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By Isa - / Tuesday 15 May 2012 06:48 / United States
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It's not so much making fun of the country but doing it without knowing the person well enough to know that they would take it. I have some Swedish clients who would be OK with this but I've known them for 10 years. Edit - that was @ 4

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Stupid OP, I know that if I had an employee telling me that his pet koala was going well, he now consisted of a diet of lamingtons and had no trouble riding the kangaroo to work, i'd get pretty annoyed (btw I'm Australian).

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Im swedish and i just lold on the subway. Ppl need to stop taking themselves too seriously.

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Just because you're okay with the stereotyping of a country, doesn't mean everyone else is. You don't represent an entire group of people. Also, everyone has a different sense of humour, so what may be funny to you is not so entertaining for someone else.

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How long have you been waiting to use that one 87? It's not about how you meant the joke to come out, but how the other person takes it. Lots of people will take that stuff way too seriously and you just have to be careful.

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51, Yes that is very true, she doesn't have to find it entertaining, but she could feign amusement because she knows the intent behind it was not negative. Roll your eyes internally sure, its no different to any other situation where someone makes a lame joke at work. I realise it was a stupid idea to make the joke in the first place without knowing how it would be received, this doesn't really change the fact that the woman has to lighten the fuck up.

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I'm not disagreeing with that? I'm just saying some people are bad at making things sound humorous.

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I don't think it's funny either. Not because I'm offended on behalf of Swedish people but just because it's not funny. Don't assume just because someone's sense of humour doesn't jibe with yours that they don't have one.

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I still don't get it :p and with all the comments already posted, I was sure there would be an answer.. I guess I just haven't heard many Swedish stereotypes haha

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*Eric* Bana or Edward Norton or Mark Ruffalo. Damn there are almost as many Hulks as there are Bonds. And, yes, I'm slightly embarrassed that I know all of them, too.

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Most swedes would laugh at this, but bosses in general aren't really famous for their sense of humor, might be the problem. And humor is pretty individual, not sure if you could label It by country, but hey that's just me, and btw swedes joke about ourselves all the time,

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Just to make clear I wouldn't say either culture's humour is better/worse, more plentiful/lesser.. I've known a few scandinavians, mainly Norge, and yeh we could have a laugh but it seemed like they found some types of things less amusing/some more so.. Not to say all Scandinavians have identical senses of humour either!

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Seriously, imagine if you asked your boss a question about American living, and she said, "Well now I eat eighteen cheeseburgers a day, I sue everything that I possibly can, and I find all airbrushed models to be true reality of what I should look like. And I sleep with my cousin on occasion."

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Well i'm swedish too, I got the joke though it wasn't really that funny... Though your boss might be a bit stuck up or just had a bad day an wanted a yes/no answer

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