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Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by B_spiker067, Mar 16, 2010.
The British Empire.
God save the English speaking people, they've saved the world. ;-)
Let me guess... You are an American
Nah, wrong guess, that isn't what got me going.
I'm tired of America's ass being dragged down by the rest of the world. The blaming of America for this that and the other. Of calling America a bunch of morons who can't graduate high school students as smart as Belgium's (I hear they are all Einstein over achievers, no drug addled losers there).
I'm tired of the relentless characterization of America posted here by some. I'm looking to tweak noses both foreign and domestic but especially domestic. They know who they are.
I'd like to hear at least some measure of patriotism.
Okay, I understand your viewpoint, but it's a risk man, especially on here. There are so many threads about America being superior. But it's better to say that no one is superior to another, but that every part of the world has his bad things and good things... But I'm afraid this discussion won't go there...
There are many other innovations that changed the world. This thread isn't necessarily about American exceptionalism or what that might mean.
Besides I only have 4 more posts before my numerologically imposed sabbatical.
Definitely the wheel. Without it, transport and industry just wouldn't be the same.
I'll go further than the wheel: Mastery/control of fire gets my vote.
EDIT: Also, there's been WAY more than one innovation that changed the world.
Medicine - I like Herr Lister, disenfectant has saved millions and millions.
Town planning and sewage control.
Splitting the atom
The concept of zero
Which ones do you want to claim, Spike?
Don't confuse an application with the actual invention.
and the contraceptive pill.
Written language might not be number one, but it's real close. And it's still around!
I agree to a certain extent. There is a lot of anti-Americanism in the media (less so in the UK this past yr - maybe due to Obama?).
The US/UK have done a lot over the years to improve things - and have helped out in terms of aid, development, etc. That said, we've done a lot to bugger things up too - many in the last 10 years, lol.
I just think there needs to be more balance and objectivity rather than a knee-jerk reaction which is to blame the Yanks for everything...
They're basically good people, with great dynamism - they have some things to learn (as have we all), but they're going some way to addressing these issues at the moment: taking notice of the outside world more, and catching up in terms of technology (especially green) they'd lagged slightly behind on, maybe due to the lack of competition in their pre-eminent position. Also, gradually coming round to more environmental awareness, social policies, etc...
Good luck to them.
I wasn't too sure I could beat the snuggie.:biggrin1:
But, I guess as one of the great-nephews of orville and wilbur wright, I would have to say powered flight.
It also seems appropriate to mention, that the (i believe) 3rd law of motion, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, may be applicable as a law of the universe. For all great inventions seem to have an equally destructive secondary. ie.Atomic power/atomic bomb, passenger aircraft/ war aircraft.
I wish we could see what the world would have been like without America. Don't get me wrong i love my country, but like the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life", I would love to see what the world would be like without us. WWII would have made a much bigger impact, Canada would be huge, or spain, or UK. whomever came over. Maybe the natives would have this place, who knows?
the only thing that can beat the snuggie......
is the snuggie for dogs!!!!!!!!! :biggrin1:
And you thought posting this thread would help remedy that?
oh snap flash,
I forgot the snuggie for dogs!!! Thats what i need, a totally useless invention, that all fools will buy:biggrin1: I wanna b the PT Barnum of useless crap!!!
how about the Snuggie for parakeets? :smile: