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    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2008
    I think the right places to find 3000 of these sorts tend to be Romford on a Friday night... and all points north and east thereof.

    Insert horrific memories of so-called mates of mates looking to start fights in pubs for no good reasons, pissing in the rubbish bins in chip-shops, and and calling the bloke giving them a lift a banana muncher.

    Before 9PM.

    Then it all goes downhill from there.
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    @the12s lets be honest, they can be found anywhere north of fucking Cornwall.
    The most horrible thing any intelligent person must realise while growing up is how abysmally stupid 'most people' are.
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2008
    Someone TEACHING a class at my Oregon UNIVERSITY mispronounced Socrates' name for over ten minutes (2 syllables: SOE- kraits) until I said something. I'd say you Brits are doing just fine. On the BBC "Christians around the world celebrating Christmas Day" is still news. I'd bet 60% of Americans believe Christmas is celebrated by everyone in the world. The News channels here talked about Britney Spears on Christmas Day. I've met people in Oregon who think Montana is in Canada. You Brits are doing fine by comparison, but there is a serious issue when you're plausibly being compared to Americans.
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2008
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    There were 2 TV shows I saw in one day that really drove the point home about how stupid and uneducated the average person is.
    The first is a Canadian show called "this hour has 22 minutes" which is actually quite good. They have an episode called
    "talking to Americans". Where they ask Americans on the street really simple questions about Canada.
    They got a lot of people to say things like "congrats Canada on finally getting flush toilets" and Happy birthday Prime minister Wayne Gretzkey"
    They even nailed a couple of US senators and Congressmen responsible for billions of dollars in trade with Canada.
    The most incredible thing though was the "are you smarter than a 5th grader celebrity edition. It had this cute country singer girl from
    American idol who did not know that France was a country. If you get a chance to see that episode do it. You will realize that if you are a nice cute girl in the US you can be as dumb as a inbred dog and still get rich and famous.
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2008
    Nothing makes me want to die more than other people.
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2008
    Fucking big "Hell Yes!" on Rick Mercer's "Talking To Americans". There's one clip of it that's my favorite... Rick Mercer says something like: In a recent poll of Canadian students at the 5th grade level 70% of them couldn't locate their home state. Is this a tragedy?
    And the guy he was asking was outraged. He says "I can't believe people are so ignorant of the world around them; you people should be ashamed."
    I think this is the clip in question from the American Idol contestant.
    Well played, Unsub.
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2008 edited
    Har har har, Americans are stupid. I can guarantee that if you did the same thing that Rick Mercer did in that clip in any country in the world, you could get pretty much the same thing.

    The second clip is a call to bringing back one of my favorite traditions: tar and feathering.
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    Reformation? Samuel Pepys? Now I'm a bit confused. Are you talking about the Reformation (the founding of the Church of England under Henry VIII) or the Restoration of the monarchy under Charles II, which occurred roughly 140 years later? Pepys was famous for writing a diary which chronicled many important facts of the Restoration.

    I'm also surprised you're not aware that the movement to make public school attendance mandatory had more to do with a desire to "protestantize" the large numbers of Catholic immigrants arriving in America during the 1840s-1850s than to get errant children off the streets. Children in those days usually had plenty of work to keep them busy. Americans actually had a high rate of literacy (as documented by de Toqueville among others) before mandatory public schools, at least in the cities and towns. There were some exceptions in very isolated rural areas, which was used as one justifcation for setting up the system.

    It doesn't surprise me much that so many Britons think Churchill is a myth. A mythology has certainly arisen around him. Not to mention some great drawing-room jokes.

    And speaking of public morons, I think we've got Jane Goody beat:

    believe it or not

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