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Title: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: xoxoch on April 18, 2008, 10:58:03 AM
inspired by the weather-thread:

... hmm, ok, let me think, something special about austria:

a) we have conveyor-belt sushi restaurants all over the place
b) when I look up and out of the window I look at a 1200 years old building
c) austria has the one of the highest densities of mac donalds restaurants worldwide


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: Phantasmatron on April 18, 2008, 11:56:46 AM
a) we have conveyor-belt sushi restaurants all over the place
What does the conveyor belt do?

b) when I look up and out of the window I look at a 1200 years old building
Utah variation:  when I look out my window I see a gigantic Y painted on the mountainside.

c) austria has the one of the highest densities of mac donalds restaurants worldwide

Utah variation:  I'm within easy walking distance of three Taco Bells, two Subways, two Wendy's, and only one McDonald's.  Apparently people have excellent taste in fast food around here.   :P



And to keep the thread going, here's some other regional/cultural stuff you guys can compare your regions/cultures to.

Accent:  When little balls of ice fall from the sky, it's pronounced "hell" instead of "hail."

Swearing:  Since swearing is less acceptable here than in most places, college-age Utahns have made up their own versions.  It's kind of like Firefly swearing crossed with Napolean Dynamite swearing.  We have "shiz" and "fetch."  I have a friend who thinks it's funny to say "Hoover Dam!!" instead of "dammit."

Driving:  I haven't been to Boston, which I hear is bad.  But around here, the drivers are pretty awful, at least in comparison to where I grew up.  Utah drivers tend to be very impatient and a bit overagressive.  I realize people run red lights all the time, but every time I'm standing at a street corner waiting to cross...EVERY TIME, somebody runs the light.  It wasn't like that where I grew up.


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: dimitrius on April 18, 2008, 12:47:58 PM
Some facts about Puerto Rico:

a) We are the oldest and only colony in the world. (We're still a colony is just that from 1952 it has been called "commowealth")

b) We have the oldest goverment building of all the American continent and the oldest coat of arms.

c) J.Lo, Ricky Martin, Joaquin Phoenix, Marc Anthony, Rosario Dawson, Benicio del Toro were all born or have a parent that is from Puerto Rico.

d) After the USA, Puerto Rico has the most Miss Universe wins with 5 (that's also the most by any Latin country).



Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: Captain Flapjackass on April 18, 2008, 01:13:31 PM
I think the conveyor belt carries the little plates of sushi across the counter.

Boston's not that bad in terms of driving, not as bad as New York City. NYC's traffic is f**king horrible. I was on a class trip there once, and when we were leaving, it was during rush hour. Biggest clusterfuck I have ever been in; it took us 2 and a half hours to get out of the city. But in CT, we have some dumbasses on the road. I go to school near the "crash alley" portion of I-95. Even my neighborhood. Once I almost got run over by my sister's friend while waiting for the bus (this was winter time). Another time (also in the same winter), some lady went too fast down the hill which is my road, my driveway is at a curve going down that hill. she hit some black ice, and her car just decimated my mailbox. :D

When I look around I see trees. Nothing but trees. The nearest fast-food joint is in the next town over, in Colchester.

In terms of us swearing, I guess since I and most of my friends live near New London (Whaling City :P ), we swear like sailors, because no one here gives a shit. sometimes we also get creative with our swears, sometimes switching compound words around (ex. Jackass - Assjack), also our emo kids use gibberish (I gurked ur mom's krug, and then i wrote a poem  :'( ) .

CT basically sucks.


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: Captain Flapjackass on April 18, 2008, 01:16:05 PM
Some facts about Puerto Rico:

a) We are the oldest and only colony in the world. (We're still a colony is just that from 1952 it has been called "commowealth")

b) We have the oldest goverment building of all the American continent and the oldest coat of arms.

c) J.Lo, Ricky Martin, Joaquin Phoenix, Marc Anthony, Rosario Dawson, Benicio del Toro were all born or have a parent that is from Puerto Rico.

d) After the USA, Puerto Rico has the most Miss Universe wins with 5 (that's also the most by any Latin country).



My dad used to live in Puerto Rico back in the early 80's. He said he loved it. Now I'm jealous :mad


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: Phantasmatron on April 18, 2008, 01:27:08 PM
c) J.Lo, Ricky Martin...Marc Anthony...were all born or have a parent that is from Puerto Rico.

Dude, if you want to get us to like Puerto Rico, that is NOT the way to do it. ;D

Oh, but if you have beautiful women, then you guys are just fine in my book.



Captain Flapjackass:  The nearest fast food is really the next town over?  Is Conneticut not big on fast food or do you live in a town with a population of fifty?


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: Captain Flapjackass on April 18, 2008, 01:39:31 PM
c) J.Lo, Ricky Martin...Marc Anthony...were all born or have a parent that is from Puerto Rico.

Dude, if you want to get us to like Puerto Rico, that is NOT the way to do it. ;D

Oh, but if you have beautiful women, then you guys are just fine in my book.



Captain Flapjackass:  The nearest fast food is really the next town over?  Is Conneticut not big on fast food or do you live in a town with a population of fifty?

The second one. Salem is a cowtown, to say the least, and we are rather small. Plus people from other towns love to give us shit about living in Salem.

My first day of high school (i go to school in a different town too):

ELHS kid: Are you new?
ME: No, I live in Salem.
ELHS kid: How many cows do you have on your farm, farmboy?

we don't even have that many farms. the ones we do have, haven't been in operation for decades.


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: dimitrius on April 18, 2008, 03:23:22 PM
c) J.Lo, Ricky Martin...Marc Anthony...were all born or have a parent that is from Puerto Rico.

Dude, if you want to get us to like Puerto Rico, that is NOT the way to do it. ;D

Oh, but if you have beautiful women, then you guys are just fine in my book.
:lol I know, but hey they're well known and I had to mentioned them, but were you aware of the Joaquin Phoenix one? I'm just curious because I didn't know that until a year ago.

About the beautiful women thing, I did state we have 5 Miss Universe wins, second all time so you can bet your ass we have them! ;)


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: dimitrius on April 18, 2008, 03:38:47 PM
Oh and I just remember this:

On 1595 Sir Francis Drake tried attacking El Morro, which is a castle on the coast of the island where all ships came through, one of the gunners from the castle shot a cannonball through the cabin of his flagships. Drake retreated, one of the very few unsuccesful siege of the Vice Admiral.


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: Phantasmatron on April 18, 2008, 04:00:21 PM
Dude, if you want to get us to like Puerto Rico, that is NOT the way to do it. ;D

Oh, but if you have beautiful women, then you guys are just fine in my book.
:lol I know, but hey they're well known and I had to mentioned them, but were you aware of the Joaquin Phoenix one? I'm just curious because I didn't know that until a year ago.

About the beautiful women thing, I did state we have 5 Miss Universe wins, second all time so you can bet your ass we have them! ;)

:lol
I didn't know about Joaquin Phoenix, and since he's a great actor, I guess he makes up for at least two of the trifecta of evil I pointed out earlier.

And the 5 Miss Universe wins definitely tips the scales in your favor.  Puerto Rico is awesome.

Plus, it's fun to say.  PWHERE-to REE-ko.   :hat


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: dimitrius on April 18, 2008, 04:02:08 PM
Plus, it's fun to say.  PWHERE-to REE-ko.   :hat
.... At least is a close pronunciation to the real pronunciation.


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: Phantasmatron on April 18, 2008, 05:11:28 PM
Plus, it's fun to say.  PWHERE-to REE-ko.   :hat
.... At least is a close pronunciation to the real pronunciation.

Eh, it's hard to spell out the nuances of pronunciation in a different language.  I'm pretty sure when I actually say it aloud I say it right.  I may suck at Spanish grammar, vocabulary and syntax, but my pronunciation is usually decent.  Pretty much everybody in my family speaks Spanish fluently except for me, so I'm pretty familiar with how it's supposed to sound. 


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: VFS on April 19, 2008, 04:42:20 AM
Sounds better than my New York way of saying "Pour toe Ree ko" :lol


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: ZeppelinDT on April 19, 2008, 08:55:26 AM
Cool/unique stuff about Long Island:

When you go to local bars to hang out with your friends, there's a good chance you'll run into John Petrucci.
:)


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: Captain Flapjackass on April 19, 2008, 09:12:56 AM
Cool/unique stuff about Long Island:

When you go to local bars to hang out with your friends, there's a good chance you'll run into John Petrucci.
:)

In CT there's a good chance that you might run into Jim Matheos too. ;D


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: ZeppelinDT on April 19, 2008, 09:15:55 AM
Cool/unique stuff about Long Island:

When you go to local bars to hang out with your friends, there's a good chance you'll run into John Petrucci.
:)

In CT there's a good chance that you might run into Jim Matheos too. ;D

On Long Island there's a good chance that you might run into Charlie Dominici

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Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: dimitrius on April 19, 2008, 09:35:16 AM
Eh, it's hard to spell out the nuances of pronunciation in a different language.  I'm pretty sure when I actually say it aloud I say it right.  I may suck at Spanish grammar, vocabulary and syntax, but my pronunciation is usually decent.  Pretty much everybody in my family speaks Spanish fluently except for me, so I'm pretty familiar with how it's supposed to sound. 
Now I'm curious to know why your family speaks fluent Spanish. Did they live for sometime in a Spanish speaking country?

Sounds better than my New York way of saying "Pour toe Ree ko" :lol
I hate that!


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: xoxoch on April 19, 2008, 10:18:56 AM
c) J.Lo, Ricky Martin...Marc Anthony...were all born or have a parent that is from Puerto Rico.

Dude, if you want to get us to like Puerto Rico, that is NOT the way to do it. ;D

Oh, but if you have beautiful women, then you guys are just fine in my book.



Captain Flapjackass:  The nearest fast food is really the next town over?  Is Conneticut not big on fast food or do you live in a town with a population of fifty?

The second one. Salem is a cowtown, to say the least, and we are rather small. Plus people from other towns love to give us shit about living in Salem.

My first day of high school (i go to school in a different town too):

ELHS kid: Are you new?
ME: No, I live in Salem.
ELHS kid: How many cows do you have on your farm, farmboy?

we don't even have that many farms. the ones we do have, haven't been in operation for decades.

salem... I always have to think of stephen king there.


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: Captain Flapjackass on April 19, 2008, 10:20:05 AM
Cool/unique stuff about Long Island:

When you go to local bars to hang out with your friends, there's a good chance you'll run into John Petrucci.
:)

In CT there's a good chance that you might run into Jim Matheos too. ;D

On Long Island there's a good chance that you might run into Charlie Dominici

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OK, you got me, that's because Fates Warning is the only good band to come out of Connecticut.


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: ZeppelinDT on April 19, 2008, 10:28:59 AM
Some other Long Island Stuff:

- Its almost impossible to get bad pizza or bagels
- No matter where you are, within a five mile radius there are at least two malls and five 7-11's
- We don't have accents.  Everybody else does.
- We all love Billy Joel
- Jersey Sucks
- Long Island is a lot bigger than most of the world seems to realize.  We have nearly 3 million people (7.5 million if you count Brooklyn and Queens) and the island is almost 120 miles long (but only about 20 miles wide).


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: Phantasmatron on April 19, 2008, 10:49:29 AM
Now I'm curious to know why your family speaks fluent Spanish. Did they live for sometime in a Spanish speaking country?

:lol

Yes, but separately.

My dad lived near Madrid for a couple years, before he was married.
My oldest sister lived in the Canary Islands for a year or two.
My next sister lived in Bolivia for a year and a half.
And my youngest sister lived near Bilbao for a while.

I guess my mom isn't fluent.  She's probably better at Spanish than I am, though.

We need a "the answer to your question is probably more than you intended to find out" kind of emoticon. :D


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: xoxoch on April 19, 2008, 11:04:16 AM
wow, there's a whole lot of phantasmotrons out in this world 8)

about conveyor belt sushi: cpt. flap had it right. I know there are some of them in the states, but I have no clue why they're not as popular as they are over here. To expand a bit on it; you usually have two lines of conveyors travelling through the restaurant, one cold line with sushi, deserts, salads, etc. and one hot line with warm chinese food like spring rolls, fried shrimp, noodles, .. you know, the usual kind of stuff. The price is about 12-15 euros (20-25 dollars); all you can eat. My personal record is 54 plates; now I'm a tiny person, so imagine how many plates a full-grown guy can do  :metal :metal

btw. the correct german word for conveyor belt sushi is "running sushi"
and a cell phone is called a "handy"
 :D


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: dimitrius on April 19, 2008, 11:07:19 AM
Now I'm curious to know why your family speaks fluent Spanish. Did they live for sometime in a Spanish speaking country?

:lol

Yes, but separately.

My dad lived near Madrid for a couple years, before he was married.
My oldest sister lived in the Canary Islands for a year or two.
My next sister lived in Bolivia for a year and a half.
And my youngest sister lived near Bilbao for a while.

I guess my mom isn't fluent.  She's probably better at Spanish than I am, though.

We need a "the answer to your question is probably more than you intended to find out" kind of emoticon. :D
:lol Yes.

Is there some reason why they all, except your second oldest sister, chose Spain?


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: Phantasmatron on April 19, 2008, 12:13:15 PM
about conveyor belt sushi: cpt. flap had it right. I know there are some of them in the states, but I have no clue why they're not as popular as they are over here. To expand a bit on it; you usually have two lines of conveyors travelling through the restaurant, one cold line with sushi, deserts, salads, etc. and one hot line with warm chinese food like spring rolls, fried shrimp, noodles, .. you know, the usual kind of stuff. The price is about 12-15 euros (20-25 dollars); all you can eat. My personal record is 54 plates; now I'm a tiny person, so imagine how many plates a full-grown guy can do  :metal :metal

So...it's like a buffet...except it's moving...on conveyor belts?  This seems weirder and weirder the more it's explained.   :lol

Is there some reason why they all, except your second oldest sister, chose Spain?

I'm not sure.  But I guess my middle sister just had to be different.  :lol


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: dimitrius on April 19, 2008, 12:27:03 PM
Sisters think they're so cool!


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: xoxoch on April 19, 2008, 12:31:00 PM
So...it's like a buffet...except it's moving...on conveyor belts?  This seems weirder and weirder the more it's explained.   :lol

(http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/9615/runningsushins2.jpg)

well kinda, but you don't have to get up and the food is always fresh since the conveyor belts also run through the citchen where the cooks refill the line and exchange cold/old food  :wocka


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: Phantasmatron on April 19, 2008, 01:28:14 PM
Actually, that picture really does a lot to help explain it.  It's kind of a cool idea, really.  I'd totally go to one of those things if I knew where to find one or ever wanted to try eating sushi.   ;D


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: VFS on April 20, 2008, 06:37:45 AM
That is the coolest idea ever. holy crap. all you can eat buffet where you never leave your seat.

AWESOME


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: dimitrius on April 20, 2008, 09:47:44 AM
I hear those things are all over Asian countries. I wonder why the US doesn't have one already.


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: Matt Gillis on April 21, 2008, 02:27:03 PM
Well, to start off I guess I'd like to explain one thing about Canada:

We are a pretty huge country (second in the world I think? Maybe third now?) and we only have 10 provinces and 3 territories. That said, each province is big enough, and different enough (both geographically and socially) to be it's on country. So its almost like we are a nation of nations!

1) We arn't the cultural melting pot like the states. We get ALL kinds of immigrants, and rather than become Canadians, they just start their own country in a new land. It can cause some law conflicts sometimes, but for the most part I find it awesome. Its a pretty neat experience to be cultured, and for example, I can go downtown and eat at an etheopian resteraunt, or shop at all all chinease grocery store.

2) Here in Nova Scotia, we have a very rich history. I don't want to get into a huge history lesson, but we still have all the old French and English forts and things, and one is even what the capital core is built around (its on a huge hill). If you're a fan of pirates, rumrunners and a city founded as a drinking place for sailors, you'll love it here!

3) Most of us "maritimers" (as were called) are pretty normal people, but if you've ever watched Canadian comedy, they make fun of us maritimers a lot, particularily the Newfoundlanders. They speak in a language that NO ONE understands, and I think everyone, even us fellow maritimers get a kick out of it. But no, I talk like a normal person, exempt of any weird speech, save perhaps a "eh" or two  :P

4) In Nova Scotia, the local music scene is very supportive. We are basically all Scottish, Irish, etc. so there is a tonne of celtic music, much of it more perserved and intact than in the "home country". We have very few "big" concerts (well, that I enjoy or pay attention to anyway), but there is a pretty strong jazz scene (with some real "heavy" musicians), folk scene, etc.

5) All the nice people, who, if you truly needed it, would probably give you their left kidney if you needed it to live.

6) That rich culture and history is everywhere, so (at least in Halifax, the city core) you can go to some dank drinking hole or resteraunt right from the 1700's, or you can go next door to a modern building built around one such "old" wall.

Anyway, that's just a few of the things I can think of off the top of my head, I'll probably mention more things as you people remind me of certain stuff. And again, aside from the fact that they may have been here, someone from another province would probably find the culture here as different as you would!  :lol


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: dimitrius on April 21, 2008, 02:43:40 PM
Now that you mention rum. Puerto Rico is the rum capital of the world.

Just to mention 2 rums made here: Captain Morgan's and, the best selling rum in the world, Bacardi.


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: VFS on April 22, 2008, 01:39:20 PM
xoxoch
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we need you!


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: xoxoch on April 24, 2008, 12:02:52 PM
xoxoch
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we need you!

I'm flattered  :blush
just added some gossip !!

that was my 1st post on dtf, btw  :metal


Title: Re: it's all a matter of culture
Post by: xoxoch on April 24, 2008, 12:08:42 PM
matt, your post is great! you inspire me to write some more about Austria... but I have to think about it so I can come up with something coherent  :P