In a Spanish wedding ceremony, the groom gives the bride 13 coins, called arras, to symbolize financial unity and that he now trusts her to carry his credit card without buying too many shoes. It’s clearly a descendant of the traditional dowry. (more…)
The INS is trying to make the questions on the immigration test less trivial and more relevant. Obviously, it need not be said that, of the 80% of Americans that can find the US on a map, probably 99% of them would fail this test. (more…)
Nora: “Daddy, why are there two kinds of rabbits, the ones that hop and the ones we eat?” Me: “They’re the same rabbit. We kill the ones that hop to eat them.” Nora: “Why do we kill them? Because they are yummy?” Me: Yes.
This was soon followed by, “Why do people kill the reindeer, like Santa Claus uses, and put them on the wall?” That one’s a bit harder.