When Foreigners Were Funny

When foreigners were funny

Thirty years ago, humorist P.J. O’Rourke wrote a satirical article entitled “Foreigners Around the World”, which was published in the May 1976 issue of the National Lampoon magazine. I found this article while searching for something else.

Like all articles in National Lampoon, it was humorous, not serious. But who could imagine such a politically-incorrect piece being published at all today, let alone in a national magazine with a circulation of over 1,000,000?

For the curious, I am providing a link. Don’t go there if you don’t want your funny bone tickled AND your political-correctness meter twitched.


Now, in the interest of “fair and balanced, I am sure the USA-bashers among you will be happy to write a couple of paragraphs about Americans. 🙂

5 thoughts on “When Foreigners Were Funny”

  1. Thank Goodness there’s not a chapter about the Dutch. pffft.
    The best USA-bashing is usually done by Americans, btw. And that is one of the reasons why I get along fine with many Americans, no matter how dumb they are :mrgreen: – most of them do not even realize that to us THEY are the foreigners

  2. People back then knew how to laugh at a joke and didn’t fuss about every little thing. Those were the good old days.

    Agreed. 🙂

  3. For many years I have wanted to read O’Rourke’s “Foreigner’s Around the
    World” but it was “BANNED”. Today I started the search again. Found the
    Olimu link but page not available. Then I used a different search engine and
    typed in the Olimu link again. Found your webpage, tried the link, again:
    web page not available.

    Any ideas/suggestions? I am now more determined than ever to see whatever
    it is that is considered so terrible that all traces seem to be hidden.

    Best regards,


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