why Europe doesn't suck(part 1)

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    Originally posted by Shiro
    And I'm quite sure that many Americans know pizza.
    As most people, I consider pizza an Italian dish. However, it seems to have been invented in the Middle East.
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    - hotdog

    Wow, you must be proud.


    - fast food

    One tradition I wish you Americans had kept to yourselves.


    - cola

    Bye bye teeth.


    - blues

    Well we invented greens and yellows :P


    - Hollywood

    riight

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    Yep, and in the Netherlands and Belgium we have things we call 'patat', 'kroket' and 'frikadel'. Don't know what it's in English.

    patat = pommes frites
    kroket = croquet (McCroquet)
    frikadel = ?

    So, then only the WORD fastfood is American?

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    >One tradition I wish you Americans had kept to yourselves.

    :-)

    Well, it seems European have invented it themselves, but the American gave it an overall name.
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    Originally posted by Shiro
    Isn't fastfood just the same as snacks? In that case, in Europe the fastfood tradition is older than the American. If pizza and kebab are fastfood, that's for sure.

    Are there Italian around on this boards? I think they don't like it us speaking about pizza's as fastfood, especially if they're from Naples.
    food as fast food is an American idea i think,
    the drive-in idea, and the big fast food chains like mcdonalds etc

    pizzas are obviously Italian in origin, but i don't like the traditional Italian pizza, much prefer the "americanised" version ie pizza king type. and pizza as fast food started in the US i believe.

    kebabs that we buy in the UK as fast food are not much like the traditional greek/turkish shish kebab type.

    no i think you have to give the US fastfood credit!!!!!!!
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    >food as fast food is an American idea i think,
    >the drive-in idea, and the big fast food chains like mcdonalds etc

    I agree.

    >no i think you have to give the US fastfood credit!!!!!!!

    Fastfood is nothing but non-American food being Americanized, except from a few things like cola. In that case, I'll give them some credit. Well, I'll give them all credit. They can have their fastfood.

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    well ilike fast food anyway !!

    shiro - what does that line in Dutch say (your sig) ???

    hey,
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    how can you slag Hollywood off ???
    we'd have bugger all films to watch without them !!!
    ( you'd have to watch crappy French films about nothing in particular with no particular beginning middle or ending, or discernable plot line at all..........and in subtitles !!!!)
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    >well ilike fast food anyway !!

    Well, actually I also like it. Especially pizza.

    >what does that line in Dutch say (your sig) ???

    Well, it is Frisian. A language spoken in the northern part of the Netherlands. The other Dutch don't understand it, it also has characters that Dutch doesn't have.

    Frisian: De tiid hâldt gjin skoft.
    Dutch: De tijd neemt geen pauze.
    English: Time doesn't take a break.

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    >>>Is there really any American tradition that is not copied from Europe?

    Nope. Europe wins. Now shut up.
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    Originally posted by Shiro
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    >what does that line in Dutch say (your sig) ???

    Well, it is Frisian. A language spoken in the northern part of the Netherlands. The other Dutch don't understand it, it also has characters that Dutch doesn't have.

    Frisian: De tiid hâldt gjin skoft.
    Dutch: De tijd neemt geen pauze.
    English: Time doesn't take a break.
    ah, forgive my ignorance...........
    Frisian: De tiid hâldt gjin skoft. -> does that literally translate as,
    the time halts for nothing/nobody ???

    i'd also be interested if you'd further enlighten me.....
    why do we english call The Netherlands, Holland ??
    is it true that its a bit offensive to do so ??

    do you know where our saying "talking double dutch " comes from ?????
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    >ah, forgive my ignorance...........

    Frisian is a small language, just spoken by a few thousand people in Friesland, a province in the Netherlands. It is also spoken, with a few differences, Ost-Friesland, a part of Niedersachsen in northern Germany.

    The Frisians have their own culture, language, 'national' song, and capital. Most Frisians don't really feel Dutch, but that counts for more Dutchmen. In the north, east and south there are some anti-West feelings. People from the area Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague are called the 'Westerlingen' and they're not very popular in the other parts.

    >why do we english call The Netherlands, Holland ??

    Also in the Netherlands there are people saying Holland. Especially in the western part. Two of the western provinces are called Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland. These provinces are most known by tourists since they contain Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague. I don't know why most foreigners call it Holland.

    >is it true that its a bit offensive to do so ??

    Well, some people not living in the provinces Noord-Holland or Zuid-Holland feel being excluded when foreigners talk about Holland.

    >do you know where our saying "talking double dutch " comes
    >from ?????

    Well, I don't know that saying.

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    >>Nope. Europe wins. Now shut up.<<

    No lets dwell on this. Lets talk about with how much Europe wins

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    thanks Shiro, i am a little wiser today than yesterday, which is always good.........


    yes we say, "its double dutch to me", if you are reading something you can't understand etc.......

    its not offensive, but indicates its a foreign language to you i guess. its an odd saying though (double ??) so i just wondered..........
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    I would say something along the lines of the right to bear arms, but it seems that much of europe doesn't have that anymore; what's the rationale behind that about anyway?


    Yay for Charlton Heston!
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    >the drive-in idea,

    I think they got the drive-THRU bit from Aust. As opposed to the stop and eat in the car style of the '50s.
    We have a saying in the outback "A man is not a camel." Which translates to "Get me a beer quickly."

    Hence the need for the drive thru liquor store. So you can get drunk and drive all without getting out of the car (if your realy drunk standing can be difficult, hence stay seated). Been around here for over 40 years.

    We are now starting to see the drive thru bottle shop / petrol station emerge. And the police response is of course the 'booze bus'.

    (had a lot of fun with a cop in Nevada doing drunk driving tests about 10 years ago. All 6 of us were out of the car having a go (drunk Aussies on holiday). Passed even though they knew we were drunk so they emptied all the beer out and let us go)
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    Originally posted by Scourfish
    I would say something along the lines of the right to bear arms, but it seems that much of europe doesn't have that anymore; what's the rationale behind that about anyway?


    Yay for Charlton Heston!
    i thought that was a plus for europe, not having armed criminals !!!
    in the UK we don't even have an armed police force !! i bet its just about the only country in the world.
    probably a good job, cos they tend to shoot the wrong guys anyway !!

    re DUI tests, why don't US cops use Breathaliser machines like sensible people do, not all this touch your nose whilsty standing on one leg, with your arms out, and your eyes closed.....
    i can't even do it when i'm sober !!!
    Steve

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