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Old 30th November 2018, 08:29 PM   #1
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Talking Being a Foreigner from New Mexico

This country can be so embarrassing. I blame it on all the new arrivals who have yet to totally learn all of our awesome history.

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5...b04fb211680a4a
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Old 30th November 2018, 08:53 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Myles View Post
This country can be so embarrassing. I blame it on all the new arrivals who have yet to totally learn all of our awesome history.

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5...b04fb211680a4a
Population of “this country”? 2 I guess.

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Old 30th November 2018, 09:06 PM   #3
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In fairness, New Mexico does sound a bit foreign. And 1912 isn't really that long ago.
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Old 30th November 2018, 09:07 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Strawberry View Post
In fairness, New Mexico does sound a bit foreign. And 1912 isn't really that long ago.
I think you should be aware who "DC clerks" are before commenting.
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Old 30th November 2018, 09:10 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Baylor View Post
I think you should be aware who "DC clerks" are before commenting.
Why?
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Old 30th November 2018, 09:34 PM   #6
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I was refused alcohol in east Texas once because "sorry, we don't accept foreign ID".



Notice the "USA"? Its to prevent harassment when travelling out of state.
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Old 30th November 2018, 09:37 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Strawberry View Post
In fairness, New Mexico does sound a bit foreign. And 1912 isn't really that long ago.
Yeah, but a US territory since 1850.
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Old 30th November 2018, 09:39 PM   #8
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Similar to (U.S.) tourists coming up on the cruise ships to Alaska, going into gift shops and asking, “Do you take American money?” Yes, this happens.
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Old 30th November 2018, 09:55 PM   #9
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But ma'am, it's a New Mexico license.

I don't care if it's new or old or refurbicated. We don't take it because it's Mexico.
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Originally Posted by Strawberry View Post
Why?
(((DC clerks)))
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Old 30th November 2018, 10:14 PM   #11
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Not a new mistake to encounter. Similarly, people from states with directions in the names (West Virginia, South Carolina, etc) sometimes get told "I just need the state, not what part of it you live in".
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Old 30th November 2018, 10:25 PM   #12
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There was a time when schools were good. Back when America was great.
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Old 30th November 2018, 10:37 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by William Parcher View Post
There was a time when schools were good. Back when America was great.
Well you know back then they didn't have to remember more than 13 States. It's all those 37 new upstarts that have arrived and pushed their way in that have ruined the country since then.
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Old 30th November 2018, 10:45 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by PhantomWolf View Post
Well you know back then they didn't have to remember more than 13 States. It's all those 37 new upstarts that have arrived and pushed their way in that have ruined the country since then.
I was going to say the last time this continent was great was when there were dinosaurs on it, but that's true of all the continents.
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Old 30th November 2018, 11:00 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
Not a new mistake to encounter. Similarly, people from states with directions in the names (West Virginia, South Carolina, etc) sometimes get told "I just need the state, not what part of it you live in".
Your education system needs fixing.

Even I know the names of the 50 states of the US and I live on another continent.
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
I was going to say the last time this continent was great was when there were dinosaurs on it, but that's true of all the continents.
There still are dinosaurs on all of the continents , even Antarctica has penguins.
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Old 1st December 2018, 02:41 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Strawberry View Post
Your education system needs fixing.

Even I know the names of the 50 states of the US and I live on another continent.
But can you place them on a map? I did a test not long back and only got 4 wrong. I thought that wasn't bad for a UK-based xenophobe.
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Originally Posted by Roboramma View Post
There still are dinosaurs on all of the continents , even Antarctica has penguins.
Descendants of dinosaurs are not themselves dinosaurs, unfortunately.
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I refuse to believe the OP happened. If it did, I'm buying up guns and hunkering down. Not from an oppressive government, but in fear of the Rise of the Stupid
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From the OP;
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The clerk finally concluded New Mexico was a state after Clarkson objected three times. The clerk granted the license to Clarkson and his fiancée.
You might think the man had awesome powers of persuasion, but no.

Quote:
“She thought New Mexico was a foreign country,” Clarkson said of the clerk. “All the couples behind us waiting in line were laughing.”
It must have been the people laughing at the clerk who convinced them they were making a mistake.

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From the OP;

You might think the man had awesome powers of persuasion, but no.


It must have been the people laughing at the clerk who convinced them they were making a mistake.

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I wish I could find this incident funny but I can't. At least he didn't get arrested and turned over to ICE.
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Originally Posted by Strawberry View Post
Your education system needs fixing.

Even I know the names of the 50 states of the US and I live on another continent.
It's only a minority of idiots. It's hilarious and upsetting when some of them end up in positions where their idiocy can impact or obstruct other people; but it really is just a minority.

Late-night shows like to do things like have segments where they give people on the street geography questions and then show off the bizarre and ignorant answers, but in reality the producers have to spend hours, even several days, interviewing people in order to collect enough "ridiculous" responses to fill a segment.
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It's only a minority of idiots. It's hilarious and upsetting when some of them end up in positions where their idiocy can impact or obstruct other people; but it really is just a minority.

Late-night shows like to do things like have segments where they give people on the street geography questions and then show off the bizarre and ignorant answers, but in reality the producers have to spend hours, even several days, interviewing people in order to collect enough "ridiculous" responses to fill a segment.
They could just interview Trump....
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I refuse to believe the OP happened. If it did, I'm buying up guns and hunkering down. Not from an oppressive government, but in fear of the Rise of the Stupid
It happens all the time. I had ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) write me requiring that I pay for a translator for my New Mexico State University transcript. I've an airline refuse to check my baggage all the way to Roswell, NM from Atlanta because "It has to go through customs at an International Airport" (Albuquerque)
And the entire office listened as a Atlanta Olympics ticket office kept insisting that one of our guys had to go through "your Consulate" to buy tickets, as they could not deliver tickets to a "foreign country"

ETA "New Mexico Magazine" used to have a feature in every issue totled "One of Our States is Missing" which featured such idiocy...
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Originally Posted by rwguinn View Post
It happens all the time. I had ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) write me requiring that I pay for a translator for my New Mexico State University transcript. I've an airline refuse to check my baggage all the way to Roswell, NM from Atlanta because "It has to go through customs at an International Airport" (Albuquerque)
And the entire office listened as a Atlanta Olympics ticket office kept insisting that one of our guys had to go through "your Consulate" to buy tickets, as they could not deliver tickets to a "foreign country"

ETA "New Mexico Magazine" used to have a feature in every issue totled "One of Our States is Missing" which featured such idiocy...
I live in New Jersey. Near New York, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia. I wonder if these same profound souls want our European or South American Passports, too?

Oh god...they don't even know, do they?
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I live in New Jersey. Near New York, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia. I wonder if these same profound souls want our European or South American Passports, too?

Oh god...they don't even know, do they?
I've lived my whole life in New Hampshire and not once have I ever encountered anything like this.
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I've lived my whole life in New Hampshire and not once have I ever encountered anything like this.
I thought you had died as a very young boy. I must be thinking of some other poster.
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I heard an American telling a group of Australians that they were from New Mexico, adding that is in America and not Mexico. I thought at the time most of the room would have been aware of that.
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Originally Posted by Checkmite View Post
It's only a minority of idiots. It's hilarious and upsetting when some of them end up in positions where their idiocy can impact or obstruct other people; but it really is just a minority.

Late-night shows like to do things like have segments where they give people on the street geography questions and then show off the bizarre and ignorant answers, but in reality the producers have to spend hours, even several days, interviewing people in order to collect enough "ridiculous" responses to fill a segment.
Not since Trump rallys became a thing.
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Not since Trump rallys became a thing.
I really want to dispute this, but I....just...can't.
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I thought you had died as a very young boy. I must be thinking of some other poster.
I did, but I got better.
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I was going to say the last time this continent was great was when there were dinosaurs on it, but that's true of all the continents.
You speak words of wisdom.
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Descendants of dinosaurs are not themselves dinosaurs, unfortunately.
Cladistically speaking (which is the only framework that I think makes any real sense biologically), they necessarily are!

Also, I'm a fish.
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I really want to dispute this, but I....just...can't.

It would be interesting to see a study of the correlation between 'Jaywalkers' and Trump-rally participants ...
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Descendants of dinosaurs are not themselves dinosaurs, unfortunately.
You'd have trouble credibly arguing that highly specialised Maniraptoran Theropods aren't dinosaurs.
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I don't know ...
Did they taste like chicken?!
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There was a report on NPR a few years ago about the Harvard admissions office expecting a foreign tuition cost for applicants from New Mexico.
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There was a report on NPR a few years ago about the Harvard admissions office expecting a foreign tuition cost for applicants from New Mexico.
That sounds implausible: private schools rarely charge different rates for foreign vs domestic and in-state versus out-of-state. That's something public schools do, because they get state funding.
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We feels for ya, NM! From Australia, with our capital being Vienna. And yes, we speak English here too.
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