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Despite Americans winning the “coolest” award, which, duh, wquestion the results of this poll. They dubbed Spanish people the coolest Europeans, Brazilians the coolest Latin Americans, and Belgians the globe’s least cool people. Belgians! Have you had Belgian beer, or Belgian fries? Have you gazed at the Manneken Pis, or spent any time whatsoever on FamousBelgians.net? How is Belgium not cool?

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But the Americans are oblivious. They travel abroad so rarely that they don’t see how far they are falling behind. Which is why we at the embassy find it funny that Americans are now fighting over how “exceptional” they are. Once again, we are not making this up. On the front page of The Washington Post on Monday there was an article noting that Republicans Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee are denouncing Obama for denying “American exceptionalism.” The Americans have replaced working to be exceptional with talking about how exceptional they still are. They don’t seem to understand that you can’t declare yourself “exceptional,” only others can bestow that adjective upon you.

From WikiChina - Thomas Friedman

(via apoplecticskeptic)

"As more of us indulge our passion for local, organic delicacies, a growing number of Americans don’t have enough nutritious food to eat. How we can bridge the gap.” - Lisa Miller

Photo: Christopher Anderson for Newsweek

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