OT: Proof that the French are stupid!

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Submitted by kev374 on October 1, 2007 - 8:49pm

Submitted by bsrsharma on October 1, 2007 - 9:02pm.

Fantastic! Everyone PLEASE see this!

Submitted by CardiffBaseball on October 2, 2007 - 12:03am.

Wonder what happened to PerryChase?

Submitted by Ex-SD on October 2, 2007 - 3:50am.

That is absolutely amazing to me! How could they not know the answer to that question?

Submitted by meadandale on October 2, 2007 - 7:39am.

I can't believe that guy thought so hard about that one. What is more laughable is most of the audience was as clueless as him.

I'd always thought the French were living in the past. Looks like they ARE living in the past...about 400 years, to be exact.

However, it's not like we are much better....


Submitted by patientlywaiting on October 2, 2007 - 7:47am.

LOL, very funny.

Millionaire is a stupid slow show. What? 5 minutes per question? Jeopardy is a lot more fun!

Submitted by NotCranky on October 2, 2007 - 9:13am.

"Millionaire is a stupid slow show. What? 5 minutes per question?"

That is it. A smart person could not stand 5 minutes of that show. So 58% of French people, dim witted enough to enjoy that crappy show, think the sun rotates around the earth. That makes sense. Final answer.

Edit : The following concern with regard to spelling has come up a few times. I decide to look it up.

Nouns ending in -ce with -se verb forms: American English and British English both retain the noun/verb distinction in advice / advise and device / devise, but American English has lost the same distinction with licence / license and practice / practise that British spelling retains. American English uses practice and license for both meanings. Also, American English has kept the Anglo-French spelling for defense and offense, which are usually defence and offence in British English; similarly there are the American pretense and British pretence; but derivatives such as defensive, offensive, and pretension are always thus spelled in both systems.

Submitted by afx114 on October 2, 2007 - 9:42am.

I bet you just as many Americans would get this question wrong. Hell, a great majority of Americans believes that the earth is 6000 years old, a host of The View thinks that the world is flat, and who can forget Miss Teen USA South Carolina?? We're certainly in no position to be calling the French or anyone else "stupid."

Submitted by Allan from Fallbrook on October 2, 2007 - 9:58am.

afx114: Bang on the money. Take about 5 minutes and (try to) have a conversation with your typical American teenager (if they'll deign to speak with you), and the ignorance they display is terrifying.

Most of our high school students cannot identify various European countries on a map, let alone name American state capitols. Nice to see that the French appear to be sharing our ignorance.

What is truly sad is that American (and especially Californian schools) used to be the envy of the world. No more.

And I agree with your view on the "New Earthers", who argue that the world is only 6,000 years old. Oy vey. Strict creationism and Intelligent Design advocates are unbelievable. Displaying that level of mendacity in this day and age make you long for the Middle Ages.

Submitted by NotCranky on October 2, 2007 - 10:11am.

I have meant to say this before Allan, you have got to be the all-time Piggington vocabulary champ.I can't believe you like football!

Submitted by Allan from Fallbrook on October 2, 2007 - 10:27am.

Rustico: Thank you for the compliment. Sincerely.

However, the "I can't believe you like football" tagline makes me a little nervous. It sounds like somewhat of a left-handed compliment (I think). You're not buying into the commonly held misperception that everyone involved with football is an idiot, are you?

Of course, I do live in Fallbrook...

Submitted by FormerSanDiegan on October 2, 2007 - 10:44am.

Here is the public school explanation ...
Certainly the Earth revolves around the Sun from the perspective of the Solar system or the Universe for that matter. However, if one transforms the coordinate system to be Earth centered, it appears that the Sun (and indeed the entire Universe) moves about the Earth. It's all relative. There is no wrong answer Johnny, as long as you feel good about it.

Submitted by NotCranky on October 2, 2007 - 10:46am.

"It sounds like somewhat of a left-handed compliment (I think). You're not buying into the commonly held misperception that everyone involved with football is an idiot, are you?"

Not at all, I am teasing, How many of those fighting dogs do you have?

Submitted by Allan from Fallbrook on October 2, 2007 - 10:55am.

Rustico: Nice. Yup, lemme hitch up my rope belt (nod to Jethro Bodine) and go feed my pitbulls out on the back forty.

While I now own Labradors, there was actually a point where I did have a Rottweiler or two. That, however, was more of a nod to my Germanic heritage (I grew up with Rotties and Alsatians), than being involved with the gridiron thugocracy.

Submitted by bsrsharma on October 2, 2007 - 11:05am.


It is a scientifically correct explanation. If the earth was NOT rotating around its own axis, there wouldn't be much observable evidence of who rotates around what. Most of the sky would be almost unchanging (and Anyone on the sunny side would be roasted crisp and those on the opposite, dark side, frozen stiff)

Submitted by noone on October 2, 2007 - 3:46pm.

Yeah, unfortunately we can't get too cocky. The Brits are laughing at us too:


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