A lot of the factories, manager, other somewhat odd constructs created in the Kingdom of Nouns do seem SVO (factory.create(type), manager.start(thatOtherThing)). I'll admit plenty of frustration where there seems like some methods truly should be first class (java.util.arrays, java.util.collections, anyone?). C# sort of has an answer in those cases. You can create extensions that can be applied to the classes that you're wanting to use the static methods on. It also has lambda. Lovely, lovely lambda.
While I admit that functional languages can be useful, I am not about to agree to a claim that thinking in infinite recursion is more natural that OOP!