a new country

On some lucky MTA buses there are televisions. On the luckiest buses these televisions work. On these working televisions there is a variety of bus-worthy programming, including Facts of the Day — occasionally informative tidbits in English or Spanish in question/answer form. On Saturday night, my favorite Fact of the Day went thus: Q: “What country first invented sauerkraut?” A: “Chinese.”

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4 Responses to a new country

  1. p says:

    the chinese pickle everything. i love pickled vegetables. i’m afraid of pickled eggs and other animal parts. there’s always a downside.


  2. admin says:

    I like kimchee, so I’d probably like suan cai. I have no problem with the fact that the Chinese invented a food with a German name, my problem was more with whether the answer to that question should be “Chinese” or “China.” But I’m not sure what level of quality to expect with bus facts.

  3. jocelyn says:

    Pickled things are delicious!

    When I first read it, I thought it said “A Chinese” because I read it too fast. It made me even more confused. Chinese is an interesting country.

  4. p says:

    they got their nouns all mixed up…and forgot the article.

    the chinese? the china? at least they didn’t say asia.

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