Posted by MALICE
Posted by infestructure
AC/DC is Australian
And 'hideous' is all in the eye of the beholder, I happen to think the Kiwi is quite cute.
I like a good ole american hotdog as much as the next person, but that video's gluttony is rather disgusting, and that 'eat everything in sight' attitude is why american hearts are clogging up worse than ever.
True, there is an obesity problem in America, and some may see competitive eating as promoting gluttony, but do not mistake it for what it truly is...
Simple old fashioned fun.
Are you saying you do not have any festivals, carnivals, holidays, etc. that include fun, overindulging, fun competition, traditions, etc.? Every country has them. Every country is wasteful in some way or another. Americans give back just as much as they take. Some countries do not.
The media is the problem. The act is seen around the world, but many do not understand the purpose of the act, so they criticize it. The running of the bulls, that tomato squashing thing, riding logs down hills, etc. I don't fully understand the purpose of these traditions, but I do not criticize them for that very same reason.
"Simple old fashioned fun?" In the past, people didn't have food to waste on eating competitions! I doubt those competitions have been around long.
The Tomatina is the 'tomato squashing thing', they don't eat the tomatoes, the have a food fight with them. It's wasteful, sure, but not gluttonous.
The running of the bulls, and the log thing - both stupid, but not gluttonous.
I understand the purpose of the hot dog eating contest, and that's to promote 'Oscar Meyer' or whatever company makes the dogs. It also scores the winner a cool 10K. You may say 'it brings everyone together' or something, but you don't need to overeat thousands of nitrite-ridden hot dogs to do that. Just have a picnic, or a concert.
When you ask me If 'We' have any carnivals like that, first know I am an american citizen who chooses not to live in the states, so I know first hand what you talk of. New Zealand has this problem with overeating too, but it's our ethnic minorities (Maori and Pacific islanders- big boned anyway) who bump up our national statistics.
Another reason Americans are so fat is they do not realise words like "fat free" also usually mean "chemical minefield"