Welcome to my blog. I write about fitting in, sticking out, and missing the motherland as a serial foreigner.

November 29th, outsourced

If you are a high school student and your English teacher is always trying to convince you that the books you're reading in class are just dripping with symbolism, read this article so you can be a smart-aleck in class.

Do periods used in text messages mean you're angry? Maybe. Or is that just - maybe [HT Andrew]

New Yorkers react to a stranger sleeping on their shoulder in the subway.

This girl from Massachusetts has an amazing voice. You won't believe which competition she's poised to win!! Sorry, couldn't resist the headline Upworthy would give this story. [HT Andrew]

Sheikh Hamdan (the UAE's equivalent of Prince William, except he's still single) waved the flag on top of the Burj Khalifa in celebration of Dubai's successful Expo 2020 bid. Woah.

Fun with public statues. I want to be friends with these people. (Wait - I WAS friends with these people.) [HT Kathy]

I'm not sure I can take all the info at face value (their data collection method is a little strange), but here is an interesting look at regional variations in Thanksgiving menus. Mushroom stuffing? Really?

Righteous indignation

The reluctant holiday