A special thanks to my favorite poet, Regis Auffray, for sending me this...
The train was quite crowded, and a U. S.. Marine walked the entire
length looking for a seat. There seemed to be one next to a
well-dressed, middle-aged, French woman, but when he got there, he saw
it was taken by the woman's poodle..
The war-weary Marine asked, "Ma'am, may I have that seat?"
The French woman sniffed and said to no one in particular, "Americans
are so rude. My little Fifi is using that seat."
The Marine walked the entire train again, but the only seat available
was under that dog. "Please, ma'am. May I sit down? I'm very tired." She
snorted, "Not only are you Americans rude, you are also arrogant!"
This time the Marine didn't say a word; he just picked up the little
dog, tossed it out the train window, and sat down.
The woman shrieked, "Someone must defend my honor! Put this American
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 the fork in the
wrong hand. You drive your autos on the wrong side of the road. And
now, sir, you seem to have thrown the wrong bitch out the window."