THINGS I (STILL) FIND PUZZLING ABOUT AMERICA
I love it here and want to stay for as long as I can but I rarely go through a day without wondering about at least one of these.
- •How come everyone, everyone, uses those yellow legal pads and why are they yellow?
- •Why are toilets so low?
- •Why are there so many gaps in toilet cubicles?Is it just so that Friends episode with Julia Roberts and Chandler would work??
- •Why does hardly anyone freak out about genetically modified stuff?
- •How can you possibly be considered an adult at 18 if you can't drink till 21?
- •Is "I wish I would have" considered correct grammar over here?
- •Why isn't Vicks First Defence available here?It is an actual miracle drug that stops colds from developing.
- •Why don't prices include taxes?It's not like you have a choice. You have to pay the tax. The actual price of the thing is price plus tax. (I know, I know: taxes are different in each State, but why can't prices in New York include New York tax, Californian prices include Californian taxes, etc?)
- •Why are they trying to con us with chip and signature cards when the part that gives you extra security is the PIN, not the chip?
- •Why are book covers different here, who decides, and why does only the U.S. get those lovely textured covers?
- •Why do they put an S on the end of "anyway" and "a long way"?
- •Why can't I figure out how to open liquid soap?
- •How does a red traffic light possibly mean "stop, except if you're turning right in which case no it's fine ignore the red light"?
- •Why don't they let leaves be for a day or two? I just want to walk through some autumn leaves and hear them crunching under my feet.
- •Why is the rice you buy for making risotto not called risotto rice?