Sunday, May 17, 2015

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There is a building everybody who has visited Warsaw remembers. It has been a bone of contention for fifty years and still evokes extreme emotions. It has 42 floors, consumes...
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  • John BrownA joke (here slightly embellished) I heard while in Poland in the late 80s about the Warsaw Palace of Culture: American tourists (of course chewing gum and wearing hawaiian shirts à l'américaine, past century): First tourist, snapping pictures: "Gee,ain't that building beauteeful...." Second tourist, more nervously chewing than other members of his tour and adjusting his sunglasses, "Yeah, it's ok, but hey it's a little small ... Any way we can help these poor Polish people to improve their construction?"
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