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Edupass guide to living in America

Hits: 5394 | Rating: (2.4) | Category: Community & Lifestyle | Added by: buddy
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piratemeghan
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 154 Posts
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 8:24:15 AM
I was amused that they told you how to blow people off, like leaving two cents as a tip when the service is really bad, or telling someone who's trying to sell you a religion that you believe in God "only on Tuesdays and Thursdays."

jdpd
Female, 30-39, Europe
 13134 Posts
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 8:00:12 AM
The peace sign reversed thing dates back to bows & arrows times in England. It's basically telling the other person that you'll cut those two fingers from their hand, preventing them from using their bow & arrow. Saw it on Discovery Channel or was is History?

Cheese King
Male, 18-29, Western US
 71952 Posts
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 7:53:44 AM
"The word trillion means a 1 followed by 12 zeros, a British billion. The word billion means a 1 followed by 9 zeros, a British milliard."

I learned something new today!


Cheese King
Male, 18-29, Western US
 71952 Posts
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 7:39:50 AM
How is "Do you believe in God?" a rhetorical question?

This site is fun...interesting to see some of the things we don't think about because they're culturally ingrained in us, but need to be learned by those who aren't from here.


someone?
Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 1417 Posts
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 7:27:41 AM
haha that is hilarious

Nneri
Female, 13-17, Western US
 1543 Posts
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 1:20:28 AM
naturally, I went straight to "toilets." Hee hee.

aigidh
Female, 18-29, Western US
 1662 Posts
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 12:51:29 AM
"only on Tuesdays and Thursdays" That was hilarious, and a good piece of advice really.

burnteffigy
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 15352 Posts
Monday, January 17, 2005 7:54:18 PM
"Eye contact is also important. It is not a sign of disrespect, but instead an indication of openness, honesty, and enthusiasm."

I had no idea that eye contact was a sign of disrespect in other places. I have traveled out of the country and consider myself a fairly well educated person, and not an ethnocentric boob, but I had no idea...

"It is extremely impolite to blow smoke in someone's face." You mean there are places where it is not impolite to blow smoke in someone's face?

" If you are approached by a recruiter for a cult or religious group, do not make eye contact, do not engage in conversation, and keep walking. They will often ask you a rhetorical question to open the conversation, such as "Do you believe in god?". Either ignore them, or respond with something that will fluster them enough to let you get past, such as "only on Tuesdays and Thursdays"" lol...that's awesome...


stellarblow
Female, 18-29, Southern US
 56 Posts
Monday, January 17, 2005 7:37:49 PM
i love to throw the peace sign and i never really pay attention on how i do it. the possibilities are endless on how many people i could have offended already. mwahahaa

Osprey39
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1409 Posts
Monday, January 17, 2005 6:32:33 PM
The inverse peace sign is a European and Australian thing as far as I know. I think Bush Sr. once visited Australia and gave a backwards peace sign by mistake and inadvertently offended a lot of people.

zumkiss
Female, 13-17, Eastern US
 52 Posts
Monday, January 17, 2005 5:32:16 PM
"Patting a woman on her rear end is not appropriate, and will likely get your face slapped." haha

x_omni_x
Female, 13-17, Southern US
 1188 Posts
Monday, January 17, 2005 5:12:41 PM
Wow, I'm American and I didn't even know some of that. Hmm. Maybe it's 'cause I'm 15...

I thought it was cool that they explained the stereotypes and how most American's aren't ass****s.


kathaclysm
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 323 Posts
Monday, January 17, 2005 4:29:41 PM
I'm sure there are sites out there on how to gesture-insult anyone in any country...

I think this site is a good review for most of us in the U.S.... reminders of common curtesies... thou there shoulda been a section on hygiene.


buddy
Male, 30-39, Western US
 18663 Posts
Monday, January 17, 2005 1:14:08 PM
Inverse peace sign means nothing as far as I know.

Lou Two
Male, 18-29, Europe
 17574 Posts
Monday, January 17, 2005 12:56:11 PM
Is the inverse of the peace sign an insult over there, or is that just over here?

Lou Two
Male, 18-29, Europe
 17574 Posts
Monday, January 17, 2005 12:55:08 PM
"Because of the potential for misinterpretation, winking should be avoided."

Bwahahaha


buddy
Male, 30-39, Western US
 18663 Posts
Monday, January 17, 2005 12:49:35 PM
Link: Edupass guide to living in America [Rate Link] - A guide for foreign students on how to live in the US.



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