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Old 03-31-2013, 11:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I picture Germans as being VERY SERIOUS. Fun has a time and it's NOT NOW. They will tell me when fun time is, and we will have fun until fun times designated ending, and then it is serious time again.

Fun tomorrow. Fun yesterday. But never, EVER fun today!!!

Because today is not just an ordinary day.

sorry, that's what you made me think of

it's from "thru the looking glass" from those who don't recognize.....
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:29 PM   #12 (permalink)
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as true as all the stereotypes are of the "ugly American" something that often goes unnoticed is that we do not have a monopoly on being assholes, but it seems we are increasingly undereducated fatter ones

If all the other "white" nations would like to get off our collective cock and form some opinions that actually help people instead of circle jerking uncle sam that would be fine too. Trust me all us 99%'ers are as fed up as the rest of the world, and your leaders and our leaders are all 69'ing each other while their children shit on our face.

Poutanen's Germany observation was pretty awesome, I was right there with you Mix' on that one.

I've heard some Czech friends of mine go OFF about "FUCKING GYPSIES" in europe...i'm like "wtf is a gypsy holy shit bro calm down"....
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:45 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Since this is a very international forum, I'd be curious to hear, what different images/stereotypes you have of other countries/inhabitants.

BTW: Switzerland and Sweden are two different countries!
I'm part Swiss, it's crazy how many people say something like "cool, I've always wanted to go to Sweden". WTF
My grandpa was born in Strada, left after WWI.

Canada stereotypes are hilarious, eh? But I think I'd enjoy living there. Plenty of fun snow.


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ya alot of canadian ones are pretty accurate. If someone bumps into me i say sorry. i don't know why. its like i am sorry for being where they were going to walk.

While USA types can be true, i have met lots of americans that are good or great people. I think the really "rudness/ignorance" problem is that they don't ask questions they just make statments and then expect to be corrected if they are wrong. They don't have a naturally inqusitive nature.

I think of all people from scandinavia as having white blond hair and being over six feet tall. Also, they are not allowed to hug or show affection. If my hair was blonder i would fit right in there as all this hugging freaks me out.
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I think that all the females from scandinavia are hot (i hope i'm not proven wrong)
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I think of all people from scandinavia as having white blond hair and being over six feet tall.
I remember sitting on a patio in Jonkoping, SWE just people watching and a having a few, when my buddy turns to me and says "We are probably the ugliest people in Sweden" and he was right.

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While USA types can be true, i have met lots of americans that are good or great people.
I have many good American friends and, one on one or in small groups, they're awesome. But, for some reason, you put more than a dozen of them together and the hyper-patriotism, rudeness and aggression starts up. Like they're all trying to one up each other.
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I have many good American friends and, one on one or in small groups, they're awesome. But, for some reason, you put more than a dozen of them together and the hyper-patriotism, rudeness and aggression starts up. Like they're all trying to one up each other.
I remember going to a football game in Buffalo wearing a Patriots jersey. Was walking by myself back to my bus before the game started, and one guy in a group of about 10 people said "Fuck the Patriots!"



So I said "Fuck Americans!"

That didn't go over so well...
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Some of my observations, you can make any determinations about stereotypes/cliches:

I like some Americans, while others I absolutely detest.

I met a couple from Sweden through a mutual friend once and they invited themselves to stay the night at our place while they were in town. Thankfully we didn't think twice about it because they were incredibly awesome and friendly people.

One of my best friends married a Brazilian. She is super nice but also exceptionally superficial, as is her sister and her sister's husband. All three of them are good-looking people and really hate the cold here in Michigan and wear the fewest amount of clothes possible. And they are OBSESSED with soccer.

I have a really good friend from India that I met in grad school. He is also very friendly but very hard to understand even though he's spoken English since he was a child. He is also scary smart, especially in mathematics.

I have a friend from Botswana who meets all the same criteria as my Indian friend, except his English is actually better than mine. He invited me to come there someday to see the desert and wildlife.

In grad school in general, I actually was the minority in my program. I met people from all over the world. The only people who I didn't really like or get along with were the ones from Turkey, who I would say were more arrogant and rude than Americans. I don't hold it against Turkey though because it was a small sample size.

I've known a few folks from Mexico in my day, mostly migrant workers visiting Northern rural Michigan during the farming season while I was still in school. I couldn't understand a word many of them said but I still made friends with them anyways, which actually sucked because they always moved away every October. Americans are not hard workers, not by these standards anyways.

Every Canadian I ever met made me feel like we had been friends since childhood. These were only people from Ontario though so again small sample size. Still, it's enough for me to say that I love Canadians in general more than Americans. Then again being from Northern Michigan I feel sometimes that I have more in common with Canadians that I do folks from other states in my own country. Once after spending a couple of weeks in Northern Ontario I actually came home with an accent, true story.
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I know too much about Canada, I've got their stereotypes distilled down to the province they're from.
  • BC: Stoners and snow sliders
  • Alberta: Canadian Texas when it comes to Economy, Politics and Religion. Calgary is full of coke. They work hard, get PAID and play hard. Edmonton is full of refineries and blue collar.
  • Saskatchewan: Racists and proud as hell of their Roughriders.
  • Manitoba: Racists, flat plains
  • Ontario (GTA): Self important douchers that think the world (or Canada) revolves around them. (See: New Yorkers)
  • Ontario not near Toronto: These are the people Americans stereotype when they think they're stereotyping Canada
  • Quebec: They want the Rest of Canada (RoC) to pay for their education, their social programs and everything else but other than that they want to be their own country. Oh and they demand that RoC bend over backwards when it comes to making things helpful for Francophones around the country but God help the anglophone in Quebec. On the positive, hot chicks with low to zero sexual hangups. Habs fans are awful enough to rival those of Philly and Boston.
  • Newfoundland: Canadian Rednecks. You need subtitles to understand what the hell they're sayin b'y. Supposedly great fun to drink with though. The guys travel the country and work the hard manual labor where they can find it from the Salmon farms in BC to the oil rigs in AB.
  • New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/PEI: Canadian Maine
  • Yukon: Lumberjacks, epic beards, the olde west
  • North West Territories: The wilderness
  • Nunavut: Inuit, igloos, snow, ice, baby seal clubbers
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Then again being from Northern Michigan I feel sometimes that I have more in common with Canadians that I do folks from other states in my own country. Once after spending a couple of weeks in Northern Ontario I actually came home with an accent, true story.
Most people in rural areas in the US have a completely different perspective than big city people. Read: a REALISTIC perspective. Most Americans are clueless. I'm not bashing big cities or people that live in them, but many have little to no clue about life outside the city.
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