Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Schott's Miscellany 26 April 2009

Reactor 4 exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine (1986)


The U.S. is home to many belts: the Southern and Southwest states are often called the SUN BELT; the North-central and Northeast regions are the FROST BELT; parts of the South and Midwest are the BIBLE BELT; an agricultural swath of the northern Midwest is the CORN BELT (which overlaps with the GRAIN BELT); the industrial stretch from the Northeastern seaboard to the Midwest is the MANUFACTURING BELT (or RUST BELT); several warm sections of the country are called BANANA BELTS; a section of the Atlantic and Gulf coast, once known for producing cotton, is the COTTON BELT; the BLACK BELT once referred to a Southern region of dark soil fit for growing cotton, but now refers to the Southeast states known for high concentrations of African Americans; the BORSCHT BELT is a nickname for a part of the Catskills popular with Ashkenazi Jews; and the JELL-O BELT refers to Utah's and Idaho's communities of Mormons, who apparently enjoy the wobbly dessert.

Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
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