Tuesday, September 29, 2009

How to lose friends and alienate people

There's only two things I hate in this world: People who are intolerant of other people's cultures and the Dutch.
- Nigel Powers

Well, it isn't hatred of the Dutch, but it is intolerance of other people's culture - or because your son got arrested by the authorities of a said country, but I digress - A few weeks ago Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi submitted a proposal to the U.N. to abolish Switzerland and divide it up along linguistic lines, giving parts of the country to Germany, France and Italy. Responses ranged from outrage to mild bemusement, including one clever fellow who argues that the Swiss French should snub France and join up with Quebec instead.

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