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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    Uh. I forget.
    You're 17.

    Nope, that was the French.
    Darn! People are entertaining SO many misconceptions, then. Next time someone says, "As American as Apple Pie," I'm going to say, "Then it's 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
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    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.
    Hmm... it looks like most of America's contributions (aside from abolishing slavery and women's rights, maybe?) have been technological or convenience-oriented rather than social. Then again, the Greeks, Romans, and the Enlightment gave us everything we needed socially, so there was no real room left for innovation there. Why improve on perfection, I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    Ah, yes. Hamburgers are actually original despite what the name would imply
    I thought that the way of making the patty into a round shape was from Hamburg, Germany. Or at least, that's what I thought I remember my German teacher (who was from Germany) told us...

    *edit* Woah! I didn't realize there were more pages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    Darn! People are entertaining SO many misconceptions, then. Next time someone says, "As American as Apple Pie," I'm going to say, "Then it's French?"
    Yeah. I mean, I guess that you could always say "American as a pair of Levis" and you'd be right, but "American as napalm" and "American as fortune cookies" and "American as oral contraceptives" have good rings to them, too.
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    I would say that modern American culture is one of consumerism, individualism, convenience, technology, and media/sound byte driven. I don't know how that distinguishes us from others, but I do think that we have our own distinct flavor, influenced by our political and religious foundations, which shine through.

    Like fast food so commonly referenced above is popular because of a combination of Protestant work ethic tied with overdependence on technology which has us working constantly and unable to slow down, combined with the consumerism and media-driven markets which lead to brand recognition and the mega-chains' popularity.

    Americans as a whole don't appreciate leisure. Even our leisure time is structured and scheduled and goal-oriented and "productive." Watching sports, an acceptable social obsession, is the exception. Football and baseball, two American sports, are particularly noteworthy as being acceptable reasons to enjoy oneself, unless you are on the team in which case it is a high-pressure job.

    Americans are more confrontational than Asians but less confrontational than many Europeans. They have less cynicism than many European cultures. A strong sense of religious identity.

    I don't think it is so much that every aspect of our culture needs to be unique to make it uniquely ours, but that the combinations and strengths of our attributes it what makes a unique culture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~~ENFJ~~ View Post
    I would say that modern American culture is one of consumerism, individualism, convenience, technology, and media/sound byte driven. I don't know how that distinguishes us from others, but I do think that we have our own distinct flavor, influenced by our political and religious foundations, which shine through.

    Like fast food so commonly referenced above is popular because of a combination of Protestant work ethic tied with overdependence on technology which has us working constantly and unable to slow down, combined with the consumerism and media-driven markets which lead to brand recognition and the mega-chains' popularity.

    Americans as a whole don't appreciate leisure. Even our leisure time is structured and scheduled and goal-oriented and "productive." Watching sports, an acceptable social obsession, is the exception. Football and baseball, two American sports, are particularly noteworthy as being acceptable reasons to enjoy oneself, unless you are on the team in which case it is a high-pressure job.

    Americans are more confrontational than Asians but less confrontational than many Europeans. They have less cynicism than many European cultures. A strong sense of religious identity.

    I don't think it is so much that every aspect of our culture needs to be unique to make it uniquely ours, but that the combinations and strengths of our attributes it what makes a unique culture.
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    LOL 'America is lame' is completely bogus and is the most un-American thing about our culture. It is borrowed from other countries like the England (I am not referring to the whole UK), France and countless other countries who become afraid of their own ideals because they become too prevalent in the world.

    Here are two examples of American culture with far reaching impact: the American Dream and volunteerism. Both have nothing to do with food or technology.
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    Fiver is correct, it is freeing to not have to impress someone, to be accepted for who you really are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~~ENFJ~~ View Post
    Americans as a whole don't appreciate leisure. Even our leisure time is structured and scheduled and goal-oriented and "productive." Watching sports, an acceptable social obsession, is the exception. Football and baseball, two American sports, are particularly noteworthy as being acceptable reasons to enjoy oneself, unless you are on the team in which case it is a high-pressure job.
    This is why I never quite understood that so popular phrase, "lazy American".
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~~ENFJ~~ View Post
    I would say that modern American culture is one of consumerism, individualism, convenience, technology, and media/sound byte driven. I don't know how that distinguishes us from others, but I do think that we have our own distinct flavor, influenced by our political and religious foundations, which shine through.
    Sounds good.

    Like fast food so commonly referenced above is popular because of a combination of Protestant work ethic tied with overdependence on technology which has us working constantly and unable to slow down, combined with the consumerism and media-driven markets which lead to brand recognition and the mega-chains' popularity.

    Americans as a whole don't appreciate leisure. Even our leisure time is structured and scheduled and goal-oriented and "productive." Watching sports, an acceptable social obsession, is the exception. Football and baseball, two American sports, are particularly noteworthy as being acceptable reasons to enjoy oneself, unless you are on the team in which case it is a high-pressure job.
    Oh, dear. I think this is why I'm struggling and floundering here. I constantly try to explain that I don't want to make my career the center of my life or "have it all," and just want a job I can do to get by because I have other priorities, and no one understands what on earth I'm talking about, look at me like I'm crazy and don't want anything to do with me. All I get told is this vague stuff about "strive hard for what you want" that I can't even comprehend. People think I should be satisfied with relating to people via an activity focus, and actually be active and interested in stuff, rather than having real conversations... which is kind of frustrating.

    Americans are more confrontational than Asians but less confrontational than many Europeans. They have less cynicism than many European cultures. A strong sense of religious identity.
    Yikes, that's another blow. I'm cynical and agnostic. My mother told me a lot of people meet in church. Damn. American culture is annoying. It's like someone designed it to inhibit, confuse, and limit me in ways I don't appreciate.

    I don't think it is so much that every aspect of our culture needs to be unique to make it uniquely ours, but that the combinations and strengths of our attributes it what makes a unique culture.
    Okay, I think I can agree with that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiver View Post
    Here are two examples of American culture with far reaching impact: the American Dream and volunteerism. Both have nothing to do with food or technology.
    Volunteerism... maybe.

    The American Dream... I don't know. It doesn't sound like anything more than pure idealism that anyone who thinks highly of themselves and humanity could come up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    This is why I never quite understood that so popular phrase, "lazy American".
    Childish name calling. We're not a lazy culture.
    I suppose it may be linked to pursuing modern conveniences (driving, not walking, etc), but that's really just to free up more time to work, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~~ENFJ~~ View Post
    I would say that modern American culture is one of consumerism, individualism, convenience, technology, and media/sound byte driven. I don't know how that distinguishes us from others, but I do think that we have our own distinct flavor, influenced by our political and religious foundations, which shine through.
    The destinct personification of American culture is a cowboy (specifically, a Hollywood version of one) - as an independent, rugged individualist. Most people in the world immediately recognize a cowboy hat, and know exactly what it represents.

    Also, America is know for its tolerance and commercialism, and the word "okay" is the most recognized word around the globe.

    Americans as a whole don't appreciate leisure. Even our leisure time is structured and scheduled and goal-oriented and "productive." Watching sports, an acceptable social obsession, is the exception. Football and baseball, two American sports, are particularly noteworthy as being acceptable reasons to enjoy oneself, unless you are on the team in which case it is a high-pressure job.
    It is a fact that Americans are one of the hardest working people on earth (counting the hours spent). The only other nation that I can think of where people spend more time working is Japan.

    Needless to say, #1 world economy is the US, with Japan being #2.

    Americans are more confrontational than Asians but less confrontational than many Europeans. They have less cynicism than many European cultures. A strong sense of religious identity.
    I wouldn't lump Asians into one category. There is a huge difference between Japanese and Chinese culture. I would say Americans are very polite compared to the Chinese, and rather rude compared to the Japanese.

    Same thing with Europeans - Americans are a lot more friendly than the Germans, but probably not as warm and welcoming as the Italians.

    I don't think it is so much that every aspect of our culture needs to be unique to make it uniquely ours, but that the combinations and strengths of our attributes it what makes a unique culture.
    Yes, that too.
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