Letters: On Domino's And A Cardboard Dress
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
It's time now for your letters.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Domino's Pizza.
SIEGEL: When Domino's Pizza in the Netherlands switched from old-fashioned, noisy scooters to electric ones, it worried about pedestrians not hearing them approach and so they came up with this: a recording of a man pretending to be an engine.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Unintelligible).
SIEGEL: Yes. From the country that gave us wooden shoes, fingers in dikes, silver skates, windmills and gouda cheese, as we told you yesterday, comes the perfect solution to a potential threat.
Well, Khan Jager(ph) of Anchorage, Alaska, was amused by our story, but not by our characterization of Dutch culture. Jager writes this: I was disappointed in ATC perpetuating the myth about that annoying silver skates and fingers in the dike story as being Dutch. As a native Dutchman, 23 years in the U.S., I can tell you that nobody in Holland has ever heard of that Hans Brinker character and this story. It is by an American author. Wooden shoes? Sure. Tulips? OK. Edam, gouda, yada, yada, yada, but please stop with the silver skates already. Switch to world champion and Olympic speed skaters and we'll call it even. Our apologies. What we meant to say was, from the country that gave us wooden shoes, windmills, gouda cheese and a plethora of world champion and Olympic speed skaters.
Also, yesterday, we heard from 17-year-old Maura Pozek. She's a high school student in Reeds Spring, Missouri, and she fashioned her prom dress out of cardboard.
MAURA POZEK: Well, the previous two years, I had made a dress out of Doritos bags and pop tabs and I had to top myself somehow.
SIEGEL: Ms. Pozek told my co-host Melissa Block how she managed to sit in such stiff attire.
POZEK: It took a lot of - I'm going to sit now and you're going to do what I told you to.
MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:
BLOCK: And it behaved?
SIEGEL: Well, her story got many of you writing both emails and posting online. Bruce Gallin(ph) of Belmont, North Carolina, writes, clever, intelligent and lovely. The dress, too.
This from Maggie Cook(ph) of Berkeley, California: Calling all fashion houses. Get your smarts on and sponsor this young shining light.
And, lastly, Cheryl Cox(ph) of Tallahassee writes: I see a bubble-wrap wedding gown in her distant future.
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