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Old 20.11.2011, 18:45
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Hey Scarsdale--

The Swiss hate Americans? What are you talking about?

I would say the Swiss are the only Europeans who like Americans--they just hate everyone else!

I was in a cafe in Berlin last year and recognized a girl's Swiss German accent and started talking to her and she was indeed from Zurich. When I told her I lived there she went on a long diatribe about how great Americans are and how happy the Swiss were that we lived there, and then proceeded to talk about how much they hate everyone else (especially Germans, in a room full of them). My German lady took this as proof...

I've even seen worrying things like a Confederate flag on the side of a van on the freeway in Bern with "The South will rise again!" written on it.

Down on the other side of the Röstigrenze where you live I don't really know, I was in Nyon and Geneva for a while but there are few Swiss people there (and the ones I knew simply hated the French with a passion). But then again the Swiss Germans call the Francophones "the Welsh"...so there you go.

As for the English, I'm not even going to go there.
"worrying" ? Quite many people here have relatives in the states of the Confederacy, and got used to see that the relatives are staunch confederates, detesting "those Yankees" and preferring Mexicans over Yankees "because the Mex we can throw out, but not the Yanks"










I discussed about this with Blacks in South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas, and while we got united in condemning the racism of much of the Confederacy, the united sympathies were with the Confederacy nevertheless.
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Old 23.11.2011, 00:34
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I hesitated to post in this thread, but seeing as umpteen posts in no real answer has been given I will make it simple.

One country is able to practically duplicate the GDP of all of Europe- almost triple of it's nearest competitor-


while populated by a people who are apesh!t for things like


The fact is that minds that can conceive of pancakes and sausages on a stick with chocolate chips, and corresponding bodies that crave and process those sticks of heaven are the reason that the U.S. is the bomb. It doesn't compute- yet it does .
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I hesitated to post in this thread, but seeing as umpteen posts in no real answer has been given I will make it simple.

One country is able to practically duplicate the GDP of all of Europe- almost triple of it's nearest competitor-


while populated by a people who are apesh!t for things like


The fact is that minds that can conceive of pancakes and sausages on a stick with chocolate chips, and corresponding bodies that crave and process those sticks of heaven are the reason that the U.S. is the bomb. It doesn't compute- yet it does .
A) What is mentioned is the E.U., but the E.U. is NOT "Europe" but just the leading organisation of "organized Europe"
B) the USA is both population-wise and area-wise comparable to Europe (without Russia & Turkey)
C) I on trips to the USA always had charts with me where I could show that if you cover a Europe map with the USA in the same scale you can cover it all
D) if you include Canada on the North America side and Russia and Turkey on the European side you have the same result again
E) if you travel out of Zürich to Cairo and then out of Houston/Texas the same distance east you are in Miami
F) if you travel out of Zürich some 700 kms north-east-east you are in Praha/Prague, if you do the same out of Houston you are somewhere south of Shreveport/Louisiana ! This is the thing I used overthere until 1990, telling them that they had to imaging living with an Eastern Block and having the Red Army just behind a RedRiver-Mississippi-Missouri line
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Old 23.11.2011, 10:06
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I hesitated to post in this thread, but seeing as umpteen posts in no real answer has been given I will make it simple.

One country is able to practically duplicate the GDP of all of Europe- almost triple of it's nearest competitor-

What irks us is the american innumeracy.

Where else in the world is 14'526 two or three times bigger than 16'242.
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A) What is mentioned is the E.U., but the E.U. is NOT "Europe" but just the leading organisation of "organized Europe"
B) the USA is both population-wise and area-wise comparable to Europe (without Russia & Turkey)
C) I on trips to the USA always had charts with me where I could show that if you cover a Europe map with the USA in the same scale you can cover it all
D) if you include Canada on the North America side and Russia and Turkey on the European side you have the same result again
E) if you travel out of Zürich to Cairo and then out of Houston/Texas the same distance east you are in Miami
F) if you travel out of Zürich some 700 kms north-east-east you are in Praha/Prague, if you do the same out of Houston you are somewhere south of Shreveport/Louisiana ! This is the thing I used overthere until 1990, telling them that they had to imaging living with an Eastern Block and having the Red Army just behind a RedRiver-Mississippi-Missouri line
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What irks us is the american innumeracy.

Where else in the world is 14'526 two or three times bigger than 16'242.
One day when you learn how to speak English and you take geography classes you will realize that the US is one single country and the EU is made up of multiple countries. OH and Mud was referring to the US vs. CHina (China is infact a country)......

You must have went to Swiss schools?
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Old 23.11.2011, 15:24
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One day when you learn how to speak English...
You must have went to Swiss schools?
Have "WENT"?

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Have "WENT"?

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ha ha... yes, perhaps I gave him too much credit?
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One day when you learn how to speak English and you take geography classes you will realize that the US is one single country and the EU is made up of multiple countries.
Not for the "duplicate" he wasn't

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Banter.
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while populated by a people who are apesh!t for things like


The fact is that minds that can conceive of pancakes and sausages on a stick with chocolate chips, and corresponding bodies that crave and process those sticks of heaven are the reason that the U.S. is the bomb. It doesn't compute- yet it does .
Gosh I need a corn dog now.
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Old 23.11.2011, 16:08
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Gosh I need a corn dog now.
Is that you in the pic????
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Is that you in the pic????
Why? You need a corn dog too?
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Why? You need a corn dog too?
you buying?
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Have "WENT"?

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Dialect. Aren't we all about that around here?
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Old 23.11.2011, 17:21
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Dialect. Aren't we all about that around here?
No, in this case incorrect verb conjugation.
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No, in this case incorrect verb conjugation.
Was ya being funny there?
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What irks us is the american innumeracy.

Where else in the world is 14'526 two or three times bigger than 16'242.
Where I come from we don't say, "duplicate the recipe if you want twice the pancake batter" . Though duplicate can mean double (as in double the quantity), can't recall anyone using it that way. 'Course where I come from a fanny is a rear end, as in booty, like the boot trunk of a car.
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I might. My supply is running low.
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"worrying" ? Quite many people here have relatives in the states of the Confederacy, and got used to see that the relatives are staunch confederates, detesting "those Yankees" and preferring Mexicans over Yankees "because the Mex we can throw out, but not the Yanks"



I discussed about this with Blacks in South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas, and while we got united in condemning the racism of much of the Confederacy, the united sympathies were with the Confederacy nevertheless.
Growing up in Texas, "The Yellow Rose" was a song we sang in my family quite often. I never knew it as a Confederate song per se... just a Texas song... one of several along with "Deep in the Heart of Texas".

And now that you've piqued my curiosity... I've found it was written in 1858... just a few years before the civil war. So not really a "Confederate" song, but very much a Texan song.
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