Sunday, February 24, 2008

That's Sure A Funny Name

It’s Sunday, the Christian day of rest – although everyone else has picked up on it, in one way or another. Maybe not the “rest” part, but a day off from work to do other things. The Jewish people had Saturday as their day, but we moved it ahead to Sunday.

The Catholics are supposed to attend Mass on Sunday, but for some reason, they can do it on Saturdays after 4:00pm. It’s the Jewish practice that the new day begins at sundown, so “Jewish legally,” it’s Sunday for the Catholics at four in the afternoon.

French fries are very popular here; I saw a tv program that showed how potatoes are planted to come out long so they would make more efficient fries. I wonder if there are French fries in Paris?

We have Turkish towels here, big thirsty things that dry us out and keep us warm. Are they popular in Turkey?

I also wonder about German measles. Is that really a German import? Or is it as badly-named as “the French disease,” which we will discreetly not mention in detail here.

Up here in the north, people probably are not aware of a Dutch Husband and I am occasionally (not often) curious as to whether people in Holland know what these are.

I’m sure there are “American” things in other countries we’ve never heard of.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about canadian bacon(how is it those canadian pigs taste so differently?) or english muffins (how do they make the muffins with those nooks and crannies, anyhow?) and how about brussel sprouts (is there such a thing as tokyo sprouts?)

February 25, 2008 10:37 AM  
Anonymous RuthC said...

OK. I'll bite. Just exactly what is a "Dutch Husband"?

February 25, 2008 11:09 AM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

A "dutch husband" is a roll, like a pillow or something you would find at the end of a sofa, which you curl up in bed with on a real hot night. Absorbs the, uh, body temp liquid that comes out of your pores and keeps you cooler.

February 25, 2008 4:02 PM  

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