Monday, November 07, 2005

one week to go

yay, i'm into the last week. w00t!

not that much to say really. Nicholas Cage was at the deck yesterday, but i missed it.

here's some more stuff about the natives:
  • All americans think that the south african accent is australian. I'm tired of telling people i'm not from australia.
  • americans take elections seriously. at least, the competitors do. new york state gubernatorial elections are up soon, as are the mayorial elections for new york city. the adverts are amazing - the general tactic seems to be dig up as much dirt as you can on your opponent and advertise it on tv. the only rule seems to be that you have to declare in about pt 3 font at the bottom of the screen who paid for the ad. that's it. i wish we could get away with this sort of thing in SA. elections would be much more interesting. 'Vote No for corruption. Vote No for (insert name here)'. '(Insert name here) has a history of criminal activity, has been proven in a court of law to have abused their power, and has employed his entire family in parliament. Do you really want this person in charge?' Man, it would be great.
  • its not a real advert if it doesn't have at least one disclaimer. ads for cough mixture are followed by someone very quickly detailing all the adverse side effects and warnings to consult your physician etc etc. ads for cars all have the caption 'professional driver, closed course' on them, like you don't know the guy doing the handbrake turn is not you.

stay tuned for the next installment.


Blogger Synkronos said...

From what I've heard, all everythings think that the SA accent is Oz.

November 08, 2005 1:21 PM  
Blogger ChittyChittyBangBang! said...

I enjoy your "things i learned about America today".
They are funny and entertaining. Who knows, may come in handy one of these days!

November 08, 2005 1:30 PM  
Blogger moonflake said...

glad to hear it :) I'll try to keep them coming.

November 08, 2005 5:08 PM  
Blogger Bast said...

I saw my first car ad disclaimer on TV last night. I was like "que??" why are they telling us about professional drivers and tracks? I still don't see how that prevents you from doing something stupid.

November 08, 2005 6:30 PM  
Blogger moonflake said...

it doesn't prevent anyone doing anything stupid. what it does do is prevent you being sued after the idiot attempts to re-enact the stunt in his el camino.

November 12, 2005 8:19 AM  

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