Racism?

Everyone seems to be in such a hurry to scream ‘racism’ these days.
 
A  customer asked, “In what aisle could I find the Polish sausage?”  
 
 The clerk asks, “Are you Polish?”

 The guy, clearly offended, says, “Yes I am.  But let me ask you something.  
 
If I had asked for Italian sausage, would you ask me if I was Italian? 


Or if I had asked for German Bratwurst, would you ask me if I was German?


“Or if I asked for a kosher hot dog would you ask me if I was Jewish? 

Or if I had asked for a Taco, would you ask if I was Mexican?

Or if I asked for some Irish whiskey, would you ask if I was Irish?”


The clerk says, “No, I probably wouldn’t.”


The guy says, “Well then, because I asked for Polish sausage, why did you  ask me if I’m Polish?”
 
The clerk replied, “Because you’re in Home Depot.” 


Thanks Joe P

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Vladimir Putin Sings ‘Blueberry Hill’

In St. Petersburg, Russia’s prime minister Vladimir Putin played the piano and sang ‘Blueberry Hill’ at a charity fundraiser dedicated to fighting children’s cancer. International celebrities including Kevin Costner, Gerard Depardieu, Mickey Rourke, Sharon Stone, Kurt Russell, Vincent Cassel, Monica Belucci, Ornella Muti, Goldie Hawn and many others attended the benefit concert.

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The 411 on Area Codes

212 is New York, while the relatively close Boston got 617.  213?  Across the country, to Los Angeles.   How’s this happen?

Rotary phoneThe answer is pictured at the right.  It’s all because of the rotary phone.

Before 1951, long distance phone calls required an operator’s assistance.  On November 10, 1951, that ended, as the mayor of Englewood, New Jersey dialed, directly, the major of Alameda, California.  (The call took 18 seconds to connect.)  In order to get to that point, however, the phone system infrastructure required overhaul; specifically, the addition of a routing system.  Enter area codes.

Until recently, all area codes had either a “1” or a “0” as the middle number.  This allowed for local calls to be dialed without the area code, as the switching software would recognize a long distance call by the second digit — local exchanges never had a 0 or 1 in that spot — and avoid confusion.  But the etymology of specific area codes is more complicated.  While ZIP codes are roughly geographic (there’s a map for that) though, area codes clearly aren’t, as New York (originally only 212) isn’t near Los Angeles (213) and Detroit (313) abuts neither Chicago (312) nor St. Louis (314). 

The rest of the story

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