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View Poll Results: Would you do these things?
Asking an American Hasidic Jew to remove his hat when entering a church 0 0%
Asking to see an Australian woman’s fanny pack 2 25.00%
Attempting to clink beer glasses with a Hungarian 4 50.00%
Bringing a bottle of wine to a French dinner party host 4 50.00%
Calling a teenage German girl a Fraulein 3 37.50%
Calling an American Puerto Rican an “immigrant” 3 37.50%
Cutting an Estonian’s bread with a knife 3 37.50%
Expecting an English checkout clerk to bag your groceries 3 37.50%
Giving a “thumbs up” gesture to an Iraqi 4 50.00%
Giving a gift to an Irish coworker 3 37.50%
Handing a cigarette to a Polish woman 1 12.50%
Interrupting an Inuit 0 0%
Kissing a Croatian’s cheek while shaking her hand 1 12.50%
Letting a Czech woman enter a pub ahead of you 3 37.50%
Making a Dracula joke to a Romanian 4 50.00%
Making an “okay” gesture to a Brazilian cab driver 3 37.50%
Making physical contact with a Scandinavian 3 37.50%
Mentioning Turkey (the country) to an Armenian 4 50.00%
Nodding your head vigorously to a Greek 4 50.00%
Not saying hello to a Ghanian baby when you visit 3 37.50%
Not shaking hands with all of the other guests at a Dutch birthday party 3 37.50%
Offering to share a pear with a close Chinese friend 2 25.00%
Opening gifts at your birthday party full of Indians 3 37.50%
Paying a Russian deliveryman over the threshold instead of stepping outside or inviting him in 3 37.50%
Pouring a Chilean’s wine with your left hand 3 37.50%
Reading a book while Chinese people are gambling 2 25.00%
Sending chrysanthemums to an American grandmother 2 25.00%
Setting your hat on an Italian’s bed 2 25.00%
Shaking hands with a Bangladeshi woman 2 25.00%
Shaking hands with a European while wearing gloves 3 37.50%
Showing up on time to a Venezuelan party 2 25.00%
Sitting on a Maori’s table 1 12.50%
Talking to a Dominican about Haitian immigration 2 25.00%
Telling a Portuguese person that you “don’t speak Spanish” 1 12.50%
Telling a Serb he’s from a Balkan country 2 25.00%
Telling a Turk that his sister is hot 1 12.50%
Toasting a Mexican with a glass of water 3 37.50%
Trying to imitate a Colombian’s accent 0 0%
Turning down a drink from a Nicaraguan 2 25.00%
Warning a resident of Nairobi to look out for lions 0 0%
Wearing tube socks in front of a European 2 25.00%
I wouldn't do any of these 1 12.50%
I kill any foreigners I meet 1 12.50%
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:11 PM  
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How much of an oaf would you be in another country?

Thanks to banyon for sending me this link a while back.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_faux_pas

Which of the faux pas behaviors are you likely to exhibit whilst interacting with people from other countries?

Poll forthcoming, though I recognize that it's rude to ask people's opinions in North Korea, Iran, and parts of the Ukraine.
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:11 PM   #2
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I can't imagine being a bigger oaf than I already am in THIS country.
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:20 PM   #3
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I can't imagine being a bigger oaf than I already am in THIS country.

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Old 01-31-2007, 08:24 PM   #4
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Turning down a drink from a Nicaraguan
I have no problems complying with this cultural norm.
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:26 PM   #5
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My most likely faux pas would be wearing tube socks in front of a European. I think I've done that a lot.
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:47 PM   #6
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For a shorter list I'll provide a list of actions that I probably wouldn't do:

Nodding your head vigorously to a Greek

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Not saying hello to a Ghanian baby when you visit

It would really suck if a beautiful Greek woman said "do you want to get naked" and your first reaction was to nod vigorously.

Why would I say hi to a baby? A tickle or a pickup and quick belly fart maybe but where is "hello" going to lead?
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