Idiotic American stereotypes of other countries...

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    Nov 28, 2013 1:55 AM GMT
    I spent a few days in Malibu and this a conversation I had with one of the locals:

    Surfer girl at the beach : Hey, how are you ?

    Me : I'm great, great ! Thanks ! Yourself ?

    Surfer Girl : Oh my gwaaaaaaash, you talk funny ! Where you frooooooooommmmmmm ?

    Me : I'm from South Africa .

    Surfer Girl : Oh my gwaaaaaaash ! South Africa ! So how did you get here ?

    (At this point I'm seriously thinking to myself if this is a trick question, so I jokingly respond to her that I rode on the back of a monkey .....I mean really now how else does one travel to another country ?)

    Surfer Girl : You speak really good English, did you grow up in an English speaking country ?

    (Now this is idiocentric on a variety of levels -Just cause I'm South African she expected me to be inarticulate and not be civilized - If she probably bothered to read a couple of books and look past North America just slightly she'd know that English is the most widely spoken language in SA despite the 11 official languages)

    NOW WAIT FOR IT .....

    Surfer Girl : If you're from Africa, don't you like have AIDS ?

    (Now coming from a continent that has been savaged by the epidemic I thought It was my responsibility to educate her but I changed my mind-I was starting to have way too much fun ridiculing her, so I responded "Yes, sure ! AIDS ! I had that thing two weeks ago ! But I went to the pharmacy and they sorted me out real quick, I'm cured now"

    I met African-Americans who were thrilled to refer to me as their 'brother', I mentioned to one of them that I'm from SA and he asked if I knew a friend of his with a name I can't remember & I remember secretly thinking to myself
    wow, dude South Africa is a country not a village ....

    Again, and again and again… and again. The same idiotic script – I knew it was coming every time...

    What I really do appreciate about America is some of the heartland folk who were sincerely genuine and friendly -the free wifi aspect of things is light years ahead of other places...But DO TRAVEL AND DO READ A BOOK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Nov 28, 2013 2:05 AM GMT
    Was she hot?
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    Nov 28, 2013 2:09 AM GMT
    I've been in England I've had people say "You don't sound like you're from New York" thinking the city is the entire state. Also, "You're American? You're so polite".
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    Nov 28, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    Timbales saidI've been in England I've had people say "You don't sound like you're from New York" thinking the city is the entire state. Also, "You're American? You're so polite".


    do americans have the stereotype of not being polite? i thought that superlative went to the french.
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    Nov 28, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    In high school, we were repeatedly taught how rude Americans were when they went to visit other countries. I felt really bad about it and was outraged to later learn what baloney it was. I won't say who I think is the rudest by far.
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    Nov 28, 2013 2:20 AM GMT
    When I was young and was in China, I thought every black guy is from Africa and every White guy is from USA. icon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
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    Nov 28, 2013 2:20 AM GMT
    MackerMackerMack said

    (Now coming from a continent that has been savaged by the epidemic I thought It was my responsibility to educate her but I changed my mind-I was starting to have way too much fun ridiculing her, so I responded "Yes, sure ! AIDS ! I had that thing two weeks ago ! But I went to the pharmacy and they sorted me out real quick, I'm cured now"

    I met African-Americans who were thrilled to refer to me as their 'brother', I mentioned to one of them that I'm from SA and he asked if I knew a friend of his with a name I can't remember & I remember secretly thinking to myself
    wow, dude South Africa is a country not a village ....

    Again, and again and again… and again. The same idiotic script – I knew it was coming every time...

    What I really do appreciate about America is some of the heartland folk who were sincerely genuine and friendly -the free wifi aspect of things is light years ahead of other places...But DO TRAVEL AND DO READ A BOOK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    yes, we're an isolated, wealthy, and ignorant lot. however, there are some amongst us that actually have passports and have traveled outside of the developed world/tourist spot bubble.
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    Nov 28, 2013 2:49 AM GMT
    Greeks apparently like to give it (and take it) up the ass.
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    Nov 28, 2013 3:06 AM GMT
    Wait - let me check my fanny pack and I'll get right back to you.
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    Nov 28, 2013 3:13 AM GMT
    sean_zuri said
    Timbales saidI've been in England I've had people say "You don't sound like you're from New York" thinking the city is the entire state. Also, "You're American? You're so polite".


    do americans have the stereotype of not being polite. i thought that superlative went to the french?


    they must have thought I was Canadian at first icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 28, 2013 3:19 AM GMT
    Lol. I hope OP doesn't think all Americans are like that.
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    Nov 28, 2013 5:44 AM GMT
    LOl, a few experiences like that myself.

    "You live in BC? Say, have you ever met a guy named Jim? Because he could be my cousin who lives in Ontario...."

    wait, what? icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 28, 2013 6:11 AM GMT
    I don't think the US has a monopoly on stupid, there's plenty of stupid on this planet
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    Nov 28, 2013 6:11 AM GMT
    Americans are so unbelievably ignorant of world geography or cultures.....the news runs stories all the time where they give people a map and ask for the names of the states or countries to be written in. The results are SO bad that it is laughable. People need to travel and get out there.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 28, 2013 7:09 AM GMT
    If you hang out with surfers, that's what you should expect. Worse with valley girls.
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    Nov 28, 2013 9:52 PM GMT
    I am often asked if i have a 'roo as pet icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 28, 2013 10:34 PM GMT
    for starters.. this was a girl.. and blond I bet.
    and I bet she never finished school.. or was too busy to learn anything that got in the way of surfing or cheerleading. .
    Truth of the fact is, most of us Americans learn little about another countries or states other then the state they live in. Its sad but true.
    We Americans in general are ignorant when it comes to the rest of the world. Please do not judge all of us do to the stupid bitch.
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    Nov 28, 2013 10:50 PM GMT
    British Quiz Show Answers: (we are just as stupid)

    UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE (BBC2)

    Jeremy Paxman: What is another name for 'cherrypickers' and

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    Q: Which American actor is married to Nicole Kidman?

    A: Forrest Gump.


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    Contestant: Six.

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