"This is my 6th beer, and it might as well be water." Also, 7 other things worth knowing today.
If you are trusting the FDA for anything, you are doomed.
Great story Bill! As a military mom, sure appreciate your words of wisdom as a journalist visiting troops. Have a great weekend!
My husband was working very long hours for several days to finish up a construction project. Well after midnight on the last night, he tried using voice to text to let me know he was finally beginning his hour long commute home. He wanted to say. "I'm on my way home, I will need a shower and percocet in a Pez dispenser."
What came out was "I will need a shower and sex with your sister."
Another great story day!!! Thanks Bill for introducing us to Justin!
• A prominent federal appeals court judge says he won't hire clerks from Yale Law School, in response to what he describes as rampant cancel culture at the elite school. (Original Jurisdiction)
At some point I was a tour guide in New Zealand, taking folks around in a 6 vehicle RV caravan. One tour which included mostly middle-aged Germans took us to the Milford Sound region on the South Island. It's not a very populated area and we pulled into a lonely gas station to fill up to make sure we wouldn't run out down the road. I pulled in first. Usually gas stations were all self-service. I popped open the gas cap, inserted the nozzle and tried filling the tank. Nothing happened. So I asked my passenger, a sprite German woman with an excellent grasp of the English language, to let the gas station attendant know we were ready to pump. A few minutes passed before she came back, with a very puzzled look on her face: " I am sorry, this is really strange, but the woman just keeps telling me they have no pear." So, I went to the store myself to meet a young woman, with a friendly smile. I told her something like we are trustworthy folks and of course we would pay, cash to boot (Germans to this day are big cash people). She raised her hands and with a sigh said in a thick Kiwi accent: "As I told the lady, we have no pear!" There it was! The offending fruit! I scratched my head, no pear, no pear.... Finally she came out from around the counter and we went to the door. There she flipped a light switch on and off and repeated: "You see: no pear! No lights! No pump!" Finally my penny dropped with a bang: no pear = no power!
It would be interesting if Florida plans on discontinuing selling gas cars like California & NY for electric. When natural disasters happen like hurricanes, floods, earth quakes, fires the first thing that goes out and takes the longest to return it the power grid system. Wind turbines and solar panels would take a beating. I would suggest horses but the increase in methane gas would hurt the atmosphere. Ask the people without power and own electric cars in Florida how they feel about oil & gas now!
Probably one of the most entertaining published. Thanks a bunch, Bill.
My ex-husband is from India and when he introduced me to his grandmother (Aaji is the respectful term) for the first time, she looked puzzled. She turned to my ex mother in law and said something in Urdu. Apparently, she was very confused as to why I should be called a truck. :D Lori = Lorry (the term for a truck in England and it's former colonies.)
California did not VOTE to ban gasoline powered vehicles. Unelected officials on the "air quality " board did, foisting a huge future cost increase on its citizens. 14 unelected officials hardly represent the voices of the entire state...
On my first visit to Dublin,Ireland I was at a pub and needed to use the men's room and asked my companions where the rest room was located. We had been discussing going out for dinner and my friends seemed offended when I as for the rest room location. They said it was down the street but because they seemed put off, I asked if they would wait for me to return. They told me I was very cheeky and no they would not wait. It was my first night in Ireland so I assumed I had committed a major faux pas; don't ask in mixed company were the rest room is located. I returned in just the couple of minutes It takes (well I was younger then so it didn't take long) and my friends were still there and were surprised I was back so soon. I had actually found the rest room on my way out the door to go down the street where they told me one was located so I was a bit confused about that too.
"You're back so soon", they said. I said, well I didn't know about the Irish toilet habits but it usually doesn't take too long to go the toilet. " The loo", they said, "you went to the loo! We thought you said restaurant! What did you say?" "Restroom", I said. They thought I had said Restaurant and then asked them to wait for me while I went off by myself to eat without them. No wonder they were offended. I learned from then on to say the Loo.
As an undergraduate student I spent a semester abroad in London and had the opportunity to stay with a host family. The family included a young boy. I got off the plane, went to the host family's home and was immediately greeted by the boy with excitement and wondering if I'd like to see his box of rubbers. Taken aback but trying to be open to new cultures, I said sure. He proceeded to show me a box of erasers! It was my first lesson that English is not the same English everywhere. Boots, bonnets, jumpers, chips....
A friend of mine and her new British husband were lost in the countryside. They decided to stop at a farm and get directions. The wife went first to the door, but her husband thought she was taking too long, so he came to the door and asked is his wife had “ knocked you up”? Which means woke you up. They were both booted off the premises.
The same couple in London, before they were married. The wife needed to get home from work and couldn’t find a cab. So, she stopped someone on a scooter and asked if he could “give her a lift”. He thought she was a hooker and took off.
While in England, I was looking for some suspenders for my niece, as her mom said it was hard to keep her pants up with a belt as my niece was so thin. When asking for children suspenders, the sales lady looked at me really strangely and said that no, they didn’t sell these for children. I looked around the store and found a couple of pairs. When I brought them to the sales counter, the staff lady said, “ OH! Those are called braces - suspenders are what’s used to hold up women’s nylon stockings!!”
I sometimes say I coined the phrase "lost in textslation". Pretty much everyone I know can relate to that concept...
My family was visiting Norway. My mom wanted low fat milk for our cereal. Dad and I figured out what the butterfat was on the nutrition label and bought the milk with the lowest value. Imagine our surprise back at our lodging when we opened up buttermilk to eat with our cereal!