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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 99
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2014-08-12 07:30:24 AM  
12 votes:
The only thing that Americans love more than sports, politics, cars, and food is complaining about them. Visit any household or sports bar on a Sunday afternoon and watch as grown men scream and throw things while their favorite athlete tries to play a game.

Cause soccer fans around the world are so mature, civil and well behaved.
2014-08-12 07:52:34 AM  
5 votes:
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.
2014-08-12 07:16:05 AM  
5 votes:
Meh,I love me some good Americuh-bashing but that was underwhelming.
2014-08-12 09:34:43 AM  
4 votes:
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 07:53:07 AM  
4 votes:
Yeah our sports fans are out of control. Maybe we need a few massive stadium crushings mixed with a dash of vile racism to be sophisticated like our European superiors.
2014-08-12 07:46:04 AM  
4 votes:
Also note that you don't notice the non-annoying Americans in other countries. We just walk around, take pictures of stuff and have polite conversations.
2014-08-12 07:37:36 AM  
4 votes:

abhorrent1: The only thing that Americans love more than sports, politics, cars, and food is complaining about them. Visit any household or sports bar on a Sunday afternoon and watch as grown men scream and throw things while their favorite athlete tries to play a game.

Cause soccer fans around the world are so mature, civil and well behaved.


It's always been my experience at the game itself that American sports fans are much tamer than European sports fans.  Americans are always sitting down, cheering only periodically, but otherwise being rather orderly.  The Euros, at least in the Ultras sections, will be singing, chanting, jumping u-and-down, setting off fireworks, etc. the entire game.  It's only recently that places like Wisconsin are bringing some of that "hey, let's do more than just sit and watch" spirit to American stadiums.

Perhaps my perception is colored by the fact that I have never been to a Philadelphia stadium...
2014-08-12 07:33:29 AM  
4 votes:
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.
2014-08-12 08:21:45 AM  
3 votes:
Having 100 centimeters equal a meter, or 1,000 grams to a kilogram would be confusing.

No, the reason we stubbornly stick with the Imperial system is because we are intuitively familiar with it... We all know exactly how much a pound or gallon or foot is... We don't intuitively know that about the metric units, because we didn't grow up with them... So, we have to convert them to Imperial units first before we can really understand what they mean... If we just bit the bullet and started teaching kids to exclusively use metric units, this shiat would sort itself out in a generation, and just leave some old foggies biatching about the whippersnappers and their millimeters and centiliters...

Though, for some reason, we've been a lot more accepting of the liter as a native, intuitive measure, at least when it comes to beverages... Us booze-hounds have long accepted fifths of a gallon being replaced with 750 milliliters, and half gallons replaced with 1.75 liters... Soda has been sold in liters for ages... But, don't try to sell us gas by the liter! That's commie talk!

/You'd think we'd like the idea of gas by the liter...
//Wouldn't you love the see the prices at the pump cut by almost 1/4?!
///Sure, it would just be a psychological trick, but I think it would make people happy to see gas around $1 again...
2014-08-12 07:57:04 AM  
3 votes:

macadamnut: No way this wasn't written by an American. Word Series?


Yeah, that and while he's right that calling it a World Series (or Word Series) is a stretch... The Toronto Bluejays aren't from the US.

So, you know, it's a World Series in that the only two countries in the world that matter play in it.

Plus a good portion of the players aren't *from* the US.
2014-08-12 07:42:41 AM  
3 votes:

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.


When people visit the US, they stick with NY, Miami, and LA. When Americans visit other countries, you get a broad sample.
2014-08-12 07:42:32 AM  
3 votes:
Your blog sucks.
2014-08-12 07:33:08 AM  
3 votes:
Having spent the weekend at an amusement park, I would also add "not wearing a bra if you are obese, definitely wearing tank tops and bathing suit tops if you are obese, lycra shorts are OK even if your shirt does not cover your ass."

Holy hell, America.
2014-08-12 02:24:01 PM  
2 votes:
I live in Europe.

This is how it works.
1.)  Europeans mock American's for X
2.)  5-10 years or so (sometimes more, sometimes less) x slowly becomes popular in Europe
3.)  Europeans mock American's for X while X is incredibly common in Europe

Obesity and fast food jump to the top of the list.  'Haha!  Fat American's eating at McDonald's!  Drinking their Starbucks!'.  Meanwhile, Europe is experiencing the same obesity epidemic and McDonald's and Starbucks are on every corner.

People are the same.
2014-08-12 11:56:00 AM  
2 votes:

Ant: All warm beer tastes like shiat, in my opinion.


That's because you drink swill.
2014-08-12 11:42:36 AM  
2 votes:

NakedDrummer: The_Sponge: NakedDrummer: From all my travels, I found that every place prefers American tourists to European tourists, even in Europe.

During my last overseas trip, I had a really nice conversation with this older guy (about 75) at this restaurant in Prague.

I eventually asked him which country provided the most annoying tourists in Prague, and then hoped he didn't say the U.S.

His answer wasn't even country specific, it was city specific:

"Liverpool."

He then explained that tourists from Liverpool tend to be unemployed soccer hooligans who drink too much.

/CSB.

That's about the same sentiment I got in Amsterdam.  We would avoid the bars where all the English were hanging out, especially if soccer was on the TV.


Most Americans think of the English as comical ponces. A lot of real English tourists are SCARY; they like to fight, and it's easy and relatively cheap for them to travel around Europe getting shiatfaced. You can say one thing for American tourism: we leave our punchy, stabby assholes at home. I'll take a stupid, loud-mouthed fat guy over a skinhead with anger-management issues any day.
2014-08-12 11:17:56 AM  
2 votes:

supayoda: Is this the part where I point out that an amusement park is typically going to be filled with international tourists? Much like cruise ships, you'll also find large men in speedos-- and most of them are not Americans. I won't say that we don't have badly dressed and badly mannered a-holes. We do. I'm just saying that an amusement park is a poor place for a sampling of American culture. If you're in Walt Disney World or any other major tourist attraction, that becomes especially true.



My message for all foreign tourists visiting the U.S.

DO NOT go to Wal-Mart.
2014-08-12 11:15:47 AM  
2 votes:

Born_Again_Bavarian: 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.

No, no, NO!

I get stabby when I order a guinness and it is served at 40 degrees.  Super ice cold beer is the domain of only the macro brew swill that thankfully America is slowly weening itself off of.


Forty degrees is how lager and many other quality beers are  supposed to be served. It's served that way everywhere that can afford the cooling, especially in Germany. Ale is supposed to be served between 45 and 57 (cellar temperature) degrees, depending on the style of ale (English ale is warmer, but not warm). Lager is not necessarily swill, it's just a different style (although most swill beer is lager).
Ant
2014-08-12 10:45:40 AM  
2 votes:

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.


Wal-Mart. You could live in a town for years and never see the people who show up in the local Wal-Mart.
2014-08-12 09:14:46 AM  
2 votes:

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 09:07:23 AM  
2 votes:

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 09:00:28 AM  
2 votes:

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 08:56:23 AM  
2 votes:

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 08:48:55 AM  
2 votes:

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 08:29:09 AM  
2 votes:
1) In America 12 inches equals a foot, three feet equals a yard, and 1,760 yards equals a mile. Ask any American and they will tell you that this system is a lot simpler.

It is. A foot is (approx) the length of... lets see, what body part? Oh, yeah- a foot! A yard is (approx) an average walking pace. A Mile is (approx) 1000 marching paces. And so on. Real world measurements, for people who live in the real world, not a laboratory. In a laboratory, I'm sure it's very important to deal with "the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299,792,458 of a second", but in the real world, it's more handy to use actual items (feet, for example) to measure things, even if the outcome is only approximate. 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"??

tl;dr- Real World measurements for Real World people!

2) While these places generally don't have very good food, Americans still flock to them. Paying $6.99 for endless servings of macaroni, chicken wings, and gravy is the epitome of fine dining.

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

3) Almost everyone in America owns their own car.

Yes. We are a BIG country. We have States bigger than some COUNTRIES. We need cars to get around.

4) However, most people will be more than happy to talk about how bad they are at math or geography.

Umm, what? I've Never seen anyone do this.

5) Americans love their ice. At bars and restaurants it is in almost every single beverage.

Many drinks taste better cold. So?

6) Only include American teams in the "Word Series."

Few other countries play baseball like we do. Who, exactly, are we supposed to include? (Okay, maybe the Japanese.)

7) While other countries are content with just having normal pets, Americans insist on treating animals like people. They give them nicknames....

OH, MY GOD! We name out pets!! We are soooo decadent!!

8) American football, a sport where men run around holding an egg-shaped object in their hands, is nothing like the game that every other country calls football.

Cute "'foot-ball', 'hand-egg'" picture. Now, find one of a soccer goalie using his hands (oops! I thought this was FOOT ball, not HAND ball!!), or a football being punted (you know, kicked. With a FOOT!)

9) If there's one sport that Americans love to ignore it's soccer. Most of them know nothing about it whatsoever.

Gee, really, we know little about a game that's played... little?? Next, you'll tell me the average American doesn't know much about, say, hurling.

10) No one under 21 can buy any type of alcohol.

Personally, I think this should be in line with other age requirements (18 to vote, etc). But at least we have some rules. And we need them, too, because drunk driving.

11) Have very few rules about guns.

We are proud of the fact that any able-bodied person can defend themselves (and Country) should they be needed to. (Oh, and there are some 20,000- Twenty Thousand!- laws, rules, and regulations concerning guns on our books. If that's "few"....)

12) School athletes are treated like national heroes.

Um, a bit of an exaggeration there (and all thru this list, but nevermind). Yes, athletes are treated well, and looked up to. They have abilities not everyone has. Can YOU make a touchdown? There is also the matter of visibility- athletes perform in front of hundreds/thousands of people, so naturally there will be talk about them. If " doctors and teachers" , "the science club or debate team" performed in a stadium with thousands watching them, they'd be talked about, too.

13) Next to baseball and apple pie, being outraged is one of the country's oldest traditions.

As opposed to... what? Rolling over and taking it?

14) Americans will often buy a book and carry it around with them in hopes that other Americans think that they are reading it.

Again, I've never seen this actually happen. I own many Hundreds of books, and have read every single one of them. Just because I (or anyone) put my book down for a moment to respond to a text doesn't mean I'm not reading the book.

15) People just want the biggest place they can find.

Not really. There is some 'size competition', as with all things, but many people just want a place that's big enough for them and their stuff.
2014-08-12 08:11:24 AM  
2 votes:

Rapmaster2000: Wendy's Chili: 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.

Indiana.

I've wondered if when airlines estimate the fuel they need if they choose average weight of passenger based on location. I thought of this at the airport in Indianapolis.


The FAA guideline used to be 250lbs (I think they uppped it to 300 or even more), but I know one at least one low-cost carrier who would ask passengers their weight at the check-in counter.

Attendant: how many pieces of luggage, ma'am?
Passenger: just one.
A: put it on the conveyor belt. Thank you.
A: how much do you weigh?
P: what?
A: it's for fuel calculations.
P: you don't fill the tanks on every flight?
A: no ma'am. We couldn't charge you 95$ for a flight from Newark to St-Petersburg if we did.
P: ok, then.. 195.
(Attendant looks at lady and types 300)
2014-08-12 08:02:33 AM  
2 votes:

Gabrielmot: macadamnut: No way this wasn't written by an American. Word Series?

Yeah, that and while he's right that calling it a World Series (or Word Series) is a stretch... The Toronto Bluejays aren't from the US.

So, you know, it's a World Series in that the only two countries in the world that matter play in it.

Plus a good portion of the players aren't *from* the US.


That was my thought.  If you're going to troll us about the World Series, at least 1) spell it right and 2) get at least basic facts about it right.  There's plenty in it to troll, like the fact that teams play 162 games each year just to get to the playoffs, which adds up to about 12 minutes of total action in a season.
2014-08-12 08:02:11 AM  
2 votes:
Hope you enjoyed your visit to the greatest country on the planet tourist. It doesn't take a mathematician to figure out your teeny tiny paycheck or a geometry major to know that your country sucks. Now go home to your crappy gun less 3rd world nation. Enjoy a kids meal menu portion at dinner. Sleep in your cramped 2 room flat (shared bathroom down the hall) with 4 generations of family members. Assume the straphanger position on your, only thing you can afford, public transportation mode of travel with the other unwashed masses. When you get to the meaningless job you can talk about your wonderful trip to America, and how you'd have more sports choices if your fellow countrymen could figure out different size balls.
2014-08-12 08:01:40 AM  
2 votes:
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.
2014-08-12 07:53:46 AM  
2 votes:
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.
2014-08-12 07:48:27 AM  
2 votes:
I thought we were off to a good start with the photo of the bacon and handgun breakfast, but absolutely nothing lived up to it.
2014-08-12 07:47:32 AM  
2 votes:
While most of the world uses the metric system, Americans find it to be too difficult ... English measurements don't use easy numbers like 10, 100, or 1,000.

Riiight. Metric's too tough for us dumb Americans, so we use a more difficult system.

And it gets stupider from there, very quickly dropping the pretense of getting by in American society and moving on to just insults.
2014-08-12 07:45:33 AM  
2 votes:
We'll start calling American football "hand egg" just as soon as you Europeans start calling your version of football "flop ball."
2014-08-12 07:42:51 AM  
2 votes:

FullMetalPanda: I think it's an exchange program like cab drivers. My understanding is German tourists are like that in any country. Old, Fat and naked.


Also, they travel in packs.  And they seem to be in some kind of war with the British about waking up early and claiming beach chairs.
2014-08-12 07:40:00 AM  
2 votes:
No way this wasn't written by an American. Word Series?
2014-08-12 07:37:05 AM  
2 votes:

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.


Indiana.
2014-08-12 07:31:12 AM  
2 votes:
Well, that was an article.

I guess.
2014-08-12 07:29:16 AM  
2 votes:

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.


My brother went to Thailand several years ago. He brought back some of their version of Red Bull. It is really a concentrated syrup with enough caffeine to kill a horse, and they drink it at room temperature. Which means around 90 degrees Fahrenheit in Thailand.

Ugh. That shiat is nasty enough here.
2014-08-12 07:28:38 AM  
2 votes:
I'd call it pathetic, but it didn't quite rise to that level.
2014-08-12 06:50:26 AM  
2 votes:
warosu.org
2014-08-12 05:13:50 AM  
2 votes:
Why would anyone call Football "Soccer"?  They're completely different sports.
Ant
2014-08-12 03:35:54 PM  
1 votes:

FullMetalPanda: Only retards ask for ice in their drink.

You paying for ice instead of the drink.  I don't farking care how hot it is outside, no ICE.  I paid for the drink not half the drink and the rest ice.


Only cheapskates of the highest order would even worry about such a thing.
2014-08-12 12:48:10 PM  
1 votes:

rwdavis: A mile is 1000 paces. Your move metric.


No, it isn't. A mile is 1,760 yards. Unless you can stride 5 and a quarter feet with each pace.

English measurements ARE very useful in construction, because you can divide feet and yards by 4 and 3, and use awesome tools like a speed square to easily scale things with even units. This is one reason why 100-second metric minutes never caught on (the French tried it during the Revolution); there are vast advantages in terms of dividing time to a 60-minute hour. This also applies to English cooking measurements; it's a heck of a lot easier to divide a recipe by a factor of three or four with cups and teaspoons than with ccs.

Other great things about English measurement includes: a track around 120-yard football field is a quarter-mile, or 440 yards, roughly the longest distance that can be run at a moderate sprinting pace, while a furlong (220 yards, 1/8 mile) is the farthest you can sprint flat out. A foot is, as said, a foot. A man's thumb is about one inch wide. A yard is the length of an average stride, and is about the length of your arm from nose to fingertips (a cubit is half that length). A pint of water (or beer!) weighs a pound, as does a standard loaf of bread.

An acre, btw, is 660 feet (one furlong) on a side. A square mile is 64 acres. Again, nicely divisible by 2 and 4. Try that with hectares.
2014-08-12 12:00:50 PM  
1 votes:

thamike: God Is My Co-Pirate: I've had a lot of great visits to the States and a couple of things always stick out:

1) TVs everywhere. Every building lobby, every coffee shop, even in cabs. Why?

Advertising and information.

2) The portions. My god, the plates of food are just ridiculous almost everywhere.

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Other Italian Guy: And you thought Germans were classless pieces of sh*t.

3) Everyone is so friendly and chatty. Even New York - you think you're all cynical and impatient? Nah.

NYC welcomes us with warm loving arms, provided we don't stop suddenly in the middle of rush hour pedestrian traffic to instagram a pigeon or throw trash on the ground.

4) Your beer is much better than the stereotype. Your chocolate, however, is terrible.

Yeah, if you only buy "American chocolate" at the impulse purchase rack at the supermarket.


Low end chocolate is low end chocolate.

Better to compare with Godiva or Ghirardelli.
2014-08-12 11:49:32 AM  
1 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: I've had a lot of great visits to the States and a couple of things always stick out:

1) TVs everywhere. Every building lobby, every coffee shop, even in cabs. Why?


Advertising and information.

2) The portions. My god, the plates of food are just ridiculous almost everywhere.

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Other Italian Guy: And you thought Germans were classless pieces of sh*t.

3) Everyone is so friendly and chatty. Even New York - you think you're all cynical and impatient? Nah.

NYC welcomes us with warm loving arms, provided we don't stop suddenly in the middle of rush hour pedestrian traffic to instagram a pigeon or throw trash on the ground.

4) Your beer is much better than the stereotype. Your chocolate, however, is terrible.

Yeah, if you only buy "American chocolate" at the impulse purchase rack at the supermarket.
2014-08-12 11:48:38 AM  
1 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: I've had a lot of great visits to the States and a couple of things always stick out:

1) TVs everywhere. Every building lobby, every coffee shop, even in cabs. Why?


We got good at making entertaining TV decades before European countries (who handled it as a government information/cultural enrichment service at first), and got hooked on it from early childhood. You'll catch up.

2) The portions. My god, the plates of food are just ridiculous almost everywhere.

This is true of chain restaurants, and it's one reason we're so fat. They can charge more for big portions, and labor is a fixed cost, so they make more profit per portion with oversized portions. You can avoid this by eating at local places, super fancy places, or some ethnic cuisines (Japanese, say, but not Mexican). Again, this trend is likely on its way around the world.

3) Everyone is so friendly and chatty. Even New York - you think you're all cynical and impatient? Nah.

New Yorkers aren't rude, just aggressive. They're more likely to aggressively friendly than not, but don't piss them off.
2014-08-12 11:45:20 AM  
1 votes:
There are uneducated hicks in every country. Ours are just more famous.
2014-08-12 11:40:38 AM  
1 votes:
I've had a lot of great visits to the States and a couple of things always stick out:

1) TVs everywhere. Every building lobby, every coffee shop, even in cabs. Why?

2) The portions. My god, the plates of food are just ridiculous almost everywhere.

3) Everyone is so friendly and chatty. Even New York - you think you're all cynical and impatient? Nah.

4) Your beer is much better than the stereotype. Your chocolate, however, is terrible.
2014-08-12 11:21:12 AM  
1 votes:

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 think it's just tourists, in general. It doesn't matter what country you're from when visiting another country that's a huge cultural shock. You're going to stick out like a sore thumb. I've run into annoying tourists from just about all over. (Also, part of my family is Italian, and I really can't stand them, but it has nothing to do with them being Italian They're simply just insufferable shiatheads.)

The_Sponge: My message for all foreign tourists visiting the U.S.

DO NOT go to Wal-Mart.


Yeah... That, too.
2014-08-12 11:14:47 AM  
1 votes:
At fast food restaurants, especially drive thrus, I ask for no ice in my soda, because otherwise, by the time I finish it, it would be half water and horrible tasting.  They screw it up about 20% of the time, but this isn't considered a abnormal request.  At normal, sit down restaurants, I usually don't, because the straw tends to float up if there isn't ice in it, and I usually finish the drink quicker anyways (as it's usually smaller and I'm drinking it right there as opposed to taking it home).  Of course, if I have a beer, it always comes with no ice.
Ant
2014-08-12 10:54:46 AM  
1 votes:

Bowen: Also note that you don't notice the non-annoying Americans in other countries. We just walk around, take pictures of stuff and have polite conversations.


This. Watch out for confirmation bias.
2014-08-12 10:48:59 AM  
1 votes:
The general theme I get from this thread: Americans are angry.
2014-08-12 10:39:16 AM  
1 votes:
Missed this rule:

Burn lard to a charcoal crisp and call it bacon.
2014-08-12 10:32:10 AM  
1 votes:

El Dudereno: Laotians?

The... the ocean?


Hank: "This is Kahn, he's Chinese."
Cotton: "Nope, He's Laotian. Aren't yeah Mister Kahn?"
2014-08-12 10:08:52 AM  
1 votes:

limeyfellow: 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.


That's what we have Arbor Mist for:

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It's like soda with a little wine in it.

I was hoping that I could drink in the UK without looking like a giant wuss.  If I drink beer it sprays out the back end in about the same consistency as it came from the bottle.  I'm assuming from what you said that I still need to hide from the local rugby club if I go drinking there.
2014-08-12 10:08:28 AM  
1 votes:
your blog sucks...
but the metric system is superior. Lets change over already.
2014-08-12 10:07:21 AM  
1 votes:

limeyfellow: 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.


You should really stop offering large bottles of cider to 12-year-olds in exchange for sexual favors.
2014-08-12 09:44:45 AM  
1 votes:

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.


No, no, NO!

I get stabby when I order a guinness and it is served at 40 degrees.  Super ice cold beer is the domain of only the macro brew swill that thankfully America is slowly weening itself off of.
2014-08-12 09:41:35 AM  
1 votes:
Only retards ask for ice in their drink.

You paying for ice instead of the drink.  I don't farking care how hot it is outside, no ICE.  I paid for the drink not half the drink and the rest ice.
2014-08-12 09:37:47 AM  
1 votes:

LaurenAguilera: Having spent the weekend at an amusement park, I would also add "not wearing a bra if you are obese, definitely wearing tank tops and bathing suit tops if you are obese, lycra shorts are OK even if your shirt does not cover your ass."

Holy hell, America.


Really it's just "be obese".
2014-08-12 09:34:37 AM  
1 votes:
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 09:30:48 AM  
1 votes:

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 09:16:18 AM  
1 votes:

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 09:15:46 AM  
1 votes:
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 09:11:19 AM  
1 votes:

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 09:07:41 AM  
1 votes:

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 09:02:42 AM  
1 votes:

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 08:59:22 AM  
1 votes:
I enjoy my drinks with ice because I like them cold.

Do other countries enjoy warm soda and tea?
2014-08-12 08:58:33 AM  
1 votes:

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 08:57:50 AM  
1 votes:

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 08:56:42 AM  
1 votes:

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 08:52:41 AM  
1 votes:
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 08:46:53 AM  
1 votes:

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 08:45:35 AM  
1 votes:
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 08:45:11 AM  
1 votes:

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 08:42:07 AM  
1 votes:

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.


And they're also open-minded and not bigoted at all.
2014-08-12 08:34:47 AM  
1 votes:

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.
2014-08-12 08:30:24 AM  
1 votes:
1. Use the English system for measurement.

Unless you are buying hard drugs or ammo.

2. Eat giant meals.

Unless you aren't at the Olive Garden or you aren't still sitting in your car.

3. Own lots of cars

Lichtenstein and Monaco have more cars per 1,000 people than the U.S. And those are countries I can completely walk across in an afternoon.

4. Brag about being dumb

This blog was written by an American


OK, I'm tired of doing this already.  Somebody else have a go.
2014-08-12 08:29:51 AM  
1 votes:

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.
2014-08-12 08:26:59 AM  
1 votes:

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 might matter if the US didn't have effectively unlimited free refills of drinks as a standard practice.  If your profit is big enough that it is the same price for 1 drink or 10 drinks, trying to shave corners off that with ice volume is borderline retarded.  On the other hand, when in England, they were charging me per drink and serving the drinks in glasses with less volume than an old fashioned tumbler while charging me more per glass than in the US.  If I had drank at dinner like I do in the US, it might have added up - to about 20p.  Maybe.  Though the charge-by-the-drink thing did result in me nursing Cokes in the US like a codger with incipient dementia for weeks after returning.
2014-08-12 08:23:29 AM  
1 votes:

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 have them in America, but as often as possible we try to send them over to Europe.
2014-08-12 08:20:11 AM  
1 votes:

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.
2014-08-12 08:07:55 AM  
1 votes:

www.customu.com

static.planetminecraft.com

An "author" who tries to make a living trolling the internet is truly a sad sight.
2014-08-12 08:06:07 AM  
1 votes:

cameroncrazy1984: Yanks_RSJ: Yeah our sports fans are out of control. Maybe we need a few massive stadium crushings mixed with a dash of vile racism to be sophisticated like our European superiors.

How about a take that's newer than 1985?



No hooligans, but a bunch of racism in 2014.  Notably fans throwing bananas at black players.  I'm sick to death of Our Betters In Europe calling US racist.  Those guys are racist as hell.  For the bonus point, go to Germany and say something nice about Turks to the first blue collar looking guy you see.  I'll wait.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/world-cup-2014-racism-casts-shadow-over- so ccers-big-event/
2014-08-12 08:04:22 AM  
1 votes:
That's a shockingly judgemental and ignorant article. I'm guessing most people on this site are American, and you seem like an intelligent decent, all though somewhat drunken bunch.
2014-08-12 08:04:21 AM  
1 votes:

Burr: Got to a Texas A&M game. They stand through the entire thing, since at least 2000 (probably longer then that, I have just know about it since 2000)


Well standing and cheering is one thing. They're not firing off flares, setting things on fire and, as far as I know, stadiums in the US don't need fenced in sections to keep people from killing each other,  players and refs.
2014-08-12 08:03:13 AM  
1 votes:

cameroncrazy1984: Yanks_RSJ: Yeah our sports fans are out of control. Maybe we need a few massive stadium crushings mixed with a dash of vile racism to be sophisticated like our European superiors.

How about a take that's newer than 1985?


I guess I forgot racism was eradicated from European football long ago. Surely it doesn't still exist, and definitely not 3 months ago when a banana was thrown at Dani Alves.

Probably an isolated incident.
2014-08-12 08:02:51 AM  
1 votes:

Burr: LaurenAguilera: Having spent the weekend at an amusement park, I would also add "not wearing a bra if you are obese, definitely wearing tank tops and bathing suit tops if you are obese, lycra shorts are OK even if your shirt does not cover your ass."

Holy hell, America.

It is fair (state and county) season.  Good lord the people you see on the midway.  It is embarrassing

He_Hate_Me: .  It's only recently that places like Wisconsin are bringing some of that "hey, let's do more than just sit and watch" spirit to American stadiums.

Got to a Texas A&M game.  They stand through the entire thing, since at least 2000 (probably longer then that, I have just know about it since 2000)

[eye-on-college-football.blogs.cbssports.com image 512x341]


In all fairness, they are Aggies, so they don't have the spare brain cells to master sitting.
2014-08-12 07:56:23 AM  
1 votes:
I lived in southern France for three months.  I blended in the best I could, just didn't speak the language.  A pair of German tourists thought I was a local one time until I told them I wasn't.

It was pretty easy to do, but my conversation with non English speakers was limited to "Bonjour, Bonsoir, Merci, De Rien, S'il vous plaît" and "Baguette"
2014-08-12 07:55:07 AM  
1 votes:

Yanks_RSJ: Yeah our sports fans are out of control. Maybe we need a few massive stadium crushings mixed with a dash of vile racism to be sophisticated like our European superiors.


How about a take that's newer than 1985?
2014-08-12 07:48:22 AM  
1 votes:

LaurenAguilera: Having spent the weekend at an amusement park, I would also add "not wearing a bra if you are obese, definitely wearing tank tops and bathing suit tops if you are obese, lycra shorts are OK even if your shirt does not cover your ass."

Holy hell, America.


It is fair (state and county) season.  Good lord the people you see on the midway.  It is embarrassing

He_Hate_Me: .  It's only recently that places like Wisconsin are bringing some of that "hey, let's do more than just sit and watch" spirit to American stadiums.


Got to a Texas A&M game.  They stand through the entire thing, since at least 2000 (probably longer then that, I have just know about it since 2000)

eye-on-college-football.blogs.cbssports.com
2014-08-12 07:47:23 AM  
1 votes:

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.
2014-08-12 07:46:14 AM  
1 votes:
1. The English mostly use metric and the US doesn't use the all same common measurements as the old English/Imperial system and some units are very different quantities in the US. America uses the "US System". Own it.

2. When you complain about people bragging about being dumb you might want avoid complaining about how the "word series" only has teams from one country.

3. The US really got into the last world cup.
2014-08-12 07:45:38 AM  
1 votes:

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.
2014-08-12 07:44:10 AM  
1 votes:

fireclown: FullMetalPanda: I think it's an exchange program like cab drivers. My understanding is German tourists are like that in any country. Old, Fat and naked.

Also, they travel in packs.  And they seem to be in some kind of war with the British about waking up early and claiming beach chairs.


Dude, you're not suppose to mention the war.
2014-08-12 07:41:36 AM  
1 votes:

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.
2014-08-12 07:37:25 AM  
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And those credit cards aren't going to use themselves.  Buy, buy and bye bye.
2014-08-12 07:31:17 AM  
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I'm guessing the sarcasm was intentional here.
2014-08-12 03:38:59 AM  
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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.
 
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