This is so sad…

January 25, 2007

We are back in the US and I am trying to readjust to “real life” and work up the energy to finish dealing with photos and writing things up. In the mean time…

When we met other travellers they were often surprised to meet Americans (US Citizens not the varied peoples of the two American continents) especially those on an extended trip. They think of most Americans as quite ignorant about world affairs. Sadly it is generally true. The following video was sent to me by one such friend from the trip. It is filled with cheap shots and editing to make the yanks look stupid, but it works to hilarious results.

I’ll just keep saying I am Canadian.


  1. Yikes.

    For what it’s worth, those people all appear to be from the south, so they actually are all like that down there. And Julian Morrow, the smarmy Aussie doing the interviews, may want to check this map to get a sense of where his people fit into the intellectual mix.

    Comment by Andrew — January 26, 2007 @ 11:15 am

  2. jonathan! canadian?! how disappointing. :) despite my views on the current us administration, i’m proud to say i never once claimed i was canadian on my trip. i did pull off a near failed ‘i’m from new zealand’ ruse to avoid some american tax charges in india [] … but again… never claimed i was canadian. i even chewed some poor american guy out when he showed me his maple leaf hat. it’s strange, i’ve never really considered myself a patriot but my trip really brought out that aspect in me. one of the first things i did when i returned to the states was to buy some american flag gear. anyway… welcome back. glad you made it home safely.

    Comment by paul recon — January 31, 2007 @ 2:10 am

  3. thanks for that jonathan. i rarely leave comments on these things, but in this case i couldn’t resist - yet another solid reason why i left the states… for good?

    Comment by michael — February 4, 2007 @ 11:26 pm

  4. Hi Jonathan,

    Apologies for the informality but I have struggled to find a way to contact you. I am working on a programme for the Discovery Channel and we are very interested in using one of your pictures. Can you please get in touch so we can discuss this further, I will send you my contact no when you email me back as I would prefer not to post it on your site.

    Many thanks

    Comment by Jenna Berry — February 8, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

  5. This video is the best inspiration for basic education I’ve seen. Makes me want to go out and learn something, teach something, and keep questioning. What would it take to motivate Americans to learn about basic world knowledge? I wonder how American troops in Iraq would respond to some of the questions in the video.

    Comment by Sunshine — February 21, 2007 @ 11:38 am

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