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post Aug 22 2004, 07:34 PM
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Okay, so I was in NYC this past week checking out Columbia college and meeting with their crew coach there. Well, after checking out the campus on day two of my stay there my mother and I went to lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe.

We were seated at the really small tables where you can just barely fit two people at either end of them. There was a whole row of these all crammed very closely together. As my mother and I were finishing our lunch the couple who had just sat down received their food.

The waitress asked who's was who's because their previous waitor was off the clock. The waitress gave the business lady the big plate of french fries and the hamburger without the bun. The business man received the same thing but only with the bun.

After the waitress left, the woman turnned to her associate and scoffed and said "Can't she tell that I'm the one on the Atkins diet - hmph."


My mother and I cracked up over this and because we both know french were talking about it in french and laughing about the lady making her none the wiser.


Now, just think about this.

French fries are made out of patatoes.
Patatoes are carbs.
It's not okay to have a whole wheat bun.
But it's okay to have a huge plate of greasy french fries. tongue.gif

Talk about your cutting carbs wink.gif


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post Aug 22 2004, 07:49 PM
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Reasons like these are why I'm a "to Hell with diets" kind of guy. Some people go nuts over diets and that's one of the reasons I avoid them. That and they really don't work. Smaller portions, exercise, water and laying off the sweets is what works. That's how I got down to 145 when I was 17. Laying off the carbs helps too, but people go way overboard.

I just realized that there are about a thousand different scenarios one can figure, but with all of them, the woman's remark still makes no sense.

Darn New Yorkers. wink.gif


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post Aug 22 2004, 10:06 PM
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i still don't get why they're called french fries unsure.gif blink.gif


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post Aug 22 2004, 11:10 PM
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post Aug 22 2004, 11:59 PM
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Chips (as we UK people call them) were invented by the French. they also invented crisps (or chips as the Americans call them).

The story runs that a guy went into a restaurant in Paris and ordered chips (AKA 'French fries'). Every time he was brought a plate of chips he complained that they were not thin enough. The chef got annnoyed and used the ham slicer on the the potatoe, and so crisps were born. Of course that explains why UK crisps should be called French fries, not UK chips, but who ever said that US English was suppoed to make any sense?

The question remains, if crisps are chips and chips are fries, what are crisps?

I hope that made sense to anyone other than me...


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post Aug 23 2004, 12:34 AM
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chips?

hmm....

if all bobbles are bimbles and some bimbles are nimbles are all nimbles bobbles?
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post Aug 23 2004, 12:52 AM
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* waks people on the diet*

I say they just exersize and shut up before they get wacked again. lol


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post Aug 23 2004, 01:30 AM
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Hey the diet does work for some people...who know what they're doing! tongue.gif


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post Aug 23 2004, 10:15 AM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 22 2004, 11:59 PM)
Chips (as we UK people call them) were invented by the French. they also invented crisps (or chips as the Americans call them).

The story runs that a guy went into a restaurant in Paris and ordered chips (AKA 'French fries'). Every time he was brought a plate of chips he complained that they were not thin enough. The chef got annnoyed and used the ham slicer on the the potatoe, and so crisps were born. Of course that explains why UK crisps should be called French fries, not UK chips, but who ever said that US English was suppoed to make any sense?

The question remains, if crisps are chips and chips are fries, what are crisps?

I hope that made sense to anyone other than me...
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Of course it does, and the answer to the question is they call them crackers. Made of Soya Beans.
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post Aug 23 2004, 10:18 AM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 23 2004, 12:59 AM)
Chips (as we UK people call them) were invented by the French.
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oooh...that'd make sense, but i was sure that they came from belgium blink.gif


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post Aug 23 2004, 02:45 PM
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Crisps in the US are Pringle-type chips, as in they aren't cut from potatoes; they're made from potato paste type-stuff and are baked. "Potato crisp" isn't a common term, though. It's more of an industry term used by companies to differentiate between regular chips and Pringles.


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post Aug 24 2004, 05:57 AM
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No one knows whether the French fry came from France or Belgium. Both try to claim credit for it, though. But no one knows for sure.

The History of the French Fry

(on a side note to what Gothic said...the diet does technically "work" for people who do it "correctly," as they do lose weight...but it's incredibly dangerous and the weight doesn't stay off. And another side note to what LOD said: Simply exercising doesn't work for some people. You shouldn't judge someone like that...you don't know their medical history, whether they have a metabolic disorder, or whether they possibly can't exercise very much due to a physical impairment).


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post Aug 24 2004, 06:04 AM
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QUOTE (Sir_Psycho_Sexy @ Aug 22 2004, 10:06 PM)
i still don't get why they're called french fries  unsure.gif  blink.gif
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Actually, SPS, for once Mata is entirely wrong.

We call them Freedom Fries, not French fries. We never have called them French fries - after all, who would name such a great food after that bunch of surrender monkeys? Oh, and Eurasia is our ally. We have always been at war with Eastasia. Don't get that mixed up.
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post Aug 24 2004, 06:06 AM
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QUOTE (candice @ Aug 24 2004, 05:57 AM)


Why must you keep spreading these lies, Cand? Aren't you a patriot?
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post Aug 24 2004, 06:09 AM
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lmao...even the most blindly patriotic people I know roll their eyes at the Freedom Fry thing. Though I have heard stories of a few people who insisted on saying it.

I personally prefer Liberty Cabbage. That did, after all, come waaay before the Freedom Fries.

EW EW EW! I just read further down this history of the French fry page...

It says that the average American eats 30 lbs of fries PER YEAR.

O______O

Who eats *that* much fast food? Eww ewww ewwwwww. That hardly seems "average" to me. That seems like a LOT.


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post Aug 24 2004, 09:13 AM
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QUOTE (candice @ Aug 23 2004, 11:09 PM)
lmao...even the most blindly patriotic people I know roll their eyes at the Freedom Fry thing.  Though I have heard stories of a few people who insisted on saying it.

I personally prefer Liberty Cabbage.  That did, after all, come waaay before the Freedom Fries.

EW EW EW!  I just read further down this history of the French fry page...

It says that the average American eats 30 lbs of fries PER YEAR.

O______O

Who eats *that* much fast food?  Eww ewww ewwwwww.  That hardly seems "average" to me.  That seems like a LOT.
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Nevermind Liberty Cabbage - you need look no further than the humble Hot Dog - so renamed during WW2, as Frankfurter was clearly too German a name.

You may all laugh at Freedom Fries, but it's happened before, and it'll happen again...

Next: a war with Malta, and the renaming of Maltesers to 'Victory Balls'

Then: a war with Spain, and no more Spanish omlettes, no. Then you'll have 'Unalienable Human Rights Egg-Patties'

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post Aug 24 2004, 09:23 AM
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Mmmmm... unalienable human rights egg patties. Just the sound of it makes my mouth water.


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post Aug 24 2004, 09:30 AM
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QUOTE (Polocrunch @ Aug 24 2004, 06:06 AM)
QUOTE (candice @ Aug 24 2004, 05:57 AM)


Why must you keep spreading these lies, Cand? Aren't you a patriot?
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I thought that French Fries were those phallic things that Walkers released in the UK. You had Ready Salted, Salt and Vinegar and Cheese and Onion. They were very nice. I will try to find a piccy.

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Ok, here it is:

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post Aug 24 2004, 05:51 PM
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But Jonman...we don't have maltesers here. Or, at least, they're not very common...because almost every American I know says "Huh?" the first time they see a Brit mention them.


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QUOTE (Jonman @ Aug 24 2004, 03:13 AM)
Nevermind Liberty Cabbage - you need look no further than the humble Hot Dog - so renamed during WW2, as Frankfurter was clearly too German a name.


Not true, dear Jonman. Germans were referring to hot-dog-like-sausages as "dachshunds" back in the 1690s. Sometime around 1880, they start getting called red-hots. Some time between 1895 and 1903 (there's a lot of urban legends about this subject, it's hard to sort out truth from fiction...) it became commonplace to call them "hot dogs."

See The History of the Hot Dog!


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QUOTE (Jonman @ Aug 24 2004, 04:13 AM)
Next: a war with Malta, and the renaming of Maltesers to 'Victory Balls'
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I think there would be too much snickering in Congress and on CNN for that to work.


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