On a crowded train, traveling somewhere in
Europe, a U.S. Marine walked the entire length
of the train looking for a seat before realizing that
the only seat available was currently occupied by
a well-dressed, middle-aged French woman's poodle.
The weary Marine asked, "Ma'am, may I have that
seat?" The French woman just sniffed, and said to
no one in particular, "Americans are so rude.
My little Fifi is using that seat."
The Marine walked the entire length of the train
again, and discovered that the only seat available
was in fact the onecurrently being occupied by
Trudging tiredly back, the marine arrived once
more before the French woman and said, "Please
Ma'am, may I sit down? I'm very tired?"
She snorted, "Not only are you Americans rude,
you are also arrogant. Why should I care if you
are tired?" This time, the Marine didn't say a word,
but simply picked up he little dog, tossed it out the
train window, then sat down. The woman shrieked,
"Someone, defend my honour! This American
needs to be put in his place!"
An English gentleman sitting nearby spoke up,
"Sir, you Americans seem to have a penchant for
doing the wrong thing. You hold your fork in the
wrong hand, and you drive your cars on the wrong
side of the road. And now, Sir, you seem to have thrown
the wrong bitch out the window."