Things Americans like: American football and Pickles. Why exactly?

One of the very few things that Americans generally like (and most other UN member countries don't) are the so-called "American football" and pickles.

And on the personal side, those are the two materials in life that I don't think I would ever grow fond of anytime soon.

I have never understood why is American football called "Football". Why?

For one thing, it is crystal clear that American football is brought by the English in its original form Rugby, which was later on corrupted by those rebelling from a British way of life as to distinguish themselves on how different they play their own version of the game.

And, instead of calling it "American handball" or "American rugby", the forefathers of USA sports simply called it "football".

They don't even play it with their foot, so it is quite obvious what a misnomer it must have been.

As for brine-preserved veggie...yes, I still remove my pickles from my burgers or hot dogs.

I don't know about you readers, but my idea of a tasty food does not include having to gnaw on an super sour vegetable when you are taking a bite on your meal.

I think if the rest of the world over (read: non-Americans) make their own version of what a bizzare food reality TV show looks like, they would definitely include American pickles on the list, don't you agree?


"The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo" phenomenon

This title by the late Stieg Larsson contains the word "girl" (understandably put most men on high alert that this is another chick romance junk).

But fret not dudes, it's not another chick lit. It is purely a crime/mystery novel.

While its main protagonist is indeed a female, it has none of the teenage-girl insecurity issues embodied in Stephanie Meyer's Edward-Bella love saga.

As a matter of fact, the original Swedish title "Män som hatar kvinnor" means "Man who hates women", which would definitely make most feminists cry foul over its misogynistic-sounding title.

But thank heavens it isn't. The original Swedish title has 'Spoiler' written all over it.

In libraries across Northern Kentucky, hundreds of people are putting the books of the mystery Millenium saga (of which The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo is the first) on hold.

As a comparison, there was hardly more than five persons putting Dan Brown's or John Grisham's books on hold when they first came in the libraries.

I have watched the movie in its original Swedish, and I would give it 8 stars out of 10.

Now that I have got a grasp on the book myself, I can finally devour it for the remaining days left of my summer...


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