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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2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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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2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

Nice comeback.

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#6

Well Allocated Funds

Well Allocated Funds

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Rick
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2 months 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

Pridemonth

Pridemonth

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Cath Homer
Community Member
2 months ago

Homosexuality is illegal in Liberia. Maybe it was deliberate? *reaching*

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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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
2 months ago

"SHUT UP ! DON'T PROVE ME WRONG YOU FILTHY INFERIOR FOREIGNER!!!!!"

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#17

“We Will Never Rewrite The Constitution”

“We Will Never Rewrite The Constitution”

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Gemma
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

lol

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#20

Hmmmmmmm

Hmmmmmmm

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Eslamala
Community Member
2 months ago

Sure, just like "america" celebrates other countries' independence day 🙄

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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
Community Member
2 months 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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Marianne
Community Member
2 months ago

Munich citizen here. I can confirm that we do, in fact, write signs in our own language. We are crazy people!

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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
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I didn’t realise that the US was global, oh wait, they do have the World Series which only the US plays in. so I guess it makes sense lol.

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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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2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

Wow, just wow.

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#36

Commie Divas

Commie Divas

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N G
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
2 months ago

We can pick whatever doctor or hospital we want to be in debt to for the rest of our lives!

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#39

“They Started Faking An Accent”

“They Started Faking An Accent”

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troufaki13
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

That's so sad, really...

cookie panda
Community Member
2 months ago

must not know... my parents told me before i was ready and its fricked with my head ever since.

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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Cannot decide if sacrastic or stupid.

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 months ago

I recall very minimal mention of the US 19th Century imperial aspirations, and the long-reaching consequences of those actions for various parts of the world. When I was in high school, 2002-2006, 20th C. history was an 'experimental' class. The regular curriculum, glossed over every world event outside of the US following the Revolutionary War, made little mention of our 'interventions' throughout central and South America, SE Asia, and concluded with WWII. It left quite a bit to be desired, and explains why so many Americans have no knowledge of anything else, and believe the US to be awesome.

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Eslamala
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, Irak is such a beautiful country ever since you started helping them...

Cath Homer
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2 months ago

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*Iraq*

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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

Natives looking at this post like .....

Viva Patata
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, right? Europeans colonized America. Native Americans did not harm any other nation. But it's not the point of this post :-(

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Indra Servo
Community Member
2 months ago

Imagine if your entire historical knowledge is only based on Rambo 3 & Independence Day

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh boy. This person doesn’t seem to realise that the US is and has been destroying not only other countries but also itself for a long time.

Suzy the observer
Community Member
2 months ago

Proof that brainwashing works.

May Day
Community Member
2 months ago

Not brainwashed. Uneducated and uninterested in the world around them.

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Downunderdude
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh boy. Where would you start?

Martha Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

It's really funny to me when Americans complain about European colonialism, yet don't count their founding fathers among the colonialists.

Angrywolf
Community Member
2 months ago

Please let me me correct you, The correct sentence is: "Americans will always do this, We don't save nations, We destroy them"!

Marilyn Ransberry
Community Member
2 months ago

They don’t teach world history in the USA.

Tori Williams
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1 month ago

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Makabert Abylons
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2 months ago

Yep usa dont destroy nations, not at all. Just been warmongering over oil for 50 years killing millions of innocents people

I I
Community Member
2 months ago

hmmmmm most of the middle east would like a word

Ray Martin
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, over the course of ten years, the U.S dropped 7.5 million tons of bombs on Vietnam to save half the country from the other half. Hopefully they don't "save" my country any time soon.

CatWoman312
Community Member
2 months ago

Iraq would like to have a word

Slune
Community Member
2 months ago

......and Vietnam........and......

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totinos pizza rolls
Community Member
2 months ago

oooh the second hand embarrassment is kicking in

François Carré
Community Member
2 months ago

It's high time American students started to have history classes about what just happened in the last 40 years - not even mentioning the Vietnam war which is a thing in itself, but all that the USA have done to the world after that. Otherwise they will never understand why everything is so f****d up now, and why so many other countries really hate them.

Curry on...
Community Member
2 months ago

See...right there...evidence that our educational system does not teach all the facts.

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow. Just recently, we supported Saudi Arabia in its genocidal war against Yemen. We also supported the overthrow of Honduras' democratically-elected government in favor of a military dictatorship. We killed Qaddafi because he was developing a pan-African currency backed by gold and silver, which pissed off the French. Oh, let's add the neverending war in Iraq. This is just in recent memory.

BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
Community Member
2 months ago

I-what? Have they taken history?

DKS 001
Community Member
2 months ago

let's interview the populations of all these "saved" countries....

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
2 months ago

Hmmm... There are a feeeeeeeeeeew examples which, I humbly think, would prove them wrong...

Carrie Roettger
Community Member
1 month ago

The amateur historian in me is curled up in the fetal position and crying right now.

Thomas Turnbull
Community Member
2 months ago

Americans just about destroyed the Native Americans by having foreigners take over the country.

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
2 months ago

Me Tarzan, you Jane.

Susan Williams
Community Member
2 months ago

Our History is a work in progress.

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
2 months ago

We have that as an ideal - the reality is we are just as, if not more, brutal than English colonization ever was. Right lot of bastards, we Americans.

LazyPanda
Community Member
2 months ago

😳 people continue to scare me

Ian MacFarlane
Community Member
2 months ago

We took most of our western states from Mexico following the Mexican-American war. We took Puerto Rick, Cuba, the Philippines and Guam from Spain in the Spanish-American war. And, we still have Puerto Rico and Guam as what amounts to colonies to this day.

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
2 months ago

what a crock o'crap - and look -- right after the election....

Christine Ladyman
Community Member
2 months ago

Lol! Yeah, right! The US, like most countries, go to help and rob them blind whilst there.

FloridaMan
Community Member
2 months ago

its a proud american karen pfp... WHY

Iso
Community Member
2 months ago

hahahahhaah no yeah. no you always save them....

Joe Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

Destroyed your own nation with (read above) nascar and inbreeding.

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah... um about that though...

somnomania
Community Member
2 months ago

if that's not a troll then it's the same intelligence level, look at their icon

Leeh Colorada
Community Member
2 months ago

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow...

Sarah Grape
Community Member
2 months ago

haha

Laurence Cooper
Community Member
2 months ago

really?

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 months ago

My DNA just cringed in embarrassment.

Annemarie Mattheyse
Community Member
2 months ago

WOW.

Shalini Pabreja
Community Member
2 months ago

Being a huge fan of NDT, I’m gonna pretend he was joking. He was, right? Please tell me one of the last bastions of scientific thinking in the US is real!

brukernavn340
Community Member
2 months ago

Seven words.

Nevits Yibble
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep.

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Mahesh Chandra Achuthanna
Community Member
2 months ago

Afghanistan: Am I a joke to you?

Eric Law
Community Member
2 months ago

ROFL

Owen zzstu Brandt
Community Member
2 months ago

Panama a nation created to be destroyed

Jazzy Mc. Jaz
Community Member
2 months ago

Ha funny.

Helenium
Community Member
2 months ago

Is this a joke lol

kjorn
Community Member
2 months ago

you can't reason with morons.

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
2 months ago

Hu hahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahhahhahahhahahahahhaha.....sorry...hu...huhuh...huhuhhahaha...hahahahhahahhahahhahahahhahahah....

Kat Hoth
Community Member
2 months ago

Wait, what? Neil's statement was spot on.

LesAnimaux
Community Member
2 months ago

UMMMM

Sitting pigeon panda
Community Member
2 months ago

we NEVER took away land from the natives! (sarcasm)

N S
Community Member
2 months ago

That's 7 words, Neil

Nevits Yibble
Community Member
2 months ago

Good catch. It's definitely seven words <-- just like that

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
2 months ago

Tell that to the Native Americans.

Andrei Anghel
Community Member
2 months ago

It's 7 words :)

Bernd Herbert
Community Member
2 months ago

That has to be satire

Star of the world
Community Member
2 months ago

ok boomer

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#44

Is Mediterranean A Slur To Italians?

Is Mediterranean A Slur To Italians?

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Rick
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months ago

*laughs in Greek*

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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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

*sigh* i fear idiots have taken over

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#50

"Uniquely American"

"Uniquely American"

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troufaki13
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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