So, I've been drinking rather heavily (I've been doing well at my new internship, I've got plans for the weekend, and I had nothing else on the schedule, so don't be so judgmental) and I got to thinking: foreign people are interestingly weird. Now, that may sound like American hubris, but I'm genuinely interested in what makes other nations' people different and characterful. All of our TV shows seem to assume that we are only interested in things that we find weird about other countries, and not the other way around. Since RPS has a very active community spread across multiple nations, I thought this would be a great place to ask some frank (but ultimately inconsequential) questions about other nations and let others ask their own. Please, no politics or warmongering!
1. Why is French cuisine so good? Also, do you really eat that much pork and salads, or have I been misled by the travel package I used?
2. What is the Chinese taboo against skeletons and/or undead? I've seen this in news stories multiple times, and I'd love to know what the big deal is.
3. Last (and again, I'm somewhat drunk) why are British men so hot? You people live on a small island nation with notoriously bad weather and awful teeth, but you really turn my crank. You should all look like Gollum-esque bog creatures! There are dozens of other countries with better climes, lower alcoholism rates, and sexier accents, so why are your men so friggin' attractive?
What about you guys? I know the "cookie v. biscuit" thing has been well-covered, but are there any weird American foibles you'd like to know more about?