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The Countries Of The World, In A Nutshell

Do you know how your country is stereotyped?

I've heard that traveling internationally is always interesting because it forces you to see how the rest of the world (or, more accurately, specific countries) tend to view you.
What do you think of when you see the countries on these charts? Are they accurate?
Personally, I would've preferred my Australians to be bouncing around in a kangaroo's pouch, but hey, beggars can't be choosy.
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I'm proud to be an American.... But I COULD lose a few pounds... *pokes belly*
@KatlnnRotato U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-*heavy wheezing*..
in America they shouldn't be shown as running
This is frustrating, now Im going to drown my sorrow in vodka with my pet bear...and may be some borscht
malaysia's probably about missing planes I guess
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