seriously – america has produced the forerunners in just about every field of cultural and scientific importance over the last century, but along with all those genii at the vanguard of knowledge who have shaped the modern world, and a sundry few (million) other intelligent people, you have towing along in the rear the biggest, most vapid intellectual underclass believable.
Oh no, here comes the talk about Americans…
Every country has its fair share of dumbasses; it’s just that you see more Americans presented that way in the media. Having been here for the past eight years, I’ve personally come accross some of the dumbest idiots ever, but also some of the smartest people as well. So it just depends.
Do you think that, just maybe, (I’m just throwing this out there), that the population of pretty much every country in the world consists of some very intelligent people, some averagely intelligent people and some stupid people. The US is a big country, so has a lot more stupid people than, say, the UK and is also one of, if not the most heavily-publicised countries in the world (in terms of us seeing it on TV and in films etc), therefore we are just exposed to more stupid Americans than any other nationality, rather than Americans being the most stupid?
but ginge, the only reason that ideas and sociological stereotypes ever arise is some kind of exposure. of course people think americans are stupid because of how they are portrayed and regularly seen in the media. of course every country has its stupid people, and OF COURSE not all americans are stupid. it’s a stereotype, not an absolute truth.
only i can’t just erase all the episodes of jerry springer that are seared into my hippocampus!
Agreed. Stupid people are everywhere. The ratio is actually 1 in 4. This was proven by Dr Rob Wright of the Nomeasno Institute of Anthropology. I believe he states that “just like every fourth animal is a beetle, every fourth human is a dumbfuck”.
And…yep some nice USAers out there no doubt.
But serious lack of geographical knowledge does seem to be a strangely american disease.
You do learn that shit in school right? (genuine question)
I’ve lived in Canada and they seem to know their france from their honduras, but cross that border…it’s bizarre
Geeeez. Half of america hates what the other half is doing. There are intellectual differences in the population of coffee houses, let alone the whole country. In addition to stupid americans, we have insane japanese people who scream at everything (duh. seen spike tv?), germans are super weird and listen to incredibly bad techno music according to my high school german class videos, aussies are snarky hos who willingly wrestle with crocodiles, and british people have ugly teeth. Yay tv stereotypes! So hilarious. Until people start getting shot. Wait, I’m not Ms. Buzzkillington. I must be feeling strangely politically correct today…
But Hobo, for the simple fact that you’re British, no girl will shirk away from you when you open your mouth. They simple stand there in a trance because your awesome, awesome accent…..and THAT, my dear, is physics.
I Could be wrong, but I think here is the typical Geography lesson taught in American schools:
“kids, the world is made of 3 regions, one is America, second is the one we have bombed and third is the one we are finding reasons to bomb”
I never said that they could be European. Maybe they’re Canadian or maybe American, but there’s nothing that screams at me AMERICAN!!!!!!
There may very well be a European out there that doesn’t know the Eiffel Tower by its base.
Zoos aren’t exclusive to America are they?
@Kuppycakez: Oh, true. People can say what they like about Americans, but when they hear you have a British accent, they are the friendliest people on the face of the earth.
Actually, even with your mouth shut they’re a billion times friendlier than most Britons on a good day.
cupidscurse: It’s no problem at all. I find myself using that word a crapload lately.
On the whole ‘Americans are fucktards at geography’ thing, my fiancee is American and ended up teaching me a shit-load about Geography with stuff from like, middle school classes or whatever.
I’m going to stop now because I think I’m starting to seem like Mr. ‘Hey Lamebook, I’m engaged!’, and that’s more FML territory.