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To the citizens of the United States of America

  1. Feb 4, 2005 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    From John Cleese: It is no longer necessary to move to Canada

    In the light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today. Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which she does not fancy.

    Your new prime minister (The Right Honourable Tony Blair, MP for the 97.85% of you who have until now been unaware that there is a world outside your borders) will appoint a minister for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire will be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

    To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:
    1. You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up "aluminium". Check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as "favour" and "neighbour", skipping the letter 'U' is nothing more than laziness on your part.

    Likewise, you will learn to spell "doughnut" without skipping half the letters. You will end your love affair with the letter 'Z' (pronounced “zed' not 'zee') and the suffix "-ize" will be replaced by the suffix "-ise". You will learn that the suffix "burgh" is pronounced "burra" e.g. Edinburgh. You are welcome to respell Pittsburgh as "Pittsberg" if you can't cope with correct pronunciation. Generally, you should raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. Look up "vocabulary". Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. Look up "interspersed".

    There will be no more 'bleeps' in the Jerry Springer show. If you're not old enough to cope with bad language then you shouldn't have chat shows. When you learn to develop your vocabulary then you won't have to use bad language as often.

    2. There is no such thing as "US English". We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter 'U' and the elimination of "-ize".

    3. You should learn to distinguish the English and Australian accents. It really isn't that hard. English accents are not limited to cockney,
    upper-class twit or Mancunian (Daphne in Frasier). You will also have to learn how to understand regional accents - Scottish dramas such as "Taggart" will no longer be broadcast with subtitles.

    While we're talking about regions, you must learn that there is no such place as Devonshire in England. The name of the county is "Devon". If you persist in calling it Devonshire, all American States will become "shires" e.g. Texasshire, Floridashire, Louisianashire.

    4. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as the good guys. Hollywood will be required to cast English actors to play English characters. British sit-coms such as "Men Behaving Badly" or "Red Dwarf" will not be re-cast and watered down for a wishy-washy American audience who can't cope with the humour of occasional political incorrectness.

    5. You should relearn your original national anthem, "God Save The Queen", but only after fully carrying out task 1. We would not want you to get confused and give up halfway through.

    6. You should stop playing "American football". There is only one kind of football. What you refer to as "American football" is not a very good game. The 2.15% of you who are aware that there is a world outside your borders may have noticed that no one else plays "American football". You will no longer be allowed to play it, and should instead play proper football. Initially, it would be best if you played with the girls. It is a difficult game.

    Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby, which is similar to "American football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like nancies. We are hoping to get together at least a US Rugby sevens side by 2005.

    You should stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the "World Series" for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.15% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. Instead of baseball, you will be allowed to play a girls' game called "rounders" which is baseball without fancy team strip, oversized gloves, collector cards or hotdogs.

    7. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry guns. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous in public than a vegetable peeler. Because we don't believe you are sensible enough to handle potentially dangerous items, you will require a permit if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

    8. July 4th is no longer a public holiday. November 2nd will be a new national holiday, but only in England. It will be called "Indecisive Day".

    9. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and it is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean. All road intersections will be replaced with roundabouts. You will start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

    10. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French Fries are not real chips. Fries aren't even French, they are Belgian, though 97.85% of you (including the guy who discovered fries while in Europe) are not aware of a country called Belgium. Those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called "crisps". Real chips are thick cut and fried in animal fat.

    The traditional accompaniment to chips is beer which should be served warm and flat. Waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.

    11. As a sign of penance 5 grams of sea salt per cup will be added to all tea made within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this quantity to be doubled for tea made within the city of Boston itself.

    12. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all, it is lager. From November 1st only proper British Bitter will be referred to as "beer", and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as "lager".

    The substances formerly known as "American Beer" will henceforth be referred to as "Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine", with the exception of the product of the American Budweiser company whose product will be referred to as "Weak Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine". This will allow true Budweiser (as manufactured for the last 1000 years in Pilsen, Czech Republic) to be sold without risk of confusion.

    13. From November 10th the UK will harmonise petrol (or "gasoline" as you will be permitted to keep calling it until April 1st 2005) prices with the former USA. The UK will harmonise its prices to those of the former USA and the former USA will, in return, adopt UK petrol prices (roughly $6US/gallon - get used to it).

    14. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

    15. Please tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us crazy.
    Tax collectors from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to
    ensure the acquisition of all revenues due (backdated to 1776).

    16. Last but not the least, and for heaven's sake... it's pronounced "nu-kleer" as in "clear" NOT "nuk-u-lar".

    Thank you for your co-operation and have a great day
     
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  3. Feb 4, 2005 #2

    cepheid

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    :rofl: That's quite funny. (But then again, I am not American). However, I do remember seeing in circulation after the 2000 US elections, and it made more sense in context there (as the failure to elect a President was referring to that specific fiasco).
     
  4. Feb 4, 2005 #3

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    That was great! But now I can't stick around. Gotta get out and buy myself a vegetable peeler! :rofl:
     
  5. Feb 4, 2005 #4
    Top quality, and ivan, when did you become a super mentor? Can I be one? please please please!
     
  6. Feb 4, 2005 #5
    I read this one months ago. Always good for a laugh, though. :rofl:
     
  7. Feb 4, 2005 #6

    Integral

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  8. Feb 4, 2005 #7
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    Thanks Ivan. That's the funniest thing I've seen for ages. I especially liked the bit about not being allowed to own guns until grown-up enough to sort out problems without resorting to lawyers or therapists. (Ironically, Cleese has a law degree from Cambridge, and has co-authored a couple of excellent popular psychology books with his therapist). I didn't like the bit about banning hotdogs though. You can take a joke too far, in my opinion.
     
  9. Feb 4, 2005 #8

    Hurkyl

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    Bah, I wield my gun precisely so that the king of England can't come push me around anymore!
     
  10. Feb 4, 2005 #9

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  11. Feb 4, 2005 #10

    Astronuc

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    :rofl:

    I think Cleese is also a business/management consultant, so he'd fit right in here.

    Banning hotdogs is unnecessary, but an improvement in 'American beer' would be welcome. :biggrin:
     
  12. Feb 4, 2005 #11
    Call me picky, but Elizabeth II - being female - is technically not a king. Easy mistake to make if you've spent a lot of time listening to A Boy Named Sue. ( :biggrin: )
     
  13. Feb 4, 2005 #12

    russ_watters

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    I think that was a Simpsons reference....
     
  14. Feb 4, 2005 #13

    brewnog

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    No! You stupid stupid people! Stop laughing! It's not a joke!


    Honestly.
     
  15. Feb 4, 2005 #14
    Doh! (Thats a Simpsons reference too :biggrin: ).
     
  16. Feb 4, 2005 #15

    Evo

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    Ivan, that was hysterical!!! :rofl:
     
  17. Feb 4, 2005 #16
    thank goodness no more football, baseball, guns, or the fcc
     
  18. Feb 5, 2005 #17

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    funny i suppose, tho "It is not reasonable to host an event called the "World Series" for a game which is not played outside of America." isn't true.
    and it's kinda arrogant. and annoying. and i can't help but feel the sentiments, while as gist, are echoed as beliefs by most people here ... heh. but don't fear boys, t he humour isn't lost with me. :D
     
  19. Feb 5, 2005 #18
    :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Thanks Ivan, that was great!

    Hear, hear! Ever since the end of prohibition we have been fed this gut rot that they like to call beer. We've been in decline ever since! :biggrin:
     
  20. Feb 6, 2005 #19
    Why? What are you gonna do if (s)he does start pushing you around? Shoot him? That's illegal under your current government too, sorry but your gun can't help you now! Muhahahaha

    prepare to be british!
     
  21. Feb 6, 2005 #20

    Tom Mattson

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    :rofl: I suppose we should start to worry when we hear the clip-clopping of coconuts from those silly English kin-igg-uts when they ride across the Big Pond to reclaim the colonies.
     
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