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#15 - atrocitustheking
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(04/05/2014) [-]
The worst part about this is that I would be unsurprised if such a conversation actually occured. God damn, the state of education here in the US depresses me.
#76 to #15 - pariahlol
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(04/05/2014) [-]
I don't know who you hang out with in America, but it's obviously the wrong people.
#71 to #15 - aytoktonik
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(04/05/2014) [-]
In 2008 my uncle and his wife (she is from the U.S.A.) came to visit in my parents house in Greece . She asked me if we had electricity we had 2 televisions ,2 computers, 2 dvd players, a refridgerator and an oven
#59 to #15 - anon
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(04/05/2014) [-]
Even if kids were taught about every country in the world, they'd almost certainly forget 80 percent of it. It really doesn't matter that much, you pick these things up as you go along. You don't need to learn everything from school (in fact you learn most things out of school, and that isn't a bad thing).
#48 to #15 - anon
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(04/05/2014) [-]
Pretty sure it was a joke, you butthurt Eurofag.
#45 to #15 - sircool
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>implying people know every little ******* country in the world.    
   
You saying the US has a poor education system for not know what/where laos is is like saying europe has poor education for students being unable to name every state in the united states.    
   
****, i bet a lot of people in asia don't even know where the **** laos is.
>implying people know every little ******* country in the world.

You saying the US has a poor education system for not know what/where laos is is like saying europe has poor education for students being unable to name every state in the united states.

****, i bet a lot of people in asia don't even know where the **** laos is.
#90 to #45 - heretics
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(04/05/2014) [-]
But the states are regions of the USA , not independent nations.
#107 to #90 - sircool
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(04/05/2014) [-]
they're the size of most countries in europe. Therefore, they are actually comparable.
#99 to #90 - nigeltheoutlaw
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True, but many of them are larger than any nation in Europe. Perhaps a better example would be: do you know all the nations in South America? How about in Africa?
#61 to #45 - anon
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(04/05/2014) [-]
They probably do actually.
#32 to #15 - Conquistador
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(04/05/2014) [-]
I doubt the majority of Europeans would know every minor detail about random economically small countries in Asia, Africa, or Latin America.
#62 to #32 - anon
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(04/05/2014) [-]
I went around asking people near the bus station as many countries in Asia and the Oceanic region, including micronesia and the rest of the constituent island republics, they could name at least half of them.

Went to Orlando, Florida, last year they couldn't name where the **** Burma was, thought it was in Africa.
#63 to #62 - anon
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(04/05/2014) [-]
My bus stop is European, I'm from Derry.
#40 to #32 - mutzaki ONLINE
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(04/05/2014) [-]
I live in Europe and I didn't even know about Laos before I saw this. Then again, I wouldn't assume the guy was from China or Japan.
#50 to #40 - anon
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Right, because all Europeans are extremely culturally sensitive and never accidentally offend someone because they're a ******* retard.
#52 to #50 - mutzaki ONLINE
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(04/05/2014) [-]
Never said anything like that, but seeing as how we live on a much, much more more culturally diverse continent, and North America is relatively isolated and sparse of culture, it's not really weird that these generalizations show up. I think they're also fairly true, percentually speaking.
#58 to #52 - yellowjack
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(04/05/2014) [-]
>sparse of culture
>u srs m8?
#67 to #58 - mutzaki ONLINE
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(04/05/2014) [-]
"Relatively sparse of culture."
You don't think it's fair enough to say that a continent existing mainly of a handful of countries within the actual North American area, all of which originating as late as the 16th and 17th century, by being conquered and having reformed cultures, with their previous cultures more or less being obliterated, have less cultural diversity? Compared with Europe, which has a huge and ancient history, divided up into tonnes of smaller, wildly different sets of cultures for each current nation.
Do you think California is more or as different from New York as France is from Spain?
#101 to #67 - nigeltheoutlaw
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(04/05/2014) [-]
Holy ****, you're more stupid than those you criticize.   
   
>Native Americans   
>Chinese   
>Japanese   
>assorted Southeast Asians   
>Western Europeans   
>Eastern Europeans and Russians   
>Africans, especially from western Africa   
>Hispanics, especially from Mexico and Central America   
>Caribbean people   
   
America has culture from every place on the planet, even your precious wittle Europe, plus its own unique culture in different regions that are greater than the sum of their parts.
Holy ****, you're more stupid than those you criticize.

>Native Americans
>Chinese
>Japanese
>assorted Southeast Asians
>Western Europeans
>Eastern Europeans and Russians
>Africans, especially from western Africa
>Hispanics, especially from Mexico and Central America
>Caribbean people

America has culture from every place on the planet, even your precious wittle Europe, plus its own unique culture in different regions that are greater than the sum of their parts.
#108 to #101 - mutzaki ONLINE
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You didn't read any of my comments, did you? Did I ever say that North America doesn't have culture? No. Did I even say you didn't have much culture? No.
All I said was that Europe has MORE diverse culture. That comes from having many more nations, with richer history. There's no need to take offense to that.

>Russians
>French
>Spaniards
>Italians
>Germans
>Swedes
>Norwegians
>Danish
>Finnish
>Icelandic
>Dutch
>Belgian
>British
>Irish
>Polish
>Latvian

This is a tiny bit of the full list of native people living in Europe. Do you have these people living in the U.S.? Of course, but to a much lesser extent. Just like how every country in Europe has everything what you mentioned, including "your precious widdle Americans/Canadians/Mexicans, etc." So what? Every country has immigrants. And don't think you're special in having "culture from every place on the planet" in North America. It's like you believe we don't have immigrants from all over the world here.

And seriously, dude? You bring this immature attitude and can't keep something free from mindless insults?
#118 to #108 - yellowjack
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(04/06/2014) [-]
lol I love eurofags. The US is a whole country made up of many different cultures, Europe is a continent made up of several countries. See where the difference lies? Also, please tell me of how medieval europeans protected all life and kept anyone from getting offended? Manifest destiny became... destiny. (makes sense in my head). There is a major ******* difference from Louisiana to California, from New York to Utah. If you travel to these places and can't tell the difference, pull that roll of euros from your ass and buy some glasses.
#109 to #108 - nigeltheoutlaw
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(04/05/2014) [-]
lel, k
#110 to #109 - mutzaki ONLINE
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(04/05/2014) [-]
That's better, sweetie. I'm glad you understand.
#111 to #110 - nigeltheoutlaw
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(04/05/2014) [-]
Nah, you're wrong, I just don't feel like arguing like I did a little bit ago. Rage harder tho.
#112 to #111 - mutzaki ONLINE
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(04/05/2014) [-]
Okie dokie. Well, have an absolutely swell life, cunt.
#113 to #112 - nigeltheoutlaw
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(04/05/2014) [-]
You too, Yuropoor.
#119 to #113 - yellowjack
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#64 to #58 - anon
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It's true, if you're referring to the US.
#65 to #64 - yellowjack
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(04/05/2014) [-]
then you've never been to the US; you're the same as Hank Hill And Friends.
#33 to #32 - atrocitustheking
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(04/05/2014) [-]
Possibly, but I can only comment on where I live, and I do feel like we can do better.
#34 to #33 - Conquistador
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(04/05/2014) [-]
Fortunately, I'm not like that. I mostly take interest in these kinds of things.

I guess it would be better to just speak more about other countries in the media than just completely focus on first world matters.
#35 to #34 - atrocitustheking
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(04/05/2014) [-]
That'd be nice, but we all fall into the trap of only caring about our own little worlds. From the head of state to neighborhood gossip, if it doesn't affect us, we struggle to be interested or care.
#36 to #35 - Conquistador
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(04/05/2014) [-]
That's just in human nature.
#37 to #36 - atrocitustheking
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(04/05/2014) [-]
Too true. Perhaps what should unite us is in our common struggle to be better people and falling short of such efforts.
#31 to #15 - anon
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(04/05/2014) [-]
>American.
>Can actually identify languages by the way they're spelled or specific characters used.
>Knows more info about various countries even more so than what some of the locals know.
#28 to #15 - butwhynot
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(04/05/2014) [-]
Eurofag here. I have some Amerifriends. I told one I spoke Dutch and she asked what part of Russia I was from. MFW
Eurofag here. I have some Amerifriends. I told one I spoke Dutch and she asked what part of Russia I was from. MFW
#104 to #28 - nigeltheoutlaw
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(04/05/2014) [-]
Oh, sorry, Maine is over twice as big as the Netherlands. I should have checked that before I posted, but if anything that just drives my point further home.
#98 to #28 - nigeltheoutlaw
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(04/05/2014) [-]
WOW, WHY DIDN'T THIS AMERICAN KNOW ABOUT A TINY COUNTRY THE SIZE OF MAINE? If I had you listen to a serious of spoken Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and Laotian, would you be able to identify them correctly? Would you be able to tell me the three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria? No? Well, apparently you're ignorant since all of those nations are larger than the Netherlands.

You Europeans seem to think you're important, but hardly any European nations aside from Germany, France, and the UK are worth a damn internationally. The world doesn't revolve around your ass.
#117 to #98 - butwhynot
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Well, if your point is that size of a country is directly correlated with how important a country is, Russia is pretty ******* important, that place is huge. So even if she didn't know Dutch was a language spoken in the Netherlands. She should have at least known they speak Russian in Russia.
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But whatever, I don't even care, it was just something that happened, I have no opinion on people from various countries knowing stuff about various other countries.
#121 to #117 - nigeltheoutlaw
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(04/06/2014) [-]
You're right, size doesn't matter. What does matter is economic and political power, both of which the Netherlands has almost none of internationally.
#74 to #28 - snuifduif
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(04/05/2014) [-]
I am a Dutchfag and when I tell people I speak 'Dutch' they think I am German. Deutsch <--> Dutch
#106 to #74 - dutchfag ONLINE
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I am THE dutchfag
#120 to #106 - snuifduif
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#38 to #28 - acerose
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Most Europeans I know are painfully ignorant about Latin America and Southeast Asia as well.

They seem to think the only countries on earth that matter are in Europe and North America, so it's okay for them to be ignorant about the governmental system of Brazil which is simple and relevant in world affairs, but not okay for a US citizen to not understand the system in Belgium, which is totally messed up and economically almost irrelevant.
#29 to #28 - atrocitustheking
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(04/05/2014) [-]
That's... embarassing. Though, to be fair, I'm sure a lot of foreign languages might blend together for someone with no exposure to them.
That said, yeah, unfortunately, there are definitely the kind of people who fit the "Americans are stupid" stereotype. Like all stereotypes, they do not represent the whole population. In fact, they annoy the **** out of the rest of us.
Every country has its brain dead morons, but with a population as large as ours, and as woefully underfunded (and often intentionally gutted in the name of political and social agenda) our education system is, it feels like we crank out a fair number of them.

Granted, I'm pretty cranky about all this, and probably elitist, but yeah, we've got our village idiots.
#16 to #15 - amuzen
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to be fair there's like 50 individual little countries in Asia and like 3 in America, we don't expect them to learn the provinces of Canada or the states of America which are individually just about as important to most of them as they are individually to us.
Like 4.7 million people isn't even as many people as there are in some states in the US.
#17 to #16 - atrocitustheking
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That's true, but if some ****** tells you he's NOT Chinese OR Japanese you don't follow up with that kind of a question. I could almost forgive a statement of: I have no idea where that is, but only relative to the response above.
I know I'm probably getting a little butthurt over nothing, but it's the fact that stupidity like this exists and worse, doesn't have to. I feel like a country made up of almost entirely immigrants (obviously discounting Native Americans) should be just a tad more aware of the world as a whole.
Okay, rant over. Why do I not feel any better?
#18 to #17 - amuzen
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(04/05/2014) [-]
I will agree that I think it's rude as hell

I will disagree with the comment on how you think its because the average american is uneducated.

I will also acknowledge that I believe to some extent this response, while still highly impolite, is not really aimed at being offensive so much as an invitation to talk **** about each other as a community.
#20 to #18 - atrocitustheking
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(04/05/2014) [-]
Okay, I've read this three times now and I still can't grasp what you're trying to say. Is there any way you could dumb it down for me? I am well aware that I might inadvertently be proving the very problem I'm railing against for my lack of reading comprehension here.
#49 to #20 - anon
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Dat hilarious irony
#21 to #20 - amuzen
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It's a rather complex thought coming from my half asleep mind at 3 in the morning but I will arise to the challenge of attempting to reconcile with past incomprehension's whilst elaborating on forth coming source.

I grew up going to school in a rather small town in Alaska
in said school there was a pretty big race division between 'white people' and 'Native Americans' about 50/50
as we were growing up none of this really meant anything to us, as far we were concerned we weren't white people, native people or etc, we were just Alaskans with no real concept of nationality beyond that of the school yard
as such when we grew up over time we learned of our various heritages and started to better understand racial boundaries, but none of that REALLY mattered to us because the people we grew up with, our true social heritage, was from some different community or culture.

As such racist implications are used gestingly between friends, while you might call a black person, or hell even a white person you've known for several years 'your ****** it's not really a derrogotory term for black person, it's just a slang term for 'my friend, or brother'
in my head I'm imagining this conversation taking as something akin to a conversation between friends, racial boundaries no longer REALLY mean anything this in context for they're seeing if they've just made a new cousin.
#22 to #21 - atrocitustheking
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(04/05/2014) [-]
Interesting... I'll have to ask that you come back to this when you're fully awake. There's something really poignant here, but either you're sleepy or I'm an idiot (could be both), but I'm still not grasping it.
#24 to #22 - amuzen
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(04/05/2014) [-]
I am very sleepy, perhaps I will revist this in the morning. Also it probably doesn't help I'm listening to what appears to be the most delightful sound in the world in brand new surround sound headphones titled 'four seasons' on youtube, it's pretty damn mangificent here I'll link it might get by point across.
Four Seasons ~ Vivaldi
On the other hand it might also have absolutely nothing to do with my point but hey we'll see.
#25 to #24 - atrocitustheking
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(04/05/2014) [-]
My Spidey-senses tell me you are a pretty cool guy. I'll have to catch up to you. Rather jealous about those headphones you mentioned. I may not listen to the highbrow stuff all the time, but whatever the genre, I do love a good clean sound.
#26 to #25 - amuzen
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(04/05/2014) [-]
It's a very sometimes sound for me as well, late night reading a book on my laptop snuggled under like a thousand blankets with the harsh heat of a burning powercable wrapped around my leg and the tip of my head feeling a slight nip from the crisp outside air sort of music.

Not like playing league of legends with my friends music or working on school stuff sort of music though. Might be good music for painting though not really sure it's been awhile since I had the chance to paint anything.
#27 to #26 - atrocitustheking
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(04/05/2014) [-]
Oh man, that first paragraph.... that is the kind of stuff that heavenly bliss is made of.