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What's the stupidest thing you've ever heard a tourist say? Ever heard an American talking about visiting "Scotchland, England", or (and this one is actually real) a Japanese couple talking about the correct way to say Clapham is actually Clatham, as "ph" sounds are pronounced "th". Which has a certain logic really. UPDATE: Please, no more Loogabarooga stories. It's getting like, "and I opened my eyes and my mum had left me a cup of tea!"

(, Thu 7 Jul 2005, 16:31)
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On a family holiday in spain...
about fourteen years ago now, we were staying a mate of my dads villa in classy Marbella. Now the sink upstairs didn't have a plug due to the spanish apparentley liking to wash in running water.

Dad doesn't like it, Dad wants a plug, so one morning the folks head into town, leaving my sister and me back at the villa to lounge around. Several hours later, my mum staggers through the door in hysterics closely followed by one sheepish looking pops.

What had transpired was they had inded found a hardware shop, and my dad not speaking a word of spanish and the spanish hardware shop owner not speaking a word of english, had spent an HOUR trying to ask for a plug, even with the aid of diagrams. My dear old dad either through frustration or sheer linguistic genius (bearing in mind he's born and bred Yorksher) resorts to adding an o onto the end of words to make it sound spanish. Hence my dad says "please-o can I have-o a plug-o, senor". Genius

While he was ther he did manage to buy a metal lawn sprinkler thing (wtf?!) which went into his hand luggage on the way back. Hand luggage goes through X-ray machine, lawn sprinkler looks like a cross between a gun and a huge knife. Well done dad. Now can you imagine how the following conversation with the officials went?

There are loads more of these from this one particualr trip. It was the funniest two weeks ever
(, Thu 14 Jul 2005, 10:33, Reply)

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