There has been a bit of controversy recently, as some people have been getting upset at the assertion that Americans are all morons. I feel I should point out (again) that I have never made this assertion myself (well at least, not in print) and I thought that it would be nice to celebrate some of the great things about the good old US of A.
Please note that as Yank has been causing offence, I have abbreviated “American” to “Can”. The fact that this means “arse” in American English is purely coincidental.
I commented elsewhere that Americans invented pizza. I can’t find out if this is true or not; the origins of these things seem shrouded in mystery! Similarly for the hamburger. So let’s give them the benefit of the doubt, and say well done for inventing these kings of the food world (or at the very least transforming them into what we know today).
There are more too! Electric light, the typewriter, the list goes on! We probably wouldn’t have Teflon on our pans if it wasn’t for the Cans landing on the moon!
2. Animal Welfare
The way they treat animals in the US is second to none. Why they can even ascend to the highest office!
Bean and Bacon
Bacon and Split Pea
Cream of Mushrooms and Roasted Garlic
Cream of Wild Mushroom
New England Clam Chowder
Manhatten Clam Chowder
Cream of Shrimp
Cream of Onion
Chicken Noodle – 4 types (straight noodle, star shaped, hoops, alphabet)
Fiesta Nacho Cheese
Broccoli and Cheese
Creamy Ranch Tomato
Old Fashioned Tomato and Rice
Southwest Style Pepper Jack
Vegetable Soup With Beef Stock
Vegetable Soup with Vegetable Stock
These are all Campbells if anyone is interested, but I am sure there are others out there. I would say this factor alone is pushing me to emigrate very soon. After all, we have electric light, typewriters and Teflon over here now anyway.
4. No snobbery
America lacks prejudice when it comes to the class system, which is still very prevalent in the UK. Occupations that involve selling things or having the whiff of “trade” about them are still looked down on to a certain extent here, whereas America has done away with this. Of course, they have their own prejudices, but this is in some ways unavoidable. I like the fact that in America it is not who you are born but who you become. I don’t like people who are obsessed with money either, but this is by no means exclusive to America. Just to pre-empt any heckling!
So let’s all hold hands and be happy and friendly!