On 10/4/06, Mark Gallagher <m.g.gallagher(a)student.canberra.edu.au> wrote:
What is it about Americans, seriously? I mean,
Australians are arrogant
(well, we are): tell us we do something differently from the rest of the
world, we'll say, "Gosh, we must be weird. Still, it's probably because
we're so much cooler."
Tell an American that he does something differently from the rest of the
world, and it's a case of, "Gosh, the rest of the world is so weird."
(Of course, that Americans are cooler than the rest of the world goes
without saying; in fact, to point it out would imply the possibility
that this state of affairs could change, so it's best not to.)
It's very simple: most Americans don't really believe that the rest of
the world exists. There's a place down south of Texas where farm
labor comes from, and the fifty-first state up north of the Great
Lakes is a good place to shop, but that's it, really.