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Re: Shortisquama etc (wry American humour)
I remember responding to someone on this list (from the Mid East, as I
recall) who was frustrated by attempts to get copies of Tim's fictional
papers. Once I explained that we have this strange custom over here on
April 1st, he then realized what had happened. Too bad the Japanese student
didn't read those posts.
Several years ago, someone at the University played a Christmas joke
with the back half of a Santa Claus sticking out of one of those little pet
entrances in a door. Two Japanese students got extremely agitated, thinking
it was a real person stuck in there. It was like watching Candid Camera.
Cracks me up every time I remember the looks on their faces (jaws dropped
and eyes wide open)---- American style humor definitely gave them a huge
dose of culture shock (but it even took one elderly American woman by
surprise). That joke was not repeated the next Christmas (or ever since
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