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Friday, August 25, 2006


Did you know that you can buy milk on Personally, I use the US site, and its sister site to buy English-language books and DVDs I can't get in Spain. It never occurred to me that that I might want to buy a perishable foodstuff there and have it delivered to my very own home!

The strangest thing about the "gourmet" milk, however, is that 733 people, and counting, have posted reviews of the product. And most of them are absolutely hilarious. There's even a short story! These are some of my favorites:

"There are no instructions on opening the bottle. I had to throw mine away, the 800 number listed on the bottle unfortunately doesn't offer options on opening the bottle."
[800 number = free number for companies and government agencies]

"This milk is simply the best, it has many uses, it goes well on cereal. Some of the family just drink it. The kids like it with cookies. Don't try to clean your car or a gas grill with it."

"I washed my car with this product and it really looks great, but it has a terrible smell and everyone thinks I left some cheese in the trunk."
[trunk = boot (BrEng), where you store things in the back of your car]

"Has anyone else tried pouring this stuff over dry cereal? A-W-E-S-O-M-E!"
[awesome = absolutely fantastic]

"My friend told me a story that if I switch to Tuscan milk instead of oil, my car will get higher MPG. Well needless to say, it was worth the $3.99 just to see... and to my shock my car now gets 60 MPG! It used to get only 22 MPG. However, it probably won't be long until the oil companies kill the Tuscan milk to prevent profit loss (good thing I stockpiled a few dozen gallons)."
[MPG = miles per gallon]

"Tastes fine, but it has a tendency to spray out of the mouth (and occasionally, the nose) when reading the other product reviews written here. Curiously, this doesn't happen with other products sold by Amazon."


Thursday, August 24, 2006

Not such a good idea

It seems incredible to believe, but according to "A restaurant in India's financial hub has agreed to change its name from Hitler's Cross following strong protests by the country's tiny Jewish community and pressure from Israel." The decor featured posters of Hitler and Nazi swastikas.

I know the swastika is an ancient Indian design, but I can't imagine what made the owners think this business would be a success. Read the whole story.


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

English as it should be taught?

Has your English teacher every asked you to do something really difficult? I imagine it wasn't as difficult as trying to watch a video of someone struggling with English and trying not to laugh. For an idea of life at a Japanese language school, watch Baka's English Lesson.


Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Coffee lovers unite!

Well, the BLC Blogger's been on holiday (AmEng vacation), but now I'm back. It was a nice, but short, trip to London followed by a bit of a relax here in almost empty Madrid. One thing I've enjoyed was lots of good eating and drinking (yes, even in England), and have savored many a fine cup of coffee.

Upon returning home, I was pleased to read a short article about how coffee can actually be good for you. For details, listen to this short npr (National Public Radio) interview with Dr. Sidney Spiesel. Hmmm, now that's made me crave another cuppa joe!

If you'd like to really read up on the beverage, National Geographic has a whole coffee special on its Web site and the Bramah Museum of Tea & Coffee has a short history.