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(Slate)   Europeans vs. Americans: Europeans are better looking, more fit, better educated, more cultured, better drivers, better at languages (including English), and don't shoot each other as much. And now it turns out they have better DVRs, too. DAMNIT   (slate.com) divider line 31
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2013-06-22 08:12:04 PM
3 votes:
They also start world wars, started the crusades and enslaved the africans.
2013-06-22 08:00:55 PM
3 votes:
Better drivers?  Subby has obviously NEVER taken a taxi from the airport to downtown Paris!
2013-06-22 09:08:37 PM
2 votes:
America: secure enough not to constantly compare ourselves to Europe.
2013-06-22 08:41:07 PM
2 votes:

PillsHere: Better drivers?  Really?  Granted there are lots of crappy drivers here too, but my experience in Europe has been that the drivers are downright scary.


Better drivers ARE downright scary to crappy drivers.  I cut my teeth as a driver in Japan where the streets are narrow, sight lines are very limited and every second is an accident waiting to happen.  Now I get all kinds of stares of horror from drivers around here because I only need a couple inches of clearance to make it through traffic at speed.  Americans already drive goddamn Canyoneros but they need three feet of clearance because they have no farking clue where the edges of their own vehicle are.  Americans' ability to focus is shiat, their awareness is shiat, their ability to control a vehicle is shiat, their reaction times are shiat and their decision-making is shiat.  It's no wonder you'd find actual driving skills downright scary.

The ironic thing is that Americans have the gall to complain about traffic.  Traffic in America is ten times more painful than it needs to be because everyone drives effin' tanks without the ability to even safely control a go-cart.
2013-06-22 08:17:08 PM
2 votes:

BunkyBrewman: More Europeans immigrate to America than Americans do to Europe.

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2013-06-22 08:12:46 PM
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Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I often wonder what the US would be like had it remained more.... European...


It's called "the northeast".
2013-06-22 08:09:37 PM
2 votes:
Torrent the damn show.
2013-06-22 06:06:12 PM
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2013-06-22 04:11:52 PM
2 votes:
More Europeans immigrate to America than Americans do to Europe.

/check mate
2013-06-22 01:48:30 PM
2 votes:
Except by "European", this article writer means "British", and the British are none of those things. The British are worse in practically every way when compared to America, except for very current things, like the obesity problem. But they're catching up in that, and they'll pass us soon. That's because Britain views America as sort of a laboratory for bad ideas. If we do anything stupidly enough, like how we compensate bankers or how we decide to invade other countries, the Brits are sure to say, "Well, that's a right catastrophe. Let's give it a go, then!"
Not all of Europe is like that. Germany looks across the water and says, "What the fark?" Britain turns to Germany and says, "Hold my beer."
2013-06-23 12:27:23 AM
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2013-06-22 10:53:44 PM
1 votes:

Mentat: WhippingBoy: At least American's don't use stupid words to describe things: "I'm going to use my mobile to order take-away". WTF is that gibberish supposed to mean?

I've never heard a single American use that phrase.


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2013-06-22 10:24:43 PM
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Someone's bitter.  Couldn't get a visa?
2013-06-22 10:08:15 PM
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Subby, have you ever tried to get a glass of iced tea in Europe?  They can keep their fancy DVRs, but until you can get a glass of iced tea at a restaurant Europe is still in the dark ages.  Of course they do have lucazade so they do have that going for them.

One other thing, for all our faults, we are not terrified of the word "the."
2013-06-22 10:03:38 PM
1 votes:
Yeah, but we're better shots.
2013-06-22 09:57:37 PM
1 votes:
In NYC you can't throw a rock without hitting a European or some a$$hole Canadian who won't shut the fark up about how awful America is compared to Canada and yet they LIVE HERE anyway. Having been to Europe, you have your share of scumbags too, lots of them.
2013-06-22 09:31:08 PM
1 votes:
Dream woman:  Swedish looks, French accent, British sense of humor

Nightmare Woman: Swedish cooking, French armpit hair, British teeth
2013-06-22 09:10:08 PM
1 votes:

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Europe isn't a country. Comparison invalidated.


America isn't a country. Game on.
2013-06-22 09:07:04 PM
1 votes:
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Seriously though, Europe has racial homogeneity and that homogeneity is white people.
You can't compete with that.
2013-06-22 09:00:08 PM
1 votes:

dragonchild: PillsHere: Better drivers?  Really?  Granted there are lots of crappy drivers here too, but my experience in Europe has been that the drivers are downright scary.

Better drivers ARE downright scary to crappy drivers.  I cut my teeth as a driver in Japan where the streets are narrow, sight lines are very limited and every second is an accident waiting to happen.  Now I get all kinds of stares of horror from drivers around here because I only need a couple inches of clearance to make it through traffic at speed.  Americans already drive goddamn Canyoneros but they need three feet of clearance because they have no farking clue where the edges of their own vehicle are.  Americans' ability to focus is shiat, their awareness is shiat, their ability to control a vehicle is shiat, their reaction times are shiat and their decision-making is shiat.  It's no wonder you'd find actual driving skills downright scary.

The ironic thing is that Americans have the gall to complain about traffic.  Traffic in America is ten times more painful than it needs to be because everyone drives effin' tanks without the ability to even safely control a go-cart.


Yup. I love that American city planners apparently think that roundabouts will frighten and confuse their citizenry.
2013-06-22 08:59:17 PM
1 votes:
Why yes, my DVR is better than yours. I love my European DVR here in Europe. I can skip commercials too! It's awesome.

/oh and Subby, one thing you forgot: my average penis size is also bigger than yours
//and my average female breast size too!
2013-06-22 08:58:44 PM
1 votes:

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I often wonder what the US would be like had it remained more.... European...


Canada
2013-06-22 08:42:32 PM
1 votes:

Tat'dGreaser: Anyone who believes this myth has never spent a lot of time in Europe


Anyone who thinks it's a myth hasn't seen enough of America.

/ lived in Ohio
// never again
2013-06-22 08:33:04 PM
1 votes:
Anyone who believes this myth has never spent a lot of time in Europe
2013-06-22 08:20:29 PM
1 votes:
But on the other hand it sometimes takes a long time for something like the most up to date cell phones to make it to Europe, and on a lot of tech the Europeans will pay the exchange rate tax where they actually pay more for a device than someone in the U.S. will pay for the same device. Some things available in the U.S. just aren't available in Europe, like Google Voice.

It's a toss up which countries have it better, tech wise. Though when I was traveling through Europe, it was easy to buy SIM cards in each country and pop them into my unlocked cell phone. and it was cheap to purchase.
2013-06-22 08:20:10 PM
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Smeggy Smurf: They also start world wars, started the crusades and enslaved the africans


The crusades were the direct result of the Byzantine emperor asking the pope for help defending against invading Muslim Turks.  Also, the Africans enslaved enemy tribes all on their own, and just happened to sell them to slave traders.
2013-06-22 08:16:19 PM
1 votes:
Are you talking about the Europe that's currently experiencing the super high unemployment and riots everywhere, and where the racially homogeneous cultures are having paroxysms of nationalism over dark people moving in and not being Christian enough?

I'm glad they can record TV in between having their cars burned in race riots.
2013-06-22 08:11:56 PM
1 votes:
Europe isn't a country. Comparison invalidated.
2013-06-22 08:08:22 PM
1 votes:

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I often wonder what the US would be like had it remained more.... European...


The idea is both chilling and revolting. I do not want to be at all more European.
2013-06-22 08:06:57 PM
1 votes:

Mr. Titanium: Better drivers?  Subby has obviously NEVER taken a taxi from the airport to downtown Paris!


I'd agree with subby on this. To get a license in France, you need a week long course, have to pay over a thousand Euros, and even then it's not a sure thing you'll pass the test.

In the US, you just need to not hit anything for the half hour the test takes.
2013-06-22 04:08:26 PM
1 votes:
As one of the comments points out the UK had this even in the old VHS days. It was called PDC, Program Delivery Control and the channel sent a signal to the VCR telling it a program had ended. Until it got that signal it would carry on recording.

Of course you only had a VHS tape so when that ran out...

/I love my Sky+ DVR. I even have the Sky app so I can surf the EPG and hit Record on a program and it sends a signal to my DVR telling it to record so it will be waiting for me when I get home. Very useful if I have forgotten to set something up.
//Mind you I mostly watch the BBC anyway so if I miss something I can just watch it on iPlayer.
 
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