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Old 10 November 2011, 01:43 AM
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Keep in mind that even though Bill Bryson was born and raised in the US, he's lived abroad for much of his life and in several of his books (notably The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America) he shows a European cultural superiority complex and frequently criticizes Americans for being fat, lazy, and uncultured. I wouldn't be surprised if he skewed statistics (by including infants and infirm people, for example) or flat-out made them up.
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