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November 24, 2005

Fun Facts: Demolition Derby

Everyone loves a good demolition derby... it's an American tradition! But did you know that our friends in Great Britain also enjoy watching cars smash each other into oblivion? However, in Britain, they don't call these exciting spectacles "demolition derbies". You see... for British people, a "derby" is actually a hat.


For this reason, British people must reserve the term "demolition derby" for when it is necessary to refer to an extremely destructive hat (such as the evil, robotic fedora that nearly destroyed Manchester in 1973).

In Great Britain, demolition derbies are called "banger races". However, many European fans of the sport argue that this term is poorly chosen, and likely to cause confusion. You see, in England, sausages are often called "bangers", so one might hear the term "banger races" and imagine some event in which sausages are raced around a track! Of course, there is rich tradition of competitive sausage racing in Britain, but these events are called "faggot races". No, really... because, in Britain, a popular variety of sausages/meatballs are commonly referred to as "faggots". It is important to note that most sausage racing enthusiasts would prefer not to be called "faggot racers", for pretty obvious reasons.


Not surprisingly, there can be major misunderstandings when British tourists bring their colorful sausage terminology to the United States. In fact, the US Tourism Board states that 304 British tourists became the victims of aggravated assault in 2004 while simply attempting to order breakfast at a Denny's or Cracker Barrel restaurant.

Now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

Posted by Joey at November 24, 2005 03:30 AM


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