LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||07/SET/2005 3:14 PM|
|Assunto:||To Tom:dandelion wine/white lightening|
Dale and Johannes are the experts and they gave you good answers.
Dandelions are little yellow flowers that people hate. They grow in the grass and eventually kill the grass as they take over the yard. They grow tall and the flower makes a white, puffy ball that looks neat. The ball is made up of the seeds which are ready to be carried off by the wind to make new dandelion plants. Kids like to pick the stem and then, after making a wish, blow on the puffy ball. If all of the seeds come off then they will get their wish. It's like blowing out the candles on a birthday cake. The downside is that the seeds are spread around and will make more of the pesky plants that homeowners hate.
White lightening is alcohol made in a still. Hillbillies (caipiras) are known for making good white lightening. During the Prohibition Era (when alcoholic drinks were forbidden in the USA) many hillbillies ran a fairly good business making illegal alcohol for people to drink. There have been movies about the cars and drivers who delivered the white lightening to bars and distribution points. I think one such movie was "Thunder Road" made in 1958 starring Robert Mitchum. I was too poor to go to the movies. Just joking.
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