Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Have you ever noticed...

...that people from funny countries never find their countries funny?
Witness the p.r. campaign the government of Kazahkstan unleashed to counter Borat. He, who in all good faith bore glad tidings from his beloved country to the rest of the world. How ungrateful of them.
No sense of humor whatsoever.
What about the land of Turkmenbashi, now rechristened Turkmenistan again? They had a leader over there until recently who changed the name of everything to Turkmenbashi, when he was not naming things after his mother. His name? Saparmurat Niyazov (no wonder he had nomenclature issues). He changed the names of the days of the week and the names of the months. Nobody ever remembered what they were supposed to be.
North Korea. Soon Yoon Moon or whatever his name is with the pompadour and the sunglasses -- very funny. Until he hits the red button and up in flames we all go, that is.
My point is, we are allowed to laugh at countries because countries are a riot. And not only the ones that end with IA or STAN (which by the way, happen to be in a list of countries that I won't go to).
Look at us! People here still think the world was made in seven days. People all over the world are having ruptured spleens making fun of us and we don't take it that much to heart. We just go back to watching American Idol, or The Next Top American Cheesehead. No big deal.
So, friends from Kreplachistan and environs, do lighten up.

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