Monday, 23 January 2006

The Prejudice Map

Some person has Googled for "[countrymen] are known for *" for a whole host of places (where [countrymen] is English or German or Canadian or whatever) and made the result into a graphic.

It's interesting of itself and also seems to explain the plot of a couple of Simpsons episodes. I'm not sure exactly what they had to do to get "extremely unclean" for the UK, but when I put in British I got "dry, somewhat sarcastic, witty and self-deprecating sense of humor" and "tea, mushy peas" in the first few, whereas English got "tea", "traditions" and "reserve" (Note to self: write a song with that title).

Austrians, it seems, are known for their:

Gemutlichkeit, a relaxed and happy approach to life.
warmth, hospitality and love
and large tapeworms.

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