@JD - Hey JD, read closer. Only in america was referring to the court case and such. I win.
On a side note, I'm glad that you can combine two separate thoughts (hours apart) into one, now if you could just get an original thought in your head..
@Brandon - Who the hell is covering their own stupid actions? I didn't sue those two.
"And then there's the UK, famous for soccer, Harry Potter, and mad cow disease. You're gay."
- I don't like soccer, but it's one of the most popular games in the world and it certainly beats the hell out of American football (not that I like football, but the best is clearly AFL--it combines the strategy and skill of soccer with people getting really badly hurt).
- I don't like Harry Potter, but it's gotten thousands of stupid little kids reading something more challenging than Dick and His Big Red Ball. Plus it pisses off the Christian church, which is always good.
- BSE is caused by a prion. That's a spontanously forming misshapen protein. It's something that affected a whole lot more than the UK. Infected cattle were also found in Canada and the US.
I mean sure, stupid people are in abundance. But there's a culture of stupidity in america. People are proud of it.
The U.K is very similar to the U.S it just seems that everything is "MORE" over in the U.S
and we get a lot of news from the U.S over here in the U.K so we know more about you than you know about us.
so usually stuff like that court case would happen here too but never as extreme. Maybe the two women would have gotten a smaller fine or something.
Ive never been to America so i can't say if this is true or not.
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6th February, 2005 at 10:08:48 PM -
" @JD - Hey JD, read closer. Only in america was referring to the court case and such. I win.
On a side note, I'm glad that you can combine two separate thoughts (hours apart) into one, now if you could just get an original thought in your head.."
The whole thread's about the court case. I wasn't exactly discussing the cell-count of Dick Cheney's ass here. Here's an original thought for you: Make some fucking sense.
This is a great place to talk about morons because we have so many experts. I wasn't saying that America is better than Britain or any other country. I'm saying all countries have their abundance of stupidity, and for people to accuse America of being the only place where you can find a good imbecile or two is ridiculous. Maybe that wasn't apparent by the numerous examples I gave of retarded shit going down in other countries.
See, soccer is dumb. I'm not saying American football is not dumb. I'm not even saying that sports that I like and watch aren't dumb. But just because something is immensely popular doesn't mean it can't also be completely retarded (see Furby).
Harry Potter has given millions of children and middle-aged women something to read. It also hammers home the moral that you can put everything off until the last minute and still come out on top. Great message for the masses, J.K. So we have one series of shitty books pushed by some publisher and everybody reads those and nobody pays any attention to lesser-known, but probably more deserving authors. Well, yeah, that is great, because diversification is shit. Let's all go buy some Eminem CDs and watch some Ben Stiller movies, and then we'll know everything we need to know.
As for mad cow disease, it's caused by feeding diseased tissue to other animals. You would have to be pretty overcome with both idiocy and greed to force *herbivores* such as cows and sheep into cannibalism just to make them fatter. Yes, other cases have arisen, but the major outbreaks in the 90's were in the UK. Thus, the UK is *famous* for mad cow disease, just as Steak 'n Shake is *famous* for steakburgers, although you can certainly get them elsewhere.
To reiterate, I'm not saying the UK is worse than the US or any other country. I'm saying there are plenty of things you can point to in any society that seem to make absolutely no sense, and plenty of individuals in any country who could give anyone else a pretty bad impression of what goes on there.
I like America, I'm proud to be American, even if my fellow citizens actions reflect badly on us, I believe that everyone is inherently good. I'm not proud of the stupidity, I'm proud of the good things that we have.
We don't know the whole story, the lady may suffer from dementia or paranoia, and two shadowy figures trespassing outside at night would definitely set that off.
In a way the story reaches an equilibrium, the two girls baked cookies, something that was done in good spirit, but it nulled out by the fact that somehow they did cause harm and had to pay a for medical expenses.
Steve Zissou: Anne-Marie, do all the interns get Glocks?
"somehow they did cause harm and had to pay a for medical expenses."
Actually the parents offered to pay medical bills, but the lady decided to sue anyways.
I don't think this case is the staple of all American stupidity, nor do I think it reflects anything about America; the lady was living alone, and with probably little funding from whatever job she may or may not work in so who wouldn't be tempted by greed in her situation? If anything, this case reflects a the level of selfishness people in general are capable of.
defenestrator, re Harry Potter: it has ALWAYS been the case with pop culture that some people are "lucky" and break through into the mainstream whilst the rest (and arguably more talented) are left behind. Why you think it's unique to Britain or JK Rowling I don't know, you just have to look at all the popular shit Hollywood churns out (e.g. Titanic) and realise there has to be much greater talent out there that's not getting attention. Besides, if you want to encourage a generation of kids to read, there's worse stuff they could be reading than Harry Potter.
Pete: for the third time now, I'm not saying stupidity is unique to the UK. We had a bunch of people saying that Americans are so stupid, and stupid shit only ever happens in America. Yes, Titanic is dumb. Plenty of dumb shit goes on in America. Harry Potter is also dumb. Plenty of dumb shit goes on in the UK. Plenty of dumb shit goes on everywhere in the world. I wouldn't have thought that that would have been such a controversial idea, but I guess I would prefer that people argue against the point I'm actually making than to continue to take offense, as though I'm saying that the UK is home to more stupidity than America.
Here, I'll phrase it as though you've all convinced me of something so you can pat yourselves on the backs for winning the conversation: I agree with you. Harry Potter is not more stupid than Titanic, soccer is not more stupid than American football, and there is, on average, no more stupidity in the UK than there is in the US. Everybody happy, now?
I aint happy. It's a well known fact that Americans are the thickest in the world. Every time you type on your keyboard defenestrator you are proving that point.
And for your information BSE was caused by one contaminated lot of cow feed from China which got into unscrupulous hands in Britain and fed to the livestock. There were no "major outbreaks" in the 90's - only 1. And don't act like American cows aren't fed on the same stuff as UK ones.
Also - soccer (or football to it's friends) is not "dumb". Something that gives joy to thousands and livelihoods to Brazilians isn't dumb.
Anyway you voted George Bush in, so you lose automatically.
He only won by 51%. That means 49% of (voting) americans are significantly less likely to be morons.
defenestrator: I agree that there is, on average, no more stupidity in america than anywhere else (everyone else; pay attention to the fucking conversation here). I mean there's no genetic divide or anything. But I remember reading a survey some time ago that said only 10% of americans believed in evolution. At the same time, quite a high percentage believed they had been abducted by aliens.
Stupidity is all-pervasive, but americans do more stupid things, then pat themselves on the back for it. When was the last time you heard of a stupid lawsuit like this coming out of anywhere else? That is, after all, what we're discussing here.
"I aint happy. It's a well known fact that Americans are the thickest in the world"
well i wouldnt say that is a fact, most people think that, and joke about it, as Jonathan Ross (chat show host) does to most of his American guests.
Ive seen/read Americans say that they don't know much about the rest of the world but at the same time its partly because they don't care about the rest of the world and partly because they're never educated about it.
Noodle- You're right. It's obvious now that you come from an intellectual utopia. I mean, just seeing that really clever joke in your signature makes that all too clear. Oh, and also, you're an idiot. Do yourself a favor and steer clear of meaningful conversations because you really don't bring anything to the table.
13% believe in evolution unguided by God.
27% believe in evolution guided by God.
55% believe that God created humans in their current form.
No idea what the other 5% believe, but it's not as though 87% of America thinks evolution is total BS. I'm sad that 55% seem to think that, but I couldn't find any info on what other countries think. Something tells me that the breakdown is even more depressing in places like India. Does that make them stupid?
And as far as the court case goes, I can't really say the last time I heard of something that would seem to be this idiotic going down in another country, but that's partly because I don't get a lot of news from other countries and partly because I can't even say when the last time I heard of something this dumb going down in this country was. I mean, if it happened all the time, we'd hear about it all the time, and we probably wouldn't even find it unusual any more.
8th February, 2005 at 7:52:25 AM -
"Something tells me that the breakdown is even more depressing in places like India. Does that make them stupid?"
Dude, that article is retarded, those girl were just trying to be nice, that old lady is such a fag, and i might be caught for being on the internet in the computer lab.....lol but that is just dumb though. hope that old hag gets sued.
Saying how stupid Americans are really doesn't bother me. All of the people I talk to daily or who bother me are American. But I also think that people from these other countries are saying that 'cause we have more money than most of 'em.
Look me in my brand new eyes.
9th February, 2005 at 4:30:38 AM -
Oh wow, a new level of stupidity, you have reached.
"DEY R JUS SAYIN WE STOOPID BCUZ WE HAV MONEYS MOR THAN DEMS!!!"
America has a lot of morons. But only because it has such a large population. I think proportionately my country is more moronic.
I want to get out of Australia. I used to like this country but lately I realised it is a dump full of unintelligent NRL yobbos and wanky wannabe intellectuals. We do a subject known as 'civics' in Year 10. This basically involves drilling some sort of 'Australian pride' into our minds. I have not seen another country when so much of school is based around trying to tell us we have a cultural identity we can be proud of. This country is a cultural wasteland lost at sea.
10th February, 2005 at 7:57:06 AM -
In England, we got a random "citizenship" lesson for years 10 & 11, my year were the bloody test subjects. I think they stopped it now, though.
I got a wonderful D grade.
In britain for years now we have been getting the impression everything is constantly going downhill and all glory is in the past.
I want some good news for once.
criminals are getting lenient sentences.
taxes are going higher and higher to the point where some just can't afford it.
immigrants are flooding in because of our benefit system.
hospitals are dirty and understaffed.
"Say you're hanging from a huge cliff at the top of mt. everest and a guy comes along and says he'll save you, and proceeds to throw religious pamphlets at you while simultaniously giving a sermon." - Dustin G