The Official "Your country is weird" Thread

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by iGary, Oct 23, 2005.

  1. iGary Guest

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    Since we have such an international flavor to this board, it only seems appropriate that we pick on each country's -- as Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction put it -- "little differences."

    I'll start.

    Why are there like no traffic lights in Great Britain - why all the roundabouts - and in the most bizarre places?

    It cracks me up how Brits call going to the movies "to the cinema." So old-fashioned sounding. :)

    Beans and tomatoes for breakfast? *hurl*
     
  2. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Please Apple, release something! ;)

    USA is funny country. All the people live on the east coast, but slowly migrating west. You can see it from the map.
     
  3. iGary thread starter Guest

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    Why does Canada still pay homage to mother England?

    Why is the Queen of England on the 20-dollar note? Weird! :p
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    There are traffic lights EVERYWHERE here.

    This email I was sent seems quite fitting ;)
    NOTE TO THE OVER SENSITIVE: It's a joke!
     
  5. iGary thread starter Guest

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    You Brits like your Inidan food, that's for sure.
     
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    Are they paying homage to loons, too? It's hard to go to a strip club with nothing but coin :rolleyes:
     
  7. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    Roundabouts make much more sense than the stop signs you get in the US. We have roundabouts all over the place here in Norway, too.
     
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    Because we are still part of the Commonwealth...
     
  9. iGary thread starter Guest

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    One thing I noticed about Sweden, Denmark and Norway (from the air, at least) is how clean it is there.
     
  10. iGav macrumors G3

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    you know what's weird... how in some cities, in some states in the U.S. you can legally turn right when the lights are at red.

    now that's weird.

    We also have traffic lights on roundabouts too ;)

    Why roundabouts? well they have a significantly greater potential flow rate than stop lights for a start. ;)

    Yeah, stop signs are are relatively rare here in the UK too, only the worst blind junctions are usually stop, instead we have a far higher degree of give ways.

    The difference between the two, well stop signs also have a solid unpainted line, and you have to stop, even if it is clear, give way's are distinguished by having broken white lines, and you don't have to stop at those.

    Is Norway the same?
     
  11. iGary thread starter Guest

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    Beats turning left on red. :D
     
  12. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    I've never really thought about that. Maybe it's because all three countries are socialdemocratic and have huge tax rates that can be spent on things like keeping the country clean. Or maybe we're just brought up better. :p Montpellier in France is the cleanest place I've visited. I kept almost getting run into by those small trucks with circular brooms that sweep the streets.
     
  13. iGary thread starter Guest

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    I just noticed form the aerials that I processed that all the little towns, yacht basins and ferry landings were immaculately kept.

    I'm visiting you in Oslo one day. :D
     
  14. angelneo macrumors 68000

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    I'm from Singapore.

    1. The people here are pretty competitive.
    2. we can actually have queues with people not knowing what they are queueing for.
    3. The government are actually promoting people to have kids now after years of telling them 2 is enough.
    4. Singapore has only 40 years of history so far.

    these are only a few stuff i can remember off the top of my head.
     
  15. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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    beans

    why take it out on the beans man.

    thats below the belt.
     
  16. iGary thread starter Guest

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    Beans are good with hot dogs. Mmmm beans n' franks.

    With eggs, tomatoes and toast? :confused:
     
  17. w_parietti22 macrumors 68020

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    Lets see, The US

    1. We have a fast food restruant about every 3 blocks ;)

    2. We have a Starbucks, Seattles Best, Tullys, etc. on every block.

    3. We're some of the laziest people in the world

    4. We say we invented the Pizza

    5. We shop at Costco and buy everything we need for a week when the french could live on it for a month

    6. We have more PCs than Macs

    7. Our schools are... meh.

    8. We kill animals for oil. :mad:

    9. We buy Huge SUVs.

    10. We complain about gas being $2.80/ a gallon when europians pay around $4 (US).
     
  18. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    You'll be most welcome.

    On beans: Beans in tomato sauce, baby sausages, eggs and bread/toast is called Cowboy-breakfast in Norway. I thought it was American.
     
  19. XIII macrumors 68040

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    We do have traffic lights.. and roundabouts. :p It should be the other way round.. whats up with practically NO roundabouts in the US..? eh? eh? :D

    Also, pancakes for breakfast.. THAT is screwed up. ;)
     
  20. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    Norway is the same. If there's no roundabout it's usually a give way. At the give way's do you give way to cars coming from the left since you drive on the left? We give way to cars coming from the right.
     
  21. XIII macrumors 68040

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    Yeah.

    If you carry on at this rate, we'll have to criticise having maple syrup with pancakes, with bacon, with toast..! Owww.
     
  22. iGary thread starter Guest

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    Holy kripes!! $214.00 round trip to Oslo in February.

    Maybe a birthday trip....How effing cold is it there in February?
     
  23. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    japan is weird/cool because they have 24hr cable channels devoted to porn, along with huge areas of major department stores that sell porn!
    but is it true that they blur the naughty bits over there?

    france is weird cause they call middle school college (yeah, i know it's a different language, just kidding)

    russia is weird because...well...it's friggin cold!
     
  24. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    You mean $7 / gallon.
     
  25. XIII macrumors 68040

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    I presume everyone has seen this.. End of ze world, but just in case.. it provides a good overview of all the country's citizens stereotypical behavior. :)

    WARNING: Video contains swearing..
     

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