I've got one for any Germans reading this. Why is football season the only time of year when you guys find it acceptable to fly your country's flag? I mean, I get the whole WWII guilt thing, but it seems to me like you guys could borrow some of the USA's patriotism. But seriously, why football season?
And for any Brit out there, is British food what you would call "good?" Because here in the states, there are no British restaurants.
Questions About People's Countries: 7/14/2015 22:52:36
Benjamin, you should go there, and meet up with NIGHT. xD
Answering Martian's question. Some good British food, is Fish & Chips. Very popular in England and Scotland alike. If you want something more "English" take Bangers & Mash, it'll keep those English busy for days. If you want something more "Scottish", have a Burns supper.
A question to Belgians - What do you think of Belgium's existence? Should it be divided into two separate nations, should it be divided by France / Netherlands, should it be independent, I'm interested to hear what some Belgians think of this.
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Questions About People's Countries: 7/14/2015 23:17:40
I think that most European countries aren't as big on flag waving as the U.S. I watched an episode of The Ricky Gervais Show where they were talking about this and I got the impression that they viewed it as arrogant. I guess I can see their point on that. If you think about it, it's kind of weird how we, in America, are so nationalistic. I can see how Germans would have a bad taste for that sort of behavior.
Questions About People's Countries: 7/14/2015 23:59:03
There are gyro stands at every festival and fair I've been to.
Also, I guess I just live in the wrong part of Pennsylvania if I don't see British restaurants. I'm about an hour away from Pittsburgh, near Latrobe. Apparently, the first banana split was invented in Latrobe, as well as Professional American Football.
Questions About People's Countries: 7/15/2015 09:41:14
In Europe there were a lot of wars, I mean well before the world wars. For thousands of years of History. So waving a flag in Europe can often have quite a lot of feelings behind it, so it's not often done. The only universally acceptable place is in Sport, as it's a place where it's a "safe" environment to cheer for your countries team, the flag is appropriate there.
To be honest it's weird how much the America flag is waved about, when I'm watching TV and some American makes an announcement and then suddenly everyone in the crowd starts waving American flags, it's odd...
I thought of an analogy that might help American's understand what it's like for us. Think about the controversy the Confederate flag causes, even people waving it about can be seen with hostility, if you can imagine that going both ways then you can also probably imagine that after a while a sort of mutual "not waving the flag in my face" starts to occur, and it becomes the "not-done" thing.
I guess the difference is the American flag is waved in people's faces regardless, and there's some weird overiding sense of a right to do it even if it might offend people. Which is pretty much lacking everywhere else in the world, mostly just because there's so much more history there, especially when it comes to national identity. Hope that helps :)
Questions About People's Countries: 7/15/2015 17:17:14