I’ve barely started exploring the “strange but true” / “wry sideways look at life” / “are people really that stupid” … genre and I’ve annoyed someone already. So I guess I’m doing something right? <g>
Athene Aquinas seems to have taken offence at the Everything you ever heard about Germans and deckchairs is true post.
“Hmm, I see you like Germans…” the resident of Munich moans. They’ve obviously got the hump.
Actually no. I don’t like Germans. But nor do I dislike Germans either (go visit Spain if you want to meet people who SERIOUSLY don’t like Germans). I’m totally neutral.
The account of the idiot who tried to get rid of the spiders with a D.I.Y flame-thrower would have been equally hilarious, whatever the nationality involved. Stupidity transcends state borders. So the fact that a German was involved is totally irrelevant.
But, like it or not, you have to accept that when it comes to sun-loungers by the pool then Germans have a certain reputation. And they can hardly complain if their behaviour reinforces the prejudice.
Was I “taking the Michael” for pointing this out? A note for the linguistically challenged… If you don’t understand “taking the Michael” then go ask a friendly local Oirish-man. And assuming that he doesn’t come from there in the first place, he can probably tell you some cracking tales about how stupid the folk are in Kerry. Other people’s idiocy is a lingua franca after all.
So is this stereotyping? Only if you are so politically correct you really shouldn’t be here in the first place. Or is it, to borrow from the Strine, “ripping the piss”? Yep, you’ve got the idea. If you haven’t managed at least a little smirk or grimace then you obviously live in Germany and are suffering an acute sense of humour failure.
And as my correspondent wrote
> “Under that same logic, Americans would then be like Michael Jackson or was it Mike Tyson?”
Had they bothered to read rather than jump to conclusions, they might have got the impression that I think there are quite a few idiot Mercuns out there too. See the Cheeseburger in Caseville post for a prime example.
And if they really think we Brits can’t laugh at ourselves they’ve obviously ignored, or missed the point of, Elspeth is right
Fear not. I promise I won’t be horrid to Germans / Americans / (insert nationality to suit) in the next post. Unless you’re from Belgium. Because it is their turn next. You know that old question about “how many famous Belgians can you name”? Most people can manage two (maybe).
I’ve got another 11 to add to the list. Though whether they’ll want to be reminded about their place in the “Hall of Fame” is moot. But mockery is the best form of humour, after all.
Watch this space.