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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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coniston in the lakes (my inbred homeland)
is a haven for idiots, american or otherwise. My favourite summer prank was telling tourists that the trees in Grizedale forest were fake... "they're all made out of wood". always believed; over and over again :)

spent many a day ringing the payphone in the centre of the village and asking to speak to 'jason' or 'jamie' (theres a million of the fuggers) who'll be in the pub across the road... then when afforementioned jamie/jason got to the phone shouting "w**ker!! and hanging up). this doesnt include the reign of terror we inflicted on the campers (tentpeg thievery, food thievery, tyre deflating etc... ) and many other totally unwelcoming evil pranks that i shudder to think i performed.

a lot of the villages and farms are named from viking times, hence baffled tourists baffling locals with pheonetic pronunciation. of course if i tell them viking used to live there i just got laughed at... how ridiculous! vikings!

re: the actual question. i've been asked when the tide comes in, on the lake. freshwater, 20 miles from the sea. (actually they've now measured tides in a cup of tea, but still).
(, Thu 14 Jul 2005, 10:59, Reply)

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