north americans have a lot to answer for

@jb78000 (15173)
January 28, 2010 10:19am CST
oh yes. tv from mexico, erm food from the states and 'music' from canada. what on earth is north america playing at? if you are north american can you explain why you have inflicted these monstrosities on an innocent world? if you are from somewhere else has your country exported anything truly horrendous? in my case i am afraid on behalf of my country i will have to own up to bagpipes . sorry.
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@irishidid (8563)
• United States
28 Jan 10
I'm still waiting for a reasonable explanation of American (Gag) football which is more "stick it in your armpit and run through a bunch of guys to the other end of the field, trying not to get knocked down and piled on then hoping you do it well it enough so one guy on your team gets to kick it through the world's biggest tuning fork". Whew!
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@jb78000 (15173)
28 Jan 10
that hasn't been exported yet i think so i have absolutely no idea.
@marguicha (94806)
• Chile
28 Jan 10
I thought that football was what the call soccer in the US. I wonder where they got that name. It´s football in the rest of the world. And it is, of course, played with the feet. Football players DO NOT youch the ball with their hands. It´s a penalty.
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@jb78000 (15173)
28 Jan 10
i don't think american football is the same as football.
@sulynsi (2837)
• Canada
28 Jan 10
Ok, this SLAYS me! Fun fun fun!!! My dad, who BOASTS of his heritage, as hailing from several parts of the United Kingdom, claims that a lot of TV programs are copies of what started in ENGLAND!!! IE. "Three's Company" = "Man About the House" "THe Brits did it first!!!" American cuisine, or, an example of it, ie POPOVERS are simply crispy versions of YORKSHIRE pudding, or YORKSHIRE pud, as it was more colloquially expressed. And you want to go on about not so healthy fast food? Uh, fish and chips? Chip butty? (you mentioned the Mars bar thing, and I, a Canadian, have had the sense to never even go NEAR such an idea) (for fear of falling in love, I admit) Oh, BOTH nations are off shoots, in large part of Merry old England. The province next to ours sports a BAGPIPE playing lassie at their WELCOME to our Province! After all, it is NEW SCOTLAND! And you couldn't get much closer Scottish geography anywhere else in North America than Cape Breton. I recommended my Dad come and live in PEI, 'cause its so like home, he'd feel like a kid again!!! Now, Mexico, you can blame on Spain. But for heaven's sake! Take responsibility for your kooky cousins! (by the way WELL PLAYED bagpipes can send shivers up my spine, they are so hauntingly beautiful) Send me Riverdance! I'll raise you the College of Piping!
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@jb78000 (15173)
28 Jan 10
hmmm. you don't look sufficiently annoyed there. i was hoping to annoy everybody from the three countries i mentioned. anyway i have absolutely no intention of taking responsibility for either the states or canada. i am blaming the states on xfahctor [see above] and canada on you. if anyone spanish turns up however i am happy to blame mexico on them. oh and bagpipes are a weapon of war. they are not and were never intended to be a musical instrument
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@sulynsi (2837)
• Canada
29 Jan 10
Oh, I am annoyed! don't I look annoyed? Ok, I'll try harder. *thinks about looking annoyed* I find it hard to be annoyed, because I'd have to take myself MUCH more seriously in order to be annoyed. (still trying) and if you know me, you'll know how UNseriously I take myself. Oh, and Canadians, by sterotype, are all happy little Miss Sunshines(dontcha know?). We're USED to being someone's sidekick. We are ALWAYS playing second or third fiddle. (or bagpipe, if you prefer) I grew up in the SHADOW OF THE GREATEST so I know how to bask in the glory of our magnificent forebearers! And THEIR poor cousins, if you get who THEY are. (You must realize THEY come up here in the middle of July to go skiing.) I think the only thing any other nation is "jealous" of is our hockey teams. (we DO rock when it comes to knocking each other about on ice) Oh, and I'm sorry, but you guys ARE rather pitiful when it comes to dealing with SNOW. Good grief people, you call an INCH of snow an national emergency! Step into our mukluks in the middle of February, then you'll know what the meaning of the word is. SHEESH!
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• Canada
29 Jan 10
Sulynsi, you're killing me LOLOLOL. Sorry I dont have smileys as of yet, not sure why but....I can make up for not having them with lots of LOLOLOL. You're right, we do have bagpipers in Ottawa. I forgot about them guys there. We had a tv show on tv last year I think and they kept trying to make us be British. Saying how like the Brits we are. Not sure why they did but, it was fun to watch. @JB, I was going to mention something you forgot about Canada, but Im afraid my sense of humor wont be much appreciated. Im afraid Im not the most patriotic or what was it Sulynsi said about us girls? Well Im not sure Im that also. I think its fun to bash each other like this. Us Canadians sure have a sense of humor, look at all our comedians exporting all over the world.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
28 Jan 10
Be gratefull all Mexico has exported to Scotland is tv....be very gratefull. Canadian music really is a world of extremes. It's either really really good, ie; The Hip, Tea Party and Trimuph.... or the equivilent of a crow outside your bedroom window at 5 in the morning, ie; Brian Adams, Celine dion and Ann Murry. Not going to apologize for American food (what little there is of it). I will profusely apologize for Rap though, and since my generation invented it and breakdancing I feel compelled to apologize for that scourge too. Now, while I recognize Scotland is not England, I will default still to the annoying Yankee belief that the U.K. is one country and hold you personaly responsable for Brittish T.V. financial analyists....cuz I can.
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@jb78000 (15173)
28 Jan 10
it is ok. i hold you personally responsible for lots of things. in fact you ARE personally responsible for lots of things seeing as you are the entire us government.
• Canada
29 Jan 10
True for us too in Canada, the UK is all of them. AND they are responsible for us having British tv on. The likes of Mrs Bucket, Have you been served, and Coronation Street. I dont mind Mrs. Bucket, she's hilarious but .....whats with Coronation Street. As for Celine Dion.....I thought she was from LA??......I dont know her and if you ever want to laugh at her husband, theres an old clip of him when he was in a band on youtube....now thats even MORE hilarious than Mrs. Bucket.
• Canada
29 Jan 10
@ Xfahctor, you forgot the Tragically Hip and KD Lang lol.
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
29 Jan 10
Oh yes, we have given the world (or rather the mid-north of the US) lutefisk. We're pretty proud of that. Who else would think of taking dried fish and putting it in lye and then cook it and it? Possibly with brown goat cheese and potato flat bread. A real delicacy. Most people get drunk while eating it, I wonder why? Not sure what else we've exported. Skis of course, both the actual thing and the word. The cheese slicer. The office clip. The lamp that Pixar tried to claim as theres. Aha. And some Christmas tree in London, maybe the one at Trafalgar square. There's also smalahoved (smoked sheeps head). It's quite tasty, but it looks at you. Not sure if we've exported it anywhere else but Iceland though, and there you really wouldn't notice it. Rotten hai, sheep brain pudding etc, not to mention the pickled private parts of a goat. Haggis isn't really that bad you know :-)
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@jb78000 (15173)
30 Jan 10
interesting insight into what you lot actually eat - as you may be aware very outsiders know what is consumed in scandanavian countries. now i see why it is kept a secret
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
30 Jan 10
We don't want to scare people off, if people knew what they'd have to eat noone would come here :-)
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Jan 10
McDonald's is your kind of place It's such a happy place Because it's Ronald's place Do you think I could get a bagpipe accompaniment to this lovely jingle?
@jb78000 (15173)
28 Jan 10
i am now too scared to badly play some bagpipes
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Jan 10
Would you rather hear some Coca Cola jingles? (evil grin)
@jb78000 (15173)
28 Jan 10
no
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@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Jan 10
I think you are demented and just looking for silliness to start discussions. The US has always let people be free to experiment with whatever they want to. That is also why alot of immigrants move to the US. Because they could be free to be free no matter what it was. And people need to live by the rule that anything goes as long as it doesn't hurt someone else.
@jb78000 (15173)
28 Jan 10
i actually don't think that is the main reason for immigration to the us. i think the usual reason is economic. this discussion is meant to be silly though - correct there...
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@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Jan 10
I don't take slams as funny.
@jb78000 (15173)
29 Jan 10
it isn't a slam celtic. it is meant to be silly - you'll notice i am talking about several countries including my own in the opening.
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@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
28 Jan 10
Plate smashing. It's not actually allowed over here but it seems popular elsewhere. And oregano, most disgusting herb ever grown.
@jb78000 (15173)
28 Jan 10
what is wrong with oregano?
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
28 Jan 10
Not a lot in small quantities, but when it comes on top of cheese, salad, vegetables, meat, garlic bread, you get the picture. I'm surprised they don't try putting it in the coffee.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
28 Jan 10
That would just be disgusting! I like it in some things but, not everything. And, honestly, it is was better than rosemary. That spice smells like dirt and if you use too much of it well it also tastes like dirt.
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@spalladino (17925)
• United States
28 Jan 10
I'll have you know, bunny, that the U.S. leads the world in our culinary expertise. Not just anyone can come up with the Big Mac...or pork rinds...Cheetos...hot wings that'll burn your lips off...deep fried chicken gizzards...coffee coolattas on every corner...I could go on and on but I'm sure you stand corrected now.
@marguicha (94806)
• Chile
28 Jan 10
When you talk of "Big Mac", are you talking about Mac Donalds? Please don´t say that fast food is "culinary expertise". And it´s a pity. Because you do have a wonderful kitchen that noone knows about. Only yesterday I was checking on a sond from the time I was young and came acroos 3 diches form Louisianna that are incredible. I´m refering to the song "Jambalaya". Check the recipe for jambalaya, crawfish pie and gumbo. It´s a pity you did not choose to export that. Pork rinds does not belong to the US, by the way. But the real pork rinds are done better in many countries.Hot dishes are served in all South America as peppers are from the Americas in general. Peruvian cuisine is hot and so is our north one (chilean).
@marguicha (94806)
• Chile
28 Jan 10
song. sorry
@marguicha (94806)
• Chile
28 Jan 10
dishes. sorry again. I´ll put on my glasses
• United States
29 Jan 10
The only way any country can 'inflict' the things of which you speak on people is if the people welcome the infliction with open arms. If the people do not want to be inflicted with music, food, and television from other countries, all they have to do is refuse to buy or use the unwanted 'gifts.' Now, a true infliction is when people move from one country to another and refuse to learn the language. They then insist that everyone else change to accommodate them instead of them melting into the culture to which they chose to move. That is indeed a insensitive and uncaring infliction on others. Not to mention how rude they are to converse in a foreign language in their new setting while waiting on customers, etc.
• United States
29 Jan 10
Sooo true. If our life required us moving to another country, you can bet the first thing we would do would be to enroll in language classes prior to the move. We have our phone messages, signs and directions for products in multiple languages. Does your country do the same? I find it irritating beyond belief, especially if I'm in a hurry to make a call or trying to put something together. One piece of 'assembly required' furniture did not even have English in it at all. It was all Chinese and Mexican. Thank heavens for pictures! lol
@jb78000 (15173)
29 Jan 10
i don't find that irritating, if there are a lot of people with another language then why not add it to signs? mainly occurs here in airports but a lot of european countries have at least two languages on major signs, you don't have to read it. products and their instructions - oh yes, you'd think the manufactures could at least include the right language for whatever country it is going to, and translated properly. rather than what appears to have started off as japanese, been badly translated into german, then equally badly into english, then into french, then into bulgarian, then into greek and finally back into english. at which point it makes no sense whatsoever.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
30 Jan 10
Personally, I think that all those Europeans who continue to call soccer football are being rude because, as we all know, football requires helmets and shoulderpads...not guys running around in little shorts. We have signs in multiple languages all over the place down here in Florida. Sometimes it seems like English is the second language.
@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
28 Jan 10
JB, I would rather have bag pipes than Haggis. I guess each country uses whatever they have for food and sustenance, but sheeps intestines? come on, I am not sure about much of the other things you are mentioning. I avoid fast food, but I love my own cooking here at home. We, of course, probably got some of the best stuff from somewhere else.
@jb78000 (15173)
28 Jan 10
so do we. traditional british food is pretty bland - there is a good reason our national dish is now a curry.
• Canada
29 Jan 10
Grabs purse and keys and heads towards the garage, jumps in the SUV, turn the key, remembers to open the garage door before going in reverse, gets out, remembers to close the garage door (we're having a horrible snowstorm here) backs out of the driveway, then remember to put it in gear and drives about 20 minutes to the nearest Mcd to take that awful Haggis taste out of my mouth.......phew!! You need to remember to KILL the sheeps first you know? lol
@jb78000 (15173)
29 Jan 10
why are you encouraging your neighbours to export mcdonalds everywhere bubbles? hey in moscow it was as bad - people would say with a straight face they thought the food at mcdonalds was ok.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
28 Jan 10
Oh, I beg to differ the Spanish channel is great as all as you make up your own words. My Spanish isn't good enough to follow at full rate so I make up what they are saying normally others are in the room and enough the good laugh. You'll have to explain the food since "the states" really have a lot of different foods, and I'm sorry but, come on, hagus? Just what the hell is that anyway?
@jb78000 (15173)
28 Jan 10
yes but i think you keep the good stuff for yourselves and send the likes of kfc to poor innocent little countries outside . a haggis is a little animal that lives in the highlands. the legs on one side are shorter than the other so it can run round hills. hunting them is a popular sport
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
28 Jan 10
Oh, KFC...Yes that is bad....Many years ago when I was a kid, it was actually good but, then they decided to take it all over the world and look what he have today YUCK! Just be glad we haven't sent you Taco Bell.
28 Jan 10
And if she believes that, she'll believe anything
@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
29 Jan 10
Don't blame the average American. Blame the governments of many countries and the big businesses of this world. Your own government and the big business in your country probably have a hand in this too. Art
@jb78000 (15173)
29 Jan 10
this is not a serious discussion arkie.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
30 Jan 10
If we're still talking about McDonald's french fries, I'll bet they had BOTH hands in it.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
28 Jan 10
You forgot to mention "fast food." I hear it's loaded with all kinds of unhealthy bug-a-boos!
@marguicha (94806)
• Chile
28 Jan 10
I mentioned it. I think it´s one of the worst exports.
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@jb78000 (15173)
28 Jan 10
this is what i meant by the states' 'food'.
@MJay101 (711)
29 Jan 10
North America has a f*ck of a lot to answer for. But not quite as much as 'Great' Britain, which in my opinion has had the most negative effect of any country (nation, state, whatever), anywhere, at any point in history. I am ashamed to be English, quite frankly, so I don't think I have the right to bemoan the flaws of other countries!
@jb78000 (15173)
29 Jan 10
i would agree with that, although this is meant to be a silly discussion.
• United States
28 Jan 10
I have absolutely no adequate answer for our collective crimes. What else if there for me to do but lay my life down for my country. Blue Rabbit. Cut off my head or spare me...and may restition be done. My life is yours to do with as you will...
@jb78000 (15173)
29 Jan 10
can't be bothered severing heads today sorry. however if you go into other discussions in this section and say that you almost certainly will be shot.