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Posted: 12/30/2005 5:04:58 PM EDT
Its kind of a running joke between some friends, but seriously, is Belgium good for anything?

Other than thier incessant waffleing, what have they done for the world lately ever?

Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:06:08 PM EDT
Beer
cheese
chocolate

FN
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:06:28 PM EDT
They make excellent chocolate and have some really good beers.

Other than that....can't think of a doggone thing.

HH
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:07:15 PM EDT
ale
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:07:25 PM EDT
they're a heck of a host if you'er planning a European land war
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:07:51 PM EDT
it is the disneyland of beer.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:11:37 PM EDT
Nope.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:11:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:12:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
they're a heck of a host if you'er planning a European land war



Yeah my grandfather went thru there on his walking tour of Europe.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:12:48 PM EDT


that's about it...
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:13:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vito113:
Expressway straight from the heart of Germany to the heart of France.

When I cross over from Britain to mainland europe I drive straight across Belgium in one hit. There is absolutely nothing to see, boring as sin.

ANdy



Are the chicks hot?
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:13:23 PM EDT
There is a place in Herstal that is pretty cool.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:13:30 PM EDT
FN
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:13:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:14:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sherrick13:
I thought the same thing about Austria. Aren't they just Germany lite?



But more Catholic.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:17:47 PM EDT
I have a box of 8mm AP ammo made in belgium just before the nazis invaded... So I guess they make guns and ammo.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:21:56 PM EDT
Well, it makes an excellent curse word.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:25:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2005 5:26:42 PM EDT by donne3]
I can't believe no one's said waffles...

Belgian waffles...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

(their chocolate's not bad either, and their beer's pretty tasty, but you just can't have all three at the same time...)

ETA: ah, crap - waffles were in the original freaking post... no more martinis for me tonight...
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:27:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2005 5:27:31 PM EDT by vito113]
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:33:03 PM EDT
they make very good mil 7.62 ammo.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:44:00 PM EDT
DUH! FALs and the 5.7mm systems. Jeeze, get with the program. FN Herstal, Belgium. You know: Weapon Systems Second to None?

-Ben
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:44:45 PM EDT
Lambic Ale
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:47:36 PM EDT
MY Browning 20 gauge was made in Belgium...it's a damn good bird gun...
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:50:04 PM EDT
Minimi
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:51:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheRegulator:
Minimi





Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:54:17 PM EDT
Didn't French Fries actually come from Belgium?
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:58:06 PM EDT
Chimay
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 6:01:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Flakchak:
Didn't French Fries actually come from Belgium?



Yes.

They are such a spineless country they lost thier national food to the French.

The national dish is fries with steak or mussels.

But are they French Fries or Belgian Fries?
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 6:02:54 PM EDT
My birth
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 6:03:05 PM EDT





Link Posted: 12/30/2005 6:17:26 PM EDT
Gentlemen, gentlemen...Let us not forget the glorious past

Drunken Belgian mercs! zut alors!!
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 7:26:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By OrionSix:
Beer
cheese
chocolate



Add Poirot.

Oh, and it's good as a general use expletive. Stub your toe, but your mother in law/priest/Jesus is near by? "Oh, Belgium. BELGIUM BELGIUM BELGIUM!"

Jim
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 7:46:56 PM EDT
Oh, come now--Belgium is a perfectly good speed bump for German troops.


Originally Posted By KS_Physicist:
Add Poirot.

Jim



"I am NOT A FRENCHIE! I am a BELGIE!"

Sorry I just saw "Murder By Death" not too long ago.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 7:52:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By llanero:
Oh, come now--Belgium is a perfectly good speed bump for German troops.


Originally Posted By KS_Physicist:
Add Poirot.

Jim



"I am NOT A FRENCHIE! I am a BELGIE!"

Sorry I just saw "Murder By Death" not too long ago.



Belgian miniatures are the best in the world. And do you know why, Hastings?
No, why?
Because they are the biggest!
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 8:17:07 PM EDT
I worked for a Belgian company for a short while just before the bubble burst, and have never met so many crooked, unethical, opportunistic twats in my life. Not a single thing they did businesswise was based on truth, they were literally selling people things that didn't exist. Fortunately I took my money and ran, shortly after I bailed the company collapsed and left dozens of US employees high and dry.

Oh yeah ... and their waffles suck. Give me a nice dense American waffle any day over some big fluffy EuroTrash waffle.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 8:17:48 PM EDT
Two words describe what Belgium has given the world..........


Fabrique Nationale!! Specifically the Browning High Power pistol and M2 Machine Gun, and the FAL!!! Not to mention numerous other guns like the Fine Mausers and BAR's and all other Browning designs they hold the patents too, In fact they still Own Browning Firearms.

Any other not well thought out questions?
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 8:26:46 PM EDT
It gives us a place for Belgians to stay - you don't want them over here, do you?
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 9:07:05 PM EDT
It hosts NATO headquarters and headquarters for a lot of EU infrastructure.

It's a European bureaucrat’s wet dream.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 9:11:23 PM EDT
Beer, food, chocolate. FN Herstal, you know the guys who made the Hi Power, our current M16s, The M240, M249, P90, 5-7, etc. NATO headquarters.

I bet the women aren't bad either.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 9:13:50 PM EDT
Best chocolate shops in the world are in Belgium. Beats German, Swiss, French, Italian and other chocolate.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 9:16:31 PM EDT
MAG58
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 9:43:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By crazyquik:
Are the chicks hot?



Moo. For hot chicks, hang around Amsterdamn.


Originally Posted By Flakchak:
Didn't French Fries actually come from Belgium?


I've been told that too -- the "french" part is the cutting technique; "frenched" means to cut into medium-sized square strips (as opposed to "julienned", which is matchstick-sized strips).

In support of this, the Belgian restaurant owner/chef here makes some of the best fries I've ever tasted.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 9:48:23 PM EDT
isn't it useful for invading france?
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 9:52:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KS_Physicist:
Oh, and it's good as a general use expletive. Stub your toe, but your mother in law/priest/Jesus is near by? "Oh, Belgium. BELGIUM BELGIUM BELGIUM!"

Jim


Ah yes, Douglas Adams' "most gratuitous use of the word 'Belgium' award". (Oddly enough, I can't find that quote in my e-book copy. Hmm.)

Belgium also has Brugge.
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