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If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 13:57
by Joost
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Discuss!

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 14:02
by Daijin
Yeah! I'm all for discussing...

... but actually, I don't really get it. :?

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 14:08
by Joost
Daijin wrote:Yeah! I'm all for discussing...

... but actually, I don't really get it. :?
The idea is that European countries are mapped onto states in the US that are somehow similar. E.g. more liberal countries in Europe are mapped onto more liberal states, and conservative countries on conservative states. Monaco, famous for its casinos, is mapped onto Utah, which has Las Vegas. The country Geogria is simply mapped onto the state with the same name. Turkey, a country on the border of Europe, known for having lots of immigrants in Europe, and lots of restaurants with the local cuisine in Europe, is mapped on Mexico, which plays a similar role w.r.t. America. Etc...

Some of the things don't quite make sense to me, and I disagree with some of the choices. Finland definitely should've been Michigan, and Sweden Minnesota, for historical reasons... France should have been Louisiana, not California.

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 16:18
by blind-man
Joost wrote:Monaco, famous for its casinos, is mapped onto Utah, which has Las Vegas.
That would be Nevada :wink:.

No, I won't make any relevant contribution to the topic. I just wanted to point out your mistake 8).

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 16:25
by Andreas
Never knew Vatican City was that huge! I kinda expected it from Andorra though...

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 19:56
by ThePKH
From purely Finnish point of view, Spain should be Florida. That's where many of our old and wealthy people are moving to for their retirement days.

Colorado seems a bit too mountaineous to us. We want some frigging lakes, put us nearer to the great lakes. They're so great. And they're lakes. Michigan would do nicely as Joost said. It's the state with the highest Finnish-American population in the US and as with many of the more northern states, Ice Hockey seems to be popular there too. :)

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 20:21
by West Virginia Mule
What it the name of Obama is a Cyprus?

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 20:30
by ThePKH
I wonder if there are any other reasons for comparing West Virginia and Cyprus than the fact that they are slightly similar in shape? Maybe their populations are of the same shape too?

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 20:34
by Joost
The highest point of West Virginia is called Spruce Knob which is obviously a rip-off of Cypress Hill, who, of course, must be from Cyprus.

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 20:39
by ThePKH
I see. Spruce Knob is a funny name. It has the word knob. :)

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 20:53
by West Virginia Mule
Are the Cyprus people toothless and dying of heart disease at 45? Do they drive rusty pickups with dead, bloody deer roped to the hood? Do they worship guns and tractors and auto mechanics like a religion? Do they have to do all their clothes shopping at the Fat 'n Fugly Inbred Warehouse? Are the unemployment lines three miles long? Do their towns and cities appear to be mired in a film of sludge and rust and smell of sewage? Will they still be voting for Robert Byrd ten years after he's dead? Do they live and die by faux tranference with the relative success and failure of the West Virginia Mountaineers football team? Are they small people with small minds living small lives? Do I despise my wasted life living amongst them but have always stayed because home is home is home, because the roots grow into branches, because circular thinking always brings you back to where you started?

If so, then yeah, there's a lot in common between Cyprus and West By God Virginia.

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 21:03
by ThePKH
Sounds more like the Finnish countryside.

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 21:28
by No‘am
Wallonia and Flanders separated by Luxembourg? :D
Also seems that Monaco is bigger than the whole UK and Scandinavia together

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 21:39
by Led Guardian
Apparently I live in Greece. Who knew? Could someone explain that one please?

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 21:45
by Andreas
Apparently lots of an ancient culture can be found where you live, you lot use a different kind of alphabet and you treat dogs badly. Way to go :|

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 21:50
by Orodaran
Italy is Florida? like, a place for old people to retire and live as tourists of a neverending summer?

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 21 Jan 2010 03:32
by Cerbere
Awesome I'm in Finland

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 21 Jan 2010 10:47
by Daijin
Well, Germany and Michigan have at least one thing in common: a big and influential car industry.

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 21 Jan 2010 20:18
by West Virginia Mule
Daijin wrote:Well, Germany and Michigan have at least one thing in common: a big and influential car industry.
You have a Garak quote in yer signature. Now I remember why you were the awesomest. Heh. And also, a much better moderator than the three stooges we have now. Hah-hah. Just kiddin' stooges. You know I loves you.

Also, the Michigan with the "big and influential car industry" ain't what it once was. Ford is the only American car company left.

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 21 Jan 2010 23:38
by Andreas
I used to be able to point at any state on a map (without any names) and tell which one it is. I tend to forget useless things...

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 22 Jan 2010 07:01
by West Virginia Mule
Andreas wrote:I used to be able to point at any state on a map (without any names) and tell which one it is. I tend to forget useless things...
I used to be able to point to any part of my body and tell what it is. But now? No way. Could be anything.

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 22 Jan 2010 12:12
by Frozen within
Hey, living in America wouldn't be too crappy, that's about the square mileage we need for 16 million people. But if you try hard enough, I bet one can squeeze a horse into a sardine can, so all's fine for now I guess ...

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 22 Jan 2010 13:06
by Daijin
West Virginia Mule wrote: Also, the Michigan with the "big and influential car industry" ain't what it once was. Ford is the only American car company left.
And there we have another similarity. ;) Though there are still VW, Mercedes, BMW and Porsche (which is now part of VW).

Oh, and General Motors takes the German Opel down with it.

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 12:39
by West Virginia Mule
They can keep their GM (Government Motors) and FiatChrysler. We have two Fords in the garage. And only one has a dead body in the trunk. Oh, damn...I'm not supposed to talk about that.

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 24 Jan 2010 05:50
by alleyesonazarath
I live in Illinois, and this state is not Switzerland! Make this state the Vatican, we're run by fools too!

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 24 Jan 2010 09:34
by Energokinetic
ThePKH wrote:I wonder if there are any other reasons for comparing West Virginia and Cyprus than the fact that they are slightly similar in shape? Maybe their populations are of the same shape too?
"Slightly similiar" ? Lolwut? http://allisonkilkenny.files.wordpress. ... rginia.gif West Virginia looks like a frog(to me at least), http://www.religiousintelligence.co.uk/ ... cyprus.gif Cyprus looks like a...i dont know, a blade maybe? :twisted:
West Virginia Mule wrote:Are the Cyprus people toothless and dying of heart disease at 45? Do they drive rusty pickups with dead, bloody deer roped to the hood? Do they worship guns and tractors and auto mechanics like a religion? Do they have to do all their clothes shopping at the Fat 'n Fugly Inbred Warehouse? Are the unemployment lines three miles long? Do their towns and cities appear to be mired in a film of sludge and rust and smell of sewage? Will they still be voting for Robert Byrd ten years after he's dead? Do they live and die by faux tranference with the relative success and failure of the West Virginia Mountaineers football team? Are they small people with small minds living small lives? Do I despise my wasted life living amongst them but have always stayed because home is home is home, because the roots grow into branches, because circular thinking always brings you back to where you started?

If so, then yeah, there's a lot in common between Cyprus and West By God Virginia.
Lol, not really. I must admit, you made me laugh xD

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 24 Jan 2010 09:36
by West Virginia Mule
People in Cyprus are probably all terrorists hell-bent on killing West Virginians.

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 24 Jan 2010 09:38
by Energokinetic
West Virginia Mule wrote:People in Cyprus are probably all terrorists hell-bent on killing West Virginians.
Yeah, and my first victim is you :P

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 24 Jan 2010 12:27
by Joost
Energokinetic wrote: "Slightly similiar" ? Lolwut? http://allisonkilkenny.files.wordpress. ... rginia.gif West Virginia looks like a frog(to me at least)
Yes, but that's only because, in this picture, it is green!

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 24 Jan 2010 13:35
by West Virginia Mule
Energokinetic wrote:Cyprus looks like a...i dont know, a blade maybe?
Cyprus looks like a floating puddle of snot in a swimming pool. In that picture, I mean. In real life, I'm sure your pools are clean and entirely snot-free.

I live in a frog's toe: http://h1.ripway.com/WVM/west-virginia.gif Gawd I hope that's its toe.

Do frogs have toes? Webby toes? Or just webs? Flippers? Paddles? Well, whatever they have. Toes are stupid. Toes. I can't stop thinking about the word toes. Toes. Toes. Make it stop. Toes.


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Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 19:11
by Metal Fan
It's the cat on the keyboard again.

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 22:17
by 1by4by9
The placement of Georgia was a total shocker!

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 30 Jan 2010 16:35
by Pathfinder
When I read this, I was pretty sure that my country will be put somewhere south. Not that I complain, Alabama's not that bad. :D

I guess I love Sweet home Alabama for a reason now. :p

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 31 Jan 2010 19:50
by Metal Fan
Where is Azores?

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 31 Jan 2010 20:42
by Joost
Metal Fan wrote:Where is Azores?
It's a group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean quite a bit west from Portugal (and belonging to Portugal).

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 31 Jan 2010 21:05
by Led Guardian
Pathfinder wrote:Alabama's not that bad. :D
Haha! :lol:

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 31 Jan 2010 21:35
by krossfire
Can't agree with Romania's size compared to its actual neighbours either :)

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 31 Jan 2010 21:48
by Pathfinder
Led Guardian wrote:
Pathfinder wrote:Alabama's not that bad. :D
Haha! :lol:
:D Actually, I didn't have the opportunity to visit Alabama while I was on my trips in the USA. I just wanted to see a bit of dirty south. :D

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 31 Jan 2010 21:49
by Pathfinder
krossfire wrote:Can't agree with Romania's size compared to its actual neighbours either :)
Why not? You're at least in some more liberal state. :D

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 31 Jan 2010 22:05
by krossfire
Pathfinder wrote:
krossfire wrote:Can't agree with Romania's size compared to its actual neighbours either :)
Why not? You're at least in some more liberal state. :D
Can't argue with that :P

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 01 Feb 2010 01:37
by West Virginia Mule
"I've been to Alabama, people, ain't a whole lot to see. Skynyrd says it's a real sweet home, but it ain't nuthin' to me." --Molly Hatchet, 1978

Do illegal aliens from Turkey sneak across Poland's border and demand Polish citizenship?

And...uh...anyone care to shed some light on the Texas/Poland connection? Just wondering since my ever-lovin' Euro heritage is mostly Polish. And I've always wanted to be a PolandFriedCriminal, ya know.

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 01 Feb 2010 02:40
by Pathfinder
West Virginia Mule wrote:"I've been to Alabama, people, ain't a whole lot to see. Skynyrd says it's a real sweet home, but it ain't nuthin' to me." --Molly Hatchet, 1978

Do illegal aliens from Turkey sneak across Poland's border and demand Polish citizenship?

And...uh...anyone care to shed some light on the Texas/Poland connection? Just wondering since my ever-lovin' Euro heritage is mostly Polish. And I've always wanted to be a PolandFriedCriminal, ya know.
Thanks, I thought Skynyrd wasn't that honest in the song. :p

And about Texas/Poland connection...well, I think it's the same reason like most of the other countries that are placed in the south part. Lack of liberalism, probably the guy that made this thought of Polish soccer fans at that time, or something stupid like that. :) I'm pretty sure he didn't put any big effort in learning something more about all of those countries. :)

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 05 Feb 2010 05:59
by teo_guardian
oh my God..macedonia..pfff..who made this?

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 05 Feb 2010 18:14
by Pathfinder
teo_guardian wrote:oh my God..macedonia..pfff..who made this?
Would you be happier if it said FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)? :D

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 05 Feb 2010 18:27
by Joost
The name FYROM only exists to kiss the asses of Greeks. Greece should just get over it and accept that most of the world would simply like to call that country Macedonia.

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 05 Feb 2010 19:07
by Pathfinder
Joost wrote:The name FYROM only exists to kiss the asses of Greeks. Greece should just get over it and accept that most of the world would simply like to call that country Macedonia.
I know, that's why I mentioned it. Teo_guardian is from Greece (or at least he wrote that), so I guessed that's why Macedonia bothered him.

On the other hand, I can understand why Greek people don't want to let them use that name. When I was in Macedonia, I saw them selling T-shirts with Alexander The Great's character on it, and I think it said Macedonia somewhere on it as well. I don't mind the name, it's much easier to say it than saying FYROM, but this is just stupid, trying to present Alexander the Great as your countries hero, when this Macedonia now doesn't have anything to do with Macedonia back then.

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 07 Feb 2010 07:33
by teo_guardian
the whole greece hasn't anything to do with greece back then...now we're just a shity country..

i don't care about alexander the great at all..i'm not proud of a man who slaughtered the whole Asia for taking revenge from persians...

but if FYROM is called macedonia then how should our macedonia be called?...i am also from macedonia(i live in athens though)..and now there is a country which claims that name...wtf?what was their problem with their previus name?
well at least they have part of that history..that's something..because we have the other guys from britain also who keep
the stones from parthenon there...what's the problem of all these countries?

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 07 Feb 2010 11:42
by Joost
teo_guardian wrote:but if FYROM is called macedonia then how should our macedonia be called?...i am also from macedonia(i live in athens though)..and now there is a country which claims that name...wtf?what was their problem with their previus name?
well at least they have part of that history..that's something..because we have the other guys from britain also who keep
the stones from parthenon there...what's the problem of all these countries?
Is that a problem, really? Belgium also has a province Luxembourg, next to the country Luxembourg. Both the Netherlands and Belgium have a province Limburg (which border each other), and in Germany there's also a town Limburg. Nobody thinks of this as an issue or a problem in any way.

And well, the country that now is called Macedonia/FYROM used to be a Yugoslav republic called... yep, 'Macedonia'. (hence FYROM = Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) The original name after independence was simply 'Macedonia', but after pressure of Greece this became FYROM when they entered the UN. FYROM never has been used as an internal name for the country of Macedonia, though...

Re: If America were Europe

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 00:53
by Catanduva
Lake Michigan disappeared in 1990.

If America were Europe

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 00:33
by Hansi Smurf
If America were Europe, the sanctity of home, family, monogamy AND private property would be in an even greasier and more disgusting state than it already is!

If not, Euro-trash, then exclaim here the sanctity of you and your individual unsubjegated and violent selves, thus joining both me, and Bugs Bunny!