Via MeFi, a collection of accents and dialects. My favorite so far is the sheep farmer. “The bigger sheep usually, they’re what you call lowdown [?] sheep…” It’s like a whole nother language, really.

two interesting things

Apparently marinara is named after mariners. Something about being able to keep on long sea voyages. At least according to my southern Italian cookbook.

From A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius:

After graduating he tried Chicago first, but was tired of constantly running into people from Champaign. They were all there, the whole school — so few make it out of the state. To most, Chicago was Oz, anything beyond it was China, the moon.