There is a TV car commercial doing the rounds in Australia that irks me somewhat.
The ad starts and we see a large family Holden (GM) sedan towing a boat around a barren yet mountainous landscape. There's lots of red dust and the impression given is that this family are driving around the Australian outback looking for some water to dip the boat into. Annoying kid shrieks "Over there Dad!", the car tops a ridge and sure enough, there's a huge stretch of water in which the family then proceeds to tear around in a speedboat. So far so boring. Now for the kicker. We cut to NASA, with disgruntled workers viewing shots of the frivolities on the water. Then in one of the most unconvincing American accents yet unleashed on Australian TV, a disgruntled worker advises head of mission control "Well, there is water Mars - but we didn't find it." The ad then ends with a shot of the planet hopping Holden with disgruntled worker mumbling "Damn Aussies..."
Now, apart from the fact that none of the family appeared to be wearing any breathing gear, refused to freeze to death in the Martian climate and stumbled across a massive body of liquid H2O, my biggest gripe with this advert is the implication that Australia regularly gazumps (ie foils) the USA in space exploration! As an Australian I find it hugely embarrassing and cringe every time I see the commercial. Yeah, all that the US space programs over the years have achieved vs Australia and it's... erm ... wine casks... and ... motor mowers, yeah, that really showed them. :roll:
I just had to tell somebody... nobody around here understands!