1) How come when we try to spell names from languages with foreign alphabets, such as "Nguyen" or "Kyrgystan", we spell it in our alphabet in a way that renders it unpronounceable in our alphabet?
2) What is the point of a gift registry? The recipient has already picked out the gifts, so it doesn't require much if any thought to pick the gift you're giving them off of the registry. Isn't it the equivalent of just paying them cash so they can buy the gift they picked?
3) Fresh cut flowers are pretty and all, but isn't there something a bit morbid about shearing off the top of some living thing to display it until all life is extinguished from it? (And yes, I never got that job at Hallmark...)
4) When common languages first began to develop into foreign languages (such as Latin getting split into French and Italian, etc.) did neighbors on each side of the language divide at first just think the other guys were using some lame new slang?
5) How is it that jackboots became associated with totalitarian militaries (the Nazis, the Soviets, etc.) but not democracies? Is there something inherently undemocratic about jackboots?
6) Why do they call it "Lake Michigan" rather than "Michigan Lake"?
7) What percentage of people that you see on the street talking into their cell phone are actually just talking to themselves?
8) Before cell phones, how were people able to be rude to one another in social situations? Did they just pick up a book during a conversation?
9) With fees for checked baggage and carryons and snack boxes and drinks, what new indignities can the airline industry invent in the next decade? I predict bathroom charges.
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