T H E G L O B A L
M A L E
The Italian Man
The Italian man begins his day by putting on an Armani suit, having a double espresso with a man named Sal, then gesticulating wildly about the price of leather goods. Sal nods vigorously and gesticulates back. The Italian man then saunters into work where he sells $150,000 worth of Venetian lace to Belgium with three brisk hand waves and an air punch. Belgium is a bit intimidated, but that's Belgium for you. The Italian man then meets his mistress, buys her a calzone, and makes love to her beside the Trevi fountain. Refreshed, he saunters back to work where he meets a man named Piero who owes him money. After many even wilder hand gestures, the Italian man somehow ekes 300 liras from Piero who is unaware Italy now uses the euro. Finally, it's home to the wife and kids where a tremendous amount of pasta and veal are consumed followed by his wife speaking loudly and insistently about olives. After dessert, he meets his second mistress for a Campari and chocolates at the Piazza Navona where he tells her, "Your eyes are like curls of butter resting on the breasts of Aphrodite." She nods and replies, "A little to the left, you're stepping on my foot." The Italian man, full of gusto and the Roman night air then saunters home because Lord knows in Italy a man needs his sleep!
The Frenchman (out of sheer perversity) wakes up, dons a cravat, cuts himself a slice of Camembert and curses the Germans. After milking the goats and lustily "tossing une in Madame," he then pours himself a delicate glass of syrah and curses the Brits. Next, with much existential thought and mustache twirling, he may recite some poetry (all the while reveling in the superiority of his beautiful language) or he may not, depending on how the sun's shining on the chamomile. After reading a bit of Sartre, (thinking to himself how much better he is than Schopenhauer) he bursts forth and performs bestial acts of hedonism on a young schoolgirl from Lyon (bestial, yet not brutal; he leaves that to the Australians). After several hours of French kissing, French fondling and French fornication, the Frenchman then ambles off to work. But first he must stop at a café to read Paris Match over a crème de cacao (or a crème de menthe, crème de cassis, or crème de la crème). When he finally arrives at work, the Frenchman spends much of his time sewing tassels on see-through braziers which he then sells to the Swedes at inflated prices. After a brief respite of Chateau de Neuf and a very gooey wheel of St. Andre Triple Crème the Frenchman is finally ready to go home to a nice dinner of Crème de Frommage Froid. However, on his way he comes across Madame Lescaux who cries, "Oh, mon dieu! Remplissez s'il vous plait sans plomb!" Which, roughly translated, means "Take off my panties you French fool!" Naturally, being a good citizen, the Frenchman obliges. Then, they both straighten their mustaches and curse the Americans.
Being forced to wear brown and gray all day long makes the British do crazy things, like drink scalding tea and take over India. The average Brit crawls out of bed in the morning, knocks the mud off his galoshes, and then spends a good half hour repressing any emotions he may have for his wife, his children, and even his sheep. After sipping several scalding cups of said tea, he resists the temptation of making eye contact with his wife Doris/Margaret/Florence and instead asks, "Eh, luv, cud ya bring me a pla a blueberra crumblies? Theys a good gul then." Which can only mean one thing, mainly, "Bring me muffins woman and bring them now!" The Brit would like to explain his passive-aggressive tendencies but he simply can't -- possibly because of his tragically twisted teeth. So instead, he does things like shoot foxes, wear wigs in court, and invents tweed. Also, the British man spends a good deal of time trying to prove to the rest of the world that he's not homosexual. Considering the number of rubies he wore on his hat, King Louis XIV didn't do a very good job (and neither did that Queen Elizabeth fellow). After six or seven more cups of scalding tea, the Brit must then put on a brown hat, (called a "Brighton Bimbler") motor into town, (in an "ol' clinkering Clickity-Clack") then conduct his business ("layin' a hoot 'n' a half on the ol' palm presser, righty right?"). With that kind of language, how Great Britain controlled the majority of the world is anyone's guess. Finally, after supper, when the Brit's done with his bangers and mash and lolly cakes he turns to Doris/Margaret/Florence and decides it's about time to "give the 'ol girl a go." Fortunately for everyone, she simply lays back, closes her eyes and thinks of the queen.
The German Man
It's rise and shine at 6 a.m. sharp for the German man for there are floors to be scrubbed, shoes to be polished, and ausgezeichnet lederhosen ("snappy little leather shorts") to be worn. If anyone should ever point out how foolish the German man looks in his leather shorts he will storm off in a huff and demand it "wasn't his fault the Kaiser was beaten by the Nazis!" and he may be right. After waiting two extra minutes for the 7:12 train to Hoggstripperplotz, the German man looks sadly at his watch and with a tear in his eye, remembers a day when all the trains ran on time. He also remembers a time when the pinklewurst didn't taste like das Pferdscheisemitdreitotenkatzenoberesende ("horse dookey with three dead cats on top"). For being such a robust, strapping fellow the German becomes unusually emotional over things like der Nebelaufderswartzwelderbaum ("the mist clinging to the Black Forest pine"), or the golden braids of eine kleinemadchenknopf ("the skull of a small girl"), and more often than not, grossegelbessenf ("large amounts of yellow mustard"). Oddly, he also has a soft spot for music boxes. How a 200-pound German man who stabbed a Russian foot soldier through his eye socket with a bayonet back in 1944 could be reduced to a pile of quivering flesh over a little shellacked music box that plays "Edelweiss" is God's own private mystery. Here's what we do know: the German loves his mother. That's probably the only reason that Freud character ever became famous in the first place!
The Japanese Man
The Japanese man doesn't ever start his day because he never actually ends it. He works for Suzuki/Mitsubishi/Samsung 24 hours a day and simply props himself against a wall for an hour or two so the cleaning woman can dust his Bonsai tree and empty his already empty wastebasket. (The Japanese man makes no mistakes, therefore he makes no waste.) He does, however, take time out for a business lunch that involves plenty of raw shaved fish and conversation that includes the word "Hi!" And if his lunch isn't raw shaved fish, then by God it's green seaweed pressed, starched and folded into a cunning little pair of pandas dancing the Hiatsuki. The Japanese man is clean-cut, well dressed, and respectful of anyone who is not American. He has 1.6 children and is completely confounded that his son wears Elvis sideburns and a red and white Gene Autry suit. In a fit of composed rage he may quietly whisper to his wife (who lives in the company coat closet) "It is an outrage! That son of yours is an embarrassment to our race! Why didn’t you produce a daughter we could simply send off to Rome to bargain shop?!" Her reply, of course, would be a brief yet succinct "Hi!" Due to the restrictive nature of his culture, the Japanese man tends to have rather excessive sexual fetishes. These can include obsessions with 250-pound black women with tremendous nipples and just about anything having to do with gelatin. After the Japanese man achieves world domination through the manufacture of shiny, black, electrical products, I suggest he lie down and take a nap. "Hi!"
The Afghani Man
The Afghani man is a career warrior. He has actively been at war for virtually his entire life. If there are no rebel warlords to be shot in the morning, he may wander off to the local goat meat emporium and see if he can't rouse a good knuckle fight down there. First, however, he must wrap his entire head in exactly 164 feet of muslin then re-muddy the house. For Allah frowns upon a bareheaded man whose house "is without the glories of mud or other mud-like substances." In fact, in the down season, when the Afghani man isn't busy killing warring factions, he's hard at work selling "mud byproducts" like dirt, rubble, and dust which he shrewdly exports to Uzbekistan. They then trade it to Kurdistan who eventually sells it to Tajikistan who then quickly trades it back to Afghanistan for a few truckloads of figs and a new beard. So as you can see business is booming for the Afghani. Although reported to be a fiery lover, the Afghani man hasn't actually seen his wife in years. However, he suspects she might be hiding under that black sheet that keeps billowing over in the corner. When the Afghani man is done with business he generally likes to unwind with a tepid cup of yak's milk at the local arena. The most common sport he'll find there usually involves a group of townsmen who gallop on horseback knocking a decapitated sheep's head around with a long stick until everyone gets tired and also wants tepid yak's milk. And don't forget the half-time show -- it's Kabdulla Azari getting stoned to death for showing her ankle bone! Why the two greatest world powers want to take over Afghanistan is a complete puzzle to the Afghani man. Perhaps they want a direct link to more resource-rich nations. Or, maybe they just want to steal all of the country's precious dirt and make a gigantic mud pie. The Afghani man doesn't care; he's prepared to shoot us no matter what.
The American Man
The American man is good-natured and works hard to achieve his goals before the age of 40. Unfortunately, his goals usually include memorizing all of the dialogue from the Godfather trilogy and maybe someday, somehow, touching a Super Bowl ring. This could be why the rest of the world hates him. Or, it could be because his government just blew the arms off an 11-year-old Iraqi girl and replaced her house with a McDonald’s. Really, the world's too busy rooting around for lost limbs to decide. The American man doesn't like to think about such things, particularly when production is up, up, up! So instead, he snaps into a white shirt and drives his SUV to his job at Dell/Macintosh/ Microsoft/Intel/Gateway, which offers excellent PPOs, HMOs and 401(k)s. Here he is a back-slapper and a high-fiver and has tremendously bad taste in office furniture. The American man is extremely healthy, and due to excessive amounts of red meat and corn is two feet taller than the rest of the world's men. He does, however, think that the mole that's growing on his back is starting to "look funny." The American man has sex 2.3 times a week, which, because of his rich diet, produces exactly 2.3 children. His wife Lisa/Laura/Linda is also good-natured, but secretly wishes the American man was a bit more like the Italian. However, with their IRAs they buy a BMW with ABS, GPS and XM (which plays both CDs and MP3s with DS and THX) so she's able to overlook it. Someday, she dreams of owning a $200,000 stainless steel oven that heats Lean Cuisine at about the same rate as a $300 GE. But this doesn't bother the American man; he's too busy mowing his lawn double-diagonally so it resembles the outfield at Wrigley. (That, and trying to find a way to sell a $6 cup of mochachino to the Middle East.)
Then, join our mailing list!
Simpy email DianaLGrove@aol.com
and type American Sideshow in the subject line.
If you like what you see, tell your friends.
(Your email address will not be shared with third parties.)
Check out American Sideshow's top fan picks...
Exquisite Corpse: The Love Letters
Eleven Unusual Sexual Positions and The Babies They Make
Boris and Yuri Very Much Invite You To Tour Beautiful Verblinzk
The Vulgarian's Guide To The Perfect Insult
Christians, Cocksucking and Garlic Fries
Peruse All The Great Sideshow Pages, Like...
The Sideshow Archive A juicy backlog of all things Sideshow.
Grovipiana Read the published work of Diana Grove (Which is
really just a lot of hoo-ha about sex and wild animals.)
MySpace.com If 14-year-olds can do it, so can we.
Chippy and Dodd America's premier advice coulumnists, dishing
out questionable counsel since 1969.
Interviews Examining the lives of Presidents, war criminals,
dominatrixes, plumbers, and Calvin Trillin.
Monodish! One-dish recipes that will make both God AND your
Bentwood's Corner He's got a fiery spirit and no nose, read the
political rantings of our very own war hero.
Bios Get the low down on the American Sideshow staff (and read how
our manager separated his conjoined twin with a sharpened butter
Contact Go ahead, contact us, I dare 'ya...
Links Check out more sites that will dampen your lip and alarm the
Merchandise You're American aren't you, shouldn't you be buying
Quotes Amuse your friends with notable quotables.