified to comment in this regard.

    We had our sterotypes then and we have our stereotypes know - that's human nature. The difference between then and now is simply that now we can all laugh together at the idiosyncrasies of our various cultures.

    I agree with you wholeheartedly about ridding the world of discrimination but please don't confuse a good-natured prod in the ribs with malicious prejudice.

    Anyway, since you seem intent on cancelling your trip to the UK - why not pop in here. I guarantee that you'll find Darkest Africa an incredible experience

    Actually, down here it's not really the Americans that are the recipients of our mockery - more the English and the Irish and of course not forgetting our Southern neighbours - the Australians, the New Zealanders and their Sheep!

    Just as a final thought - we have down here an advert for a popular corn chip snack which features various scenes of "American" activities. The Jingle for this advert goes -

    "Americans are crazy - but they sure now how to play!"

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    Hmmm, sorry I've got to disagree with Wayne too.

    There is a world of differences between joking and actually meaning something. It is very difficult to get this across online of course without tone of voice etc, as has happened a few times in these forums. The stuff that has gone on in these thread has been ribbing, taking the mick, teasing and I don't see any problem with that at all, it is totally without malice.

    It is one thing to make fun of your own life and lifestyle (Look at Jeff FoxWorthy) but quite another to make fun of someone you have never met.
    I'm not making fun of 'someone', that suggests that it is personal, and it isn't, I'm making fun of the perceptions of how the world sees Americans, not Americans themselves.

    Oop must dash late to collect girlfriend....

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    That is your opinion.

    These stereotypes are "fed" to children and they begin to think that such and such is inferior or different because their African, English, Egyptian, Greek, or whatever. They base their opinions on people because they don't know any better. This can grow into intolerance and hatred if it causes pain in their own lives.

    It reflects badly in common society and causes problems later in life because it was funny at one point. Most stereotypes are based on people's perceptions and to perpetuate them perpetuates a world filled with distrust, envy and intolerance. Most stereotypical slang terms for people today started as derogatory comments. Some of the milder ones include: Yankees, Limeys, Spic, WOP, Shiester, Jap. These are the mild ones and they still invoke anger in a lot of people.

    I don't buy that it is good natured fun. People take deep pride in their cultures and their countries, I don't think that is a laughing matter. I think it is a thing that should be respected.

    There was a case not too long ago where two young caucasion men from the Southern United States, tied a young African-American man to the bumper of their truck. They had great fun having him run along behind the truck. It wasn't until they reached ten-fifteen miles an hour that he fell and they drug him to death.

    Their motivation: "They had heard he was a fast runner because he was black."

    The United State's second Largest Police Department is under investigation for improper behavior by the Federal Government. You see the problem is that they would stop, harrass, beat and kill people based upon the clothes they were wearing, the cars they were driving and the color of their skin. Because of those determining factors they were considered criminals even though they were enjoying movies, sitting in their cars, driving on the street, and enjoying countless other harmless activities. All Based upon Stereotypes.

    In my home town, a teenager can not stay in one place in the local mall for more than 10 minutes, they cannot congregate in groups of more than 3 and they can't wear "gang" clothes. If more than 3 people are together they are considered a gang. This is wrong. When I was a teenager my friends and I would hang out in groups of 15-20 people and we weren't a gang. Again its all based on Stereotype.

    You see, I have also been exposed to discrimination in my lifetime, have seen it effect others and know that stereotypes destroy lives in the long run.

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    I don't think ya'll are talking about the same things here. No one is talking about feeding anti-American rhetoric to children, or tying people to bumpers. They made a joke about Americans in general that they know is not true, and that was clearly a joke.

    If that wasn't clear enough, they stated that it was a joke in a later post. What exactly is at risk here? If anyone here is going to read this thread and then think that they really believe Americans are bumbling "rednecks", then they have more problems than we can be held responsible for with stereotypical jokes.

    By the way, it's not really a stereotype if you're joking around. Stereotypes are a problem when you really mean it: when you really dislike Americans because you find them arrogant, even without meeting them all. This is not the case here..and despite any examples you might have, this is simply different.


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