According to a new social-networking-site poll that asked 30,000 people from fifteen countries to name the coolest nationality, Americans unsurprisingly were mentioned most frequently, followed by Brazilians and Spanish. Awkward Belgians, Poles, and Turks were at the other end of the spectrum.
Badoo's Director of Marketing, Lloyd Price, said:
"We hear a lot in the media about anti-Americanism. But we sometimes forget how many people across the world consider Americans seriously cool. America boasts the world's coolest leader, Obama; the coolest rappers, Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg; and the coolest man in technology, Steve Jobs of Apple, the man who even made geeks cool."
The ancient Greeks may have been the original cool people with their stoicism, and, despite not smoking cheeba or mixing Tanqueray and grape juice, might even be linked through the same philosophical spirit with modern hip-hop culture. But American cool may derive from the defense mechanisms of slaves who, under shamefully oppressive conditions, showed emotional detachment and irony in a paradoxical fusion of submission and subversion.
Why Belgian is considered the uncoolest nationality I'm not really sure; it could have something to do with the region of Flanders, the cartoonist Peyo who created The Smurfs, or people who really dislike waffles. Canada is easier to put a finger on: We have Samuel L. Jackson; they have Nickelback. And even its residents would probably admit that it's literally impossible to be cool living in a place called Moose Jaw. Brazil has capoeira, Carnival, and favela funk, while Poles were the second least-coolest nationality because, let's face it, aside from the dearth of Polish rappers, being the subjects of a well-known genre of jokes that don't exactly flatter them creates definite cool-perception obstacles.
Following are the ten coolest and five least-coolest nationalities: