The citizens of most countries are quick to boast about their country and tout their patriotism.
Few, however, are willing to acknowledge some of the things they are embarrassed about regarding their homeland.
Many would never volunteer that information unless asked directly.
Fortunately for us, people came forward and admitted some of their country's faults when Redditor frodesu asked:
"What is your nation's biggest shame?"
When it comes to constructing something, these nations seemed to have an open-ended date.
"In Romania, they took 11 years to make one km of a highway."
"I live in the states and we have a freeway in my city they’ve been working on since 2001. It’s only half done and expected to be completed in 2029."
Waiting To Worship
"We took over 1000 years for a church."
"Trust me when I say that Germany taking a 1,000 years to build a church is the least of your shame."
The Stadium In Progress
"We have been working on a NATIONAL STADIUM for 25000 people since 1987. Every now and then, a politician will mention that it will be completed by the end of the year."
"Simply google 'Lithuanian national disgrace.'"
Political leaders get major scrutiny.
Australian Prime Minister's Past
"Our PM sh**ting his pants at a Mcdonalds"
"Ex-President Dictator who holds the Guinness World of Record for Greatest Robbery of Government son will probably win the next election."
The Klepto President
"Czech Republic: During a live broadcast in Chile, our previous president stole a ceremonial pen."
"You should see the video. It’s genuinely hilarious. He gives this little nod like he’s so f'kin’ clever."
"Just don’t Google czech president. We have some embarrassing ones."
People brought up things about Ireland the denizens weren't very proud of.
How Unmarried Mothers Were Treated
"Ireland, the Treatment of unmarried mothers, they were put in church run institutions against their will and forced to work, their children were put up for adoption."
Irish Psych Ward
"The Magdalene Laundries."
"Never heard of Magdalene Laundries until I read an article about how Sinead ‘O Connor spoke up about how she was sent there as a teen. She got a lot of shit when she tore up a picture of the pope on SNL in protest against their abuse. She was right though."
People discuss the sad histories of these nations.
"My parents nationality... The Khmer Empire.."
"The Khmer Rouge really f'ked up the country. Cambodia went from being a pretty decent country to downright f'king poverty at one point. It's gotten better but most of the traditions and other practices are either forgotten or just rarely taught."
"Our second monarch (Leopold II) used the Free Congo State as private property, enslaving, torturing, and killing 10 million Congolese people over the course of 25 years."
As outsiders, it's interesting to observe the specific aspects of a country we're unaware of.
The negative examples provided by the Redditors above showed there is always another side to a nation.
And while some nations have shameful history and governments that are perceived as worse than others, all countries have their imperfections.
It's in how much a nation is willing to make improvements for the good of the people that places them above the rest.
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It's pretty typical to want to impress people, especially if it's the first time meeting them, but some folks go out of their way to make it seem like they're superior. Sometimes their attempts fall flat, and sometimes they do exactly the opposite of what was intended.
Reddit user u/noteprocupes asked:
I'm convinced people dart in and out of traffic thinking they're "beating the system" and they congratulate themselves on being efficient. In reality, they've saved no significant amount of time and came out looking like an uneducated a*shole.
Those are the people that slow traffic down by causing everyone else to hit their brakes. Lots of lane changes are a huge cause of traffic.
Hating anything that's "popular" just because it's popular. Trying too hard to come across as sophisticated, edgy, and "better."
I just genuinely don't like that many popular things and I hate it when people are like "haha yea, how can you like that garbage?"
Like, dude, just because I don't enjoy it doesn't mean it's bad?
Answer questions on the spot.
It's ok to say "I don't know" or "let me do some research and get back to you on that one".
Getting comfortable with that really changed my career for the better because I was killing myself with anxiety when I didn't have answers or making dumb mistakes when i tried to have an answer for everything off the cuff.
Okay so it's not just me. I noticed EVERY SINGLE PERSON who is a jerk is labeled a narcissist and I don't get it. Is that the new buzzword for sh**ty person?
"Do you even listen to (band you're wearing a shirt of)?"
Yes. Why would I wear a Pink Floyd shirt if I don't like Pink Floyd?
Also, "name 3 (band on shirt) songs."
If they can, congratulations. You look like a jerk.
This guy at work likes to stand up at his desk and practice his martial arts. Always talks about how if someone were to attack him how he would defend himself in the situation and take him down. With specifics. Gah its annoying.
My favorite are the "teacher please notice I read this book/article not on the syllabus but kind of relevant to the class" questions.
Especially since most of the time the professor doesn't have much of a response beyond acknowledging the connection. I took a yearlong intensive business program and this one kiss-*ss managed to bring up a book that was mentioned during orientation in just about every class the whole year.
Use extra long, endlessly winding sentences and niche jargon.
I can't remember how many students I had to tell, that no, writing sentences which hardly anyone can follow and use words which are super specific and hardly anyone knows, does not make you seem clever or smart, let alone educated or intelligent. It makes you look like an idiot who has no idea what they are talking about, since they can't find the words to make other people understand the issue.
I really really hate when people show up late to lecture, sit in the front, then start answering questions the professor is asking just by rewording what they said.
Share the results of a Facebook IQ quiz.
Using "buzz" words when talking about something they know little or nothing about. I got the blue screen of death and one of my friends told me it was because of my isp, or could be my bandwidth. Do you even know what isp stands for?
Oh man, I do tech work for fire alarm panels and I had a coworker that managed the accounts but knew nothing about the tech side. That's fine, it's not her job to know the tech, but she didn't like to admit it and would call and try to ask me questions using a bunch of industry related words she'd heard me use but didn't understand and it would just be a mishmash of incomprehensible gibberish.
To give you an idea, imagine it's a pizza shop and a customer calls to complain about a cold pizza. She calls me up since I made the pizza and says "Hey the customer said their pizza was cold, do you think the mozzarella might have caused the oven to crust over from anchovies being topped from the parmesan bell peppers with olives being cut?"
You'll never look bad for saying "who" when you mean "whom".
You'll always look bad for saying "whom" when you mean "who".
Likewise, "its" instead of "it's" is really easy to overlook, but the reverse sticks out like a sore thumb.
Correcting everything and everyone in the smallest things. It's just annoying. Even worse how they get offended when someone corrects them.
Berate you for not understanding a joke or phrase—and refusing to explain it, because they obviously don't get it either.
Ah, the ole, I am going to tell you this joke to see how you respond and hope that you say the punchline so I finally get it routine.
Talk over or interrupt other people with their "smart" input.
We have a serious problem with this on my team at work (IT-related job). We are a small group, only 5 people plus my supervisor. We have two people that constantly do this. I read an article about how to combat when people constantly talk over you because I was so worn out over it. They mentioned that it's usually best to stop talking, wait until they're finished then say, "as I was saying before..." It has helped tremendously with one of the over-talkers. Fingers crossed that the other will become more self-aware.
When you say, "Hey I didn't know this, but shortbread cookies don't have eggs in them," and the other person says, "You didn't KNOW shortbread cookies don't have eggs in them?!" "No Karen, that's why I started that sentence with, Hey I didn't know this." Maybe it's more specific to me....
Omg guys, look at this utter doofus who at one point didn't know something which he then learnt and knew afterwards. How embarrassing must that be!?
Weave in and out of traffic only to wind up no further ahead.
Pretend to be informed about and insist on having an opinion about anything and everything: above all, a total refusal to ever employ the expressions 'I don't know', or 'Please explain.'
This instantly marks you out as an essentially uneducated person. Well-educated people know, above all else, what they do not know, and they have no compunction whatever about admitting what they don't know-- implicitly, because they know that an admission of ignorance is the surest way to remedy it, and have confidence that they can understand and learn about basically anything, given time.
Know-it-alls are almost invariably covering up for their own intellectual insecurities, while effectively putting them on full display.
Steering conversations towards their area of expertise.
I just asked if you saw Endgame, how are we talking about the Russian boycott of the 1984 Olympics?
Be contrarian or negative about absolutely EVERYTHING. It's ok to have a negative opinion about something, but some people just love to argue for no reason other than to seem like they're smart.
Every country is different and not everyone who lives in those countries necessarily thinks the same. It might be the norm to love football, but some people find the super aggressive fans embarrassing or aggravating.
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Reddit user u/Fededillerjohn asked:
Swiss people can be very close minded and behind on the times, yet people (especially online) always act like it's a super progressive and perfect country. but then homosexual marriage is still not allowed, and in some parts women couldn't vote until the 90s.
That we lost a war against emu's. I mean seriously we are nation that produced the only force that had any impact at Gallipoli, the rats of Torbruk and we captured 100,000 Italian troops in WW2. But some large flightless birds? Nope didn't stand a chance. We were so desperate we asked the British for artillery.
It's a long list.
We're one of the most religious countries on earth; it's a dangerous place for women and we're homophobic AF. Our education scores are consistently at the bottom of the world rank. We sabotage sex-ed reform initiatives, which accounts for out high teen pregnancy rate. We have yearly 'cold' crisis in which the children living in the poorest areas literally freeze to death due to a lack of infrastructure, and we're patriotically blind about all of the above.
It's a small thing, but I dislike how many British people enjoy showing how 'British' they are online. Making memes about the weather, politics, drinking tea, queuing etc, all playing these things up for an American audience. It's no great crime, it just strikes me as cringeworthy.
EDIT: I've just remembered when I lived with a Spanish roommate, and due to my being born near Birmingham he used to call me a Peaky Blinder. I fully leant into it. So I guess I'm the wanker after all.
The amount of people who harrasses and asks for 'Bobs and vegana pics' online.
P.S : No award to guess what country I am from.
Every country has skeletons (frequently literally) in its closet. The world ought to be united in utter embarrassment at the way we have conducted ourselves at different times.
This is coming out less uplifting than I meant it to.
This is a thing from history but I'm from Scotland and at one point we thought we would raid England while they had the plague so that they were weaker, but then we caught it and brought it back to Scotland and killed half the country. We're not a hell of a lot smarter now to be honest.
The thing that didn't happen at that Square in that year on that day.
The politicians and how people treat monuments like sh*t, also the school system
Mafia is leading our country.
Bulgaria checking in. We even have a saying about it - "Other countries have a Mafia, here the Mafia has a country".
There's so many lol, I'll go with the latest.
Last week a 'solidarity fridge' was placed in a street in Salvador (4th biggest city in Brazil) this is a project where they leave a fridge where people can donate food and the homeless can take it.
It was stolen less than 24h after being placed.
This happened a few years ago in Kuwait. We were hosting an Olympic tournament and during the medal ceremony, instead of playing Kazakhstan's actual national anthem we played its parody from the movie Borat. The guy playing the music downloaded it from youtube and didn't pay attention it was a parody full of insults. I had to apologize to a friend from Kazakhstan when this happened even though he thought it was hilarious.
the sectarian conflict, the rampant illicit drug use, the fact that we haven't had a functional government for over 600 days now over a disagreement on a pointless law.
People here loveee to show off by saying Nikola Tesla is "ours". Our blood, our intelligence and so on.
Meanwhile the Tesla museum in our capital is a joke, it's basically 2 rooms, and in high school when we visited it our class literally had to be split in 2 parties because we couldn't all fit in it.
Mind you it is getting slightly better now but only because of the tourists.
The state of our roadsides and towns. For such a "proud" country, collectively we have a really funny way of showing it. I'm actually genuinely embarrassed when tourists have to see some of the filth, especially in cities like Glasgow.
We had a very healthy and innovative aerospace industry, then just said f*ck it.
We don't always win in hockey
We used to!!! Our teams ruled the world for decades! sobs into cup of rink beer
Scottish people can be really aggressive and rude. Especially in the more populated areas and especially with what we call "spice boys".
Like, a group of guys were making fun of me for moving past them and says sorry. Scottish girls can be as rude too. People always think it's just the English but no, Scotland is full of really rude people.
When I saw news articles about a mass shooting, I initially skipped over them because I thought they were talking about yesterday.