So I’ve been hanging out lately with this guy who’s of a different ethnic background than I am – we’ll call it “Shmoblian” – and in doing so, I have learned a number of things about Shmoblian culture.
For example, he’ll be like, “oh, Shmoblian people never take the last piece of pie” or “I’ve never been to a Shmoblian wedding with fewer than 300 guests” or “in Shmoblia, it’s actually considered very offensive to be left-handed.”
This is all very cool, but I’ve started to wonder if he is maybe making things up just to mess with me, because I find it extremely hard to believe that anyone in any culture would think that grapefruit should be eaten with sugar and black pepper. On the other hand, if he IS making it up, I have to give him props, because as a creative lie, the grapefruit thing is kind of hilarious.
Tags: Communication breakdown