welcome! jeremy freese is a professor in sociology at northwestern university. he finds blogging to be a good diversion from insomnia and a far better use of time than television.
Jeremy: Forget Poland. That is so last election.
Okay, you think I'm going to let that one slide?? My answer is too long for a comment here, but not to worry! I take up the "what about Poland" Q on my blog. I am a fair player. Other countries are also considered.
Poland is a beautiful country. The people are very nice, too, and they bathe more frequently than the French, Germans, or Russians. Only one problem for you, Jeremy. I don't think you speak Polish. Do you?
my younger brother lives in warsaw. once the vodka starts flowing, it doesn't matter how little polish you can speak. and they celebrate Name Days.his rent is $200/month, and he tells me that there are plenty of openings for people to teach english (and you don't even have to know a word of polish).if you do go to poland, you should know that "Jeb" in polish is the imperative form of "fuck." so, jeb bush.
In the early spring of 1946, near the border town of Bystre, Poland, two feral boys were rousted from a farmer's chicken coop and driven across the nearby border of Lithuania. Poland has a very high occurance of unusual happenings of this nature compared to its neighbors. This was reported by local Constables that were called to the farm after Maciej Krol heard a commotion in his chicken coop and went to investigate. Upon entering the coop, he found 2 feral boys of approximate ages 9 and 11 gnawing on the carcass of a chicken they had killed. He became enraged and rushed at them with a pitchfork and they fled. Maciej's wife was able to take a picture of the youngest one fleeing with the chicken in his mouth. They stopped roughly 70 meters from the farmstead and while on all fours commenced to eat the remains of the hen. The Constables arrived and approached with drawn pistols and the feral boys fled across the border. The boy's hair was not extraordinarily long and there was speculation that they were refugees from the concentration camps, though it could never be verified as apparently the Poles never informed Lithuanian authorities of this and the investigation was closed. The affidavit signed by Maciej Krol, the picture and official statements by the Constables were lost in a fire at the government's administration building in Bystre the following year. This documented incident only leaves unanswered questions in the minds of Western Scholars, given the fire, and it is not intended in any way to be commentary on the Polish people.
To the author of the comment (don't know why my earlier version got lost -- perhaps Blogger sensed my heightened agitation): Therefore it is intended as a commentary on what? On the superior genetic predispositions of Germany and Russia leading to "fewer happenings of this nature" (your words) in the 40s among Poland's neighboring states? You sure you don't want to retract?
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