Election Day Thirty Years Ago

As someone in the radio business in 1984, I appreciate this photo of ‘s election setup that year. Note the nice typewriter.

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CS&W’s Graceless and Rude National Character Survey

Time to raise some ire. Based on strictly personal experience, here are some stereotypes that are sure to offend. All in good, clean fun. I think I’ll add more as they occur to me. Feel free to irritate your own chosen ethnicity in the comments.

NATIONAL CHARACTER

Finland: Stubborn. Not malevolent.

Germany: No excuse for the disappointment that is their food.

India: Does luxury well. Wealth disparity allows this. High end more affordable for tourists than elsewhere.

New Zealand: Permanent slightly perplexed look. Sunburnt. Buggy eyes.

Pacific Islands: Collective motto: “Don’t hurt me please.” The ukelele and all its music is the cause of this.

Paraguay: Important only to Paraguayans. Who are sweet and all, sure. Still.

Scotland: Paternal. Strong men will take care of you. Like it or not. Ireland has some of this.

Thailand: The world’s consistently strangest names. Like Kejmanee Pichaironnarongsongkram. Except possibly

Turkmenistan, whose leader is Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.

Turkey: Tirelessly gracious but with a useless language shared by no one but Central Asians. In Turkish, as often as not the “G” goes away. “Erdogan” is pronounced “erdo-an.” A “C” with a cedille, “ç,” is pronounced “dj” like George. Çiragon is “Jiron.”

USA: Groupthink. If you want, you can really think things through and work out what you think. But you have to do more than ‘like’ things on Facebook. Why bother? Your tribe’s news channel can think everything through and tell you.

Vietnam: Wiry. Persistent. Shake hands with tight grip. Prim. Barefoot.

Time to Lighten Up a Little

It’s important to talk about wars and rumors of wars, but CS&W was originally about travel, travel writing and photography. So today, back to that.

Wherever we go we collect photos of fun, strange, unusual, bewildering, sometimes incomprehensible signs. Here are a few for your amusement, and there are over 450 in the Signs Gallery at EarthPhotos.com. Go ahead, have some fun.

Click ’em to make them bigger.

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 The venerable Miss Puke, Siam Square, Bangkok. She’s been there for years. Last confirmed last Christmas.

 

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 Of course not. Seen in Hanoi.

 

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 Whatever it says, it means it. Illimanaq, Greenland.

 

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 Ad man at work, downtown Rangoon, Burma.

 

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 Something lost in translation. At a shopping center on Hainan Island, China.

 

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Making a living in Fort Portal, Uganda.

 

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 Might want to click through on this one to make it bigger so you can read it. This restaurant in Lima, Peru offers real, fresh aborigines!

 

Click on through for a dozen more.

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