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(When On Earth)   Attention tourists: If you're visiting the United States there are some things you can do to blend in, including adding ice to every drink, call football soccer, and brag about being dumb   (whenonearth.net) divider line 331
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2014-08-12 08:43:39 AM  
I'm waiting for someone to notice that the people in the photo in "Get mad at things you like" are very likely Canadian, as main guy is wearing a Saskatchewan Roughriders jersey, and background guy is wearing a Calgary Stampeders Jersey.

Which means this photo was probably taken _in_  Saskatchewan, because... who else cares enough about the Roughriders to even watch them, much less throw down over some slight?
 
2014-08-12 08:44:27 AM  

fredklein: Umm, no one thinks buffets are "fine dining".


I'm sure Debra Jackson does.

img.fark.net
 
2014-08-12 08:45:11 AM  

ninotchka: magus007: Here in Rome you can usually spot Americans they are generously proportioned people loudly shouting about how old everything is.  I have been to the US and never see these types... I was wondering if there was a place they were manufactured to export to other countries who are more civilised than the US to annoy them. It is not a bad idea, a lot of Europeans ignore America because they think it is populated by people with Hawaiian shirts who talk very loudly.

Florida?


To be fair, you don't see those people here because we don't have anything truly old.
 
2014-08-12 08:45:35 AM  
Oh please, whoever took that photograph doesn't even know how to set the table.
Everybody knows you place the pistol with the grip facing to the right.

What are you, a barbarian?
 
2014-08-12 08:46:53 AM  

AMonkey'sUncle: The rudest people I met in Paris were other Americans.


That was my experience in Toronto, too.  Ran into tourists from all over the world but, by far, the worst ones were the other Americans.  Just loud, obnoxious, pushy, self-absorbed, with an overwhelming sense of self-entitlement.  One American couple screamed at the hotel clerk because their kid lost at a crane game in the hotel's arcade.
 
2014-08-12 08:47:40 AM  

MooseBayou: Grandemadaca: magus007:  I have been to the US and never see these types... I was wondering if there was a place they were manufactured to export to other countries who are more civilised than the US to annoy them.

They're from the "fly-over" states. Less likely to be visited by foreign tourists.

Oh, yeah.  There are no fat people in New York or LA.  None.  They're all so beautiful.



With the cost per sq ft in NY to rent, you really cant afford to be fat.
 
2014-08-12 08:48:55 AM  

joeshill: HotWingConspiracy: fredklein: If you ask how big a room is, would you rather hear "10 feet by 20 feet", or "the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/29,979,245.8 of a second", by "the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/59958491.6 of a second"??

I think this may be a bit of a false choice.

Agree.

It is worth noting though, that the Japanese refer to room/apartment size by how many tatani mats it fits.  This would be a comparison like "10 x 20 ft room" versus "13 mat apartment".

And that looking at London flat listings gets me no size information at all.  So for that comparison it would be "10 x 20 ft room" versus "room".


Unless you are buying a flat with a backpack full of diamonds, you can pretty much sum up a London flat with "broom closet with pretensions of adequacy".
 
2014-08-12 08:49:05 AM  
Anyone who's convinced of the inherent moral and intellectual superiority of Europeans hasn't spent enough time in Europe.

/Lived in London. Have been to Copenhagen, Berlin, Rome, Porto, Lisbon, Seville, Madrid, Barcelona, and Crete.

//There's no such thing as a redneck in Crete because they don't burn. But a Crete Ioannis and my cousin Dickey would have a very good time building fires, blowing things up, talkin' 'bout farmin' and guns, getting drunk and taking offense at something.
 
2014-08-12 08:49:16 AM  
I'm picturing Nicholas Cage's boss from Raising Arizona.  If he told American jokes instead of Polish jokes and he had a blog, this is what it would look like.
 
2014-08-12 08:50:39 AM  

Burr: macross87: Burr: macross87: Texas also knows how to throw a good bonfire!

Dude, my wife (not at the time of course) was almost involved in that (she got called into work at the last minute).

Is that a good thing? Hard to tell with Fark.

It's a little bit of a sensitive subject with her. I try to to be offended by the jokes (like you said...Fark) but I still get a slight tinge of "fark off" when somebody pokes fun at it.


I see


/*favorites: titled "don't mention the burn*
 
2014-08-12 08:50:46 AM  

Naritai: I'm waiting for someone to notice that the people in the photo in "Get mad at things you like" are very likely Canadian, as main guy is wearing a Saskatchewan Roughriders jersey, and background guy is wearing a Calgary Stampeders Jersey.

Which means this photo was probably taken _in_  Saskatchewan, because... who else cares enough about the Roughriders to even watch them, much less throw down over some slight?


Awesome catch.  If you GIS for that image, it looks like everyone and their brother uses it for generic fan misbehaviour articles.

Jeez.  Think about that.  Everyone pointing to how poorly behaved Americans are, and using that image as an example are actually mistaking us for Canadians.  Ha!
 
2014-08-12 08:51:02 AM  
On the other hand, the worst of Copehagen is better than the best Topeka has to offer (seriously, Topeka, WTF? Second worst place I've been to.)  If the whole world became some kind of giant Denmark, that'd be okay.

A little cold, but okay.
 
2014-08-12 08:52:41 AM  
I don't get the purpose of When In The World. It's not very funny and the travel advice stinks. Just a crappy blog, I guess. Let's not go there anymore, ok?
 
2014-08-12 08:56:23 AM  

X_Raraavis: You can't troll Americans by talking about Soccer. We really really really don't care.

Nobody puts ice in beer but it should be served as cold as possible.

Unfortunately everything else is pretty spot on.


Ice cold beer is for swill like Coors Light, Bud Light, and all that other crap that is mislabeled as Beer.

/Not a beer snob, I know good, proper beer and the appropriate serving temperature
 
2014-08-12 08:56:42 AM  

liam76: magus007: Here in Rome you can usually spot Americans they are generously proportioned people loudly shouting about how old everything is.  I have been to the US and never see these types... I was wondering if there was a place they were manufactured to export to other countries who are more civilised than the US to annoy them. It is not a bad idea, a lot of Europeans ignore America because they think it is populated by people with Hawaiian shirts who talk very loudly.

I am curious if this colored some of my interactions with Hotel workers in Rome.

I would normally have a quick chat with soemone at the front desk about what I planned on checking otu that day, and both times they were very insistant that I not walk to all the places I wanted to go. To this day I wonder if theyw ere liek that because they though americans don't liek to walk or they just thought it was a lot of walking for anybody.


They get kick-backs from cab drivers.
 
2014-08-12 08:57:18 AM  
Many of the headline make good points, but then the explanations below either are false, dont make sense, have pictures that dont apply, or are contradictory to other points in the article.

8/10 concept
2/10 execution
 
2014-08-12 08:57:50 AM  

LaurenAguilera: HotWingConspiracy: Water, soda, beer, they all have ice in them. Restaurants are able to save money this way because they can fill half the glass with nothing but ice while charging for refills.

Getting away from the absurdity of claiming we take ice in our beer, I'm unclear on where people get charged for water refills, and how adding ice would save the restaurant on...water costs?

People get ice because they like ice. I can accept that it's cultural, but it has nothing to do with mitigating cost.

I DNRTFA, but... adding ice to fountain sodas could potentially reduce the cost per soda, on the syrup used ... but... I don't even think it would be by enough to count


It probably isn't but I had a penny pinching manager when i worked fast food back in the day and he was specific about how much ice we put in the cups due to this fact.  Also, he would biatch if we put more than one ketchup packet or more than one napkin per burger unless the customer requested it.  he also berated us if we served someone a senior coffee and he didn't think they were old enough.    He  was a annoying douche but I guess that shiat adds up because he got manager of the month  a couple of times for his anal retentive ways.   Many days, I really wanted to punch him in the face.
 
2014-08-12 08:58:33 AM  

Flab: The FAA guideline used to be 250lbs (I think they uppped it to 300 or even more)


Um, no.  See Advisory Circular 120-27E.

http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/advisory_circulars/index.cfm /g o/document.information/documentID/22749

The average adult passenger weight is 190lb in the Summer and 195lb in the Winter.  Or, more specifically 200/179/82lb for men/women/children in the summer and 205/184/87lb in the Winter.  Or, even more specifically, read the circular.

tl;dr - Surveys, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey results, regional averages, and the like are all used.  The airline proposes a method to the FAA and the FAA approves it if it's reasonable.
 
2014-08-12 08:59:22 AM  
I enjoy my drinks with ice because I like them cold.

Do other countries enjoy warm soda and tea?
 
2014-08-12 09:00:02 AM  
The metric system is for idiots
 
2014-08-12 09:00:28 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: Getting away from the absurdity of claiming we take ice in our beer, I'm unclear on where people get charged for water refills, and how adding ice would save the restaurant on...water costs?

People get ice because they like ice. I can accept that it's cultural, but it has nothing to do with mitigating cost


I don't think he was referring to water refills, but to Soda and Mixed Drinks. Sure, ice costs more than water, but soda costs more than ice and mixed drinks even more. Order a drink at a bar and watch how they make it. It gets filled up with ice and they pour liquor from the bottle, through a spigot, for a few seconds. It looks like the glass is now HALF alcohol, but if you measured the amount it's really equal to about half a shot. So you end up paying full price for half the alcohol. Then, if you are actually thirsty, you find out it only takes two mouthfuls of your drink to empty the glass. So back up to the bar you go to get another.

This is why I always ask for them to go easy on the ice (Two or three ice cubes at a bar/restaurant, no ice above the cup-holder line if it's fast food.). It's enough to keep your drink cold for the duration, unless you are the type to sip one drink for 2 hours, because warm drinks suck.
 
2014-08-12 09:02:42 AM  

magus007: Here in Rome you can usually spot Americans they are generously proportioned people loudly shouting about how old everything is.  I have been to the US and never see these types... I was wondering if there was a place they were manufactured to export to other countries who are more civilised than the US to annoy them. It is not a bad idea, a lot of Europeans ignore America because they think it is populated by people with Hawaiian shirts who talk very loudly.


I lived in Italy for a while, and also traveled across much of Europe. After living in Italy and then traveling elsewhere, it became REAL easy to spot the Italian tourists. Usually it was packs of girls overdressed, holding hands as they walked down the street, and talking extremely loud even when the other person was right in front of them, and being very 'flashy' with their body movement (everything seemed to be done in an exaggerated manner). Very out of place in cities like Vienna, Prague, and Paris.
 
2014-08-12 09:04:09 AM  
Just want to add: NO smoking! Americans frown on smoking.
 
2014-08-12 09:05:56 AM  
Hmm, I guess I'm the only one who thought the article was pretty on point.  The descriptions could have used a little work, but the concept was there.
 
2014-08-12 09:06:03 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: fredklein: If you ask how big a room is, would you rather hear "10 feet by 20 feet", or "the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/29,979,245.8 of a second", by "the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/59958491.6 of a second"??

I think this may be a bit of a false choice.


Right. It's not like a meter isn't the length of an arm, or anything convenient, either.

Also, saying a yard is one pace and 1760 yards is about 1000 paces is so retarded, he had to be trolling.
 
2014-08-12 09:06:40 AM  

DanInKansas: Anyone who's convinced of the inherent moral and intellectual superiority of Europeans hasn't spent enough time in Europe.

/Lived in London. Have been to Copenhagen, Berlin, Rome, Porto, Lisbon, Seville, Madrid, Barcelona, and Crete.

//There's no such thing as a redneck in Crete because they don't burn. But a Crete Ioannis and my cousin Dickey would have a very good time building fires, blowing things up, talkin' 'bout farmin' and guns, getting drunk and taking offense at something.


Mediterranean Europe (Greece, Italy, Crete, etc) is their Southern states.
 
2014-08-12 09:07:23 AM  

yequalsy: OgreMagi: When I was in a Budapest McDonalds (not my choice, my fiancé's daughter wanted to go), they looked at me like I was insane when I asked for ice in my Coke.

I stayed in Australia for six months or so a while back.  For some reason everywhere I went people thought I was Canadian.


Same thing happened to me... well, I should say, everyone asked first if I was from Canada. After it happened enough times, I asked if the default assumption was that I'd be from somewhere else in the Commonwealth.  I was told no, it was to be polite - that while Americans are amused to be mistaken for Canadians, Canadians get annoyed at being mistaken for American.
 
2014-08-12 09:07:41 AM  

magus007: Here in Rome you can usually spot Americans they are generously proportioned people loudly shouting about how old everything is.  I have been to the US and never see these types... I was wondering if there was a place they were manufactured to export to other countries who are more civilised than the US to annoy them. It is not a bad idea, a lot of Europeans ignore America because they think it is populated by people with Hawaiian shirts who talk very loudly.


We manufacture them as decoys for the pickpockets and tacky tourist salespeople.
The rest of us can blend in fairly well.

/the dead giveaway is usually the shoes
//Americans wear tennis shoes everywhere
 
2014-08-12 09:08:41 AM  
#16.
If someone jokes about hinting at the suggestion of poking fun at God's chosen nation or exaggerating a stereotype, you have to become serious and defensive, pick out and argue details, tell them they're wrong, that $shiathole on the other side of the galaxy is worse anyway and that they can stuff their opinions where the sun doesn't shine because they don't have citizenship.
 
2014-08-12 09:10:46 AM  
tartcake:

It probably isn't but I had a penny pinching manager when i worked fast food back in the day and he was specific about how much ice we put in the cups due to this fact.  Also, he would biatch if we put more than one ketchup packet or more than one napkin per burger unless the customer requested it.  he also berated us if we served someone a senior coffee and he didn't think they were old enough.    He  was a annoying douche but I guess that shiat adds up because he got manager of the month  a couple of times for his anal retentive ways.   Many days, I really wanted to punch him in the face.

Part of the issue with Ice in Europe, and keeping drinks cold, is that energy costs are so damn expensive over there (2-4x more than US average in some countries) its prohibitive to bother with ice machines, or keeping refrigerated drinks at low temperatures. The overhead costs for bars and restaurants would kill them if they had to max out all that equipment.
 
2014-08-12 09:11:19 AM  

abhorrent1: fireclown: abhorrent1: They also eat giant spiders, worms and rats so that probably the least offensive thing they can do.

No.   Laos has some Aklo speakers.  It is FAR from the most offensive thing they can do.  Don't eat the paste.

What's in the paste?


It's not the entire country.  It's more of a Tcho Tcho thing.
 
2014-08-12 09:11:21 AM  

give me doughnuts: liam76: magus007: Here in Rome you can usually spot Americans they are generously proportioned people loudly shouting about how old everything is.  I have been to the US and never see these types... I was wondering if there was a place they were manufactured to export to other countries who are more civilised than the US to annoy them. It is not a bad idea, a lot of Europeans ignore America because they think it is populated by people with Hawaiian shirts who talk very loudly.

I am curious if this colored some of my interactions with Hotel workers in Rome.

I would normally have a quick chat with soemone at the front desk about what I planned on checking otu that day, and both times they were very insistant that I not walk to all the places I wanted to go. To this day I wonder if theyw ere liek that because they though americans don't liek to walk or they just thought it was a lot of walking for anybody.

They get kick-backs from cab drivers.


My normal assumption and stuff I saw first hand in some of the places I lived, but they were actually pushing public transportation more.
 
2014-08-12 09:14:46 AM  

El Dudereno: magus007: Here in Rome you can usually spot Americans they are generously proportioned people loudly shouting about how old everything is.  I have been to the US and never see these types... I was wondering if there was a place they were manufactured to export to other countries who are more civilised than the US to annoy them. It is not a bad idea, a lot of Europeans ignore America because they think it is populated by people with Hawaiian shirts who talk very loudly.

We manufacture them as decoys for the pickpockets and tacky tourist salespeople.
The rest of us can blend in fairly well.

/the dead giveaway is usually the shoes
//Americans wear tennis shoes everywhere



See, something like this is based on observation within only one environment; traveling abroad for vacation. Most men wear dress shoes and women wear nice pumps or flats every day for work. But if i'm going to be spending a week walking miles sand miles every day when i am out siteseeing, you bet your ass i'm going to be wearing sneakers.
 
2014-08-12 09:15:46 AM  
After travelling the world, I can tell you the guy who wrote this article either 1) never travelled or 2) head his head so far up his arse when in other countries he did not experience them.  There are parts of every European country that makes Wal-Martians look sophisticated.  Point being every country has their sore spots.

Of course at this point Merica is doing the best they can to import some sore spots from Latin America and make them voters.  How do you say we're #1 in Spanish?  Perhaps Obama knows.
 
2014-08-12 09:16:15 AM  
Hint for Englishmen visiting America: Ask to borrow a rubber  before you make the mistake.
 
2014-08-12 09:16:18 AM  

El Dudereno: //Americans wear tennis shoes everywhere


If you are a tourist who is checking a lot of stuff out, WTF aren't you wearing tennis shoes?

They are farking comfortable.

/when in Rome I didn't wear them to try and blend in, not worth it.
 
2014-08-12 09:18:09 AM  
Leave your jihad at home because we're packing and we don't take Islam Express.
 
2014-08-12 09:18:48 AM  

LaurenAguilera: Slaxl: OgreMagi: When I was in a Budapest McDonalds (not my choice, my fiancé's daughter wanted to go), they looked at me like I was insane when I asked for ice in my Coke.

When I was in Sacramento I ordered a coke with no ice, the guy looked at me like I was insulting his mother and said "Is that the way they do things in Europe?" I said "yes...". Very bewildered that it was even a thing. I say no ice over here too because ice is assumed. I just like my drink to not be diluted by the end, I didn't mean to insult anyone. I did deliberately insult him later though, because I figured why the fark not, in for a penny in for a pound. If someone's going to dislike me I at least want to deserve it.

...you think he disliked you because you did not want ice? Aww, buddy. C'mere. You obviously need some reassurance.


*goes for the hug*

Ah, thanks. I feel better now.
 
2014-08-12 09:23:43 AM  

Slaxl: LaurenAguilera: Slaxl: OgreMagi: When I was in a Budapest McDonalds (not my choice, my fiancé's daughter wanted to go), they looked at me like I was insane when I asked for ice in my Coke.

When I was in Sacramento I ordered a coke with no ice, the guy looked at me like I was insulting his mother and said "Is that the way they do things in Europe?" I said "yes...". Very bewildered that it was even a thing. I say no ice over here too because ice is assumed. I just like my drink to not be diluted by the end, I didn't mean to insult anyone. I did deliberately insult him later though, because I figured why the fark not, in for a penny in for a pound. If someone's going to dislike me I at least want to deserve it.

...you think he disliked you because you did not want ice? Aww, buddy. C'mere. You obviously need some reassurance.

*goes for the hug*

Ah, thanks. I feel better now.


Men. So easy to please.

But really, I'm sure he didn't dislike you because you wanted ice-less drink. It was probably your offensive hair style, or your horrible accent.
 
2014-08-12 09:24:28 AM  

OgreMagi: When I was in a Budapest McDonalds (not my choice, my fiancé's daughter wanted to go), they looked at me like I was insane when I asked for ice in my Coke.


And yet the Brits put ice in hard cider.

/not bad on a summer day
 
2014-08-12 09:27:14 AM  

Lydia_C: Same thing happened to me... well, I should say, everyone asked first if I was from Canada. After it happened enough times, I asked if the default assumption was that I'd be from somewhere else in the Commonwealth.  I was told no, it was to be polite - that while Americans are amused to be mistaken for Canadians, Canadians get annoyed at being mistaken for American.


Hah! Makes perfect sense. Plus the Americans who would get offended by it are exactly those you'd want to avoid so default assuming Canadian makes a nice American-asshole detector.
 
2014-08-12 09:27:49 AM  

RobSeace: Sure, it would just be a psychological trick, but I think it would make people happy to see gas around $1 again...


All the same, who has the time to wait to fill your tank with 60+ of something?!?  I'll keep my 16 gallons, thank you.
 
2014-08-12 09:28:31 AM  

thisispete: Lando Lincoln: We'll start calling American football "hand egg" just as soon as you Europeans start calling your version of football "flop ball."

Start calling your firearms "rooty-tooty-point-and-shooties" and it's a deal.


Sure, just keep your booger hook off the bang switch
 
2014-08-12 09:29:42 AM  

Voxper: Lando Lincoln: GDubDub: Kind of funny.  Replace that with an article about the biggest stereotypes of a race or member of a religion, and it would have had limited distribution on hate-blogs.

...and though I am sure it has happened, somewhere, I've personally never seen anyone put ice in beer.

I think I've put ice in beer once. When I was young and foolish and didn't want to wait for a cold beer. But I was drinking nasty beer anyway, so ice really didn't really hurt the experience.

Go to Laos. Beers there are frequently accompanied by a bucket of ice. Not to chill the beer in, but to put into the glasses. I had a really nice dinner with a bunch of Laotians; they would pour me a beer after filling my glass to the top with ice cubes.


Laotians?

The... the ocean?
 
2014-08-12 09:30:48 AM  

Slaxl: OgreMagi: When I was in a Budapest McDonalds (not my choice, my fiancé's daughter wanted to go), they looked at me like I was insane when I asked for ice in my Coke.

When I was in Sacramento I ordered a coke with no ice, the guy looked at me like I was insulting his mother and said "Is that the way they do things in Europe?" I said "yes...". Very bewildered that it was even a thing. I say no ice over here too because ice is assumed. I just like my drink to not be diluted by the end, I didn't mean to insult anyone. I did deliberately insult him later though, because I figured why the fark not, in for a penny in for a pound. If someone's going to dislike me I at least want to deserve it.


That bugs me too living in the US. When I order a drink I don't want two gulps and the rest being ice. I want an actual drink.

Also never understood the frosty glass for beer trend. You end up with ice in your beer. Really? I guess it part of the serving it so cold, so you can hide the taste trend.
 
2014-08-12 09:31:50 AM  
Americans love their ice. At bars and restaurants it is in almost every single beverage. Water, soda, beer, they all have ice in them. Restaurants are able to save money this way because they can fill half the glass with nothing but ice while charging for refills.

As opposed to Europe where restaurant water comes in expensive glass bottles, instead of you know, the tap.

And where the fark is he going that charges for refills?  Not his 6.99 buffet I'm damn sure.
 
2014-08-12 09:34:37 AM  
I was in Switzerland in the summer at a week-long conference somewhere out yonder. The place we stayed had no a/c, just ceiling fans, it was hot and horribly humid, and our conference meals featured only room-temp water or wine to drink. By the time I made it back to Zurich at the end of the week, I was desperate to rehydrate myself with a cold drink, but all the local shops had were these small-ish bottles of orange soda, juice etc. barely chilled. It just wasn't enough.

I hadn't wanted to be the American who went to McDonald's overseas, but damn, the extra-large Sprite with tons of ice was just perfect at that point.
 
2014-08-12 09:34:43 AM  
So.  To revise the list a bit.

1.  Use the English System for measurement.
Americans measure things in feet, gallons, and degrees Farenheit to measure common things like room size, gasoline and weather.  When measureing for any kind of scientific purpose, they use the metric system like everyone else.

2. Eat giant meals.
When parceling out low cost ingredients, Americans are generous with portion size.  Higher cost ingredients and upscale restaurants tend to serve the same size wherever you are in the world.

3. Own lots of cars.
America is big.  Really big.  Driving from one side to the other non-stop takes more than two days. On a good interstate highway system.  Other than the east coast, people are widely distributed, and it is uneconomical for a mass transit system to serve that kind of wide distribution.  So just about everyone who works, or needs to get someplace owns an automobile.  Get over it.

4. Brag about being dumb.
Every nation of the world has their idiots.  They get disproportionate amounts of attention because they lie outside the bell curve.  Most Americans try to ignore them, because history has shown how bad starting mass euthanizations can be.

5. Put ice in every drink.
Americans like most beverages cold.  They put ice in soda, water, and tea.   They don't generally put it in milk.  Or beer.

6. Only include American teams in the World Series.
Baseball was invented in the United States.  When two different professional leagues decided to compete with each other, they named their championship the "World Series".   Later the two leagues merged, but continued to call their championship by the same name. So far, no other professional league has decided to compete with them for overall bragging rights.  (Or at least no other league has offered them sufficient financial incentive to do so.)

7. Treat pets better than people.
Many Americans keep pets.  Some pet owners find companionship in their animals and treat them with love and kindness.  Sometimes owners go overboard.  It's their pet, and their money.  Try not to be jealous.

8. Call football soccer.
Yep.  American football, (as opposed to Australian Rules Football) is more popular than European Football in the United States.  Originally the ball used in American Football was much more round.  The evolution of the game led to the ball changing shape.  And plays involving contact with feet became less popular.  But amazingly enough Americans have not changed the name of their sport to appease people who neither play nor watch it.  Get over it.

9. Know nothing about soccer.
Americans are slowing becoming more aware of soccer as a sport, as it gains popularity among their children, who then grow up and enjoy it as adults.  We also have a continual influx of soccer players coming from the country to the south.  And a small trickle from the north.  Just as when baseball expanded out to Toronto, few locals knew the rules of the game, Americans are still leaning the rules.  Be grateful that they still largely ignore the game.  If it truly becomes popular in America, then they will do with it what they do to everything else - dominate it, and push out other people.  Then you can resent them for that.

10. Have strict rules about alcohol
Americans went through a period of prohibition of alcohol less than a century ago.  They still have many laws which reflect that prohibition.  There are still places in America where sale of alcohol is completely forbidden.  As a generalization, Americans drink less per person than most Europeans.  This may be related to the fact that America is a very large country (See #3) and has generally had safe water supplies.

11. Have very few rules about guns.
Americans have been having debates about who should and should not own a gun for almost a century now.  The debate is complicated by the fact that the right for Americans to own guns is codified in their constitution.  Gun ownership generally has an inverse relationship to population density in America.  People from rural areas are more likely to own guns than people from large cities.  Some large American cities ban gun ownership entirely.  Treat people with respect and courtesy, and you probably will never have to worry about whether or not they own a gun.

12. Treat school athletes like heroes.
Americans watch sports.  The players of professional sports are by and large found among high school and college players.  Because talented school athletes may become highly paid, and highly watched professional players some day, there is a lot of attention paid to them.   Aspiring scientists and doctors get paid much less attention.  Ironically, aspiring scientists and doctors have a much higher success rate than aspiring sports players.  Let the sports players enjoy their glory, because chances are, they are peaking professionally while in school, and will spend the rest of their lives remembering these days, while they wash the cars of the scientists and doctors (and computer scientists and engineers).

13.Get mad at things you like.
Ignore for a moment that the photo portrays Canadians.  In a country of 300+ million people, even outliers on the bell curve exist in quantity.  Some of these outliers are people who overreact to everything from sports to politics.   Accept that they do no represent mainstream opinion and move on.

14. Pretend to read books and magazines.
Most Americans don't make a public spectacle of their reading.  They nevertheless do read.  Look at American book sales, and ebook sales.  Reading tends to be a solitary endeavor, and just because someone is carrying a book, does not mean they need to read it for your benefit.  If you want them to read you passages, I suggest you offer to buy them a meal, and maybe a drink, and rub their feet while they do it.

15. Own a huge house.
America is a big country (Again, see #3).  With more than sufficient land area for their population, the price of the land a house is built on is not as much of a deterrent to owning a large house as it is in much of Europe.   Also, building materials, like wood and wall board are not exorbitantly priced.  Many Americans take advantage of this fact and build homes that are larger than you would see in Europe.  Try not to be jealous.
 
2014-08-12 09:34:55 AM  

syberpud: OgreMagi: When I was in a Budapest McDonalds (not my choice, my fiancé's daughter wanted to go), they looked at me like I was insane when I asked for ice in my Coke.

And yet the Brits put ice in hard cider.

/not bad on a summer day


Really? Must be a southern thing. cider is typically drank by 12 year old who have limited money and offer sexual favours to dirty old men for a big bottle so they can get wasted in the park and rarely by some chick in a pub. The only thing I seen stuck in it is a bit of blackcurrent juice.
 
2014-08-12 09:35:11 AM  

limeyfellow: Slaxl: OgreMagi: When I was in a Budapest McDonalds (not my choice, my fiancé's daughter wanted to go), they looked at me like I was insane when I asked for ice in my Coke.

When I was in Sacramento I ordered a coke with no ice, the guy looked at me like I was insulting his mother and said "Is that the way they do things in Europe?" I said "yes...". Very bewildered that it was even a thing. I say no ice over here too because ice is assumed. I just like my drink to not be diluted by the end, I didn't mean to insult anyone. I did deliberately insult him later though, because I figured why the fark not, in for a penny in for a pound. If someone's going to dislike me I at least want to deserve it.

That bugs me too living in the US. When I order a drink I don't want two gulps and the rest being ice. I want an actual drink.

Also never understood the frosty glass for beer trend. You end up with ice in your beer. Really? I guess it part of the serving it so cold, so you can hide the taste trend.


Are you really that worried about tasting that Natty/Coors/Bud/Miller Light?  That is not the point with such beer.
 
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