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    and you came up with cheesy crusts in pizza, its the little things that make the world go around
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    America has no culture, we're a tasteless bunch. Maybe your tv is your culture.

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    I give up, it's 4 am here anyways.

    Good luck with your gloomy doomy attitude

    There is a german expression that goes like this: "Sometimes you dont see a forest because of all the trees" and dont ask me what it means

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    Quote Originally Posted by entropie View Post
    I give up, it's 4 am here anyways.

    Good luck with your gloomy doomy attitude

    There is a german expression that goes like this: "Sometimes you dont see a forest because of all the trees" and dont ask me what it means

    gn8
    You mean we're overanalyzing the origins of things rather than appreciating what we have now?

    Hmm... perhaps you're right. I mean, Pizza may be Italian, and Chinese food might be Chinese, but it doesn't matter because it's only in America that you choose between having them delivered to your door when you're too lazy to go to McDonalds.

    Ahh, being a lazy American is good.

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    Republicanism and free speech are the big ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    I mean, Pizza may be Italian, and Chinese food might be Chinese
    The American versions are often a far cry from the "authentic" though.
    American culture may simply be the Americanization of other cultures, haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kanamori View Post
    Republicanism and free speech are the big ones.
    Republicanism is an ancient Roman idea, actually.

    Freedom of speech... might be original in legislation, but that has origins with the ancient Athenians as well. It was certainly talked about during the Enlightenment.
    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post
    American culture may simply be the Americanization of other cultures, haha.
    That's brilliant!

    I really think it is. We just take other cultures and water them down to fit our tastes and amuse ourselves.

    So, America is about bastardizing other cultures and making them into something interesting and profitable. Taking whatever you can find and turning it into something you can use. Resourcefulness. I... think I actually like that idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by entropie View Post
    You must see it changing right now. Culture is always in a fluent state. But your ideals stay the same. You learn from mistakes and then improve.

    Heck how old are you again ?
    Uh. I forget.

    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    I think we did come up with Apple Pie, though.
    Nope, that was the French.

    Americans did invent:

    Lightning rods
    Bifocals
    Crackers
    Filtered Coffee Pots
    Circular saws
    Dental floss
    Telegraphs
    Wrenches
    Revolvers
    Baseball
    Potato chips
    Rolled toilet paper
    Can openers
    Motorcycles
    Vacuum cleaners
    Cream cheese
    Jeans
    Electric dental drills
    Machine guns
    Electric Christmas lights
    Skyscrapers
    Coca Cola
    Drinking straws
    Revolving doors
    Traveler's checks
    Volleyball
    Semi-automatic shotguns
    Sousaphones
    Tea bags
    Automatic transmission
    Electric washing machines
    Flying boat
    Fortune cookies
    Gas mask
    Polygraph
    Adhesive bandage
    Masking tape
    Gas chamber execution AND electric chair execution
    Recliners
    Ice cube trays
    Pressure sensitive tape
    Chocolate chip cookies
    Staple removers
    Black lights
    Fiberglass
    Nylon
    Teflon
    Deodorant
    Napalm
    Nuclear weapons
    Microwave ovens
    Cancer chemotherapy
    Defibrilators
    Correction fluid
    Bar codes
    Artificial hearts
    TV dinners
    Polio vaccines
    Spandex
    Oral contraceptives
    Snowboarding
    CDs
    Air bags
    Tasers
    LCD screens
    Inline skates
    Polar fleece
    Paintball
    Javascript
    Shingles vaccines

    but still no apple pie.
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    U.S contributions:

    Modern democracy
    with the 1776 revolution (i'm not sure if it's good or bad...)
    What many people in Europe does not think about is the fact that the American revolution triggered/inspired the French revolution, not the other way around.

    Guns!
    Holy hell, guns would suck if it wasn't for the americans.
    Lever-action guns, machine guns, submachine guns, pump action shotguns, fully automatic shotguns, loads of different innovations in artillery, rockets and whatnot.
    Seriously, guns would be in the stoneage if it wasn't for guys like John Browning!

    Some seriously cool barbecue stuff
    You know, you do invent a lot of good marinades, sauces and stuff.

    Diversity works, even if there are tensions
    Yeah, I like your multi-culture mix. It makes things less boring in every sense of the word.
    Even if it means you sometimes have to fight and such. =/

    American attitude
    Yes, there is such a thing.
    Norwegians are pretty closely related to americans in the way of attitude...
    I have heard a World War II story about a norwegian busdriver...
    As you know, Norway was under occupation by the nazis.
    The guy had to drive a whole platoon of german soldiers in his bus one day...
    Norway is a very, very rocky country... So, he kinda decided to drive over the edge of a cliff,
    sacrificing his own life to kill about thirty nazis defiling his country...
    If anyone ever invaded the U.S... That's probably how many americans would act.
    Semper Fi, do or die.

    American movies
    Simply the best.

    Hard rock
    No, i'm not talking about stones. Well, maybe the Rolling Stones, but...
    Anway... Music.

    Yeah, the fastfood...
    Hey, it's good. I wouldn't miss out on it for the world.

    Cajún cuisine
    Favorite. I say no more. I wish I lived in New Orleans... Well, maybe not during Katrina.


    Well... It's pretty late over here on the other side of the pond, and i'm going to bed.
    Some braniac is probably going to come up with more things than I did.
    While I completely detest some of the foreign policy that united states have had,
    especially under the Bush administration(s) I can say that I really like the United States.


    You are definitely a completely own culture... One cannot really reason that you're only influenced by european things from the past, in my opinion...
    In that case, we're all stoneage farmers who didn't learn how to use farming techniques and equipment by ourselves to create the first kind of civilization on or own... We're just cheap knockoffs.
    All cultures are influenced by others, and always have been.
    Even extreme isolationist cultures like Japan.

    My somewhat strange point would be something along the lines of:
    "Be proud! You're original, inventive, driven and you've got one cool attitude most of the time".

    I've actually thought of moving to the U.S. several times...
    There are quite a few places where i'd like to settle down, to be honest.
    1. Miami
    2. Somewhere in the wilderness of Wyoming
    3. Colorado Rocky Mountains
    4. Los Angeles
    5. Houston

    And more.
    Well... Once again: good night, folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTJ123 View Post
    America has no culture, we're a tasteless bunch. Maybe your tv is your culture.
    I have taste, and I have more culture that most people I've come across during my foreign travels... so you know, speak for yourself.

    This "America is lame, everything is lame" mentality is the bastard child of 60s counterculture and the lackadaisical self indulgence of the subsequent decades.

    Don't like the place you're living in? Either work to change it or find a better place to live in. And quit your loathing - nobody thinks that shit is cool aside from other haters.
    Listen to me, baby, you got to understand, you're old enough to learn the makings of a man.

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