Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Across the Pond

I just happened upon this while I should have been working, shhhh!

I like to get insight from other countries on how they view America and Americans. However short sighted and ill informed their conclusions might be, they do give us a new twist on things. Like any second pair of eyes, sometimes they catch things that we might overlook due to complacency or sheer idiocy.

Then again...most of the English are just plain gay :p

the light of your failure to elect a suitable President of the USA
and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation
of your independence, effective today. Her Sovereign Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II will resume monarchial duties over all states,
commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which she does not
fancy. Your new prime minister (The Right Honourable Tony Blair, MP
for the 97.85% of you who have until now been unaware that there is a
world outside your borders) will appoint a minister for America
without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will
be disbanded.

A questionnaire will be circulated next year to determine whether any
of you noticed. To aid in the transition to a British Crown
Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary.
Then look up "aluminium". Che! ck the pronunciation guide. You will be
amazed at just howÊincorrectly you have been pronouncing it. The letter
'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'favour' and 'neighbour',
skipping the letter 'U' is nothing more than laziness on your part.
Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the
letters.

You will end your love affair with the letter 'Z' (pronounced 'zed'
not 'zee') and the suffix "ize" will be replaced by the suffix "ise".
You will learn that the suffix 'burgh is pronounced 'burra' e.g.
Edinburgh. You are welcome to respell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if
you can't cope with correct pronunciation.

Generally, you should raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. Look
up "vocabulary". Using the same twenty seven words interspersed with
filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and
inefficient form of communication. Look up "interspersed". There will
be no ! more 'bleeps' in the Jerry Springer show. If you're not old
enough to cope with bad language then you shouldn't have chat shows.
When you learn to develop your vocabulary then you won't have to use
bad language as often.

2. There is no such thing as "US English". We will let Microsoft know
on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take
account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of "-ize".

3. You should learn to distinguish the English and Australian accents.
It really isn't that hard. English accents are not limited to Cockney,
upper-class twit or Mancunian (Daphne in Frasier). You will also have
to learn how to understand regional accents - Scottish dramas such as
"Taggart" will no longer be broadcast with subtitles. While we're
talking about regions, you must learn that there is no such place as
Devonshire in England. The name of the county is "Devon". If you
persist in calling ! it Devonshire, all American States will become
"shires" e.g. Texasshire, Floridashire, Louisianashire.

4. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as
the good guys. Hollywood will be required to cast English actors to
play English characters. British sit-coms such as "Men Behaving Badly"
or "Red Dwarf" will not be re-cast and watered down for a wishy-washy
American audience who can't cope with the humour of occasional
political incorrectness.

5. You should relearn your original national anthem, "God Save The
Queen", but only after fully carrying out task 1. We would not want
you to get confused and give up half way through.

6. You should stop playing American "football". There is only one kind
of football. What you refer to as American "football" is not a very
good game. The 2.15% of you who are aware that there is a world
outside your borders may have noticed that no one else plays
"! American" football. You will no longer be allowed to play it, and
should instead play proper football. Initially, it would be best if
you played with the girls. It is a difficult game. Those of you brave
enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which is similar to
American "football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every
twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like nancies). We
are hoping to get together at least a US rugby sevens side by 2005.
You should stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an
event called the 'World Series' for a game which is not played outside
of America. Since only 2.15% of you are aware that there is a world
beyond your borders, your error is understandable. Instead of
baseball, you will be allowed to play a girls' game called "rounders"
which is baseball without fancy team strip, oversized gloves,
collector cards or hotdogs.

7. You should declare war on Quebec! and France, using nuclear weapons
if they give you any merde. The 97.85% of you who were not aware that
there is a world outside your borders should count yourselves lucky.
The Russians have never been the bad guys. "Merde" is French for
"5hit". You will no longer be allowed to own or carry guns. You will
no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous in public
than a vegetable peeler. Because we don't believe you are sensible
enough to handle potentially dangerous items, you will require a
permit if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

8. July 4th is no longer a public holiday. November 2nd will be a new
national holiday, but only in England. It will be called "Indecisive
Day".

9. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and it is for
your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what
we mean. All road intersections will be replaced with roundabouts. You
wi! ll start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same
time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit
of conversion tables. Roundabouts and metrication will help you
understand the British sense of humour.

10. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French
fries are not real chips. Fries aren't even French, they are Belgian
though 97.85% of you (including the guy who discovered fries while in
Europe) are not aware of a country called Belgium. Those things you
insist on calling potato chips are properly called "crisps". Real
chips are thick cut and fried in animal fat. The traditional
accompaniment to chips is beer which should be served warm and flat.
Waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.

11. As a sign of penance 5 grams of sea salt per cup will be added to
all tea made within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this quantity
to be doubled for tea made within the city of Boston itself.

12. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not
actually beer at all, it is lager. From November 1st only proper
British Bitter will be referred to as "beer", and European brews of
known and accepted provenance
will be referred to as "Lager". The substances formerly known as
"American Beer" will henceforth be referred to as "Near-Frozen Knat's
Urine", with the exception of the product of the American Budweiser
company whose product will be referred to as "Weak Near-Frozen Knat's
Urine". This will allow true Budweiser (as manufactured for the last
1000 years in Pilsen, Czech Republic) to be sold without risk of
confusion.

13. From December 1st the UK will harmonise petrol (or "Gasoline" as
you will be permitted to keep calling it until April 1st 2005) prices
with the former USA. The UK will harmonise its prices to those of the
former USA and the Former USA will, in return, adopt UK petrol prices
(roughly $6/US gallon - get used to it).

14. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns,
lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and
therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns
should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort
things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then
you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

15. Please tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us crazy.

Tax collectors from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly
to ensure the acquisition of all revenues due (backdated to 1776).


Thank you for your cooperation.


(Source:unknown/internet)


I hope you enjoyed the laugh. I know I did.

21 Comments:

At 6:36 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Good story!

Linked to it over at my blog:
www.noangst.blogspot.com

 
At 10:33 PM, Blogger Phlip said...

Ha Ha HA! Thanks for posting that.

Just found your blog. Good work, keep bloggin'. Interesting to hear what's going on overseas.

 
At 10:29 PM, Blogger KeithM, Indy said...

Well, at least we can look forward to lower dental bills...

 
At 3:53 AM, Blogger unknownchum said...

Great-
A British friend once seriously explained to me that it was unfair for Americans to get to elect such a powerful figure as our president without outside help...

 
At 2:38 AM, Blogger Sean from DocintheBox said...

Heh, that was good! Nice blog.

 
At 9:45 AM, Blogger affera--ab233b said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you got an interesting blog here! I'm definitely bookmarking you right now!

I have a Fantasy Knives site. It pretty much covers
Darrell Ralph related stuff.

Come and check out Darrell Ralph if you get time :-)

 
At 12:21 AM, Blogger geva--f85454 said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you got an interesting blog here! I'm definitely bookmarking you right now!

I have a Fantasy Knives site. It pretty much covers
Frank Centofante related stuff.

Come and check out Frank Centofante if you get time :-)

 
At 11:35 AM, Blogger geva--f85454 said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you got an interesting blog here! I'm definitely bookmarking you right now!

I have a Fantasy Knives site. It pretty much covers
Famous Knife related stuff.

Come and check out Famous Knife if you get time :-)

 
At 6:44 AM, Blogger geva--f85454 said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you have a pretty good blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a collectors knife Fantasy Knives. It pretty much covers
collectors knife related stuff.

Come and check out collectors knife if you get time, Nice going !

 
At 8:22 PM, Blogger geva--f85454 said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you have a pretty good blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a Chris Reeve Mnandi Fantasy Knives. It pretty much covers
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Come and check out Chris Reeve Mnandi if you get time, Nice going !

 
At 2:08 AM, Blogger geva--f85454 said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you have a pretty good blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a fantasy knife Fantasy Knives. It pretty much covers
fantasy knife related stuff.

Come and check out fantasy knife if you get time, Nice going !

 
At 1:37 AM, Blogger affera--ab233b said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you got an interesting blog here! I'm definitely bookmarking you right now!

I have a Fantasy Knives site. It pretty much covers
fantasy knife related stuff.

Come and check out fantasy knife if you get time :-)

 
At 9:06 AM, Blogger fletafloria--13f320 said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you got an interesting blog here! I'm definitely bookmarking you right now!

I have a Fantasy Knives site. It pretty much covers
custom knife related stuff.

Come and check out custom knife if you get time :-)

 
At 6:34 PM, Blogger fletafloria--13f320 said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you have a pretty good blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a Tactical Knives Fantasy Knives. It pretty much covers
Tactical Knives related stuff.

Come and check out Tactical Knives if you get time, Nice going !

 
At 1:56 AM, Blogger fletafloria--13f320 said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you have a pretty good blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a fantasy knife Fantasy Knives. It pretty much covers
fantasy knife related stuff.

Come and check out fantasy knife if you get time, Nice going !

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger geva--f85454 said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you got an interesting blog here! I'm definitely bookmarking you right now!

I have a Fantasy Knives site. It pretty much covers
fantasy knife related stuff.

Come and check out fantasy knife if you get time :-)

 
At 7:15 AM, Blogger sura--e2230b said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you have a pretty good blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a SILENT OPS BAYONET Fantasy Knives. It pretty much covers
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Come and check out SILENT OPS BAYONET if you get time, Nice going !

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger sura--e2230b said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you got an interesting blog here! I'm definitely bookmarking you right now!

I have a Fantasy Knives site. It pretty much covers
Custom Art Knives related stuff.

Come and check out Custom Art Knives if you get time :-)

 
At 3:42 PM, Blogger geva--f85454 said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you have a pretty good blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a Custom Art Knives Fantasy Knives. It pretty much covers
Custom Art Knives related stuff.

Come and check out Custom Art Knives if you get time, Nice going !

 
At 6:29 AM, Blogger geva--f85454 said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you have a pretty good blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a Darrell Ralph Fantasy Knives. It pretty much covers
Darrell Ralph related stuff.

Come and check out Darrell Ralph if you get time, Nice going !

 
At 11:20 PM, Blogger geva--f85454 said...

Across the Pond

Hey X, you got an interesting blog here! I'm definitely bookmarking you right now!

I have a Fantasy Knives site. It pretty much covers
Frank Centofante related stuff.

Come and check out Frank Centofante if you get time :-)

 

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