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FRED
02-12-07, 10:50 PM
Contest!

This is a series of videos created by a some Australians and Canadians trying to make the point that Americans are the most stupid people on earth. Are they right or are they just good at interviewing stupid people that happen to be in the USA?

Stupid Americans: Part I

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Stupid Americans: Part II

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Stupid Americans: Part III

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Stupid Americans: Part IV

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Stupid Americans: Part V

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Are Americans the Most Stupid? Contest: Interview five (5) people on video not in the USA and send each video as an uploaded YouTube video link to:

stupid@itulip.com (info@itulip.com)

(Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GqrOY6x2eU)

Submissions accepted until midnight, Feb. 28, 2007. Best set of five videos will be judged the first week of March and the winner announced here March 1, 2007.

Set of videos selected as "best" by our judges receives gold British Sovereign (http://www.golddealer.com/pictures/big/ausovbu.jpg) http://www.itulip.com/images/gold_sovereign.jpg

And a fake autographed picture of Alan Greenspan http://www.itulip.com/images/AGlove.jpg

(Extra points for Australian and Canadian stupid people videos.)

FRED
02-13-07, 01:12 AM
Contest is posted only an hour and we've already received our first insulting note:

I don't think you realize the degree to which you (even the contrarians) provide entertainment to the rest of the world.

As a leeetle taste, here's Felix Salmon recently of Roubini & Setser fame introducing his new site:

"Specifically, I'd like to get the tone right. Was there too much snark, or not enough, at Economonitor? "

http://www.felixsalmon.com/2007_02.html

Every little thing is mannered to the max. Every nuance is unashamedly tweaked to one's audience of peons.

And we laugh laugh laugh. Never lose the guns. Or you will lose the last thing that makes others take notice.

Ka-Poom theory or Kapow theory. Hee hee. We laugh at your instinctive need to slacken your jaw and drool in order to get noticed. A nation of kneejerk dimwits even when a neuron is known to fire on occasion. Keep it up itulip.

It's all for domestic consumption, of course. But the world reads for the laughs.

Signed,

Asebius Of_Toronto
Well? Are we gonna take this on the chin or are we going to do something about it?

Crank up the video cameras, guys. Time to go huntin' some slack jawed Canadians!

Christoph von Gamm
02-13-07, 08:22 AM
In terms of stupid Europeans I have the ultimate answer:

When Americans mean "Edelweiss", they know the Sound of Music:

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If Europeans, especially Germans, Austrians, Swiss talk about Edelweiss, they mean that one:

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Not more to comment.

Tet
02-13-07, 09:34 AM
Contest is posted only an hour and we've already received our first insulting note:
I don't think you realize the degree to which you (even the contrarians) provide entertainment to the rest of the world.


Signed,

Asebius Of_Toronto


To take this point from who is stupid and who is not and turn this into something to do with money, there are two places in the world that are nothing but low lifes, bloodsuckers, con artists, priates and scammers. Anything coming from either Toronto or Salt Lake City is nothing but a con, most of them very laughable if it wasn't for the fact that widows and orphans are who these scammers prey on. Bre-X from Toronto is a classic example and anything to do with this latest Tar Sand Scam is another. 90% of the penny stock e-mails you receive originate out of Salt Lake. Best not to enter into conversation with people from Salt Lake or Toronto, just hang-up and that will prove who is smart and who is not. Peace.

FRED
02-13-07, 09:40 AM
To take this point from who is stupid and who is not and turn this into something to do with money, there are two places in the world that are nothing but low lifes, bloodsuckers, con artists, priates and scammers. Anything coming from either Toronto or Salt Lake City is nothing but a con, most of them very laughable if it wasn't for the fact that widows and orphans are who these scammers prey on. Bre-X from Toronto is a classic example and anything to do with this latest Tar Sand Scam is another. 90% of the penny stock e-mails you receive originate out of Salt Lake. Best not to enter into conversation with people from Salt Lake or Toronto, just hang-up and that will prove who is smart and who is not. Peace.
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Yes, but do you have any video of them like Christoph von Gamm's Edelweiss video? That is inspired!

WDCRob
02-13-07, 10:12 AM
I suspect your contest will fizzle Eric. The schtick only works because Americans are relatively wealthy and would-be hegemonists.

i.e. there's no incentive for someone to to stick a mic in the face of lower-middle class Europeans and try to make them look stupid. Who cares what they know/think?

FRED
02-13-07, 10:46 AM
I suspect your contest will fizzle Eric. The schtick only works because Americans are relatively wealthy and would-be hegemonists.

i.e. there's no incentive for someone to to stick a mic in the face of lower-middle class Europeans and try to make them look stupid. Who cares what they know/think?

WDCRob's to-do list:
- Pay bills
- Send birthday card to niece
- Get tires rotated
- Get sense of humor

qwerty
02-13-07, 12:00 PM
by a some Brits and Canadians

The MC's are all Australian. Where are the Brits and Canadians Eric?
<em>[Hah! It would be just too funny if you thought these blokes had English accents. Their point entirely QED! ROFLOL]</em>

No video, but you might like to monitor this page on a fortnightly basis

http://private-eye.co.uk/sections.php?section_link=dumb_britain&

"Dumb Britain"

The British references might be impenetrable, but try this one:

Presenter: Cambridge, Atkins and Cabbage Soup are all types of what?
Contestant: Universities?

Jim Nickerson
02-13-07, 01:29 PM
Everybody is ignorant about something. Sometimes it's funny; sometimes it's not. We should all be careful at whom we laugh.

FRED
02-13-07, 03:50 PM
The MC's are all Australian. Where are the Brits and Canadians Eric?
[Hah! It would be just too funny if you thought these blokes had English accents. Their point entirely QED! ROFLOL]

No video, but you might like to monitor this page on a fortnightly basis

http://private-eye.co.uk/sections.php?section_link=dumb_britain&

"Dumb Britain"

The British references might be impenetrable, but try this one:

Presenter: Cambridge, Atkins and Cabbage Soup are all types of what?
Contestant: Universities?

Why... I have no idea what you're talking about! ;)

qwerty
02-13-07, 06:18 PM
Everybody is ignorant about something. Sometimes it's funny; sometimes it's not. We should all be careful at whom we laugh.

You are right Jim.

I only posted the British link because I am, myself, a Brit.

But mostly the people in the videos are not stupid, just uninformed about the world outside the US. And the juxtaposition of this with being the world super-power gives a hysterical element to foreigners' laughter.

ratfink
02-13-07, 08:44 PM
Fred,


Sorry, I don't get it.

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<!----> <!--[endif]--> Unless you believe that the interviewees were paid infomercial shills or Colbert level satirists (puh leeze. You'd sooner convince me you've all just moved your assets to those BBB- tranches) I find it hard to follow your "wounded pride" act. These videos are about as funny as "The Great Dictator" or "Dr. Strangelove", and portend the same tragic somnambulism. Being spoofed that someone just met the PM of Australia may be silly (after all, the guy's got a camera crew with him), but I don't think for one second that anyone seeing these folks ready to turn the Mideast into a "glass bowl" has anything to laugh about. The subtext is an explanation of the otherwise incredible "dissonance" between what Americans say they are doing and what everyone knows they are doing.

Yes, Jim, all people [I]are ignorant about some things, but those aren't always life and death issues, or issues that amount to support of genocide by people who seem to choose leaders with the will and means to accomplish it. Knowing where Iraq is, how many countries "we" "should" invade, or what Nagasaki and Hiroshima have in common isn't on a level with Trivial Pursuit questions. The folks here aren’t putting you on with their ignorance, and anybody in the States who spends twenty minutes a week outside of their limo doesn’t doubt the deadly reality of their earnestness, nor that they have counterparts at the highest levels of power who seem to act out their wildest and most ignorant fantasies. Perhaps the Ozzies can laugh because the idea of the “worldly unwise” hits them close to home, (without the nukes), but do you really think the crack about sending another 20K troops to Iraq got a lot of laughs there? The “Edelweiss” characters are fully self-conscious in their parody; I guarantee you Christoph wouldn’t have such a rollicking time digging up a man-on-the-street interview with a yahoo to agree to name a Middle East war “The Final Solution”.

EJ
02-13-07, 10:12 PM
To me the whole point of the Canadian video was the punch line: Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee saying, "Congratulations, Canada, on preserving your national igloo."

Thanks for the video, Chris. I have to watch that again...

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DemonD
02-14-07, 03:45 AM
In my almost 30 years of life on this planet, I have come to realize that there are a lot of really stupid people everywhere, rich, poor, all races, all languages, all countries... there's just a lot of people that are stupid.

WDCRob
02-14-07, 10:44 AM
That was my point too Demon. And the only ones having a mic shoved in their face today are the stupid Americans.

How do you reckon a Liverpool dock worker would have done on a world affairs pop-quiz c. 1880? Anyone think a French peasant would have nailed it while Napoleon was raping Europe?

Same shit, different century. People are the same in all places and in all times.

Spartacus
02-14-07, 03:11 PM
funny you should mention that.

last time I was in Helsinki the only TV show I could understand was all about making Brits look stupid.

Apparentlly (I've never seen it) there's also British shows about "white Eurotrash" with the reverse aim.


I suspect your contest will fizzle Eric. The schtick only works because Americans are relatively wealthy and would-be hegemonists.

i.e. there's no incentive for someone to to stick a mic in the face of lower-middle class Europeans and try to make them look stupid. Who cares what they know/think?

Christoph von Gamm
02-15-07, 01:12 AM
EJ I see I hit your musical taste button. That is another one...

The best scene is at 2:58 where the asteroids are marked with a "for sale" sign... Spacial Real estate Frenzy?

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Finster
02-15-07, 11:57 AM
This is a series of videos created by a some Australians and Canadians trying to make the point that Americans are the most stupid people on earth. Are they right or are they just good at interviewing stupid people that happen to be in the USA?

Not even sure they're particularly good at it. It's easy. All you need to do is go out with a mic and camera and ask lots of people lots of questions. Then throw out the right answers.

NCR85
05-28-12, 06:01 AM
Isn't the % of college degree holders still much higher in the US than in most other western nations?

Colleges/universities also score consistently higher on international rankings than those in any other country.

jk
05-28-12, 10:08 AM
Isn't the % of college degree holders still much higher in the US than in most other western nations?

Colleges/universities also score consistently higher on international rankings than those in any other country.
yet the data also shows that u.s. college students are learning progressively less, and studying progressively less, while in college. then there's the testing data for younger children, showing poor performance in the u.s.

reggie
05-30-12, 06:54 PM
Define "stupid"