MD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12 Posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1893 times:
I thought this joke was pretty darn funny, at least with regards to how you can convince an American to do something.
It is related that when the ship was in deep but not obvious distress the captain could not persuade the passengers to man the life boats, so he resulted to cultural remedy.
To the Germans he said, "It is an order."
To the English he said, "It is a game."
To the French he said, "It is sinful."
To the Italians he said, "It is forbidden."
And to the Americans he said, "It is new."
707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1814 times:
Which reminds me of a village magistrate who had an announcement to make, but he did not know how to be sure everybody in the village would get the message. Then he had an idea, and gave the message to his wife, asking her to keep the matter secret.
SLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1797 times:
ehhh... not sure I completely agree with the "it's the law" thing, yeah it'd work for some people, but "buckle up...it's the law" never worked very well, nor does it with speed limits, or downloading music, or the like, plus when the florida hurricane hit, some people weren't going to leave their homes unless the cops came in full riot gear.