They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery and to some extent that may be true. For instance, it’s very cute when your three-year old pulls out the crayons and pretends to be an artist, creating a ‘portrait’ of mommy which is then proudly displayed on the fridge. As adults, though, our feeble attempts to mimic things beyond our understanding or skill is often laughable. Case in point, Brits serving popcorn at movie theaters that tastes like ‘albatross on a stick’ (thanks Tranplanner). The American continent is of course the birthplace of corn so it stands to reason we know how to do it right – so to our friends across the pond we implore you to stop embarrassing yourselves and leave the popcorn making to us!
Oh, but this sort of thing cuts in every direction. I’m personally embarrassed on behalf of the entire country every time I see a Taco Bell commercial (I'll let Mskis present the Michigander's comparative view of pasties vs. the rest of the worlds' 'pot pies'). It’s much more fun, though, to make fun of everyone else and point out the Other Guys’ shortcomings - that’s what this thread is all about!
Russians: you folks wrote the book on caviar and vodka and have demonstrated you know how to repel an invading power as good as anyone on earth…..but when you produce cars like the Zhiguli
Do you have to use the word ‘car’ in the same sentence?
Any other examples?