How to Find a Man in Europe and Leave Him There
May 17, 2005 9:10 PM   Subscribe


 
these are some of the most accurate stereotypes I think I've ever seen.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:56 PM on May 17, 2005


What BuddhaInABucket said, but also some of the most self-gratifying. Europeans, maybe you can set me straight: do American girls really act like this? If so, I apologize on their behalf.

I did read the entire thing, if only to see if I could predict the content. (I could. YAY GENERALIZATIONS)
posted by jenovus at 10:21 PM on May 17, 2005


Finally! The useful information I always longed to find on Metafilter
posted by zia at 11:06 PM on May 17, 2005


Hmmm, what would Rick Steves do?
posted by eggonstilts at 11:23 PM on May 17, 2005


Hmmm, what would Rick Steves do?

Find a man in Europe and bring him home?
posted by joe lisboa at 11:41 PM on May 17, 2005


Anecdotal evidence suggests that American women who worry about their reputation are indeed more inclined to put out in Europe. During my year in the UK, I convinced a girl from Rockville, Maryland that I was british in order to have sexual relations with her. I was doing decently with British girls, but I was frustrated that my english friends always got the attention of American tourists.

I don't suggest doing this-- even if you think you have the accent down perfectly, it's huge a chore to keep it up for a full evening, especially if you've been drinking. As in, it gets so burdensome that you think about excusing yourself to go home even though you know that you'll score if you keep talking properly.

Christine from Rockville, if you're reading this: that guy from The Cambridge on Goodge Street in June of '95 was from Massachusetts, not Hereford. Sorry, and I wouldn't do something like that today.
posted by Mayor Curley at 4:14 AM on May 18, 2005


Speaking of European stereotypes, I don't think I will ever forget this. Not the article, but the charts. ("What this European tribe thinks about this European tribe"; scroll down for links to the charts) They're fantastic. And yeah, I'm a European.
posted by Termite at 5:03 AM on May 18, 2005


Well, I guess they wanted to be all ironic, which is nice. Shame they made such a ham-fisted job of it. This kind of OTT-stereotyping of other nationalities can be funny, but it needs to be done with substantially more wit and accuracy than this.

And for goodness sake, how many more times? We Brits never say "blood pudding". It's black pudding. That was a giveaway of just how little these daft bints really knew, right there. They were right about the fish and chips grease, though. What they forgot to mention was that it's delicious!
posted by Decani at 5:32 AM on May 18, 2005


Curley wins.
posted by Hankins at 6:57 AM on May 18, 2005


Sorry if this sounds mean, but...

You pretended to be Welsh in order to get laid?

And it worked?

Well I'll be...
posted by Grangousier at 7:14 AM on May 18, 2005


This is sweet, fine humor country bashing, although I must object, you can't find pet's poo in restaurant or club, only on the street.
I'd really like to read from them the same kind of stuff about their own country people (supposing this website's people are american).
posted by denpo at 7:34 AM on May 18, 2005


I was talking about french pets .
posted by denpo at 7:35 AM on May 18, 2005


er, Hereford is in England.
posted by salmacis at 7:39 AM on May 18, 2005


A poor attempt at humor. Still, they might get better with age.
posted by acrobat at 7:40 AM on May 18, 2005


Oops...

I could have sworn... oh, well... it has its own website and everything. I lived in Newport (which is in Wales, just about, isn't it?) for three years and thought Hereford was in Wales then, too, so this is an ancient delusion. Mind you, I was an art student and stoned most of the time, which accounts for a lot.

Apologies across the board there.
posted by Grangousier at 8:01 AM on May 18, 2005


I think this would be funnier if they had done some actual research not just cut and paste the usual (US centric in this case) stereotypes from "funny" websites.
posted by elgilito at 8:27 AM on May 18, 2005 [1 favorite]


Wow, this site has been around for awhile. I saw this probably seven or eight years ago. Check out their travelogues for 'exciting' stories about how two young americans can sleep their way through Europe with absolutely no money (note: this is harder to do now that the dollar is so weak).
posted by muddgirl at 9:34 AM on May 18, 2005


oops...replace "seen or eight" with "three of four" - I was thinking of a different site...
posted by muddgirl at 9:35 AM on May 18, 2005


Brings to mind a Point-Counterpoint from The Onion back in 2000 (archived with now-you-see-'em-now-you-don't graphics via Archive.org)
posted by blueberry at 10:20 AM on May 18, 2005


I think this would be funnier if they had done some actual research not just cut and paste the usual (US centric in this case) stereotypes from "funny" websites.

Well, they have a lot of photographs from all over europe, so I'm guessing that they did "some" research...
posted by delmoi at 1:50 PM on May 18, 2005


blueberry: That is really weird.
posted by delmoi at 1:51 PM on May 18, 2005


That guy from The Cambridge on Goodge Street in June of '95 who was not really from Hereford, if you're reading this: Christine from Rockville was really Harry from Birmingham, and he wouldn't do something like that today.
posted by madamjujujive at 2:18 PM on May 18, 2005


> Christine from Rockville was really Harry from Birmingham, and he wouldn't do something like that today.

That's awesome!
posted by Mayor Curley at 3:38 PM on May 18, 2005


I like the pronunciation tables. I mean..just how hard is it to pronounce Jean? Must be an American thing.
posted by movilla at 7:09 PM on May 20, 2005


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