The train to Chicago was very crowded, so a
soldier walked the length of the train, looking for an empty seat. The only unoccupied
seat was directly adjacent to a well-dressed, middle-aged French lady and was being used
by her little dog.
The weary soldier asked, "Please, ma'am, may I sit in that seat?" The French
woman looked at the soldier, sniffed and said, "You Americans. You are such a rude
class of people. Can't you see my Little Fifi is using that seat?"
The soldier walked away, determined to find a place to rest, but after another trip down
to the end of the train, found himself again facing the woman with the dog. Again he
asked, "Please, lady. May I sit there? I'm very tired."
The French woman wrinkled her nose and snorted, "You Americans! Not only are you
rude, but you are also arrogant"
The soldier didn't say anything else; he leaned over, picked up the little dog, tossed it
out the window of the train, and sat down in the empty seat. The woman shrieked and
demanded that someone defend her and chastise the soldier.
An English gentleman sitting across the aisle spoke up, "You know, sir, you Americans
do seem to have a penchant for doing the wrong thing. You eat holding your fork in the
wrong hand. You drive your autos on the wrong side of the road. And now, sir, you've
thrown the wrong bitch out the window!"