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    No Clue At The Zoo

    | Utah, USA |

    (We are hosting a visiting special exhibit featuring animals endemic to Madagascar. A customer approaches me.)

    Customer: “Excuse me, I don’t think I saw the Madagascar inside the exhibit.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, what?”

    Customer: “The Madagascar. Was that the furry thing in the glass cage?”

    Me: “Madagascar is a country, ma’am. It’s an island nation off the coast of Africa.”

    Customer: “Don’t lie to me! I’ve seen the movie!

    Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Maps

    | Brookfield, IL, USA |

    (Two customers are in my line to buy some bottle water. I can clearly tell from their accents that they are from another country.)

    Me: “That will be five dollars, please. And may I ask where are you from?”

    Customer: “Sure mate. We are from Scotland.”

    Me: “Oh, nice. I hope you enjoy your visit to America–”

    (A teenage kid nearby overhears us and interrupts.)

    Teenage kid: “You better, seeing how we saved your a** in the Korean War!” *storms off*

    (My two customers exchange glances, shake their heads, and look back at me)

    Customer: “I love America.”

    Dodo Brained

    | Melbourne, FL, USA |

    (At our zoo, we have a dinosaur walk-through area. A mother is pointing out rhinoceroses to her young son.)

    Mother: “Look, honey! They have the last living dinosaurs here!”

    Me: “Ma’am, they aren’t actually dinosaurs. The dinosaurs that we have on display are replicas on the other side of the park.”

    Mother: “But your advertisements said you had dinosaurs here today!”

    Me: “We do, but these aren’t dinosaurs. They are rhinoceros. The dinosaurs are on the other side of the park.”

    Mother: “But that’s just not true! These are rhino-SAURUSES! I think I know a dinosaur when I see them!”

    You’ll Need Special 2D Glasses, Though

    | Ontario, Canada |

    (At the zoo where I work, I’m answering questions from a group of tourists from Connecticut.)

    Tourist: “So, do you all say ‘eh’ in Canada?”

    Me: “Not too much, really. Maybe they say it a bit more out east.”

    Tourist: “Canada has an EAST?!”

    Not Responsible For Lost Or Eaten Children

    | Brookfield, IL, USA |

    (Our zoo recently put several robotic dinosaurs in the park to help boost attendance. While working a snack stand, a family of three walks up to me.)

    Father: “Excuse me, sir?”

    Me: “Yes, how can I help you?”

    Father: “Are the dinosaurs real?”

    Me: “No, sir. They are not.”

    Father: “But we saw them move…”

    Me: “They are robotic dinosaurs. They have parts to make them move a little.”

    Father: “Then why are they in the zoo if they are not real?”

    Me: “It’s to teach our guests about dinosaurs.”

    Son: “So are they real, dad?”

    Father: *suddenly angry* “No, they are not! These f***ing people have fake animals!”

    (As the father and son begin to walk away, the mother stays behind to tell me one last thing.)

    Mother: “You know dear, maybe you should get real dinosaurs. That way, you won’t have problems like this.”

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