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I... wha?
The French Embassy in Washington had no immediate comment, except to say that french fries actually come from Belgium.

This is not from the Onion. Neither is this.

They're from Yahoo News. No, really. I... wah?

Hee!

Anonymous

2003-03-11 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Ah, the Onion. Er, Yahoo News.

My favorite bit is how the moose (meese?) are aware of Drew Barrymore's career. *snerk*

I've been reading your journal lately, and what's this about low writing self esteem? Did you not get the part where I'm like, obsessed with everything you've ever written ever? *hugs* You're amazing. Now just learn that.

~Robin the Crossover Junkie

Re: Hee!

mpoetess

2003-03-11 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hey! Mooses is very culturally aware folkses, you know!


*g* Thanks. It's not so much low writing self-esteem (Hi; I'm Stuart Smalley. I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!) as it is no confidence in my ability to produce anything that satisfies *me*. Or anything longer than three pages. ;-)

zortified

2003-03-11 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)

That's because people are morons.

mpoetess

2003-03-11 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Good thing you're a moose, huh!

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zvi_likes_tv

2003-03-11 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think my favorite line is the one about how the French have done a good job of isolating themselves from the rest of the world. In the sense that 90% of the world that is not the U.S. supports their position on Iraq, yeah, they're isolated.

raincitygirl

2003-03-11 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Chortle.

But didn't you know America *is* the world? Reminds me of that old (possibly apocryphical) newspaper headline which tweaked the way Britain used to think it was the centre of the universe: 'Fog in Channel, Continent cut off'

marguerite_26

2003-03-11 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ok - MP - you get a whole different kind of Holy Crap from me now. WTF? That's just wild.
But I just have to add the comment from the French embassy is a hoot.

The French Embassy in Washington had no immediate comment, except to say that french fries actually come from Belgium.

LMAO!

mpoetess

2003-03-11 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

I know -- I. Wha? Ok, that is the new title for this entry. Bwah.

giogio

2003-03-11 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Heh, I read about that in one of the German papers I read more or less on a regular basis a few weeks ago, except back then it was only diners in North Carolina that were mentioned, I think... and the funny thing of course is that "French Fries" is a completely American term. In most other English-speaking countries it's "chips" and of course in the original French it's "pommes frites"

*laughs hysterically*

You know, there is a reason why ShrubCo and the rest of American politics is a laughing stock in the rest of the word... er, when we're not panicking about them launching Armageddon, of course.

I recently contacted my consulate, trying to register myself, in case I need evacuation when all hell breaks loose, and the consular agent said (this is pretty much verbatim), "Since the US is considered a 'friendly' nation, we don't offer registration here. And anyway, if it gets to a point where we need to evacuate our nationals from the US, it's probably fairly safe to assume that the end of the world is imminent and it won't matter." I hung up at that point.

mpoetess

2003-03-11 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

What were they *smoking* ? It's *at* the point where the *American* nationals want to evacuate themselves!

sweetvalleyslut

2003-03-11 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think there actually have been times in the past century when we've changed the names of things to make them more patriotic. Mostly German stuff during WWII, I think.


zvi_likes_tv

2003-03-11 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Historical precedent does not, in many cases, make us look less assy.

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ladycat777

2003-03-11 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, god. That *isn't* the Onion?

Mommy. . .

mpoetess

2003-03-11 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

I first saw the second version of the story linked on another lj, and thought "Hey, it's gotta be a fake page..." so I logged into Yahoo from there. Then I thought "You know, you're a moron; you probably just logged into a fake site who took your Yahoo passwrd to spam millions." So I logged into yahoo from yahoo.com. And changed my password. Because the word of the day is paranoia. And then I went to Yahoo News, and found the first version. Ack!

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stakebait

2003-03-11 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh dear fucking lord. I am so, so proud to be an Amurican.

Wait, didn't this president not know Belgium was a country when he was running? At least he's consistant.

On the other hand, these days Congress does seem pretty dedicated to pureeing my freedom and then sticking it back together and pretending its better than ever. Not to mention alternately chilling it and dumping it into boiling oil. Maybe its more apt than I thought.

Mer

mpoetess

2003-03-11 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

All I keep thinking is that it's *so* ridiculous it's got to be a signal, right? That these guys have figured out that the boss is insane, are banding together to overthrow him, and they're letting us know to relax, they've got it all under control...

You know, I think I need a tinfoil hat.

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jamaisneutral

2003-03-11 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

As a belgian I can only say the things you serve at McDonalds can not be associated with the real "belgian!" fries you can get over here (though not obviously at mcdonalds... cos then you'd get the same carboard fry).
Freedom fries... Surely they're being sarcastic aren't they?
No?
Let's bomb a country back to the stone age and dedicate fries to it! whiii!

jainieg

2003-03-11 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Color me curious, but - what are Belgian fries like? O.o

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thebratqueen

2003-03-11 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Had a reply, got too long, putting it in my journal.

Snort

drax

2003-03-11 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

When I first saw this article - I saw the original one about the Carolina restaurants - I wondered why people were saying this is a bad thing... They're replacing the word French with the word Freedom... couldn't that imply that they are the same thing? Or that France stands for freedom? I mean, I get the stupidity and the fact that they're REPLACING the word ala patriotism and apple pie. But man... We could so grab hold of that and turn it around.


But then I'm weird.

Re: Snort

mpoetess

2003-03-12 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, your logic makes sense too [wait, did I just say that? I'm sick! Take me home!] -- but unfortunately there is a political precedent of renaming things because we don't *like* the old name, in this country.

justhuman

2003-03-11 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Isn't it terrifying how easy it would be to change the words a little and turn it into a playground fight. Or better yet, set it in the Buffyverse

The part of the US played by Warren, the big bully
The part of the France played by Jonathon, the big bully

J: You know I'm your friend Warren, but I mean, that's the Slayer(Iraq). Stopping her from getting in our way is one thing, but to kill her?

W: If you're not with me, you're against me. Besides, if you don't go along with it, I won't let you watch my Special Anniversary Edition Star Wars Trilogy with never before seen footage. And! And, I won't name the new demon summoning inviso ray after you.

J: Er, that was Andrew's idea...


I'd claim that most people consider NJ a foreign place anyway and try to to hide the shame, but gack! they quoted my idiot representative.

mpoetess

2003-03-11 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Bwah!

I think even *my* idiot representative has now decided to change sides and not support Bush. Not sure, as I attempt to pay as little attention to Indiana politicians as possible. Which is a hard thing to do when youwork for the government.

myriad69

2003-03-11 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sweet Jesus on Toast!

Will my beloved American friends and sex toys be offended if I say that I'm reminded once again why I'm glad I'm Canadian?

Until our ridiculous government does something ridiculous, that is.