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Trailing along with AskMe

Camping gear inside a tent in FloridaCamping gear inside a tent in Florida by State Library and Archives of Florida

AskMe's got some camping hacks (pack a spare belt buckle, toothpaste in a contact lens case, and respect the all-important footcare)... But how to pass time on the trail?

Hassle the kids with rhyming phrases? Okey dokey, artichokey! Or we could teach them about picking their friends and picking their nose, in French.

We could swap stories of academic detective work, or the majesty of history's most destructive animal swarms. Or just noodle over what to put in my collection of glass bottles.

The Secret Spies Among Us

swiss re artswiss re art by phogel (cc by)

In a thread about the odd new Swiss/US dual-citizenship of Michele Bachmann, MeFi member The 10th Regiment of Foot tells the tale of being "a 12 year old Alabama dirt child" given French lessons from a former Swiss spy.

There she would have some sort of cultural lesson, usually centering around her incredible collection of antique goods pilfered from war-torn Europe (and why not turnabout is fair play, non?). She'd have laid out on her horsehair divan a spectacular tapestry, ceramic, or other artwork and we'd discuss its provenance and the story behind the person depicted.

05/11/12
by mathowie

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