We all make fools out of ourselves every now and then. Nobody is safe from that unwelcome sense of anxiety once you realized the thing you just said makes zero sense. But things that leave your mouth, whether IRL or online, do stay there, oftentimes forever.

And there’s a whole corner of Reddit, r/S***AmericansSay, dedicated entirely to the mission of collecting the stupidest, funniest, and sometimes embarrassing cases of people being so convinced they know better when they couldn’t be further away from the truth.

So let’s ready ourselves for the ensued hilarity, ‘cause we are about to have a fair share of it, trust me.

#1

“I Get That Native Americans Are Upset, I Get It”

“I Get That Native Americans Are Upset, I Get It”

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Suzy the observer
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1 month ago

Great answer.

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#2

“Who Was The First Country On Planet Earth To Ban Slavery? That’s Right, America”

“Who Was The First Country On Planet Earth To Ban Slavery? That’s Right, America”

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Watching
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1 month ago

The few, the loud, the uneducated.

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There’s an abundance of scientific evidence that shows humans are poor judges of their own abilities, whether it’s their sense of humor or grammar. In fact, psychologists believe that we are more blind to our own failings than we realize. This idea comes from the 1999 study in which David Dunning and Justin Kruger from Cornell University, New York, tested if people who lack skills and abilities are also more likely to lack awareness of their lack of ability.

#3

You're On The Internet, Which Is American

You're On The Internet, Which Is American

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

The internet has helped us see how much of a total s**t show the USA is... they can't hide behind the propaganda machine we call movies

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#4

America Is The Reason You Have Cars

America Is The Reason You Have Cars

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Star of the world
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1 month ago

oop-

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The results of the tests led the authors to the interpretation that accurately assessing one's skill level relies on some of the same core abilities as actually performing that skill. It led them to the conclusion that the least competent maybe suffering a double deficit.

#5

Should Ask Them If Jews Matter Too

Should Ask Them If Jews Matter Too

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Downunderdude
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1 month ago

Nice comeback.

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#6

Well Allocated Funds

Well Allocated Funds

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Rick
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1 month ago

That’s an official Twitter account? Good god.

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“Not only are they incompetent, but they lack the mental tools to judge their own incompetence,” Kruger and Dunning thought. During the course of four individual tests run on participants, the scientists discovered that “People who scored in the lowest percentiles on tests of grammar, humor, and logic also tended to dramatically overestimate how well they had performed (their actual test scores placed them in the 12th percentile, but they estimated that their performance placed them in the 62nd percentile).”

#7

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Something
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1 month ago

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This is basically a typo.

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#8

'People Who Leave Their Phones Set To Military Time Are War Criminals'

'People Who Leave Their Phones Set To Military Time Are War Criminals'

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Rick
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1 month ago

I was older than I would EVER care to publicly admit when I learned that “military time” I often heard referred was not some secret, complicated way of working out the time you’re only privy to having served in the army but simply the reading of a 24 hour clock.

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Dunning shared his impressions in an article for Pacific Standard: "In many cases, incompetence does not leave people disoriented, perplexed, or cautious. Instead, the incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence, buoyed by something that feels to them like knowledge." The phenomenon is known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect and most of us have surely encountered numerous cases of it in real life.

#9

Go To Panama, This Is America

Go To Panama, This Is America

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Hans
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1 month ago

I would be tempted to argue that THIS is the virtual, borderless world....

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#10

How Do You Prevent People From Jumping Off Like Idiots?

How Do You Prevent People From Jumping Off Like Idiots?

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Star of the world
Community Member
1 month ago

W H A T

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#11

“More People Use Imperial Than Metric”

“More People Use Imperial Than Metric”

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

So many (american) bubbles need to be burst...

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#12

“He Is (Your President)”

“He Is (Your President)”

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Joanne O'Brien
Community Member
1 month ago

Uno reverse card!

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#13

People Engaging Me In German Because I Look German

People Engaging Me In German Because I Look German

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Marianne
Community Member
1 month ago

Hello Captain Obvious!

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#14

The Ambulance Is Not Your Taxi To The Hospital

The Ambulance Is Not Your Taxi To The Hospital

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Star of the world
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1 month ago

lmaoooo "sir"

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#15

Where Does It Say In The Constitution Or Any Of The Amendments That Eating Is A Human Right?

Where Does It Say In The Constitution Or Any Of The Amendments That Eating Is A Human Right?

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Star of the world
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1 month ago

w o w why am i not surprised

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#16

"More People Know About Our Smallest State Vermont Then The Amsterdam"

"More People Know About Our Smallest State Vermont Then The Amsterdam"

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1 month ago

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#17

“We Will Never Rewrite The Constitution”

“We Will Never Rewrite The Constitution”

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Gemma
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1 month ago

She seems to have forgotten the meaning of "amendment".

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#18

Your Haircuts Are Un-American

Your Haircuts Are Un-American

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Ryan Deschanel
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1 month ago

I do not get it. Is "un-american" a bad thing ?

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#19

Wishing "Evil" On A Country Is Pretty Mean

Wishing "Evil" On A Country Is Pretty Mean

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ITS ME AGAIN
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1 month ago

lol

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#20

Hmmmmmmm

Hmmmmmmm

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Rick
Community Member
1 month ago

Americans in my country (outside of the US) celebrate Independence Day so technically...

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#21

I Am Confused Is There A Rome In Italy?

I Am Confused Is There A Rome In Italy?

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housea
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1 month ago

Wait until they find out there’s a country called Georgia

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#22

Why Is Munich Spelled "München" On Signs In Germany?

Why Is Munich Spelled "München" On Signs In Germany?

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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait... what? Also... did 879 people like this?

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#23

“...your Hip Would Break Because Their Medical Staff Is Garage...”

“...your Hip Would Break Because Their Medical Staff Is Garage...”

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
1 month ago

I know people who have travelled to other countries to get medical/dental care because the air fair and other expenses plus cost of treatment were cheaper than in US. It is literally true.

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#24

Do You Guys Have Refrigerators?

Do You Guys Have Refrigerators?

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James016
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1 month ago

I keep mine on the roof as the air is slightly cooler up there

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#25

"Offended By Our Patriotism, Wattpad Girl?"

"Offended By Our Patriotism, Wattpad Girl?"

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Luther von Wolfen
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1 month ago

America! We get our embarrassment firsthand!

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#26

The Titanic Is Just A Movie, Right?

The Titanic Is Just A Movie, Right?

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Rick
Community Member
1 month ago

Canadians also think Star Wars was completely made up so I wouldn’t worry too much about what they think.

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#27

Can’t Compare Those Other Cities To The Us

Can’t Compare Those Other Cities To The Us

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Star of the world
Community Member
1 month ago

DID SHE SAY CITIES

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#28

“I Am In Rhode Island”. “Nice, Ever Been To The USA Before”?

“I Am In Rhode Island”. “Nice, Ever Been To The USA Before”?

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Star of the world
Community Member
1 month ago

actually i havent, whats it like? *obvious sarcasm*

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#29

Biden's America

Biden's America

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Rick
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

*Random person falls down in Greece* “Biden’s America”.

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#30

"At Least American Toilets Aren't Just Holes In The Ground"

"At Least American Toilets Aren't Just Holes In The Ground"

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
1 month ago

Doesn't Angel Merkel just pee in the Spree ? Doesn't the queen's butler empty her chamber pot in the Thames every morning ?

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#31

What Does He Care? He's Not A Us Citizen, He's Not Effected

What Does He Care? He's Not A Us Citizen, He's Not Effected

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Star of the world
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1 month ago

no

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#32

Would Love To See Some Of These Countries Try To F With Us

Would Love To See Some Of These Countries Try To F With Us

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Marky Mark
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1 month ago

Who hates Greenland? And why?

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#33

“The White House Is Bigger Than All The Countries You Named”

“The White House Is Bigger Than All The Countries You Named”

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Star of the world
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1 month ago

how stupid do you have to be to believe this?

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#34

"I'd Rather Receive False Information..."

"I'd Rather Receive False Information..."

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
1 month ago

My dad says stuff like this, but not as smartly.

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#35

Being Broke In American Is 100% On You

Being Broke In American Is 100% On You

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow, just wow.

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#36

Commie Divas

Commie Divas

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N G
Community Member
1 month ago

Ugh, this doesn't belong here. "Soccer" is a British word. Yes, the Americans took it and ran with it (no pun intended), but it originated in Oxford in about 1890. Americans didn't invent it.

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#37

(Sad) Mistake A North Korean Flag For A Texan Flag

(Sad) Mistake A North Korean Flag For A Texan Flag

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Gemma
Community Member
1 month ago

Plot twist: they're holding a sign denouncing Kim Jong-un.

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#38

But We Can Pock Whatever Doctor Or Healthcare Insurer We Want! We Win

But We Can Pock Whatever Doctor Or Healthcare Insurer We Want! We Win

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Bem
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1 month ago

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Really? Not where I live in canada. Not much to choose from. You're incredibly lucky if you can find a family doctor at all and then you hang on to them for dear life even if you don't like them.

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#39

“They Started Faking An Accent”

“They Started Faking An Accent”

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

Some people believe that the Earth is 2000 years old. This one thinks it's 200 yo apparently

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#40

Why Do Brits Speak English, An American Language, Rather Than Speaking Some European Language?

Why Do Brits Speak English, An American Language, Rather Than Speaking Some European Language?

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Star of the world
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1 month ago

oml

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#41

"[...]although My Ancestry Dna Gives Me Zero Italian Dna On My Dad's Side, I'll Stick With Being 1/4 Italian!"

"[...]although My Ancestry Dna Gives Me Zero Italian Dna On My Dad's Side, I'll Stick With Being 1/4 Italian!"

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

Mom has some explaining to do O.O

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#42

"It's Amazing To See How Few Countries Know That "Soccer" Is The Correct Term"

"It's Amazing To See How Few Countries Know That "Soccer" Is The Correct Term"

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Star of the world
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1 month ago

ngl the russian one loooks like python

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#43

“We Savez Nations Not Destroy Them”

“We Savez Nations Not Destroy Them”

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

That's so sad, really...

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#44

Is Mediterranean A Slur To Italians?

Is Mediterranean A Slur To Italians?

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Rick
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1 month ago

I’m actually going to start using this! “Ugh, you’re *so* Mediterranean”.

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#45

Are We Acting Like That's Not Possible?

Are We Acting Like That's Not Possible?

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

New studies found that the Sun actually revolves around the US :/

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#46

"American Deaths Are Worth More"

"American Deaths Are Worth More"

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

The longer I go through this page, the angrier I get

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#47

European Countries Don't Have Elections As They Are Too Poor To Pay For The Patent Rights

European Countries Don't Have Elections As They Are Too Poor To Pay For The Patent Rights

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

*laughs in Greek*

Makabert Abylons
Community Member
1 month ago

No! Shame on you, you cant laugh in any other language. Laughter is an american invention

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T J
Community Member
1 month ago

I've got to stop reading this thread. It hurts to realize just how f***ing idiotic we have become

Sinkvenice
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1 month ago

Yeah me too. I weep for humanity.

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Brendan
Community Member
1 month ago

How did this person fit so many dumb statements in such a short comment?!

J. F.
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah we europeans suck at democracy, for example we have more than the required TWO parties to choose from which is completely unnecessary....

Satirical Duchess
Community Member
1 month ago

*Athens cries in the corner*

Lutz Herting
Community Member
1 month ago

Because Angela Merkel is NOT "in power". She's a chancellor, not a president. We Germans aren't ruled by a person, but a parliament and a federal council, which change every 4 years (plus the local governments of the single states). In most other countries on the planet, people learned that it's very dangerous to have a single person be as powerful as a president and therefore they changed their government structures to more pure democracies.

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe it is because they are content with her and they just keep voting for the CDU ? Germany is a democracy... So they can vote for her if they want to, regardless of how long she has been ruling, unlike in the US.

Abraxas
Community Member
1 month ago

I wouldn't say content but lacking better alternatives.

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Watching
Community Member
1 month ago

It's so embarrassing to be American these days.

Slune
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Don't be sad, you live in a very beautiful country!

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Suzy the observer
Community Member
1 month ago

Canada has no limit to terms of service either. We must be as poor as Europeans then.

Aaron W
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1 month ago

I'd bet anything that this person has always lived in the same town as his/her parents.

Ivy Ruonakoski
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1 month ago

His/her parents are probably related as well.

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Malek Basata
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1 month ago

*dies laughing in italian*

A Random Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

Perhaps laws are different around the world? I mean, who would have guessed, right?

Maul!
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I’m getting headache in my stomach and cramps in eyes , reading these posts 🤪

Bernd Herbert
Community Member
1 month ago

Come on now, this can't be meant seriously

Allan Miller
Community Member
1 month ago

There's too much to unpack in this suitcase!

Cath Homer
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1 month ago

This is a whole luggage set!

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Disabled USN Vet.
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

As an American, I am totally embarrassed and ashamed by some of my fellow countrymen and I truly wonder if they ate a lot of paint(lead-based) chips when they were small or if they lived in Flint, Michigan which used lead pipes for their freshwater supply pipes. Hmm... could it be the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol... so very sad... but then again funny as all hell too!!! No wonder the whole world rolls their eyes and laughs at us at times...

Naomi Cline
Community Member
1 month ago

America owns a patent on elections?

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
1 month ago

Must do, they invented them.

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Lara Verne
Community Member
1 month ago

What the hell...

J-A Laine
Community Member
1 month ago

I wish stupidity was painful.

Isabella K
Community Member
1 month ago

Please be a troll...

Another Fool on the Hill
Community Member
1 month ago

Did anybody tell him about Putin?

Marianne
Community Member
1 month ago

This is great American thinking.

Iva Sativa
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah,also because we are so terrible at efficiency germans have one of the best economies in the world 🙂

Marilyn Ransberry
Community Member
1 month ago

Democracy. Please read some history books on it. Maybe even one.

I I
Community Member
1 month ago

dumb and dumber

Jill Bussey
Community Member
1 month ago

Do Americans ever watch world news? Do they know there is a world apart from the US?

Carrie Roettger
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Why are stupid people always so proud of their stupidity?

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
3 weeks ago

so scary...

Christine Ladyman
Community Member
3 weeks ago

These people make me want to cry! They're the chanters of, USA USA, USA, that drives us all insane!

Gina Lenna
Community Member
3 weeks ago

OK, let me give the EU funds IBAN in Bank of Greece, H.O. Stadiou Str. We expect the funds by Monday.Please state as : Patent rights accrued from 04/07/1776

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Me : bows my head in shame

Asti Littla
Community Member
1 month ago

My head hurts from reading this one.

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
1 month ago

No we do have elections. It's just that we don't speak of it as frigging much as you people do

Joe Reaves
Community Member
1 month ago

For a country that 'invented' elections, the US is very bad at them.

DC
Community Member
1 month ago

Fake. No one can be THAT stupid.

Στέφανος Σιδηρόπουλος
Community Member
1 month ago

Τι λεει το μαλακιστηρι.... *laughsingreektoo* lol

Stephanie Schuer
Community Member
1 month ago

Or maybe Merkel is still in power, because we have another - and frankly better - system. We don't have to wait for weeks until we find out who won the election.

satan's girlfriend
Community Member
1 month ago

they really typed it and hit post.

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

The famous election patent

Kittygirl
Community Member
1 month ago

Um dude that’s not how it works

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
1 month ago

*Ancient Greece has entered the chat*

Tom Pepper
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1 month ago

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CatWoman312
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1 month ago

🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

Margrét Hauks
Community Member
1 month ago

*laughs in alþingi*

W. 5
Community Member
1 month ago

*laughs in German* : :I

person (i think)
Community Member
1 month ago

How

Rez Fidel
Community Member
1 month ago

"laughs in german"

kjorn
Community Member
1 month ago

it's true inbreeding is bad.

Kat Hoth
Community Member
1 month ago

There is more stupid than I can even unpack here.

Rod Egret
Community Member
1 month ago

At least we have teeth....

Pascal Oudot
Community Member
1 month ago

The ignorance of many Americans in history and geography amazes me.

Hans_not_the_real_Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

I consider to send the OSCE to the USA for their next election. At least they can blame us if they do not like the result. But I think Donald T does not know what OSCE means.

Eslamala
Community Member
1 month ago

And someday, most of these idiots will have kids.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Sometimes I wonder if elections are even worth it in Australia seeing as the leaders can get ousted by their own party and we end up with a new leader. In 10 years our prime ministers have changed approx 7 times, yet in that time we have had 2-3 elections lol. BTW I was being sarcastic.

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
1 month ago

You vote for the representatives, then the representatives choose the Prime Minister, right ?

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*me*
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow ur dum

Daniel Embree
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1 month ago

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Why is Merkel childless at her age?

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#48

Wait Other Countries Didn't Have To Sing Their National Anthem Everyday At School For 12 Years???

Wait Other Countries Didn't Have To Sing Their National Anthem Everyday At School For 12 Years???

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

No but we said prayers :(

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#49

The Real Heros Are The Ones Who Served The Us Military

The Real Heros Are The Ones Who Served The Us Military

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Star of the world
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1 month ago

*sigh* i fear idiots have taken over

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#50

"Uniquely American"

"Uniquely American"

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

Ever heard of... the rest of the world??

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