LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||08/SET/2005 7:08 PM|
"Strike anywhere matches" are often called simply "kitchen matches". They are quite common in the USA and are very popular with campers, people who have to light stoves, fires in fireplaces, etc. I love to camp, and I hate to use any other kind. I've never had a problem with them, but I recall my father telling me about an accident he had with them when he was a kid. He had a pocketful of them, and the ignited in his pocket following a motorcycle accident. Nobody with the sense that God gave a goose would carry such matches unprotected.
I recall using some in Costa Rica and seeing the reaction of my companions. They thought I'd brought something very exotic and expensive from the Land of the Big Mac, but they were simply ordinary matches, the kind I always bought.
As for giving people the hot foot, I never did that. I love practical jokes (especially when done on me), but I don't hurt people. It's not fun unless everyone laughs.
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