December 31st, 2003

Rob is standard

As the finishing touch, God created the Dutch

Doughnuts and bowling, two of the USA's biggest pastimes, are originally Dutch inventions.
The doughnut evolved from the dutch Oliebol (literally grease-ball or oil-ball), named for the fact that it's a lump of dough dropped into a pan with hot sunflower-oil. The oliebol is still a dutch tradition, eaten on New Year's Eve. For variation, add apple, raisin and cinnamon to the dough. Or beer. Beer is good too :)

10 pin bowling originated from the Dutch sport 'kegelen'. Compared to bowling, kegelen only has nine pins, put down in a diamond shape. The alley is a whole lot narrower, the ball is smaller and has no holes.

Oh, and by the way: the art of book-printing also came from Holland. So I don't want to hear anyone say that we can only grow tulips and make cheese. And marijuana ;)
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