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“Americans are not like westerners”

September 27, 2007

Heard in class during student presentations on the United States (part of a business class).

-“Unlike westerners, Americans are very religious.”
-“Another corporation based in the region is Intel. I wasn’t able to find what they make.”

…I mean, you almost have to try to say either of these…

Another gem, from last week, in the poorly researched department :

“The capital of Oregon is Salem, which is famous for the witch trials of the late seventeenth century”

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2007 2:15 am

    who the hell gave these talks: White-European atheistic luddite?

    • September 28, 2007 3:57 am

      Students. Isn’t that all the explanation one needs?

      Oh, did I mention this one gem of we-didn’t-really-bother-with-proper-research(last week)?

      “The capital of Oregon is Salem, which is famous for witch burnings”

      • September 28, 2007 4:02 am

        (snort) that’s what the oregon trail game was about.

        When they were saying “jimmy has dysentery” what they meant was

        “i’z in ur witchez givinz ur jimmy’s dysentery.”

      • September 28, 2007 6:42 am

        Is it just me or have you lately developed an inordinate fondness for the “in ur base” meme?

        Imagine a witch trial in Salem, Oregon, in the 1600s.

        The witness could testify to being turned into newts, and they WOULDN’T EVEN HAVE GOTTEN BETTER!

      • September 28, 2007 4:41 pm

        I”m actually not that fond of meme. I like using it for insanely absurd situations to point out the true absurdity. it is a silent protest. but like all things on the internet, emotion and subtlety are some of the hardest things to convey without tags.

  2. September 28, 2007 4:05 am

    you cheated! and deleted this comment

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