Tricking the English

Posted on November 14, 2008 by yankeebean

yankeebeanI first moved to England when I was 16 years old with my whole family (in fact, that’s how I met my husband, who I’ll call Mr. NiceGuy).

My brother and I used to see what random facts we could make up and convince English people were actually true. It was an AWESOME game and you wouldn’t believe some of the things that people believed.

Once my brother convinced a group of his friends that ‘United States of America’ was prounounced ‘ooo-NIHT-ed STAAH-tase of aah-mare-EEE-caah’

And once I told some knob-head in the pub that I wasn’t allowed to date British men because they teach American women sex secrets that only American men can know about and understand. And he BOUGHT IT…

I know I know, it’s a little mean, but I was only 16…

I must admit, I’m still tempted to try it sometimes. For example, I was tempted to tell people that the it’s againt the law to vote in the American Election outside of US territory. So the US government provided absentee voters with ‘Voting planes’ that pick us up and fly us over America air-space to cast our vote legally.

But I didn’t tell anyone that… I swear…

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  1. yankeebean February 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I think the correct terminology is ‘pissed’ :)

  2. Liz February 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I don’t know, be careful with that- it sounds like they might just have been humouring you.

  3. pacificyorkshirebird November 14, 2008 at 8:35 am

    I love that!! I could have used the “Voting Planes” explanation several times a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes I wonder if someone else has been out tricking the English. Maybe that’s what The Simpsons was created for – which would explain a lot of the bizarre questions about America.

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