Off the pitch, USA waffles the Belgians

Manneken-PisIf size matters, the USA will waffle the Belgians in their World Cup knockout round match. Here’s how we stack up against Belgium.

 

POPULATION

USA — 318M

Belgium – 11M, roughly akin to Ohio

ADVANTAGE – USA, big

 

SIZE

USA — 3.79M square miles, world’s third largest country

Belgium – 11.8K square miles, roughly the size of Maryland, our 42nd largest state

ADVANTAGE – USA, big

 

FAMOUS PEOPLE

USA – George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Thomas Edison

Belgium – Adolpe Sax (inventor of the saxophone), Peter Paul Reubens (baroque painter), Leorge Lemaitre (astronomer who invented the Big Bang theory)

ADVANTAGE — USA (although sax and Big Bang are big deals)

 

CULINARY INVENTIONS

USA – BBQ pork and beef, crab cakes, potato chips, chocolate chip cookies.

BELGIUM — Belgian waffles, Brussels sprouts

ADVANTAGE — USA

 

GOVERNMENT

USA – Federal republic

Belgium – Federal monarchy

ADVANTAGE —  Belgium, a king tops a president, King Philippe gets the nod

 

GDP (gross domestic product)

USA – $16.799 trillion

Belgium – $434.503 billion

ADVANTAGE – USA, big

 

MOTTO

USA – “In God we trust”

Belgium – “Strength through unity”

ADVANTAGE — Tie

 

ATHLETES

USA – Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali, Joe Montana, Michael Jordan

Belgium – Eddy Merckx (five times winner of the Tour de France), Justine Hennin and Kim Clijsters (women’s tennis)

ADVANTAGE – Seriously

 

ACTRESSES

USA – Marilyn Monroe, Meryl Streep, Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall

Belgium – Audrey Hepburn

ADVANTAGE – USA

 

ACTORS

USA – Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks

Belgium – Jean-Claude Van Damme

ADVANTAGE – USA

 

FAMOUS MONUMENTS

USA – Statue of Liberty, Washington Monument, Mount Rushmore

Belgium – Manneken Pis

ADVANTAGE – USA

 

LANGUAGES

USA – English, Spanish

Belgium – Flemish, French

ADVANTAGE — Tie

 

NICKNAME

USA – Land of the Free

BELGIUM – Low Countries (with the Netherlands and Luxembourg)

ADVANTAGE – USA

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One Comment on “Off the pitch, USA waffles the Belgians”

  1. almadenmike says:

    A key category missing: Interest in Football/Soccer by local athletes

    USA – Miniscule
    Belgium – Major

    Advantage: Belgium (Huge!)


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