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Title: Talking to Americans
Post by: gammer on December 15, 2006, 11:14:31 AM
Talking To Americans (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0282195/)

(http://home.comcast.net/~wwwstephen/americans/rushmore.jpg)

Some of the Canadians might remember this show. It was a special that Comedian Rick Mercer aired on CBC back in 2001.

In this show, comedian Rick Mercer pokes fun at the great Canadian irritation that while Canadians know so much about the United States, Americans on the other hand, know next to nothing about Canada. In response, Rick Mercer conducts interviews in which he asks Americans, ranging from ordinary citizens to politicians, their opinion about patently ridiculous statements about Canada and records their unquestioningly ignorant responses.

So if you can take a joke, I recommend watching it.
Obviously people react "differently" when a Canadian walks up to you and shoves a mic in your face. And I bet if it was reversed, Canadians would look bad too. But none the less...its pretty funny.

To stream:
-Copy the URL, open Windows Media Player, File, Open URL, paste in URL and OK.

To Download:
-Right click on URL and "Save As"

Its 45 mins long and 100 MB in size.

http://www.rifftraxfan.com/videoz/Talking_To_Americans.wmv

Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: davo on December 15, 2006, 11:30:18 AM
i think it's really funny!  living in metro Detroit (15 min away from the border),and knowing some canadians and canadian culture helps
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: gammer on December 15, 2006, 01:43:00 PM
i think it's really funny!  living in metro Detroit (15 min away from the border),and knowing some canadians and canadian culture helps

Yeah, there are a few jokes in there that most people, even Canadians, wont get. Unless they are up on past Canadian politics.

It gets good near the end when he talks to Louie Anderson, Geroge W. Bush, Al Gore, David Hasselhoff and Satan himself: Jerry Springer ;)
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: PJD on December 15, 2006, 04:08:49 PM
My college roomate was Canadian and we would always make fun of his 'took' (hat) and love of hockey and just give him shit in general.
One day he flipped out and blew up on us and he ended his rant with
 "...and another thing, Our bacon is no differnt than your bacon! That stuff you call Canadian Bacon is ham!!!" *walks out and slams door
God I miss that guy. He was a hoot.
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: gammer on December 18, 2006, 10:10:20 AM
Toque's rock!

(http://images.dawgsports.com/images/admin/Bob_and_Doug_McKenzie.jpg)
Thanks Bob and Doug for stereo-typing Canada  :P

I wear one all the time! 'cept in the summer ;)
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: davo on December 18, 2006, 06:57:27 PM
i think it's really funny!  living in metro Detroit (15 min away from the border),and knowing some canadians and canadian culture helps

Yeah, there are a few jokes in there that most people, even Canadians, wont get. Unless they are up on past Canadian politics.

It gets good near the end when he talks to Louie Anderson, Geroge W. Bush, Al Gore, David Hasselhoff and Satan himself: Jerry Springer ;)

a buddy of min went the university in london, ont. so he filled me in on the political jokes i didn't get.
i love watching this hour has 22 minutes with him because it suddenly becomes funnier :)
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: AmandaGal on December 18, 2006, 10:15:58 PM
How embarrassing for Arkansas.  The governor could have at least pretended he was joking about the national igloo.

I think some of it is just because people tend to look stupid whenever someone sticks a mic in their face and asks them something they're not prepared for.  Being put on the spot makes you dumb.  Heck I might even congratulate Canada for the national igloo.
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: Sharktopus on December 19, 2006, 12:27:20 AM
This has been mentioned in some other thread, but it bears repeating: Americans are just as uninformed about the US as they are about Canada. Leno does this at least once a week on the Tonight Show. It's meant to be funny, but it's just plain sad.
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: gammer on December 19, 2006, 09:45:16 AM
Trust me, there are lots of Canadians who don't know very much about Canada.
I remember our local newspaper printed some of the questions that is asked of people who apply for Canadian citizenship. I think I only got 3/4's of them correct. And there were lots of us who didn't even get half of them correct.
Yes, it truly is sad  :-[
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: Tyrant on December 19, 2006, 10:33:49 AM

  Well, in defense of America, I tend to think that most of us are under such enormous social stresses involving work, kids, finances, ect. that we don't tend to find time to educate ourselves much about other countries. We're too busy trying to keep up with all stuff going on here, as it is.

   I suspect much the same occurs in Canada.
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: Teaflax on December 19, 2006, 08:41:26 PM
Well, in defense of America, I tend to think that most of us are under such enormous social stresses involving work, kids, finances, ect. that we don't tend to find time to educate ourselves much about other countries. We're too busy trying to keep up with all stuff going on here, as it is.

   I suspect much the same occurs in Canada.

And what about the rest of the world? Is this a uniquely North American phenomenon?

Honestly, it's just basic common knowledge to be able to for instance know there's a difference between Sweden and Switzerland, to mention one odd blank spot I've kept running across because of my heritage.

Actual conversation from my old job after a SwissAir flight had crashed the day before:

A: Hey, did you know anyone on that plane?

B: (joins in, interested and concerned) Yeah, I heard about that.

Me: No, that was a Swissair flight, from Switzerland. I'm from Sweden.

A: (nonplussed) Oh.

B: (loses interest) Okay.

A & B wander off.

The worst part is not that they didnt know; I mean, we all have gaps in our knowledge base. The worst part was that they didn't care and really weren't particularly embarrassed by their error.

I suspect it has more to do with other things than stresses that are shared by the inhabitants of every other Western nation, part of it being the fact that the US is practically its own continent, with most parts of the nation being quite far removed from...well, everywhere else.

Another part is the ingrained belief in the innate superiority of the US itself. I've never lived in any nation where patriotism is that inculcated in people from day one - it's something that I have mixed feelings about as a whole, but it definitely makes it easier to ignore the rest of the world.

And last but not least, the focus of news in the US is almost always local with precious little attention being paid to anything else - even other parts of the USA. Now, this may be a case of giving people what they want, but it certainly doesn't make it particularly easy for anyone who might potentially be interested in what's going on in Europe, Asia or even in Hawaii.
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: Pak-Man on December 19, 2006, 09:47:46 PM
I guess when you have states the size of 3 European countries, it feels like there's so much to keep up with that the rest of the world just isn't our problem. Can't speak for the rest of North America, but there is something in the U.S. mindset that tells us all, "If it doesn't affect the U.S., shove it into a dark corner of your mind and move on!" Oh sure, when TRAGEDY strikes, we're all over that up here, but the day to day concerns of other countries has such a small impact on our lives as citizens of the U.S., we just don't feel the need to keep up, I guess. Maybe it's because we don't do a lot of international traveling, nor do we plan to very often. (It's expensive business flying to another continent.) I guess when you have an ocean on either side, the rest of the world feels very far away. :^)
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 19, 2006, 10:35:58 PM
I generally feel that local news is much more important that international news.  You should be concerened with what is happening around you so you can change it.

But if we as a country are going to take it upon ourself to be the "world police" then it should also be our responsibility as citizens to know about other countries so we know what the heck we are policing.  I, however, don't agree with this whole 'world police' stance, and therefor don't really pay attention to the news in other countries.  Though I also don't pretend to know more than I do.
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: Sharktopus on December 20, 2006, 12:42:42 AM
Well, in defense of America, I tend to think that most of us are under such enormous social stresses involving work, kids, finances, ect. that we don't tend to find time to educate ourselves much about other countries. We're too busy trying to keep up with all stuff going on here, as it is.

   I suspect much the same occurs in Canada.

And what about the rest of the world? Is this a uniquely North American phenomenon?

Honestly, it's just basic common knowledge to be able to for instance know there's a difference between Sweden and Switzerland, to mention one odd blank spot I've kept running across because of my heritage.

Actual conversation from my old job after a SwissAir flight had crashed the day before:

A: Hey, did you know anyone on that plane?

B: (joins in, interested and concerned) Yeah, I heard about that.

Me: No, that was a Swissair flight, from Switzerland. I'm from Sweden.

A: (nonplussed) Oh.

B: (loses interest) Okay.

A & B wander off.

The worst part is not that they didnt know; I mean, we all have gaps in our knowledge base. The worst part was that they didn't care and really weren't particularly embarrassed by their error.

I suspect it has more to do with other things than stresses that are shared by the inhabitants of every other Western nation, part of it being the fact that the US is practically its own continent, with most parts of the nation being quite far removed from...well, everywhere else.

Another part is the ingrained belief in the innate superiority of the US itself. I've never lived in any nation where patriotism is that inculcated in people from day one - it's something that I have mixed feelings about as a whole, but it definitely makes it easier to ignore the rest of the world.

And last but not least, the focus of news in the US is almost always local with precious little attention being paid to anything else - even other parts of the USA. Now, this may be a case of giving people what they want, but it certainly doesn't make it particularly easy for anyone who might potentially be interested in what's going on in Europe, Asia or even in Hawaii.

Sweden is the one near Wisconsin, right?  ;D
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: Nunyerbiz on December 22, 2006, 12:36:39 PM
i think it's really funny!  living in metro Detroit (15 min away from the border),and knowing some canadians and canadian culture helps


I also live in metro Detroit (probably 30 mins from Windsor border, 45 mins from Sarnia border). I do know the most important thing there is for americans to know about Canada... the legal drinking age is 19!  I made very good use of that info many, many moons ago when I actually turned 19.
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: gammer on December 24, 2006, 12:58:46 PM
i think it's really funny!  living in metro Detroit (15 min away from the border),and knowing some canadians and canadian culture helps


I also live in metro Detroit (probably 30 mins from Windsor border, 45 mins from Sarnia border). I do know the most important thing there is for americans to know about Canada... the legal drinking age is 19!  I made very good use of that info many, many moons ago when I actually turned 19.

The small town I live in, in Ontario is about 40 mins from Fort Drum/Watertown, NY.
So we get lots of 19 year old Americans visiting our fine drinking establishments on Friday/Saturday nights.
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: Sharktopus on December 25, 2006, 02:48:54 AM
i think it's really funny!  living in metro Detroit (15 min away from the border),and knowing some canadians and canadian culture helps


I also live in metro Detroit (probably 30 mins from Windsor border, 45 mins from Sarnia border). I do know the most important thing there is for americans to know about Canada... the legal drinking age is 19!  I made very good use of that info many, many moons ago when I actually turned 19.

The small town I live in, in Ontario is about 40 mins from Fort Drum/Watertown, NY.
So we get lots of 19 year old Americans visiting our fine drinking establishments on Friday/Saturday nights.

Doesn't it just warm your heart to see American youth so keen on visiting Canada?  ;)
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: ScottotD on December 26, 2006, 09:22:19 PM
Australian Style:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q566ys0sqVQ


Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on January 04, 2007, 03:05:11 PM
Australian Style:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q566ys0sqVQ


Ha!!

I love the one about the Moon landing having been "reincarnated" in Arizona somewhere...

 :D
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: ScottotD on January 05, 2007, 11:50:11 PM
The Chaser guys are really great.
Title: Re: Talking to Americans
Post by: davo on January 29, 2007, 08:31:06 PM
i think it's really funny!  living in metro Detroit (15 min away from the border),and knowing some canadians and canadian culture helps


I also live in metro Detroit (probably 30 mins from Windsor border, 45 mins from Sarnia border). I do know the most important thing there is for americans to know about Canada... the legal drinking age is 19!  I made very good use of that info many, many moons ago when I actually turned 19.

The small town I live in, in Ontario is about 40 mins from Fort Drum/Watertown, NY.
So we get lots of 19 year old Americans visiting our fine drinking establishments on Friday/Saturday nights.

Doesn't it just warm your heart to see American youth so keen on visiting Canada?  ;)

yeah! it's nice to see kids drinking in the culture... groan  ;D