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Typical Americans

  1. Jun 11, 2003 #1
    Let's list stereotypes that the rest of the world ignorantly perceives Americans as having....

    I'll start.

    All Americans want to kill people who practice the Islamic religion so that they can get rich off of oil.

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  3. Jun 11, 2003 #2
    we all sit down and watch crappy TV shows every night like American Idol, or Survivor.

    we all drink beer and are very fat. (generally this it true, though)
  4. Jun 11, 2003 #3
    Your ALL stupid!
  5. Jun 11, 2003 #4
    Is that proper Queen's English you're speaking?
  6. Jun 11, 2003 #5
    Ha good spot! its not the proper queens english but all the way through secondary school and college i have been able to get away with it, without any teachers telling me im wrong so you're correct and i apolagise, i blame the English education system!
  7. Jun 12, 2003 #6


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    Well, my list:

    - overweight
    - drive HUGE cars
    - spend a lot of time on their hair
    - spend a lot of time on their makeup
    - get their breakfast from fast food chains
    - not so fashionable (can be a good thing, europeans all have been walking around in fire-truck red pants for the past two years, although I think that red is starting to come if fashion here too)

    That's about the things I had in mind before coming here.. they turned out to be true.

    How to recognize a european: wears a red, thight pant; lots of hairgel; likes to drink sour milk and pays $0.10 to go to the bathroom at mac donalds :P
  8. Jun 12, 2003 #7
    All Americans speak with Texas accents.

    All Americans are rude, obnoxious, self centered, spoiled, soft and weak. (Everyone should know that this is only true of Californians :smile: ).

    All Americans are rich. I'm here to tell you that one's not true! (I often wonder who is more rich, the one who has nothing and is supported by the government, or the one who has everything they want, but owes the bank for everything he or she has?)
  9. Jun 12, 2003 #8
    We all have guns.

    Pretty much all of the French cliches sans the sucking at war part. French, pfffft... "Look the Germans are coming! Quick set up a sympathetic government and take the oppertunity to oppress more Jews!"
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  10. Jun 12, 2003 #9
    Hmm... more insults. But why?

    I am not overweight.

    I drive an old Volvo 740 Wagon. I suppose you could say that it's huge compared to compact cars... but it's European so whose fault is that?

    I spend no time on my hair. I just let it grow naturally.

    I don't wear makeup.

    I don't eat breakfast... actually, unlike Europeans, most Americans just skip breakfast.... I guess we're too busy getting things done.

    Maybe I'm not so fashionable.... I usually wear Levis with a ringer t-shirt or a baseball shirt, and a pair of Earth shoes. Is this really a problem though?

  11. Jun 12, 2003 #10
    breakfast is actually good for you because it provides you with the energy required to do things well for the rest of the day, maybe thats why you americans are supposed to be so stupid, you skip breakfast because of that you do really stupid things that no breakfast eating european would ever do.

    remember these are only stereotypes of americans so try not to take them too personally.
  12. Jun 12, 2003 #11
    What do you eat in England for breakfast? Greasy eggs, greasy bacon, greasy pork 'n beans.... Yeah... that's real brain food.

  13. Jun 12, 2003 #12
    What do you eat in america? Extra large Big Macs, extra large fries? or do you just order 1 of everything that they have? you titled this thread asking for a list of stereotypes that the rest of the world ignorantly perceives the americans to have, its only a stereotype so why get so defensive about such things?
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    Too damn prosperous (bastards).
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    i take this personally.
  16. Jun 12, 2003 #15
    heres one:

    -not enough americans are bothered about what the rest of the world thinks of em.
  17. Jun 12, 2003 #16
    Maximus, I hope you are kidding, or we can add "Lack sense of humor" to the list.

    I certainly do not believe that that description resembles you or most Californians in any way.
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    The one that baffles me the most is the idea that Americans are more self-centered than other peoples. No nation on Earth spends as much time, money and effort to help people from other countries as the U.S. Whenever a major disaster strikes another nation, America rushes in with rescue workers, food, money, medical assistance etc., and yet we are seen by the rest of the world as greedy selfish people concerned with nothing but our own personal gains. Frequently, the U.S. is accused of conducting humanitarian aid only for some selfish motive. I have often wondered; is this a case of projection? Perhaps those who make these accusations are merely revealing their own inability to comprehend the idea of doing something for someone else simply because it is the right thing to do.

    But then I have to wonder if my perceptions of what other countries think of the U.S. are based on my own inacurate steryotypes about other countries?!
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  19. Jun 12, 2003 #18
    ugh, how about...

    Seem to believe proper etiquette calls for their left hand to remain off the table and on their lap while dining formally.
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    Welp, give ya some truths about americans.

    We (most) skip breakfast. We're to busy.

    We still perform are tasks quite effectively.

    We are constantly setting records, raising the bar.

    We (very few on this one) drive better.

    I do think alot of people in america are ignorant. But I imagine that goes for all over the world.

    Oh ya, whens the last time you seen a person who could eat breakfast, comb her hair, apply make up, change clothes, and talk on the cell phone, while driving?

    Now thats multitasking.

    Oh ya, and who cut the first backflip on a dirtbike (motorcycle)?

    An american.

    And I'm not overweight, its body armor for all the crazy stuff I do because the greese in the fries at Mc donalds makes me want to do crazy things.
  21. Jun 13, 2003 #20
    heh..one argument against that is that you have the money to spend...

    your financial contribution may be the largest, but in terms of general assistance there are many, many other countrys that are equaly as helpful, if not more than america.

    Take australia for example, we have a defence force...of only a few thousand perosnal. Yet half of them are currently peace keeping in east timor. Then there is not to mention the sheer cost of us to do that compared to that of the US.

    What america does for people is damn nice, but when you look at it generaly there are allot of countrys risking and sacraficing allot more than the US is.

    and for the main part, I really don't know anything about america that hasnt come from an opiniative document - ie an over emotional reports comments. So i really have no main idears about america. I do however have a friend in texas - and from hearing storys from that part, america(texas) is waaayy different, and allot less technological as most other parts of the world.
  22. Jun 13, 2003 #21
    Americans are loud, lack social grace, are overbearing, and generally obnoxious. They are cowboys who care nothing for genteel behavior and strike out without regard for the feelings of other cultures.

    Americans are generally prosperous and imminently powerful. They possess an enourmous industrial capacity matched only by thier agricultural base. There is nothing they cannot accomplish and nowhere that is bereft of thier influence.

    See any correlation here?

    "When the 'rules' are configured for disaster, make new ones."
    -Me, just now.
  23. Jun 13, 2003 #22
    A non-too-clever American trait. You think you can't live without your mobiles...
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    Wasn't you the one starting the thread on American stereotypes? So if I compare people from where I come from with the people I see here, those stereotypes that I had turned out to be a real phenomena.

    I wonder why you are insulted since Americans DO drive huge cars, I've never seen big cars like that in Europe (how would they fit throught the streets?), they DO spent a lot of time on make-up and hair (compared with Holland), every morning I see people lining up for greassy food (where I come from we have a sandwich). It's all about percentages..

    So what would define you as being an American eNtRopY? If that answer exists..
  25. Jun 13, 2003 #24
    It is inherently anti-American to use stereotypes of any kind. People with American ideology view this as a form of prejudice, and are offended when they hear such bullsh:t. I must say, I am astonished that you spent two years living in my country, and you never bothered to learn its social etiquette.

    You can't peg an American as being any one kind of person -- that's the whole idea behind America the melting-pot. However, I will tell you this: America is the least prejudice society in the world. You are less likely to find classism or racism in America than any other country. I'm not saying it doesn't exist in America, but I am saying that such characteristics are also inherently anti-American.

    You are conclusion about your single observation is erroneous. As an experimental scientist, you should be embarrassed for being so presumptuous. So what if you saw fat people waiting outside of a Denny's for breakfast? I'm sure I could find fat people doing the same thing in your country. How would you like it if I went to the Red Light District in Amsterdam and made the gross assumption that all the men in your country are pot-heads and all the women are whores?

  26. Jun 13, 2003 #25
    That is a stereotype of dutch men, the same as a stereotype for english people is that we all talk posh and eat scones whilst drinking tea, just because its not true doesnt mean it isnt a stereotype and afterall you did ask for a list of stereotypes.
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