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Questions For The World

Postby Freakish » Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:48 am UTC

Since xkcd has members from across the globe, and travelling is expensive. I figured it'd be nice to have a place where questions that can't be answered in your location could be... Well... Answered. Just those little things that people wonder about during the day.

Do people with strong accents have hard time understanding American's/Canadians?

How are Atheists treated in Southern USA?

Do people believe that the water spins the other way in the Northern Hemisphere?

Is there Internet slang in other languages?

Is it really that hard adjusting to driving on snow in places where you don't see it often?

Can someone from Quebec and someone from France understand each other if they're both speaking French?
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby fusillade2 » Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:52 am UTC

Q. Is there Internet slang in other languages?
A. Yes.

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Postby Teapot » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:08 am UTC

fusillade2 wrote:Q. Is there Internet slang in other languages?
A. Yes.


We got a list of french internet slang from a french student teacher who was supposed to be helping us improve our accents... I can't remember much of the sheet though. I think MDR is french for lol.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby poxic » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:29 am UTC

Correct, teapot. Mort de rire -- dead of laughing. I learned that when practising my French on IRC somewhere.
Other 'net slang in French, from my IRCing:
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re = hello again, pretty much the same as in English
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Do people with strong accents have hard time understanding American's/Canadians?
According to the people I meet here (Vancouver, Canada) who are learning English, many Canadians and Americans have a "flat" accent. That explains why ESL is such big business here -- every downtown block seems to have at least one ESL school on it.

Is it really that hard adjusting to driving on snow in places where you don't see it often?
Heh, apparently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9Ym-92LfiU. I think this was actually the aftermath of an ice storm, though, and not normal snow conditions.
In Vancouver, lots of accidents occur after a snowfall. It's partly lack of driver experience and partly the nature of the snow. The coast is warm and damp, and freezes overnight during the winter, so snow becomes wet snow over slush over ice -- verrry hard to drive on. Not the nice flat pack that the inland areas get.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby ParanoidAndroid » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:46 am UTC

Freakish wrote:How are Atheists treated in Southern USA?


We lynch 'em or drown them in pools of sweet tea and BBQ sauce, depending on which takes less time. Don't want to be late to the tractor pull.

They're treated like normal people. I mean, it's not like they just walk down the street saying, "Hi, I don't believe in God." Yes, we do have a higher percentage of silly fundamentalists, but it's not like atheists are second class citizens or anything. But don't worry, I try not to make them the targets of my narrow minded religious intolerance too often.

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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Day Tripper » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:55 am UTC

Freakish wrote:Can someone from Quebec and someone from France understand each other if they're both speaking French?

Yes, in most cases. Grammar and everything is the same, but like with UK English and American English there are dialects that might make things difficult. Even Canadian French-speakers who have been taught "Standard French" can have trouble understanding joual or another highly ... regionalized/informal dialects. I can see you're from Ontario already, so I'm sorry if that was just a completely obvious answer...
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Poochy » Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:05 am UTC

fusillade2 wrote:Q. Is there Internet slang in other languages?
A. Yes.

I can confirm this for Chinese, too - I have a couple cousins in Taiwan who use Chinese Internet slang a lot, which made it nearly impossible for me to understand anything they typed. I did pick up on "98" = 走吧 (roughly "Let's go", pronounced similar to the Chinese for "nine-eight")
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Iori_Yagami » Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:19 am UTC

This might sound odd or unintelligent, but
Is it true that in US an 'average' family lives in its own standalone house with 2 stories, many appliances in it, garage next to it and a swimming pool in the yard?
Or this is a Hollywood created illusion?
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Poochy » Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:26 am UTC

Iori_Yagami wrote:This might sound odd or unintelligent, but
Is it true that in US an 'average' family lives in its own standalone house with 2 stories, many appliances in it, garage next to it and a swimming pool in the yard?
Or this is a Hollywood created illusion?

That's probably above average, though how much above average also depends on your location - a 2-story house in, say, New York or California costs a heck of a lot more than a 2-story house in a more rural area.

I'd estimate that maybe the 75th to 80th percentile in terms of income is when it becomes common to live in that kind of house.
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Postby Raiku » Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:40 am UTC

Freakish wrote:Since xkcd has members from across the globe, and travelling is expensive. I figured it'd be nice to have a place where questions that can't be answered in your location could be... Well... Answered. Just those little things that people wonder about during the day.

Do people with strong accents have hard time understanding American's/Canadians?

No, as American TV has basically taken over the world, so an American accent is generally known as the worlds accent.

Freakish wrote:Do people believe that the water spins the other way in the Northern Hemisphere?

Well, it does, so...

Freakish wrote:Is there Internet slang in other languages?

Oh god yeah-on FFF (Final Fantasy Forums) there are whole areas devoted to other languages and internet slang... and I'm really pissed off I can't read them...

Freakish wrote:Is it really that hard adjusting to driving on snow in places where you don't see it often?

Depends-Snow used to be a regular occurence here in Scotland, but now... we're lucky if we get even 2 days worth per year, so... But seeing as the amount of snow only decreased recently, I'd say no-for now. But in other countries, I'd probably say a strong yes.

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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Amarantha » Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:13 pm UTC

Freakish wrote:How are Atheists treated in Southern USA?


I'm not from there, but I recall reading somewhere (hell, it was probably here) that atheists are the only religious group (well, you know what I mean) banned from holding office in Texas. You don't have to be Christian, you just have to believe in some higher power. And there was a survey in the USA sometime in the last few years asking people whether they'd vote for candidates of this or that description. Fewer people said they'd vote for an atheist than would vote for a woman, gay person, old person, non-white person or person of any religion at all. So ya, it seems atheists are not popular anywhere in the USA.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Meowgan » Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:27 pm UTC

Does milo exist in other countries?
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby doc leech » Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:35 pm UTC

I can honestly say I have never witnessed any religious persecution in this area, be it against atheists or anything else. So at least one piece of the US seems to be free from that mindset, at least on the guy-on-the-street level... I'm not sure about higher level politics and such, since that's ignored as much as I can manage.

Really, I would think that many if not most other areas in this nation are the same in this regard.

(That is a guess, though, since I haven't visited enough places in this country to make a broader statement with any level of certainty)
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Postby Dingbats » Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:44 pm UTC

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Freakish wrote:Can someone from Quebec and someone from France understand each other if they're both speaking French?

Yes, in most cases. Grammar and everything is the same, but like with UK English and American English there are dialects that might make things difficult. Even Canadian French-speakers who have been taught "Standard French" can have trouble understanding joual or another highly ... regionalized/informal dialects. I can see you're from Ontario already, so I'm sorry if that was just a completely obvious answer...

Well, the grammar isn't exactly the same: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec_French#Syntax But the differences aren't huge.

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Re: Questions For The World

Postby spasarto » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:03 pm UTC

Iori_Yagami wrote:This might sound odd or unintelligent, but
Is it true that in US an 'average' family lives in its own standalone house with 2 stories, many appliances in it, garage next to it and a swimming pool in the yard?
Or this is a Hollywood created illusion?

As poochy said, it really depends on your area. I live in the midwest and two-thirds of the houses meets the first 3 requirements. Not many people have pools, but that also could be a matter of preference (it tends to snow a lot here.) It's worth noting that most of these homes aren't like the ones you will see on tv -- most of them have a very modest design and are usually pretty old.

The midwest housing market is much different than the rest of the country. I just bought a house this year, two stories, with a garage, and a double lot for about 130k. A house like this on the coasts would cost at least three times as much. But the demand for land is much higher there due to the fact that there is nothing to do in the midwest. :P

There are always exceptions though.

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Postby 3fj » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:27 pm UTC

Teapot wrote:
fusillade2 wrote:Q. Is there Internet slang in other languages?
A. Yes.


We got a list of french internet slang from a French student teacher who was supposed to be helping us improve our accents... I can't remember much of the sheet though. I think MDR is french for lol.

God i hated french :x

Chinese too. My girlfriend showed me a Chinese fora once. It amused me.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Iori_Yagami » Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:26 pm UTC

Ok, it's fine. So most of the people live in standalone houses, posh or not. Probably public housing is not as common as in post-USSR area? As well as other 'public' services. I read somewere that in US even dinner plates are washed in dirty sink water because it is too expensive to leave the tap open while you do the dishes under running water.

I also have an impression that different countries have different values on different goods. They say highly developed world (Western Europe, North America, Japan) have much cheaper technical stuff (such as electronics or vehicles or production equipment), but more expensive food, clothing and other basic things. I mean, some 10 years ago it was uncommon in my area to have someone own a PC at home. OTOH, fast food and instant meals were uncommon, and nobody thought that vegetables, bread, milk are something 'special'. Now we are slowly moving to other pole - you can't find real butter anymore (at insane 10x price maybe) - only 'vegetable fat mixture' or some other fake. OTOH, now even kids on bus stops discuss NTFS benefits over FAT. :?:
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Postby 3fj » Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:47 pm UTC

I have a wad of questions for New Yorkers:
I want to live in a small flat in Manhattan, nothing fancy.
  • Whats the average rental cost?
  • Where do you get the bulk of your groceries?
  • Are there any stupid laws i should know about?
  • Hows the cost of living?
  • Hows the internet there? (Seems like a stupid one, by this i mean connection speeds/pricing)
  • Whats the cost of a pint of beer?

And for general American legal immigration:
  • If i wished to live in America all the time and retain my British citizenship, what would i need to get/do?
  • What limitations are there on foreigners living and working in America?

So... umm.. yeah :D
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Mr. Beck » Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:02 pm UTC

Meowgan wrote:Does milo exist in other countries?

Ive never heard of it, so... no?

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Re: Questions For The World

Postby 3fj » Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:03 pm UTC

Meowgan wrote:Does milo exist in other countries?

I've only ever seen it in Thailand.
On a related note, is it true that a mars bar is called a milky way in America? If so, what do you call a milky way (the same, minus the caramel)?
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Postby pseudoidiot » Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:05 pm UTC

3fj wrote:
Meowgan wrote:On a related note, is it true that a mars bar is called a milky way in America? If so, what do you call a milky way (the same, minus the caramel)?


These seem to clear that up:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_bar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way_(confectionery)

Which is weird, because before I saw that, I could've sworn I've seen both here in the states. I guess I was wrong.
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Postby thecommabandit » Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:11 pm UTC

Meowgan wrote:Does milo exist in other countries?

Are you talking about that hot chocolate powder stuff? If yes then it does. I was in Malaysia and Brunei a few weeks ago and it was a choice of Sabah tea, Nescafe or Milo for hot drinks. It wouldn't've been so bad if they had milk in Asia =/ I've never seen it here in the UK though.
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Postby 3fj » Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:11 pm UTC

Hah! i Just found out that stonehaven invented the deep-fried mars bar.

I now have a new joke for my friend who lives there and surely helped invent it (ho-ho-ho)
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Postby pkuky » Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:00 pm UTC

for canadians (mostly toronto), how much