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March 25th, 2009 – by: Adrian_Liston
Many people know that the Smurfs are Belgian, created by Pierre Culliford in 1958. Fewer people, however, may realise just how Belgian the Smurfs are. In 1972, while Papa Smurf was busy, the Smurf village was divided into North and South due to a cultural/language divide. The division was based on the proper use of the word "smurf", with the Northern Smurfs using "smurf" as a verb (calling a bottle opener a "bottle smurfer") and the Southern Smurfs using "smurf" as a noun (calling it a "smurf opener"). The divide grew so heated, with arguments and protest marches, that the villagers ended up going to war, and it was only the respect both had for Papa Smurf that eventually reunited the village as one.
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