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It's quite annoying to see your country so badly represented on film. Believe it or not, India isn't an impoverished landscape where everyone is an IT professional. The Irish also don't spend each day and night drinking themselves into stupors. The French don't speak in baguette and the Italians don't all own wineries in the lush countryside.

After Redditor MilkuuMcFluffyButt asked the online community, "What does Hollywood get wrong about your home country?"people weighed in with their grievances.


Italy

Basically Italy is 90% countryside and the cities in the remaining 10% are roman ruins, old houses inhabited by septuagenarians or Venice.

Azathoth90

Ireland

That all us Irish people are alcoholics. I am actually having a beer at the moment but that's just coincidence. I actually know a guy that doesn't drink, but he is a bit of a weirdo. Bloody Dave.

sugar-soad

Mexico

That badass cartel enforcers roam around working alone, driving classic cars, wearing shiny suits, etc. This is more like it. Bunch of poor, brainwashed, uneducated expendable foot soldiers on the payroll of a private army.

rtozur

France

Not every window has a view on the Eiffel Tower. And it's painfully obvious when they go to shoot a vineyard scene in California to pass for French countryside.

LastRomancer

India

That all of us are either IT professionals or we spend our time at spelling bee competitions, I don't know jack about computers, nor do I know to spell!

Not_Titan_Ananth

Russia

It's not constantly snowing here in Russia. Damn, it can even get hot in here. We're kinda stuck between +40 summer and -30 winter. And we have some southern regions too.

Also, our country does not consist only of Moscow and military bases, separated by unpopulated forests and fields. There's like St. Petersburg, Kazan, Irkutsk and some stuff in between. Idk, I haven't been anywhere else.

_Weyland_

The United States

Americans are not actually the voice of reason during a global crisis.

joe1000101

Nigeria

Nigeria: A lot of us live in good places, with water and clean air and we wear basic clothes and shoes and suits. We have offices and we even have Schools that are better than most of the ones in America. Not all of us are people wearing barely any clothes with spears who eat some weird crap. I'm happy we are at least being represented.

letsgetredditing

Egypt

That we have some sort of cursed mummy thing waiting to happen. Or happening. And that we somehow need a pretty white woman to raise Bast from the dead or something.

Knittedpearls

Australia

That tourists all die here. From scary arse snakes and spiders, to sharks and poisonous jellyfish, to outback serial killers. Only half of you will die in OZ :) Come visit us!

FroginaBog123

Canada

The accent. The accents are different all across Canada but they typically go with the prairie/West accent that just really isn't common. They really don't use "eh" correctly either.

Creams18

The Netherlands

The Netherlands isn't just people wearing clogs, orange clothing and eating cheese. Not everybody lives in windmills either, in fact, I've never met anybody who lives in one. The Netherlands is far different from what Hollywood shows.

BantBentBunt

Pakistan

That Pakistan is either full of hackers, not developed at all, or terrorist central.

LonelyOnlyNone

Germany

Germans aren't bad guys who drink beer. I know that isn't how they're always depicted, but I've seen so many instances where the villain is German/Germans are having beer.

Stranger_Reddits

Scotland

Scotland so most things. We're not all drunks who wear kilts. We're a developed, multi-cultural country with access to modern technology. (Remember, we bloody invented a huge amount of it!)

I live in a perfectly normal house too, not a country cottage/castle/field.

Starstreamer

Japan

Japan isn't super techy techy. If anything, we are very behind. Computer science isn't a popular or even a common major here and none of my friends know how to code.

qs67

Argentina

X-Men First Class gets laughed at in Argentina for their depiction of Villa Gesell.

Here's Villa Gesell according to X-Men. Here's the real Gesell.

qtanon1

Belgium

I once saw a rather awful Jean Claude Vandamme movie. A scene takes place in Antwerp's (Belgium) Red Light district. I don't know where they filmed it but there are definitely no palm trees in Antwerp.

MrDagon007

Romania

Romani people aren't duplicitous beggars accosting Europeans in every city and retaliating to their hostility with malediction; those are impoverished people of all ethnicities who're unscrupulous but destitute and insolvent. We don't indulge in esoteric enchantments to ensorcel or beguile credulous middle aged women so we can purloin their personal effects while they're preoccupied with the ostentatious rituals.

We're depicted as a parasitic menace exploiting the magnanimity and benevolence of Europe.

VelvetDreamers

England

We don't all live in London, or talk like cockneys or royalty.

chewbaccah

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

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- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

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"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

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You can't take back what you've already put in.

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- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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