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John Cleese's Letter to America

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by BingoT, Jan 18, 2008.

    Jan 18, 2008
  1. BingoT

    BingoT Nurses love to give shots webmeister

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    John Cleese's Letter to America


    John Cleese seems to have regular correspondence with the citizens of the US

    This is just the latest offering

    To the citizens of the United States of America:

    We hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. Her Sovereign Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy), as from Monday next. Your new prime minister, Go rdon Brown, will appoint a governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

    To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:
    1. You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then
    look up "aluminium" and check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed
    at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it.

    2. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour', 'favour'
    and 'neighbour'. Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without
    skipping half the letters, and the suffix "ize" will be replaced by the
    suffix "ise".

    3. You will learn that the suffix 'burgh' is pronounced 'burra'; you may
    elect to respell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you find you simply can't
    cope with correct pronunciation.

    4. Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable
    levels (look up "vocabulary"). Using the same twenty-seven words
    interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is
    &n bsp;unacceptable and an inefficient form of communication.

    5. There is no such thing as " US English." We will let Microsoft know on
    your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account
    of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of "-ize".

    6. You will relearn your original national anthem, "God Save The Queen",
    but only after fully carrying out Task #1 (see above).

    7. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday. November 2nd will be
    a new national holiday, but to be celebrated only in England. It will be
    called "Come-Uppance Day".

    8. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or
    therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows
    that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled
    by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing
    someone or speaking to a therapist then you're not grown up enough to
    handle a gun.

    &nbs p;9. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more
    dangerous than a vegetable peeler. A permit will be required if you wish to
    carry a vegetable peeler in public.

    10. All American cars are hereby banned. They are junk and this is for your
    own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean.

    11. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start
    driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time, yo u will go
    metric immediately and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both
    roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of
    humour.

    12. The Former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been
    calling "gasoline") - roughly $6/US gallon. Get used to it.

    13. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries
    &nb sp; are not real chips, and those th ings you insist on calling potato chips are
    properly called "crisps". Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat,
    and dressed not with mayonnaise but with vinegar.

    14. Waiters and waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with
    customers.

    15. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually
    beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as
    "beer", and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be
    & nbsp; referred to as "Lager". So that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

    16. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good
    guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play
    English characters. Watching Andie MacDowell attempt English dialogue in
    "Four Weddings and a Funeral" was an experience akin to having one's ears
    &nbs p;removed with a cheese grater.

    17. You will cease playing American "football." There is only one kind of
    proper football; you call it "soccer". Those of you brave enough will, in
    time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American
    "football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds
    or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).

    18. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host
    an eve nt called the "World Series" for a game which is not played outside
    of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware that there is a world beyond
    your borders, your error is understandable.

    19. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.

    20. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's
    Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies
    due backdated to 1776.

    Thank you for your co-operation.

    John Cleese
     
  2. Jan 22, 2008
  3. LOOKAWAY

    LOOKAWAY Senior Wember PABnonaccred

    Location:
    England
    Well im english and found that funny.

    Well john cleese you stand up american!

    Thanks bingot. Now im off. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Jan 22, 2008
  5. RobWin

    RobWin closed account

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    Location:
    A Vault!
    Good stuff BingoT and hey I can answer question #19 for Mr. Cleese...:cool:
     

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