My mum (being from Scotland) used to tell a joke that expresses most British peoples' view of Americans, especially during the second world war.
It goes like this, an American tourist was drinking in the lovely sight of Loch Lomond, which is nestled between the low and highlands of Scotland. It's also one of the largest lakes in Great Britain. He wistfully remarks to his friend "Oh, if only we could have a lake this beautiful back in the US." The wee Scottish guide quips "if ye could suck as hard as ye blow you'll have it over there in no time."
Beautiful Loch Lomond at sunset
Sadly, not much has changed since the war. This is an email we received from a friend of ours who lives in the US. He's not American, but clearly he's embraced their culture with gusto.
How disappointing and heart-breaking it was to watch the poor Canadian hockey team getting its ass-kicked by the Americans last night at the Olympic games; worse yet, it happened in front of the whole world and on its in own soil. How humiliating it must have been for a country traditionally so proud of its hockey prowess! Last night’s performance was definitely a lesson in humility, if nothing else!
Predictions, as they say are for gypsies, so I won't be making any about Olympic hockey results. But I will say this, if they ever decide to add an Olympic event in Blowhardism, I'm confident that Team USA will walk away with Gold, Silver and Bronze.