Did Polish jokes lead to mentality of overcaution

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Valley News - Opinion
Maybe the reason America has become so overcautious is the Polish jokes often told in the 1960s and 1970s. The Polish joke was the predecessor of the blonde joke. The Polish jokes featured the alleged stupidity of Polish people. What some consider stupidity, others consider bravery against overwhelming odds, and it’s possible that the interpretation of Polish bravery as stupidity has discouraged Americans from acts of bravery and other risks. An often-cited origin of the Polish joke is the German invasion of Poland in 1939. The Blitzkrieg utilized tanks to invade Poland. The Polish soldiers confronted the tanks on horseback. From another country’s perspective, it didn’t sound intelligent to confront a tank-based army with a horse-based army. From the perspective of defending
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