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Old 12-08-2004, 03:09 AM  
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Canadian eh!

Kinda sad when ya think about it....American's pretend to be Canadian so they can travel in Europe peacfully.

http://news.channels.aolsvc.aol.ca/n...07105509990001

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
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Old 12-08-2004, 03:11 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 12-08-2004, 03:15 AM   #3
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Old 12-08-2004, 03:20 AM   #4
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I agree about the pussy part, but Cubans aren't hated like Americans.
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Old 12-08-2004, 04:18 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 12-08-2004, 04:23 AM   #6
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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...
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Old 12-08-2004, 04:33 AM   #7
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Old 12-08-2004, 04:36 AM   #8
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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:









I thought I'd fit right in.
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Old 12-08-2004, 04:50 AM   #9
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You're so in like flynn.

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Old 12-08-2004, 04:52 AM   #10
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Old 12-08-2004, 05:00 AM   #11
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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....
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Old 12-08-2004, 10:13 AM   #14
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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.


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