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Over-Head
12-08-2004, 02:09 AM
Kinda sad when ya think about it....American's pretend to be Canadian so they can travel in Europe peacfully. :shake:

http://news.channels.aolsvc.aol.ca/news/article.adp?id=20041207105509990001

T-Shirt Co. Offers 'Go Canadian' Package
By LESLIE HOFFMAN, AP ONLINE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An American T-shirt company has a solution for fellow citizens who want to vacation in Europe without having to answer questions about U.S. politics: pose as Canadians.

This advertising package released by U.S.-based T-shirtKing.com, shows the "Go Canadian" package which includes a Canadian flag-T-shirt with the words to "O Canada," a Canadian flag lapel pin, a Canadian patch for luggage and a quick reference guide title

For $24.95 US (about $30 Cdn), T-shirtKing.com offers the "Go Canadian" package, full of just the kind of things an American traveller needs to leave home and its politics behind. There's a Canadian flag T-shirt, a Canadian flag lapel pin and a Canadian patch for luggage or a backpack. There's also a quick reference guide - "How to Speak Canadian, Eh?" - on answering questions about Canada.

It's the brainchild of employees at the Mountainair, N.M.-based company known for novelty T-shirts it sells worldwide on the Internet.

The Go Canadian idea sprouted after one of company president Bill Broadbent's colleagues heard of someone being harassed about U.S. politics during a recent overseas trip.

Some people might not mind, but others "just want to be on vacation," Broadbent said. "So we were joking that they could just go as Canadians, and that just kind of evolved."

The package went up on the company website Nov. 12, and sold a couple hundred within weeks.

Sylvia Dawson's boyfriend has been joking that she needed to find him a Canadian flag for a coming trip to Spain. That's after his daughter, who is studying there, warned that he might be questioned about politics when he comes to visit.

So she bought a package.

"I said, 'What are you going to do if someone asks you about the prime minister of Canada?' And he said, 'I'll study up,' " Dawson said.

Such questions are the reason for the package's quick reference guide, which offers tips in case an American in disguise gets quizzed on Canada.

When it comes to sports, the guide suggests: "This is easy to remember. There is only one real sport in Canada and it is called hockey. Regardless of any trivia question, the answer is Wayne Gretzky.

If a Canadian says he had to "deke out of a meeting," it means he avoided the meeting. If someone is headed to "Hogtown," that's Canadian for Toronto. A trip to "Cowtown" means the person is going to Calgary.

And in all cases, the guide advises: "If your vacation is to be stress free, leave those heavy politics behind and travel with a light heart and quick wit, Canadian style."

The Canadian Press, 2004

12/7/2004 17:07 EST

Pants
12-08-2004, 02:11 AM
People been doin shit like this since 9/11. I haven't read the article so I don't know whether it mentions in, but usually people just put canadian patches on their backpacks or wear canadian hats.

Rausch
12-08-2004, 02:15 AM
When Cubans are proud to state their nation of origin, but you aren't, you're a pussy...

Pants
12-08-2004, 02:20 AM
When Cubans are proud to state their nation of origin, but you aren't, you're a pussy...

I agree about the pussy part, but Cubans aren't hated like Americans.

Saggysack
12-08-2004, 03:18 AM
Like Metrolike had said, it has been happening since 9/11.

Don't worry though, EuropeOns can spot an American from a mile away. They can tell by your luggage, they can tell by the backpack you wear, they can tell by the way we dress, the shoes we wear, the way we comb our hair, the phrases we use. It ain't foolin anybody.

Wanna look Europeon. Here is a simple suggestion. Wear black shiny shoes, not normal white tennis shoes. If they are tennis shoes have the ones that look like 80's reebok throwbacks, if you are female make those neon 80's thowbacks. Dress in black, browns and grays. No puffy coats, a black wool coat will do. Don't let your pants sag. Wear proper fitting clothes.

Rausch
12-08-2004, 03:23 AM
Like Metrolike had said, it has been happening since 9/11.

Don't worry though, EuropeOns can spot an American from a mile away. They can tell by your luggage, they can tell by the backpack you wear, they can tell by the way we dress, the shoes we wear, the way we comb our hair, the phrases we use. It ain't foolin anybody.

Wanna look Europeon. Here is a simple suggestion. Wear black shiny shoes, not normal white tennis shoes. If they are tennis shoes have the ones that look like 80's reebok throwbacks, if you are female make those neon 80's thowbacks. Dress in black, browns and grays. No puffy coats, a black wool coat will do. Don't let your pants sag. Wear proper fitting clothes.

Have the surgery. Use purple eye shadown and a choker. Spout Petrarch at every opportunity...

Saggysack
12-08-2004, 03:33 AM
Have the surgery. Use purple eye shadown and a choker. Spout Petrarch at every opportunity...

I'd skip the choker, Brad. It just wouldn't look good on you.

Ultra Peanut
12-08-2004, 03:36 AM
Wanna look Europeon. Here is a simple suggestion. Wear black shiny shoes, not normal white tennis shoes. If they are tennis shoes have the ones that look like 80's reebok throwbacks, if you are female make those neon 80's thowbacks. Dress in black, browns and grays. No puffy coats, a black wool coat will do. Don't let your pants sag. Wear proper fitting clothes.Huh...

I was planning to wear this "ensemble" on my next trip to Europe:

<img src="http://www.hatland.com/prodimg/RBKPWkanchi-redwht.jpg" style="width: 425px; height: 216px; border: 0" alt="" />

<img src="http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0000DIW00.01-AT26F6GZJEB06._AA231_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg" style="width: 231px; height: 231px; border: 0" alt="" />

<img src="http://www.npc-wear.com/pictures/camopant.gif" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; border: 0" alt="" />

<img src="http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0001FARS4.01-AT26F6GZJEB06._SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 160px; border: 0" alt="" />

I thought I'd fit right in.<img src="http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/smilies/sulk.gif" style="width: 39px; height: 18px; border: 0" alt="" />

Saggysack
12-08-2004, 03:50 AM
I thought I'd fit right in.

:thumb:

You're so in like flynn.

Well, better add a couple Old Navy pullovers and then you'll really fit in.

Kraut
12-08-2004, 03:52 AM
Huh...

I was planning to wear this "ensemble" on my next trip to Europe:

<img src="http://www.hatland.com/prodimg/RBKPWkanchi-redwht.jpg" style="width: 425px; height: 216px; border: 0" alt="" />

<img src="http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0000DIW00.01-AT26F6GZJEB06._AA231_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg" style="width: 231px; height: 231px; border: 0" alt="" />

<img src="http://www.npc-wear.com/pictures/camopant.gif" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; border: 0" alt="" />

<img src="http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0001FARS4.01-AT26F6GZJEB06._SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 160px; border: 0" alt="" />

I thought I'd fit right in.<img src="http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/smilies/sulk.gif" style="width: 39px; height: 18px; border: 0" alt="" />
ROFL

MichaelH
12-08-2004, 04:00 AM
Wanna look Europeon. Here is a simple suggestion. Wear black shiny shoes, not normal white tennis shoes. If they are tennis shoes have the ones that look like 80's reebok throwbacks, if you are female make those neon 80's thowbacks. Dress in black, browns and grays. No puffy coats, a black wool coat will do. Don't let your pants sag. Wear proper fitting clothes.

Also, throw out your deodorant and razor.

Seriously, I feel bad that Americans have to travel incognito abroad. Is that a reflection on our country or the fragile psyche of the travelers? I say grow a pair and just be a respectful and courteous person. I've never traveled abroad, but I damn sure wouldn't act like some stereotypical "fat" American. As the saying goes, when in Rome....

Ultra Peanut
12-08-2004, 05:14 AM
As the saying goes, when in Rome....Eat a lot of pasta?

Radar Chief
12-08-2004, 09:11 AM
Also, throw out your deodorant and razor.


Yea, and don’t shower for a month.

Iowanian
12-08-2004, 09:13 AM
I'd rather put on some Feces War Paint than wear a canadian shirt.

Want to blend in, in Europe? Stop bathing, roll around on a rest area floor late at night, butt in line, bang into people, talk out your nose, and act like you are God's gift to smelly people.


USA! USA! USA!

Ebolapox
12-08-2004, 09:40 AM
Cuck Fanada

-EB-

StcChief
12-08-2004, 09:47 AM
Just don't go to Europe, with the exchange rate it will cost you a fortune. $.70 = 1 Euro.

PunkinDrublic
12-08-2004, 09:49 AM
I think people get Anti-american government mixed up with Anti-american. I was in Europe a couple months ago and I think the anti-american sentiment is way overhyped. Our culture is all over the place from movies, music and american label clothing. Europeans were pretty cool overall. Sure a lot of them won't hesitate to give you their 2 cents on how much they hate Bush (especially when they see your Texas drivers liscense) but I don't take it personally.

Iowanian
12-08-2004, 09:50 AM
If America were a cat, they'd cover Canada with sand.

marsaray
12-08-2004, 09:52 AM
Just don't go to Europe, with the exchange rate it will cost you a fortune. $.70 = 1 Euro.
Yeah whats so good in Europe any way. You can see all the ways the french have been captured. Experiance the beauty and rubble piles of Germany. The consentration camp remains are also good.

marsaray
12-08-2004, 09:53 AM
Europe. Ha it's a funny word by it self. Just say it. Europe.

morphius
12-08-2004, 10:19 AM
Read this and it reminded me of something else.

My wife was stationed on the first Navy ship named after a Marine, it was the USS Higgins. Colonel Higgins was stationed in Beriut, was captured by pro-Iraninan forces and was killed. I hope I get this right, because it has been a while, but the intresting thing is that there were some Candians staioned there as well, and they tried to get him to wear the Candian flag that day so that he would be safe, but he refused because he wasn't willing to compromise his beliefs or his country.

Ultra Peanut
12-08-2004, 11:04 AM
If America were a cat, they'd cover Canada with sand.ROFL

slivo6
12-08-2004, 11:46 AM
Cuck Fanada

-EB-

Yeah...what he said! The great part about America is if you don't like it, you can always leave......and I hope you do. That'll leave more natural resources for me to consume.

Over-Head
12-08-2004, 05:35 PM
Cuck Fanada

-EB-


4321

Saggysack
12-08-2004, 05:41 PM
4321

I agree. Nothing wrong with Canadians.

2bikemike
12-08-2004, 05:43 PM
There is not much in Europe that I care to see. I would probably enjoy Italy and Greece. But I sure as hell wouldn't try to hide behind Canada.

If you don't like me because I am an American you can kiss my Red White and Blue ass!

chiefs4me
12-08-2004, 07:22 PM
I agree. Nothing wrong with Canadians.


I do to,,and they play great hockey:thumb:

Dave Lane
12-08-2004, 07:34 PM
When Cubans are proud to state their nation of origin, but you aren't, you're a pussy...


I'm a pussy then. When I was in Greece I told everyone I was Canadian. It was funny to hear comments about how much they hate Bush and Americans used to be good.

I think the 200 - 300 "F*ck USA" and "Death to B*sh" signs on walls around Athens may have helped in my decision.

Dave

el borracho
12-08-2004, 07:37 PM
Why fake it? Just go ahead and move there, eh.

Logical
12-08-2004, 08:04 PM
I agree about the pussy part, but Cubans aren't hated like Americans.

:hmmm: I consider it an honor to be hated because I am a US citizen. :harumph:

Inspector
12-08-2004, 08:20 PM
I went on vacation to London, Paris, Rome and Athens awhile back. I got pulled out of line in Rome and Athens for a full search. Dumped my luggage out on the ground looking for a false bottom in my suitcase. Got ripped off by a taxi driver in Rome.

But I was a U.S. citizen all the way. Fug 'em if they don't like it. But sometimes I wonder if the harassament I felt was because I was American.

My sister lives in Australia. Aussies always treat Americans well. (As far as know anyway)

Iowanian
12-08-2004, 08:46 PM
I'm a pussy then. When I was in Greece I told everyone I was Canadian. It was funny to hear comments about how much they hate Bush and Americans used to be good.

I think the 200 - 300 "F*ck USA" and "Death to B*sh" signs on walls around Athens may have helped in my decision.

Dave

...and yet they took your Gringo Cash.

Pants
12-08-2004, 08:55 PM
Just don't go to Europe, with the exchange rate it will cost you a fortune. $.70 = 1 Euro.

What? I think you might be a little confused. It's the other way around. 1 dollar is .70 Euro.

Ultra Peanut
12-09-2004, 01:44 AM
What? I think you might be a little confused. It's the other way around. 1 dollar is .70 Euro.Which is why it's bad.

Over-Head
12-09-2004, 02:09 AM
I do to,,and they play great hockey:thumb:


Not to mention, we also INVENTED that OTHER great sport you "americans" just love playing and talking about...,,Basketball. Yep invented by a canadian ain't that some shit? ROFL

Pants
12-09-2004, 02:17 AM
Not to mention, we also INVENTED that OTHER great sport you "americans" just love playing and talking about...,,Basketball. Yep invented by a canadian ain't that some shit? ROFL

Yeah, but he invented it at KU, basketball's birth place is in America.

Radar Chief
12-09-2004, 07:37 AM
What? I think you might be a little confused. It's the other way around. 1 dollar is .70 Euro.

You sure ‘bout that? Someone posted the exchange rate the other day and IIRC it was about 1.30 Euro to a $1.

Pants
12-09-2004, 07:41 AM
You sure ‘bout that? Someone posted the exchange rate the other day and IIRC it was about 1.30 Euro to a $1.

Yah, I'm sure.

morphius
12-09-2004, 07:42 AM
You sure ‘bout that? Someone posted the exchange rate the other day and IIRC it was about 1.30 Euro to a $1.
No, right now it .75 Euro = $1. I think the 1.30 you saw means something different...

http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html#

Pants
12-09-2004, 07:43 AM
No, right now it .75 Euro = $1. I think the 1.30 you saw means something different...

http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html#

Wow, dollar went up pretty quickly. Nice.

Dave Lane
12-09-2004, 07:46 AM
You sure ‘bout that? Someone posted the exchange rate the other day and IIRC it was about 1.30 Euro to a $1.

I'll take a bunch if this is an offer! ROFL


Dave