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Posted on 05/20/2006 6:46:39 AM PDT by martin_fierro
French are rudest, most boring people on earth: British poll
Sat May 20, 3:17 AM ET
LONDON (AFP) - The French have been voted the world's most unfriendly nation by a landslide in a new British poll published. They were also voted the most boring and most ungenerous.
A decisive 46 percent of the 6,000 people surveyed by travellers' website Where Are You Now (WAYN) said the French were the most unfriendly nation people on the planet, British newspapers reported.
The Germans have no to reason to celebrate the damning verdict. They came second on all three counts.
WAYN's French founder, Jerome Touze, told the papers he had been stunned by the thumping condemnation of his compatriots and sought to blame it on Gallic love-struck sulking.
"I had no idea that the French would emerge as such an unfriendly country," he said.
"I think our romantic 'moodiness' is misunderstood and I will be sure to pass on the message to my family and friends back in France to be a bit more cheerful to tourists in the future."
Italy was voted the world's most cultured nation with the best cuisine, while the United States was named the most unstylish with the worst food.
The British did not feature in the top 10 of any of the categories.
"The British fit in nowhere -- good or bad. It appears that we are so completely average that the voters did not include us in any category," the tabloid Daily Express commented.
"And to our shame, four percent of respondents -- all British of course -- said they would only talk to other Britons when they are abroad."
This unwillingness to talk to the locals appears to go hand in hand with respondents' perceptions of foreigners.
While most said Spain was the foreign country where they would most like to live, they said the Spaniards were nearly as unfriendly and ungenerous as the French.
To add insult to injury, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph put the boot in on Saturday by saying in an editorial that the French stank.
"The French may like to think that Chanel No 5 is their scent but we all know that garlic and stale Gitanes are much more representative."
But avoid the mushy peas, that is a crime against vegetables.
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Now just wait a doggone minute...!
But the worst food??? And this from the Brits--of all people???
My mother was of English origins--well it was a few centuries back, but she was English through and through. She was proud of it. She looked like it, and she cooked like it. She was the worst co...! Believe me, I know what I'm talking about. I've spent lots of time in England--and the rest of Europe too.
American food is the third worst in the world. English is second worst. And the absolutely worst food in the world has gotta be Irish cuisine. (Sorry 'bout that all you Erinophiles. Ireland's got lots of things to brag about, but food ain't one of 'em.)
No, I take it back. American food is the fourth worst. German is in third place. (Sorry, Germany. I love ya', but--well, you of all peoples like to tell it like it is. Nicht wahr???.)
This is news?
The females don't bother to shave and very few need a brassiere, but strut anyway like little boys in uniform.
I agree. I spent 6 months in Antwerpen Belgium and worked with a wide variety of Europeans. And even France's neighbors disliked their French brethren.
Neither are French.
Glad I save Grandpa Boogers sustenders, I always knew they come back to style.
And HEY! yep still have Aint Prissy's skirts too!
Finally, I followed my wife's suggestion and went to one of those places that advertise "Thirty Lovely Hostesses."
A very likeable young woman approached me. Her name was Pasquale.
I said, "All I want to do is practice speaking French."
She said, "As long as you buy drinks for me, I'll sit here and talk with you."
It worked out great. I spent a reasonable amount on drinks. We were drinking "champaigne".
"This is not champagne," I said to her, in French. (It was cheap wine.)
She laughed. "This is what they call "champagne," she said, "Actually, I'm drinking water. You are drinking "champagne."
We talked for a long time, in French.
She told me how the place worked. "They know exactly how much you are drinking and how long we have been sitting here," she said in French.
A "friend" of hers joined us to have a glass of "champagne." "She's also drinking water," Pasquale whispered to me. After drink or two, the friend left.
"What if I wanted to sleep with you?" I asked Pasquale.
"Well, you have to buy two bottles of "champagne," she said en francais. "Then I am free to go. Then you must pay me."
By now we were saying tu to each other.
"Do you like to do that?" I asked.
"No," she said. "I am afraid of getting AIDS."
"Me too," I said. "That's a good reason not to do that sort of thing--among other good reasons."
We talked for a while in French. Then I thanked her. I didn't have to explain that I had no intention of sleeping with anyone other than my wife. I kissed her gently on the cheek, said, "Au revoire," and left.
The price of the drinks was well worth the French lesson.
I think a nation that gobbles down bake beans on toast is quite beyond hope in the culinary department.
Sorry Savage Beast, you obviously missed the Scotts on your list. How else could you explain:
Haggis is perhaps the best known Scottish delicacy, and it is wonderful stuff, with a rich flavour, although those partaking for the first time are often put off when they hear what it is made of... Robert Burns said in his Address to the Haggis:
Fair fa' yer honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o' the pudden race!
Haggis is made from sheep's offal (or pluck). The windpipe, lungs, heart and liver of the sheep are boiled and then minced. This is mixed with beef suet and lightly toasted oatmeal. This mixture is placed inside the sheep's stomach, which is sewn closed. The resulting haggis is traditionally cooked by further boiling (for up to three hours) although the part-cooked haggis can be cooked in the oven which prevents the risk of bursting and spoiling.
Perhaps the best known maker of haggis is the Edinburgh company of Charles MacSween & Son (now relocated to out of the city). Their haggis is widely available in the U.K. and they will happily ship it overseas, although note that the strict agriculture regulations preclude importing haggis into the U.S.
MacSweens also make a vegetarian "haggis", which is actually quite tasty, even though the only ingredient it has in common with the real thing is the oatmeal! For more information on haggis:
Let's also place it above those people who eat lamb's eyes. Yuck!
Another thing I could never bring myself to try is brains. I actually bought some one time when I was a teenager. (I've always been adventurous.) But I just couldn't do it. I just threw the whole thing out.
Then there are "mountain oysters." No thanks. And kidney; there's still residual urine in those collecting ducts etc.
Yes it would appear the entire English Isles is a food wasteland. England, Scotland, Ireland, the trifecta of bad food. Although Pub food isn't half bad with a nice luke warm pint. Are they finally serving brew cold these days?
Beer (well,real ale at least) was never meant to be served cold!
Don't know what you all have against British food. If you've got the money we have the best restaurants on the planet....
If you aint got the money we have McDonald's. (Thanks America!).
You should all try the classic English dish 'Black Pudding' with your breakfast. I love it!
"The French also have the worst b.o."
I only know one French guy, and he wears the same outfit for about 4 days in a row, then switches and repeats. Yes, he stinks after day 1.
Just remember, never get a hamburger in Britain. That's it! American food is bad the way it's made in Britain.
Date of birth (location):
17 November 1966 [sighs]
Pissy, this thread isn't about you - why'd you post your picture here? :P
I think we should ship all the libs off to France. After all, misery loves company. They would all feel right at home!
I'm amazed too. Euroeans labor under the delusion that American food is peanut butter and hamburgers. Now, I'm Indian, from the South. And I love the prepackaged N. Indian fare I pick up at the supermarket on occasion. You can buy absolutely everything you want here. If I want S. Indian fare, I make it my blessed self. And if you can't find it, such as mozzarella, for instance, you have only yourself to blame. In this altar to capitalism, Italian immigrants should have built caseifici to make their cheeses. God knows buffalo milk is available. Hell, we can buy lion and bison steaks in this country. So, I have no patience with whiny Europeans complaining about the food. Don't like it, correct your inadequacy.
About the clothing, I can explain that, too. Electric power is inexpensive in the US. So we can do multiple clothing changes a day. Europeans always marvel at my elegance. I dress fabulously for work and then get in my 'uniform' in the evening - a tank top and jeans. I go to the supermarket and my local Home Depot dressed like that If anybody invites me out anywhere, I switch to a dressier top, stick my feet in heels, grab a long, wide scarf (to prepare for the refrigeration that passes for air-conditioning here deriving from cheap electric power) and go. Those Eurodopes go everywhere in the clothes they had on in the morning. And they're nice clothes. They buy 3 shirts/blouses/tops, 2 skirts/pants and wear the exact same thing, day after day, for the entire season. So, yes, they're 'fashionable'. But their choices as dictated by the price of power. In the winter, they visit others in their building wrapped in shawls - probably consider that elegant too.
Today, I read in an Italian newspaper that a couple whose combined income exceeds 27,001 euros a year must pay 465 euros a month to send their baby to the "state provided" daycare. So, Americans, when some European tells you about the services 'provided' by the government, ask them at what cost. God knows they're always flapping their gums about their services. Here's another instance. You can get Lasik provided by the state, but you must first get to -8 dioptres. You can get Herceptin provided by the state but its availability to you is determined by your zip code. You can get state provided dialysis, but not after age 55. NO, THANK YOU. I'll pay for my own services, in my high-wage-low-tax cowboy capitalist economy that I LOVE.
This legal immigrant will permit herself one more observation.
When I was a teenager my mother worked at a nice restaurant in Wyoming. I washed dishes. One night, after the place was closed, I was finishing up the kitchen while the staff sat in the bar and chatted. When I was done I joined them at the bar for my evening "Roy Rodgers" and was offered a plate of fried food. After I finished one they laughed and told me what I ate. I put on a good show and casually ate two more.
They tasted like (and had the texture of) chicken gizzards. Not too bad. (My husband would've *loved* them. He has a weakness for gizzards.)
If you ever serve them to me, please don't let me know. I think I speak for your husband too. Sometimes it's best to respect the wisdom of the ostrich.
Has that been eaten yet?
This may very well be true.
However, the French tourist I came close to in South America smelled so bad with body oder that I never got a chance to see if they were uppity rude individuals.
Those tourist really did stink up the place with an underarm onion smell.
"The French have been voted the world's most unfriendly nation by a landslide in a new British poll published. They were also voted the most boring and most ungenerous."
Surprise, surprise..the only rude person I came across was a "youth". I suppose she thought she would be a French "elitist" someday. The food was quite good but very small portions for the money.
"The Germans have no to reason to celebrate the damning verdict. They came second on all three counts."
Again..the only rude ones were the "youth" driving by in their cars yelling for the Americans to get out of their country. Their food was generous and good.
"The British did not feature in the top 10 of any of the categories."
The British were just all business until my spouse and I told them that we were Americans. Then they were tripping over themselves to be accommodating. It was quite wonderful actually to be in the UK. (Sorry but the food was a barfer but the hotels were more spacious).
I've always kidded my English-born and raised wife that she should open up an English-style restaurant. I was joking, but lo and behold some Brit emigre opened one up not far from our home in western Wisconsin. Brit food is actually pretty good....haggis excluded. And the owner if the chef.
I guess that when you are nothing, you might feel the need to pretend you have everything...?
I only spent 48 hours in Paris and have several!
I'll have the blindfold ready. Cross my heart and hope you don't die.
I agree, this is why I don't completely trust any Anglo opinions of the French. They have their own beefs with the nation across the Channel such that their own judgements are not entirely neutral. The British have their own arrogance and biases that I find pelicular.
But biased as they may, a large part of British assessments areproven to be true.
Much of very traditional American cooking at home or restaurants are not out of place in Britain.
If you try some traditional American home cooking or pick up a restaurant menu, you would have thought you are at home. You know, McDonald's are just to trick foreigners into thinking that's all there for American cooking.
Let's see, we have
1. Fish chowder - not particularly foreign, isn't it?
2. Corned beef boiled dinner - hey that's British!
3. Boston baked beans - what's the difference with the baked beans back home?
4. Baked ham - how you start to wonder if you are at home?
5. Fried chicken - now that's something not very traditionally British/English. But the Scots do fry wahtever their food.
6. Breakfast of fried eggs, bacons, toasts - you sure it is American?
7. pork roast - now tell me whether it is American or British
8. Mom's apple pie - are we back home?
9. roast beef - it is equally American.
10. seafood cocktail - you sure it is American?
Cleavage ain't bad either ...
"I'm just amazed by the number of English food restaurants thoruhout the world (outside of Britain). Must be at least a dozen."
In fact they do appear under the guise of traditional/old-fashioned American, (English-)Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand cooking. British cooking is a common heritage for these disposra countries, and dare I say the food is really awful if not prepared with good ingradients. (If it is prepared properly nothing beats good roast beef or mince pies)
As one well known Brit put it ...
The Almighty in His infinite wisdom did not see fit to create Frenchmen in the image of Englishmen.
-- Winston Churchill, 1942
Of course they do that here as well.
I was in Switzerland years ago,and I went to this restaraunt way up on this mountain.You had to take a trainride up the mountain to get there.The train conductor had a nasty attitude towards me,the waitress in the restaraunt was a total bitch,and when I had breakfast at some guesthouse,my eggs had flies in them.They have a lot of gall saying our food is the worst.
You can get all the authentic British grub you want, which in my case would be very, very little, in and around the Tampa Bay area. Many Brits have settled in that general area, and for some reason quite a few of them seem to have felt it necessary to open British type pubs and restaurants.
So yes, you can get authentic British food over here. Which of course begs the question, why would you want to?
How about a dish of some nice bubble and squeak sir? No thanks, I'll just stop by the 7-11 on the way home and pick up a hot dog which has been rolling on those hot, shiny metal tubes since the store opened in 1991.
you gotta be kidding?!? that's, that's ... (thud.)
Actually,Scotland has some of the finest food in the world...
Dont be put off by haggis(which is wonderful if done properly) or deep fried Mars Bars*which god help me I have tried and they ARE lovely--imagine warm caramel and choc in a soft batter)....
A wide variety of sea food including mussels, scalops, shrimp
Some of the World's finest lobster and crabs, and varieties of fish too numerous to mention
Soft fruit from the Carse of Gowrie, including raspberries, strawberries, Tayberries and brambles (blackberries).
Succulent Lamb from the Hill Pastures
A host of locally produced cheeses, including Cheddars from Galloway.
Venison from the great Highland Estates, and increasingly from specialist farms
Game Birds such as grouse, pheasant, partridge and wood pidgeon
p.s....and we know how to NOT boil our veg to death and cook our meat all the way through....unlike the English.
No to mention some of the world's finest salmon and beef....
No to mention some of the world's finest salmon and beef....
But what's the difference between British and "traditional" American fares? America shares a majority of the culinary heritage with Britain, esp in the New England region. When a Briton criticizes American fares, he doesn't realize he is criticizing his own country's traditional cooking as well.
Ping to Wallace T. for cuisine, culture, and heritage.
Pizza, bratwurst and burritos are now traditional American fares :-)
(and french fries)
Yep that's one important difference. These are out-and-out foreign food in Britain or the overseas former colonies that are still closest to it, such as New Zealand. I have never seen a gingerbread on sale here apart from ethnic German/Dutch groceries.
And they don't taste too bad either. ;-)
British are rudest, most boring people on earth: French poll
Depends on which poll you read.