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Old 20 September 2009, 12:52 PM
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Reading back through the original article ...

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Why did they build so many ruined castles and abbeys in England?
This might not be a daft question, it depends on where it was asked and if it was really asked in that way. There are a number of follies that were built to look like ruins (by rich mad people).

Perhaps I'm being generous.
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Old 20 September 2009, 01:08 PM
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I think some of these have got to be people ribbing the travel companies rather than genuine complaints.
I'm not so sure. I've been yelled at by guests because it was raining here in Tucson and what am I going to do about it? Other guests have asked me to make the coyotes-which are wild- stop howling. Another guest complained that the wild birds were too noisy in the morning. I've known a few people -worked with them, in fact- who have complained bitterly that there are too many Mexicans in Punto Penasco, Mexico.
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Old 20 September 2009, 01:19 PM
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II've known a few people -worked with them, in fact- who have complained bitterly that there are too many Mexicans in Punto Penasco, Mexico.
Heh. That reminds me of a bit from the MST3K treatment of a short called "The Truck Farmer," which deals with the transport of winter crops to Northern states.

Narrator: And, in Texas, there's an additional problem.
Crow T. Robot: Texans!
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Old 20 September 2009, 03:09 PM
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Reading back through the original article ...


This might not be a daft question, it depends on where it was asked and if it was really asked in that way. There are a number of follies that were built to look like ruins (by rich mad people).

Perhaps I'm being generous.
Not all built by mad people. In these parts at least, some of them were funded by Estate owners as employment schemes to allow their tenants to earn a dole in hard times. The fact that they were built to look like ruins being a fashion trend linked to the art brought back by people from the Grand Tour.
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Old 20 September 2009, 06:46 PM
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I'm not so sure. I've been yelled at by guests because it was raining here in Tucson and what am I going to do about it? Other guests have asked me to make the coyotes-which are wild- stop howling. Another guest complained that the wild birds were too noisy in the morning. I've known a few people -worked with them, in fact- who have complained bitterly that there are too many Mexicans in Punto Penasco, Mexico.
I've been camping and heard people in nearby campsites complain about everything from noisy birds in the morning to squirrels getting on their picnic table ("You'd think they'd train the animals better than that!")
My former vice-principal worked a a ranger in the Grand Tetons during the summer. He told me a park visitor asked him, in all seriousness, why didn't they just lock up the bears at night to keep them from bothering the tourists?
I know it's a FOAF, but I have no reason to doubt him.
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Old 19 September 2011, 07:07 PM
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Icon101 Stupid travel complaints

A recent survey from Thomas Cook and the Association of British Travel Agents revealed 20 of the most ridiculous complaints by holiday-makers made to their travel agent.

http://www.thestar.com/travel/articl...laints#article
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Old 19 September 2011, 08:07 PM
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#16 on Canuck's list made me laugh. Where are the foreigners supposed to live?

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Old 19 September 2011, 09:01 PM
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My favorite:
5. A tourist at a top African Game Lodge overlooking a water hole, who spotted a visibly aroused elephant, complained that the sight of this rampant beast ruined his honeymoon by making him feel “inadequate.”
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Old 19 September 2011, 09:04 PM
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I think that a few of those are old punchlines being retold as "true story" or even possibly being entered into the online comments. I do often find myself in conversations with visitors complaining about the heat. . . in the desert. . . in the summertime.

Oh, and screw you Gov. Christie.

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Not only that, but some if not all of them sound like joke "complaints" that could have been added to a general chatty thank-you letter.{snip} . . . Bah.
What he said.

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Old 19 September 2011, 09:13 PM
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I wonder how many of these were said by someone trying to be humorous. I like to ask questions like 'why did they build the castle so close to the freeway?' or ponder loudly about the amazing coincidence that the city of San Francisco would just happen to built on San Francisco bay. I also like to pretend I'm reading a tour book, usually giving the CCC credit for building something like "Built by the CCC in 1939, the Grand Canyon was originally designed for...".
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Old 19 September 2011, 09:19 PM
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Wait a second. Aren't these the same as the OP?
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Old 19 September 2011, 09:45 PM
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Wait a second. Aren't these the same as the OP?
You know what? I thought these sounded familiar. Shame on me for being too lazy to RTFA!

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Old 19 September 2011, 10:55 PM
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I thought they sounded familiar, too.
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Old 19 September 2011, 11:28 PM
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I thought they did, too. That just adds to the whole urban legend aspect of it.
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Old 20 September 2011, 04:00 AM
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I wonder if some of the twenty questions in the OP are actually ULs reported as fact. I have heard it reported that other stupid questions/complaints include:

(on seeing scaffolding for repairs on an old church) Why haven't they finished this church after 800 years?

(on seeing the roads close to Stonehenge) Why did they build it so close to main roads?.
Well, the Cologne Cathedral took over 600 years to build--maybe they thought this was a similar situation?
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Old 21 September 2011, 11:00 PM
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I saw this link next to the OP story - pretty funny.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/tr...nt-letter.html
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Old 21 September 2011, 11:46 PM
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You know, this one
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16. “There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners now live abroad.”
would be legitimate, if you booked a trip to Colonial Williamsburg.
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Old 22 September 2011, 02:31 PM
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I was a waitress at a cafe in a small New Mexico town, surrounded by a National forest. I did have a European tourist ask me when they could see the bears.

Of course, it was afterwards that I came up with replies such as "At 4:00. That's when the bear parade starts". But instead, I was very polite and explained that the bears were wild animals, and didn't really stick to any time table.
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Old 22 September 2011, 02:50 PM
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Well, it could have been a question about the best time looking for bears, expecting an answer like "Your best chance would be down at the river in the early evening, that's when they sometimes come out to drink."

But having seen to young German men (20ish) on their way to go hiking in Norway bringing a 2.5 meter wooden pole with them to fend of bears, I'm not surprised about anything.
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Old 22 September 2011, 02:55 PM
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You know, this onewould be legitimate, if you booked a trip to Colonial Williamsburg.
Well, except for the part about foreigners living abroad. Although it's a refreshing change from peope complaining about there being too many foreigners "here" (wherever "here" may be).
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