What have the Americans done for us?

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  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.

  3. Showers in Kosovo!
  4. old_fat_and_hairy

    old_fat_and_hairy LE Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    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.
  5. Theme Parks - they are pretty good at those. Can't think of anything else at the mo.
  6. Actually we'd be speaking Russian
  7. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    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?
  9. 'Friendly fire' Another oxymoron for you.
  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.
  11. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    p*sses other nations off!!
  12. TheIronDuke

    TheIronDuke LE Book Reviewer

    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. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Book Reviewer Good Egg (charities)

    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. 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.