Uh, JP? Those are pretty lame. Since you're the one with the statistics, go look up obesity rates in the US versus Europe. It's an entirely different culture when it comes to food and personal appearance. Aggggge's pic is an observation, yours are just stupid.
Whys my comment offensive its true. Im more likely to get shot in a school in america then i am in the Uk. I think the comment about english women dressing like whores was kinda worse. And why the hell are americans not aloud to drink until their 21 and yet theyre aloud guns. That one always has puzzled me lol.
BRUSSELS, Belgium Mar 16, 2005 ó At least seven European countries now challenge the United States in size at least around the waistline. In a group of nations from Greece to Germany, the proportion of overweight or obese men is higher than in the U.S., experts said Tuesday in a major analysis of expanding girth on the European continent.
"The time when obesity was thought to be a problem on the other side of the Atlantic has gone by," said Mars Di Bartolomeo, Luxembourg's Minister of Health.
In Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Malta and Slovakia, a higher percentage of men are obese or overweight than the estimated 67 percent of men in the United States, according to a report from the International Obesity Task Force, a coalition of researchers and institutions.
The analysis was released as the 25-nation European Union announced an initiative to enlist the food and marketing industries in the fight against fat.
* Until the NHS started up, and before the availability of fluoride in toothpaste (or water), our British teeth were spectacularly ugly. Look at any film footage of average Britons before about 1945, and weep. The standard of living of the contemporary American probably afforded them better dental care; and, I suspect, a certain cultural austerity would have meant that corrective procedures such as braces would be regarded by us Brits as extravagance and vanity.
Simon Gilman, London UK
* I think Simon Gilman has put it best. Having spent my first 20 years in America and 14 years since living in the UK, I find that the average Brit is satisfied with teeth that might be crooked, stained, even slightly rotten, if they aren't causing much discomfort to their owner. Average Americans have much higher standards of expectation in the state of their dental health -- regardless of whether they have to pay for dental treatment or not, they feel very strongly that good teeth are a wise investment in looks and health. Many visits to the dentist by average Brits happen only after something has gone horribly wrong with their teeth, whilst Americans take an actively preventative approach with semi-annual dental checkups and intervention before any problems become severe. As a result of the greater amount of attention that Americans pay to their teeth, they are far more likely to notice and comment on the state of other people's teeth.
Wendy James, London UK
Greek women today (and Mediterranean women generally) do not shave their hair. The practice has been confined largely to English-speaking women of North America and Great Britain, although one hears that it's slowly spreading elsewhere.
Uncommon in most other parts of the world, the practice of leg shaving among women is common in North America, Australia, and much of Western Europe.
Aggggge's pic is an observation, yours are just stupid.
My versions were completely based on observation of EU stereotypes as Aggge's were on American stereotypes. You're changing standards because you donít like what you see.
"Whys my comment offensive its true. Im more likely to get shot in a school in america then i am in the Uk. I think the comment about english women dressing like whores was kinda worse. And why the hell are americans not aloud to drink until their 21 and yet theyre aloud guns. That one always has puzzled me lol."
No it isnt true
Washington D.C. - School shooting deaths have not increased since 1992, and schools are still far safer places than homes. According to a Justice Policy Institute study to be released July 29, 42 'school related violent deaths' occurred between 1992 and 1995, compared to 33 per year between 1995 and 1998.
"Media coverage of these dramatic killings has created a misperception that schools are dangerous," said Vincent Schiraldi, the Director of the Justice Policy Institute. "In fact, schools are still the safest place in America for kids. If we want to reduce the overall number of childhood gun deaths we should be expanding after-school programs and restricting gun sales."
Number of school killings in 1997: 25.
Number of people killed by lightning in 1997: 88
Of 20 million middle-school and high-school students, fewer than a dozen have killed at school this year. Of 20,000 secondary schools nationwide, only about 10 have reported a murder on campus
Steve Zissou: Anne-Marie, do all the interns get Glocks?
oh not again. This is the third time recently that you guys have started arguing about whos country is stupider. It's sad.
On the subject of school uniforms. I believe that when everyone is dressed the same, it evens everyone out. It's far harder to tell how much money people have got, or what their personal tastes are. Its one less thing for pubesent teenagers to come into conflict over, and is less of a destraction in lessons. Its also cheaper.
JP... stop being sad, zane is right, school was bad enough with its different groups of people, geeks, baby-dolls, football lads etc. Let them wear their own uniform and it would just define those groups even more. BTW JP will you please post a picture of your perfect teeth? what the hell have teeth and hair got to do with having a better country?
I think the problem between Agggge's and JP's pics are the level of exaggaration used. People in the UK do not have Circy's Avatar Teeth as the norm. And I beg JP find some statistics proving that it is the norm for European women to not shave their body hair. However, in America, it IS the norm, with a massive obesity rate in some places - just watch Super Size Me.
"school uniforms are equalizers".
I don't want to be equal to you! i want to be better!
and i didn't mean to offend anybody with that "british whores" thing, there are many women dressing like whores in all countries, it was just shocking to see a girl THAT young like that. No offence again, it could have happened anywhere. You know, this is stupid. As Zane said, it's very sad that we again argue about other countries being stupid. very sad. But it's pretty unavoidable when Muz posts a topic like this. Is he TRYING to split the DC into two pieces? Why don't we let our countries politicians and sports teams (including hooligans) do the arguing. They're trained for it!
These things always turn into anti USA rants. Lets face it, stereotypes are often false.
Obesity is a major problem in the UK but it is even moreso in the US, Us brits know a lot more about America than it knows about us. We KNOW that obesity is a problem in the usa but what do they know? we have bad teeth? thats a generalisation and false.
Anyway i think Americans are funny when they come here because they stand out a mile. I was at a bus stop once and a fat American lady was looking at the timetable, she shouted out asking what bus went to norwich or something. but we arent going to shout out the answer in public, we're british! dont wanna make a scene or anything. poor story but whatever.