Originally posted by votan
reply to post by talklikeapirat
well according to many places in the world america is seen as the land of dumb fat ignorant people......
yet like a poster above pointed out we crushed the olympics, and put a rover on mars... what has your country done lately??
Do you really care about the Olympic Games ? I mean seriously ? How does that reflect the wealth of the inhabitants ? Last time I checked the chinese
had food problems and so did the North Koreans, yet they both ended up before Spain, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, etc.You've got to understand that
not only most countries can't ship over as much athletes as the USA considering that they have way lower population rates and sizes and that sports
may not have the same place in the US culture and foreign cultures.
And for Curiosity you're helped quite a bit by your tradition of welcoming immigrants (same goes for the whole science field), here is the list of
the Mars Science Laboratory mission team :
Rob Manning and Joel Krajewski
John "Jeff" Simmonds
I'm pretty sure Kemski, Woerner, Tan-Wang, Sabahi, Krajewski, Vasavada and Grotzinger have some roots outside of the USA.
I'm not saying USA is really the land of "dumb, fat, ignorant people" (well, you do have the highest rate of obesity in the world I think so
denying this one is a bit difficult), when it comes to stupidity everyone has a fair share (I think I've seen the same experiment in France and
Germany and they managed to get the same kind of video, it's just a matter of finding the good person and expect them to lose it in front of a camera
either because the person is genuinely stupid or because of the stress induced by being asked questions in front of a camera).
Thing is america echoes all around the world and is supposed to be on top of most fields so when we hear some (high ranked) politician or public
figure saying that evolution isn't real, that our planet is 4000yo, that socialism is just like communism, that you can see Russia from Alaska,
"tide goes in tide goes out, it's a mistery" and such it just sounds out of place (well, and to be honest when your politics decide to be retarded
they can really go through the roof, sometimes it can be amazing, I can't see a public figure here saying something like "There's an old saying in
Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that says, fool me once, shame on --shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled
During the first campaign of Sarkozy his opponent used a word that didn't exist (something that would looks like "braveryness" instead of
"bravery") and she went to China dressed in white : those are the two stupidest thing she did, it was 5 years ago and she is still considered as an
But then again, that doesn't mean there are more morons in the US than in the rest of the world, only that sometimes you've got some flaming idiots
who have the means to attract the light.
Oh and about that Paris thing, it's well know in France that parisians are a kind of their own, a good chunk of them are full of themselves, I don't
know if it's because it's the capital of the country or 'cause some of them are stressed out by the rythm of the life there but if you ask french
living outside of Paris you'll probably hear the same thing.
But I don't think we are arrogants or rude for the most part (I mean, just like every country), althrough you may have to leave Paris to see that.
And the countryside is gorgeous.