This whole thread is based on stereotypes, which we can all recognise and be amused at, and one of the main ones mentioned has been how American tourists believe in the most outdated stereotypes of the countries they visit. This works both ways though, as in these countries there exist widely held stereotypical views of the very same Americans. A major aspect of this stereotype is that they are though to unbelievably insular, and so very badly informed about the wider world, and also coming from "The New World" have no concept of history or just how old some things are and generally think 1812 is a little after 6 in the evening. This gives rise to some amusing, popular, but probably untrue legends about these tourists. Here are a few. An American tourist, on a guided tour around Windsor, cannot hear the tour guide very well, due to the noise of aircraft passing overhead en route to Heathrow Airport. She becomes very frustrated at this and when the opportunity arises for the tour to ask the guide any questions they have she pipes up with "Why did they build a castle so close to an airport?" Another American tourist on a tour around London is being shepherded speedily around the main attractions, and following a short look at Buckingham Palace, the guide attempts to speed them all back on the bus. Again frustrated at not getting to see what she came for, she grabs hold of the railings and shouts "I'm not leaving until I see the Pope" My personal favourite- An American tourist books into a hotel suite, and after about half an hour she has to call the reception. "Yes Madam, how can I help you" "I can't get out of my room" replies the tourist "Why not exactly?" comes the reply. "Well, there are 3 doors, the one on the left leads into the bathroom, the one on the right leads into the closet and the one straight ahead says do not disturb" This one I witnessed myself- In 1995 I was on a tour of the famous Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. For those that are unfamiliar with it, it is a huge castle, build in a very unusual theatrical style, sometime in the 18th or 19th century I believe. It is on the side of a mountain, and is a good 25 minute walk up a very steep hill from the road. Every area of its construction was done to the absolute best, money no object standard, and it was all of course done by hand as it was prior to the invention of any of the modern internal combustion driven machinery. Anyway, the tour guide is explaining to us all that the schloss took 12 years to build (and was never fully completed) to which an American tourist behind me pipes up "In the States we could build this in less than 2 years" I nudged my girlfriend, rolled my eyes, but said nothing, however every fibre of my being was screaming "Every stone was dragged up that hill by men guiding teams of horses, bugger off back to Disneyland you idiot"