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Americans are NOT stupid WITH SUBTITLES

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Americans are NOT stupid WITH SUBTITLES

Came across this youtube video today. It's an Aussie journalist asking members of the American public questions on current affairs, geography etc.
It beggars belief, but I often come across this level of ignorance in the US.
There is one naughty swear word at 1.42 minutes in.

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Re: Americans are NOT stupid WITH SUBTITLES

Says it all Roll eyes
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YAY!.... but I wonder what the result would be over this side of the pond!.... Undecided
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Yeah I thought the same... though surely not that bad?  Undecided
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I was involved in a design of a product for a global market and we decided that we would not  have a changeable time and date format.  The USA use 12h and mm/dd/yy and as a 12h clock needs an AM/PM indicator which is another segment on a LCD we decided to go with a 24h clock as we thought that the USA could cope with this. The date format being mm//dd/yy as the main market would be the USA and Europe/ROW will be intelligent enough to handle this. Then our company merge with a USA company before launch of the product and the Americans in that company informed us that most Americans are thick and would not be able to handle military time (24h) and that a conversion table between 24h to 12h had to be added to the manual. Which we did and I have seen these tables in other manuals for products sold in the USA.
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Re: Americans are NOT stupid WITH SUBTITLES

They seem to manage it with airline timetables Wink
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Perhaps only intelligent Americans fly while the product I was involved in was for the whole population so had to be designed for the lowest denominator.  Wink
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It has gone past the stupid phase for me with Americans.
I have been asked many times if I have tea with the Queen, did I know Princess Diana and (because I am from Liverpool) did I know the Beatles.
For along time I would try and explain the way thing really are here, but after I while I started responding. "oh yeah I go to the Queens parties all the time", "I went to school with John Lennon and we sat next to each other" and "Diana was my ex girlfriend". Never, not once has any one disbelieved me!
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Re: Americans are NOT stupid WITH SUBTITLES

Just as low.
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Quote from: artmo
They seem to manage it with airline timetables Wink

The US timetables use a 12 hour clock
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Grin
i know some intelligent yanks. arr hold on they immigrated from here in the 80's and have british blood through an through.
they live way up in the north of usa and they say that the yanks just get thicker an thicker the further south you go
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YAY!.... but I wonder what the result would be over this side of the pond!.... Undecided



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how many under 16's were in the yank's video. i cant rember and anit watching it again.
but if theres none in the yanks then its no very equal is it
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shouldn't make the blindest bit of difference..
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Re: Americans are NOT stupid WITH SUBTITLES

Neither the Brits or Americans did well.  If you ask a certain type of person you'll get the answers they got in the videos.