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What is the strangest thing you've heard some say about where you live? For instance, my mom went to NYC when she was in her late 20's (about 30 years ago) and she told someone she was from Iowa (for those unaware, Iowa is in the middle of the US). One guy turned to her and asked, 100% seriously, "Iowa? How do you handle the Indian attacks?" Apparently, in Iowa, we still have roaming bands of Native Americans with bows and arrows out to get us on the farm......because, you know, she didn't FLY THERE IN A PLANE or anything......

Anyone else have similar experiences?
 
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Well, living in Canada as I do, it isn't hard to find Americans who are (or can be) convinced that I live in an igloo and travel to work by dogsled. In fact Rick Mercer managed to make a regular TV routine called "Talking to Americans" about that.
 
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While I live just outside Washington DC, I do live "inside the Beltway" so lots of folks assume that all of my neighbors are politicians, and that we are consumed by politics. The reality is that none of my neighbors are politicians and we are just normal, not horns or tails...

What I get all the time from relatives is that they want to come into town, visit us perhaps for dinner, and then go "do the Smithsonian". What a joke. There are something like eight major Smithsonian museums on the Mall, and there are others, such as the National Air and Space Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center out near Dulles. I used to cut classes and spend days in one building of the Smithsonian. I seriously doubt that anyone but a marathon runner could even go to all the rooms of the downtown Smithsonian in a day, let alone actually look at the stuff in it.
 
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Paul Clapham wrote:Well, living in Canada as I do, it isn't hard to find Americans who are (or can be) convinced that I live in an igloo and travel to work by dogsled.


Don't be silly. We know full well what real Canadians are like.

 
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I like live in Southern California. Everyone who like lives here surfs and you like cannot go to the grocery store without like bumping into a whole bunch of celebrities, you know.
 
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I live in Texas*. Everything anyone says about Texas is true.








* To be truthful, I live in Austin, which is just about as un-Texan as things can get. But it's just a small island of sanity.
 
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Australian Drop bears
 
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Peter Johnson wrote:I like live in Southern California. Everyone who like lives here surfs and you like cannot go to the grocery store without like bumping into a whole bunch of celebrities, you know.



Funny. I live in Royal Oak, MI (a suburb of Detroit) and, according to the clerk, just missed Mena Suvari in the grocery checkout line by a few minutes Tuesday night. (Some local websites corroborate that she's in town and has been seen everywhere from trendy clothing stores to Dairy Queen.)
 
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Where I grew up, I was always asked if I was Amish.

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Mike Simmons wrote:

Paul Clapham wrote:Well, living in Canada as I do, it isn't hard to find Americans who are (or can be) convinced that I live in an igloo and travel to work by dogsled.


Don't be silly. We know full well what real Canadians are like.



Yeah. I'm the one on the left and that's my mother on the right.
 
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People speculate if I live in a cave. Really.

My room falls under bad reception area which makes me unreachable on my cell phone for most part of a day!
 
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Some people think that in the Netherlands we all walk on wooden shoes and that smoking hash is legal here (which it is not officially, although you will not get arrested if you have less than a certain small amount of soft drugs with you).

Note: What you see in Amsterdam is NOT what the whole Netherlands is like. Amsterdam is a kind of tourist disneyland in many respects.

 
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Jesper Young wrote:Some people think that in the Netherlands we all walk on wooden shoes and that smoking hash is legal here (which it is not officially, although you will not get arrested if you have less than a certain small amount of soft drugs with you).

Note: What you see in Amsterdam is NOT what the whole Netherlands is like. Amsterdam is a kind of tourist disneyland in many respects.

Those of us who are well-read are quite aware that in winter you guys put aside your wooden shoes and put on ice skates to get around.
 
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Jesper Young wrote:Some people think that in the Netherlands we all walk on wooden shoes ...


The informed know better! No walking is involved because you're stuck in place with your finger in the dike.
 
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Jesper Young wrote:Some people think that in the Netherlands we all walk on wooden shoes and that smoking hash is legal here


What? they don't still sell joints in all the coffee shops?

Actually, when I was in Den Haag, I did some walking around and window shopping. There was a set of ordinary Bass Weeguns in the window for something like
800 Guilder (this was pre-Euro), which translated at the then current exchange rate to about $350 US dollars. No wonder they wear wooden shoes, Leather is so expensive.
 
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Have there been any Dutch movies made after "Spetters" -- maybe a sequel?
 
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