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Some things are universal

March 5, 2010

Brisbane, Australia:

Some things are universal.

Miley Cyrus.

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Kids around the world love her and her face is everywhere. As I type, “Hannah Montana” is blaring on the TV above me. Is there anything more annoying than hearing Miley Cyrus’ raspy voice while you’re trying to eat breakfast? “I’m adorable!” she screeches.

“Never have I ever.”

Every country seems to have different rules for each card but the basics are the same. How did this one little game became so well-known around the world?

Disney movies.

I’ve had two totally separate conversations with people this week about Disney movies from our childhood. Americans, Germans, Brits, Scots, Swiss, everyone knows and loves the same films and songs. Nothing brings a group together like a rousing rendition of “A Whole New World” — norebang, anyone?

Dislike of Ed Hardy.


Apparently his clothes just recently came to Australia and are hated by just about everyone — except the people who wear them, of course.

“I’m going to Disney World!”

When people talk about wanting to come to America, they mention three places: Los Angeles, New York and Disney World. Age, sex and nationality don’t make a difference. Everyone loves Disney.

(Wow, that’s two Disney references. It really does own the world!)

What do you think is universal? It’s amazing how people from totally opposite corners of the world can love the same thing. It’s like realizing in Korea that every single person in the room, no matter what country he or she was from, knew “American Pie.”

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2010 11:09 pm

    One word: Oprah

  2. March 6, 2010 2:06 am

    LOL dislike of ed hardy, haha!

    candy. when we went to the mountains in vietnam where a lot of tribal communities are (that don’t have electricity, cars, etc) we brought lollipops and those things that were a popular toy a while ago, you stuck the lollipop in it and when you put your teeth on the lollipop you could hear the song play in your head..do you know what im talking about? anyway, EVERYONE loves sugar, not sure if that’s a good thing 🙂

  3. March 6, 2010 9:46 am

    Haha, I love the universal themes. I want to second what Samantha said about Oprah. That woman is global!

  4. EmGusk permalink
    March 6, 2010 11:15 am

    Three Disney references–Miley Cyrus is a Disney product. They have successfully taken over the world (and will hopefully win best picture on Sunday!)

  5. Susan permalink
    March 6, 2010 5:06 pm

    I LOVE that disney world is universal (pun? haha) but seriously it is also ageless. I will be 70 years old and still want to live in Cinderella’s castle.

  6. March 6, 2010 6:07 pm

    i love this (and totally agree on never have i ever!). i found when i was abroad that a love of chocolate, a slight obsession with carrie bradshaw, and a dislike of drunk tourists tend to be agreed on no matter where you go.

  7. March 6, 2010 10:48 pm

    i would say that food brings ppl together!

  8. louisianagrown permalink
    March 8, 2010 12:41 pm

    Do people ever mentions universal books? Where’s the reading? 😦

    • March 8, 2010 7:22 pm

      If it makes you feel better, my Scot and German roommates and I had a convo about Harry Potter. 😉

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