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    (Original post by manchild007)
    Wow, you're guilty of everything you supposedly "hate" about Americans - add to that your ignorance in using moronic stereotypes, you're actually worse :rolleyes:

    No one hates anyone - i.e. Americans don't hate Europeans, and vice versa. You just get a small number of idiots (like this poster above) who do hate on another, but they are definitely the minority. Speak to an ordinary American and they won't think of Europe as some socialist hell-hole and likewise, speak to an ordinary European and they'll tell you Americans aren't arrogant (OP excluded) idiots.
    Speak to an ordinary American and they won't know what Europe is
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    (Original post by Darkphilosopher)
    Speak to an ordinary American and they won't know what Europe is
    And Europeans think Americans are arrogant/ignorant :rolleyes:
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    Every Floridian (let's not generalise here, people) I met, upon being told that I was from the North East, said some variation of the following:

    "Oh yah, I hear that in London..."

    Let me just stop you there, little american buddy. London is NOWHERE NEAR the North East... And yet, if you talk to someone in Orlando about Tallahasse you get:

    "Oh yah, well its different here."

    So why is it so hard to do the same for other countries???

    I had a scottish friend who constantly got "So whats it like in England?" on holiday in LA. Drove her nuts
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    America might be the worlds biggest 'superpower', but it doesn't mean much when it's the most hated country in the world too.
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    (Original post by janco)
    I've only lived in Europe for a year due to my mother's stupid job, but on a recent trip to Monaco, I noticed how desperate people were to display their 'wealth'. All of the women were wearing fur coats, and the men thought they were all it because they wore Rolex watches. I was in the mood for a burger and bought one from a street vendor, and he proceeded to get a plate with a knife and fork and serve it under a sun-umbrella. I was enjoying it until I saw the bill and it was 15 euros for the burger and a bit of salad. It just struck me as so pretensious and ostentatious. To me, as an American, I've always been used to being surrounded by wealth but not having to brag about it like Europeans do. I suppose this is the reason that Monte Carlans were desperate to show off; to kid themselves that they have life as we do in the States. Do you agree?
    Rich people the world over find it hard not to make public displays of their wealth, aside from their need to 'self affirm' even when they surround themselves in expensive things which are outside of the public eye. I have no doubt that you'll find the same kind of behaviour in the US as Europe or anywhere else where you have people with more money than sensible things to do with it.
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    I like it

    Europeans jealous of American's wealth so they make themselves richer than Americans.

    wait what?
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    (Original post by Broderss)
    I hate to break this to you America, but the rest of the world ****ing hates you.
    I hope this is true, the day we aren't hated is the day you are all sitting on your computers ragging on China because it's surpassed us as a superpower.
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    I'm American...What "wealth" are you talking about???
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    (Original post by No Man)
    America might be the worlds biggest 'superpower', but it doesn't mean much when it's the most hated country in the world too.
    I always found this strange. Why not hate a country where women's rights are non-existent, there is no free speech, no religious freedom, no racial equality and no humane treatment of homosexuals? There are several in the middle east you could choose from. USA is a great country and I bet you would have a wonderful time visiting or living here.
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    Well, I'd be as bold as saying that both the UK and the US are on the decline.

    Using Monaco as a general for Europe is as ridiculous as the premise of your post.

    The UK is far, far from the best place to live in Europe.

    Regions like Scandinavia, Switzerland/Belgium are the "best" places to live, as relative as that term is.
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    (Original post by Made in the USA)
    I always found this strange. Why not hate a country where women's rights are non-existent, there is no free speech, no religious freedom, no racial equality and no humane treatment of homosexuals? There are several in the middle east you could choose from. USA is a great country and I bet you would have a wonderful time visiting or living here.
    True, the US is a wonderful place to visit.

    Living there - not so much (again, generalization)

    I think the quality of living measures more basic needs than cultural diversity and entertainment, however.
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    (Original post by Made in the USA)
    I always found this strange. Why not hate a country where women's rights are non-existent, there is no free speech, no religious freedom, no racial equality and no humane treatment of homosexuals? There are several in the middle east you could choose from. USA is a great country and I bet you would have a wonderful time visiting or living here.
    I have lived there.
    I've lived in the Bible Belt, which isn't exactly known for the things in bold.
    They might not assault you etc, but the public there do treat you differently there if you weren't a white heterosexual baptist.
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    (Original post by Teveth)
    Monte ****ing Carlo is not representative of Europe. It's full of vulgar celebrities and seedy businessmen and their wives.
    Mistresses

    OP you're a plonker if you think that Monte Carlo is representative of the rest of Europe.
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    (Original post by No Man)
    I have lived there.
    I've lived in the Bible Belt, which isn't exactly known for the things in bold.
    They might not assault you etc, but the public there do treat you differently there if you weren't a white heterosexual baptist.
    It's posts like this that make Americans think Europeans are stupid. You can't tell the difference between religious people in the bible belt who might admit to disapproving of the homosexual lifestyle and what goes on in many middle eastern countries where it is official government policy to round up homosexuals and have them systematically executed? Seriously? :rolleyes:
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    What good does the money do if you have no time to enjoy that money?
    If Americans are so wealthy, why aren't they travelling the world, why do they complain about petrol prices (which are several times lower than in Europe) and why do they live in these barbie houses that every storm can blow away?

    I'll take Europe any day.
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    (Original post by Shadowplay)
    What good does the money do if you have no time to enjoy that money?
    If Americans are so wealthy, why aren't they travelling the world, why do they complain about petrol prices (which are several times lower than in Europe) and why do they live in these barbie houses that every storm can blow away?

    I'll take Europe any day.
    More Americans still find the time to travel to Europe than the other way around. Only something like 2.5 percent of Europeans have ever been to the USA, which is an astonishingly low number.
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    (Original post by Made in the USA)
    More Americans still find the time to travel to Europe than the other way around. Only something like 2.5 percent of Europeans have ever been to the USA, which is an astonishingly low number.

    Wait, why does the destination matter? Astonishingly low number of Americans have a passport and it doesn't matter if those that do have it, go to Europe. I wouldn't expect them to go anywhere else, tbh.

    Personally, I'm well-travelled. But apart from scenery (which is probably beautiful), I don't think there's much to see in America in terms of history.
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    (Original post by Made in the USA)
    More Americans still find the time to travel to Europe than the other way around. Only something like 2.5 percent of Europeans have ever been to the USA, which is an astonishingly low number.
    Maybe because the countries which attract the most tourist are in Europe ? I don't want to disrespect but there is not a lot to see in the US (except if you like modern building). Compare city like Paris, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Vienna, Roma etc. with an American city and you'll understand.

    From experience most French people I know travel to other European countries, North Africa or French oversea territories. It's also probably related to the lake of need for a passport.
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    (Original post by Shadowplay)
    Wait, why does the destination matter? Astonishingly low number of Americans have a passport and it doesn't matter if those that do have it, go to Europe. I wouldn't expect them to go anywhere else, tbh.

    Personally, I'm well-travelled. But apart from scenery (which is probably beautiful), I don't think there's much to see in America in terms of history.
    You don't think? You really have no clue do you? The funny thing about this thread is that most of the people posting have never been to the US
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    (Original post by LysFromParis)
    Maybe because the countries which attract the most tourist are in Europe ? I don't want to disrespect but there is not a lot to see in the US (except if you like modern building). Compare city like Paris, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Vienna, Roma etc. with an American city and you'll understand.

    From experience most French people I know travel to other European countries, North Africa or French oversea territories. It's also probably related to the lake of need for a passport.
    History is just one of many reasons to travel. I personally think a city like new york has more to do in terms of culture (Broadway, comedy, museums, exotic cuisine from all over the world) than a sh1thole like athens, greece. Sure, they've got the Acropolis, but the rest of it is a complete armpit.
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