Monday, January 15, 2007

Two stories about forks

Story #1:

When I was freshman in college, I met a girl named Zoe. Zoe was from New York City: one of very few Northerners who came to school in the South. I always liked Zoe because she was one of very few people that I could actually understand at the time. Just for reference for those of you who are not familiar with American regional dialects and such, a Southern accent is very different from the type of American English people in the Northern and Western states speak. Lots of people describe it as a twang.

One day, it must have been a conversation over lunch or something, Zoe asked me if we had forks in Bulgaria.
Me: ???
Shocked but yet responsive, I answered: Well, no, Zoe. We actually don't.
Zoe: ???
Me: No, we don't have forks in Bulgaria. We have sporks. A combo utensil, you see. It's cheaper to make.
Zoe: So you saw a fork for the first time when you came to States?
Me: No, not really, I answered. We watch a lot of American movies in Bulgaria. So I've SEEN a fork. I just never used one.

Story #2:

Fast forward to 2006. I am telling Story #1 to a friend of mine, a fellow graduate student. He doesn't seem to get that the whole thing is actually a joke.
Friend: Wow! I had no idea!
Me: Ummmmmm...?!
Friend: Do you make forks NOW?!
Me: Well...yes. We started recycling Soviet-era tanks and turning them into forks.
Friend: No shit?!
Me: Shit.

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Many of my Bulgarian readers have probably already assumed that my reason for telling these stories is to prove what most Bulgarians already know: Americans are stupid. That, however, couldn't be any further from my intentions. I am telling these stories for three reasons:

First, to remind you but also remind myself, that there are no reasons to assume that what matters to ourselves, should matter to others.
Second, that one does not have full control over what they learn and how they unlearn it.
And last, but not least, because I think they're funny and everyone needs a light read on a Sunday evening.

Have a great week, y'all! :)

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