Of course I noticed. I wasn't disagreeing with you that other countries have universities that are on par or even better than some our best. But see how many of ours are in the top 100? It's not a rash statement.
How is referring to the U.S.A. as America incorrect? It's kinda in our name. It's just gets tedious to pronounce the United States of America every time. So people say America or the U.S. etc. Also, isn't rather snobbish to refer to the E.U. as Europe? The other countries don't count?
If you are going to talk about per capita than say per capita. Be specific. This originally stemmed from "...the biggest GDP". I'm pretty sure that's not referring to per capita. And hey, per capita, you're right! But that's not what I joking about. Sorry to piss in your cheerios. :)
And what your asking is unrealistic. A lot of people are very proud to be a part of this country and they get very proud and patriotic about it. Yes, too much of this can be detrimental. But it's also one of the many reasons we've flourished as well. And it's not like we're above mocking ourselves. That why something like The Daily Show or The Simpsons can flourish.
I wouldn't say claiming ours is the best is too outrageous of the claim. I would modify it by saying some of the best in the world though. It is right to point out that other countries do have excellent universities.
"have you looked at the population count of the US?! Factor in population into GDP and low and behold, size doesn't matter."
Ok...if he/she meant the EU he/she should have specified the EU since not every country in Europe is in the EU. So with that mind, it takes 22 countries and 500 million people to the beat the U.S. in GDP. Still not really something much bragging about. :P I also hadn't realized the EU was basically it's own country now and that all the members had lost their independence. So you have your own currency. When are you going to combine everyone's military? :P