Monday, July 8, 2013

Oh, the irony...

Ironic Times

From the crawl at the top:

Too soon for "Dancing With The Stars", says Morsi

U.S. Adds 195,000 Jobs in June
You want fries with that?

Washington State Farmers Feeding Pot to Pigs
And then smoking the bacon.
Like, oinnnnk, duuuude...

Tape of Rupert Murdoch Admitting Bribing Officials Goes Viral
Now he's frantically trying to contact each of the estimated 15 million who've listened to it and buy their silence.
I hope he gets to go to a very nice prison.

Paris Distributes Manual: How to Not Be Rude to Tourists
City said to be littered with torn, discarded copies.

Oakland A's Want to Move to San Jose
From no there there to somewhere no one knows the way to.


BadTux said...

Correction: Paris is littered with pristine, *unopened* discarded copies of manual "How to Not Be Rude to Tourists". Just sayin' ;).

-Badtux the Snarky Penguin

Gordon said...


WhyNot said...

About being rude to tourists in Paris, it's kinda funny. I lived in Paris for 4 years as an adolescent, and since Paris is one of the world's most visited cities in the world, you get used to see tourists all the time.

I don't remember ever witnessing any of my friends being rude to tourists, nor having even ever heard of any such thing, so clearly it is the exception rather than the rule.

One thing, however, is that hardly one FR person in a million speaks any language other than FR. If you barge into a shop and starts waffling in EN (or Italian, Japanese, etc), you can be sure to get a blank stare.

Then again, I lived in USA for two years (Florida, near Tampa), and I never once encountered a shop where I could stroll in and start speaking FR without getting an equally blank stare by the shop staff.

Lastly, apart from tourists, there are many expats from various countries living in France, and Americans are particularly prolific; about 300,000 in FR, with more than half of them in Paris alone. Since Paris has a population of 2.7 million, this means one in 20 of Paris's population is an American citizen.

So... clearly, living in Paris if you're American can't be that much of an ordeal, regarless of the reluctance of the local FR ppl to converse in EN, lol.

Gordon said...

I'm sure that French rudeness is just an overplayed stereotype, but Fixer wants to retire in Paris so I put up any Frog stuff I find. It's all in fun.