What have the Americans done for us?

#1
Just sitting in the office today and the subject turned to American culture (an oxymoron if ever I heard one).

Question: What key contribution has America made to the world?

We struggled to think of many things that America was really good at... apart from Jazz. Plenty of things they do that are bigger.

Any thoughts?
 
#2
Well, I suppose you are 30 years old or less.

How about the Allied effort in WWII?

If it weren't for the Yanks, you all would be speaking German.

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#4
America gave us Hot Dogs, hamburger, doughnuts, Britney Spears, George Bush......................Hmm, I see where you are going with this.


But let us not forget, it gave us John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Bill Haley.
It gave us someone to feel suprior to.
It gave us Walt Whitman.
It gave us tobacco.
It gave us the potato, but spelled it incorrectly.
It gave us Rita Hayworth, Ava gardner , Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holliday.

Not bad for a country that has not been around as long as some of my underwear.
 
#6
IvyGrad said:
If it weren't for the Yanks, you all would be speaking German.
Actually we'd be speaking Russian
 
#7
What have the septics done for us...


Er they gave us Mc Donalds,obesity,daytime TV,the mess is Iraqistan,Bill Clinton,Noraid,The inability to act as a country without clearing it with them first,ect ect....
 
#8
Let me re-term the question - what is it that America does BETTER than anyone else?
 
#10
They gave us cot beds. Oh, and a bird called Vannessa from Greenville N.C who sucked me to completion in front of her stunningly beautiful room mate who fingered herself with a lazy, contented smile on her face.
 

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Filbert Fox said:
IvyGrad said:
If it weren't for the Yanks, you all would be speaking German.
Actually we'd be speaking Russian
Yeah, and if it wasnt for us lads you'd all be speaking Scottish. Do we get any thanks? No. We get jokes about Jimmy Nail, Gazza and Kevin Keegan. Thanks a bunch.

Heather Brooks. Ultimate porn queen. Apart from that? Nothing.
 
#13
They begrudgingly lent us some money to help us with WW2. And charged us full interest on it for the next 50 years, contributing to a lot of our political problems in the fifties as we tried to recover from the war, including rationing not ending until well into the fifties.

They sold us some rancid broken down warships with the same money, I believe, too.

And this is the reason why we have a 'special relationship', apparently.

(Slightly tongue in cheek, as I don't believe we'd have won either World War without them, but by golly they made us pay for it, far more than the 'losers' paid!)
 
#14
Grownup_Rafbrat said:
They begrudgingly lent us some money to help us with WW2. And charged us full interest on it for the next 50 years, contributing to a lot of our political problems in the fifties as we tried to recover from the war, including rationing not ending until well into the fifties.

They sold us some rancid broken down warships with the same money, I believe, too.

And this is the reason why we have a 'special relationship', apparently.

(Slightly tongue in cheek, as I don't believe we'd have won either World War without them, but by golly they made us pay for it, far more than the 'losers' paid!)
You forgot dismantling our empire which has led to all sorts of problems in other countries
 
#15
Americans are proud to be in America and aren't leaving in their droves to shores afar, their govenors look after their people and are not taken for a ride by criminals or people fleecing the system here there and everywhere. Contribution to the country is important over there, 5 years max "dole" money (or whatever the equivelant is) for able bodied workers and a hardline on justice.......two areas we could definitely improve on.
 
#16
They graciously allowed us to site a whole raft of their nuclear missiles in our air bases (that was kind of them)

Jerry Springer (quality viewing!)
 
#17
So, there are three catagories here:

Food (McDonalds/Doughnuts etc) - Not really the best in the world, in fact, embarrassingly poor.

Entertainment - I agree, some American music is a genuine global cultural contribution..

Vanessa.... Convincing...

So, we have two winners so far. America's greatest cultural contribution to world culture is Music and some bird called Vanessa.
 
#18
methilman said:
their govenors look after their people
Yeah right, George W. Bush during his six years as governor of Texas presided over 152 executions, more than any other governor in the recent history of the United States.

Just a little taster of what he had to offer against the rest of the world.
 
#19
Rhythmn and Blues, Soul Rock and Roll, the modern cinema, Hemingway, Saul Bellow, John Updike, a model of how a large nation can live, they paid to bankrupt the Soviet Union...

Seriously, the Canadian liberal Michael Ignatieff got it about right - the world's only hyperpower is a (broadly) liberal democracy. Fate could have dealt us a worse hand. The BBC recently admitted to engrained anti-Americanism. As Gavin Esler (I think) put it, "Why are we so reluctant to admit that in a very obvious way America works". From prairie to hyperpower in 200 years, and yet people want to insist this tells us nothing.

During WW2 the US started to make military equipment in serious quantities. The federal government put out the contract for the M1 carbine (famous story) Eighty companies had a bash at making one to the spec; many had never made a weapon before. Only one didn't meet the spec. The rest churned them out. People mock the Liberty ships because they cracked in freezing water. So the US put in stress raisers, solved the problem, and kept churning out ships in three days with workers who had never been in a yard before.

The best universities in the world are in the US. Some of the best literature comes out of the US. Snide condescending anti-Americanism is just manifestly ridiculous. (IMHO)
 
#20
Random_Task said:
Wishful_Thinking said:
methilman said:
their govenors look after their people
Yeah right, George W. Bush during his six years as governor of Texas presided over 152 executions, more than any other governor in the recent history of the United States.

Just a little taster of what he had to offer against the rest of the world.
F*cking slacker. 6 years would be more than enough time to thin out the prison population,courtesy of the national grid.
Sorry he's a bastard and I could never bring myself to like the murdering sonofabitch.
 

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