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(CNN)   Things you don't want to do, if you know what's good for you: 1) Tug on Superman's cape. 2) Spit into the wind. 3) Pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger. 4) Call a Canadian "American"   (cnn.com) divider line 216
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2014-01-08 11:46:43 PM
you got that right, bub
 
2014-01-08 11:53:54 PM
I've been called 'American' before when I've traveled abroad.  It's understandable so I don't get upset by it.
 
2014-01-08 11:58:13 PM
Also, when hosting Germans, don't mention the war.
 
2014-01-08 11:58:17 PM
I once asked a guy at a party if he was British. He said "FOOK NO, I'M IRISH!" I thought I was going to get my ass kicked.
 
2014-01-09 12:30:49 AM
Could be worse

/Could get called Republicans
 
2014-01-09 12:45:07 AM
blu.stb.s-msn.com

And the beer sucks too!
 
2014-01-09 01:04:45 AM

fusillade762: I once asked a guy at a party if he was British. He said "FOOK NO, I'M IRISH!" I thought I was going to get my ass kicked.


I was in a pub in Glasgow and and asked a guy what part of England he was from. I think he answered in Gaelic. That's the one without any vowels, right?
 
2014-01-09 01:11:33 AM
They don't deserve the title.
 
2014-01-09 01:32:41 AM
Canadians? Americans?

More like wussicans. Come on, am I rite? I mean, Canada is like the 65 year old woman who bangs on the floor with a broom because the party downstairs is too loud.

And their beer sucks. Plus, they elected George Bush Eh as prime minister.
 
2014-01-09 02:04:07 AM

Cup Check: [blu.stb.s-msn.com image 300x224]

And the beer sucks too!


Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd we're done here.
 
2014-01-09 02:11:17 AM
If you don't want to be taken as an American, you shouldn't speak American.  You Canadians all speak French, eh?
 
2014-01-09 02:14:15 AM
don't mention Belgium

This is the most sage advice in the entire article.  I'm amazed that word makes it past the Fark filters.
 
2014-01-09 02:19:44 AM

syrynxx: don't mention Belgium

This is the most sage advice in the entire article.  I'm amazed that word makes it past the Fark filters.


What's wrong with Belgium? They make great waffles.
 
2014-01-09 02:33:51 AM

hardinparamedic: syrynxx: don't mention Belgium

This is the most sage advice in the entire article.  I'm amazed that word makes it past the Fark filters.

What's wrong with Belgium? They make great waffles.


I don't think that's a word you should be using in polite conversation. Or even impolite conversation for that matter. :-/
 
2014-01-09 02:44:19 AM
North Americans
 
2014-01-09 02:48:48 AM
I never call Canadians Americans. I always tell them I love Canadians because they are just like Americans.
 
2014-01-09 02:50:02 AM
I wouldn't be offended if I was called an american,  but I would correct them.

/If the "eh" or politeness didn't give it away first
 
2014-01-09 02:52:10 AM
What are they going to do about it? Angrily apologize?
 
2014-01-09 02:53:53 AM
Sorry, canuckmitter, but you're America's hat. The only thing you puckheads will ever do in anger is angrily bump up against a pinball table and promptly apologize.

Now, apologize for Justin Bieber. NOW!
 
2014-01-09 02:55:13 AM

Cup Check: [blu.stb.s-msn.com image 300x224]

And the beer sucks too!


www.wearysloth.com

I don't know what you're talking aboot.  Eh?
 
2014-01-09 03:00:18 AM

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Also, when hosting Germans, don't mention the war.


Don't serve Scandinavians Russian food.
 
Juc
2014-01-09 03:06:58 AM
The bit about Japan and the word no is somewhat funny.
It drives me nuts but asking for a simple yes/no answer for someone from Japan actually results in either a "yes" or a "nn....HEY LOOK A DISTRACTION"

it's like no is the japanese n-word.
 
2014-01-09 03:12:06 AM
When I was in Australia, I found it extremely strange that a number of Aussies would ask me if I'm Canadian. I wasn't really given a satisfactory answer as to why...
 
2014-01-09 03:17:22 AM
Does 3 = C? 'Cause I'm going with whatever = C.
 
2014-01-09 03:19:03 AM

fusillade762: I once asked a guy at a party if he was British. He said "FOOK NO, I'M IRISH!" I thought I was going to get my ass kicked.


Which once again confirms a theory I've been kicking around for awhile: Every big apex country has a smaller country right beside it that shares the same culture and language (usually) and is globally known as being more polite and easygoing, but it gets perennially kicked around and abused a lot by its loud, fat, arrogant, obstinate neighbor, and that's why a citizen of the smaller country HATE HATE HATES being mistaken as a citizen of the larger country.

For example:

America ==> Canada
Australia ==> New Zealand
United Kingdom ==> Ireland
France ==> Belgium
Germany ==> Austria
Russia ==> Ukraine, Belarus, Baltic states
China ==> Taiwan
Japan ==> Korea

You can probably think of many more.
 
2014-01-09 03:20:54 AM
Like my granddaddy always said, never get a blow job from a epileptic in a disco.
 
2014-01-09 03:26:02 AM
There are two guys I play Xbox live with. One was being extra annoying so I called him a french Canadian. That seemed to be a bigger insult then being called American.
 
2014-01-09 03:26:28 AM
Uh, aren't Canadians Americans?
 
2014-01-09 03:27:52 AM

viscountalpha: There are two guys I play Xbox live with. One was being extra annoying so I called him a french Canadian. That seemed to be a bigger insult then being called American.


Two Canadian Xbox live players I should say.
 
2014-01-09 03:30:17 AM

Gilligann: Uh, aren't Canadians Americans?


That's what the deal was when I was up there. Must have changed. . .
 
2014-01-09 03:35:25 AM
satwcomic.com
 
2014-01-09 03:41:58 AM

Ishkur: fusillade762: I once asked a guy at a party if he was British. He said "FOOK NO, I'M IRISH!" I thought I was going to get my ass kicked.

Which once again confirms a theory I've been kicking around for awhile: Every big apex country has a smaller country right beside it that shares the same culture and language (usually) and is globally known as being more polite and easygoing, but it gets perennially kicked around and abused a lot by its loud, fat, arrogant, obstinate neighbor, and that's why a citizen of the smaller country HATE HATE HATES being mistaken as a citizen of the larger country.


That doesn't describe the US and Canada's relationship at all, we're actually more or less the same country in terms of many economic and social factors to the point of literally having an open border and more or less unified armed forces.

Also, the Irish are not at all known for being easygoing and they hate the British because of their civil war, not anything the Brits are doing in particular.

Likewise, Korea dislikes Japan because of the Sino-Japanese war and Taiwan hates China because of a  still running war.  Not really anything like that between the US and Canada, last time we fought each other Canada was still a British state.  Nothing in the last few generations.
 
2014-01-09 03:45:39 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-09 03:48:05 AM

syrynxx: don't mention Belgium

This is the most sage advice in the entire article.  I'm amazed that word makes it past the Fark filters.


Miserable fat Belgian bastards!
 
2014-01-09 03:50:46 AM

Ishkur: You can probably think of many more.


COME ON YOU FRENCHY LITTLE FROG!!!

static2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-01-09 03:50:46 AM

Paris1127: When I was in Australia, I found it extremely strange that a number of Aussies would ask me if I'm Canadian. I wasn't really given a satisfactory answer as to why...


Because Americans won't get upset if you mistake them for Canadians.

You NEVER ask someone if they're American.  You ALWAYS ask if they're Canadian.
 
2014-01-09 03:56:38 AM

Paris1127: When I was in Australia, I found it extremely strange that a number of Aussies would ask me if I'm Canadian. I wasn't really given a satisfactory answer as to why...


The same reasons expanded upon in the thread.  As an Australian, I know full well that I won't offend if I ask if you're Canadian and get it wrong, but I will offend if I ask if you're an American and get it wrong.  We've seen what happens when people mistake kiwis for aussies - we know to avoid that mistake.
 
2014-01-09 03:56:59 AM

ciberido: syrynxx: don't mention Belgium

This is the most sage advice in the entire article.  I'm amazed that word makes it past the Fark filters.

Miserable fat Belgian bastards!


Snerk, now I feel bad.. I did piss of a Welshman by asking about where in Briton and all and from now on I'm always gonna us UK
 
2014-01-09 04:06:53 AM

ciberido: Paris1127: When I was in Australia, I found it extremely strange that a number of Aussies would ask me if I'm Canadian. I wasn't really given a satisfactory answer as to why...

Because Americans won't get upset if you mistake them for Canadians.

You NEVER ask someone if they're American.  You ALWAYS ask if they're Canadian.


I don't like to use Americans to describe a country. I've read that some people in South and Central America don't like it any more than Canadians do. If I mean the country I say U.S..If I mean the continent I say it.
 
2014-01-09 04:07:08 AM
But were they sorry you made that mistake?
 
2014-01-09 04:10:49 AM

Pattuq: [i.imgur.com image 500x344]


lol

i1285.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-09 04:14:40 AM
Wait a minute, I'm confused. If Canadians get pissy when they're called Americans, why do they insist the US be called "the states" instead of "America"? Hmmm...
 
2014-01-09 04:14:45 AM

Juc: The bit about Japan and the word no is somewhat funny.
It drives me nuts but asking for a simple yes/no answer for someone from Japan actually results in either a "yes" or a "nn....HEY LOOK A DISTRACTION"

it's like no is the japanese n-word.


Interestingly when programming computers in many languages it is the oppositie, 0 means no (false), and anything else means yes (true)
 
2014-01-09 04:21:17 AM

oxycodon: Pattuq: [i.imgur.com image 500x344]

lol

[i1285.photobucket.com image 500x344]


Is Alaska teabagging Canada?
 
2014-01-09 04:26:52 AM
During the funeral for Princess Diana, a roving TV reporter was talking to a couple from Wales.

The reporter asked where they were from.
The husband said "We're English."
The wife snapped "No, we're not. We're Welsh."

That's about the size of it.

I also saw a black guy who was from Wales.

Reminds me of the black priest in one episode of Father Ted.

When you meet a Canadian the first question is often "Where are you from?" Foreigners and hyphenated Canadians should not assume this is racist. We are not assuming that you are born overseas or that you have a non-Canadian passport. We may be curious about your race slash ethnicity slash religion slash social status but we don't really care. Where you are from will do for starters. That's just the main question in the same way some Americans ask "What do you do for a living?=How much do you make before taxes?" Students generally ask "What are you studying?" but in Canada this may be secondary to where you are from.

In a class-ridden society like the UK, you don't really have to ask. One, there are over 60 accents in the UK and many more sociolects. It's a case of "Speak, Lord, that  I may know thee." Open your mouth and you give everything away: where you are from, how much you make, what your social status is (class, rank, station, aspirations, possibly career and educational background). Having eliminated all possible starting points for conversation, this leaves the British the weather and sport to talk about with strangers and even neighbours.
 
2014-01-09 04:34:27 AM

oxycodon: Pattuq: [i.imgur.com image 500x344]

lol

[i1285.photobucket.com image 500x344]


:(
 
2014-01-09 04:36:42 AM

i2.cdn.turner.com

Hey, guyz! What are you doing?

Giraffes. They're just like cows. They want to know what's going on. They don't mean to be rude or aggressive when they stare, they're just trying to wrap their tiny brains around the strange new creatures who have joined the herd. Are you predators or just browsing?
 
2014-01-09 04:39:28 AM

Ishkur: is globally known as being more polite and easygoing,


Ishkur: Japan ==> Korea


You owe me a new keyboard.

forums.crackberry.com
 
2014-01-09 04:41:59 AM
It is a lot of fun to call Indians and Bengalis "Pakinstani" and vice versa.

Same sort of fun you can have with Japanese/Chinese/Koreans.
 
2014-01-09 04:44:06 AM

hardinparamedic: syrynxx: don't mention Belgium

This is the most sage advice in the entire article.  I'm amazed that word makes it past the Fark filters.

What's wrong with Belgium? They make great waffles.


And beer. And chocolate. And guns. And child molesters.
 
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