Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
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In Which You Learn That Gayle Has Never Eaten Fried Eggs with Ham for Breakfast

I have been studying my Advanced Spanish Grammar textbook that I received for my birthday, and I am now up to chapter 3 (of 26 chapters). Chapters 2 and 3 are about breakfast and dinner, and they make lots of statements about what the supposedly typical breakfast and dinner foods are in various Spanish-speaking and English-speaking countries. Unfortunately, I completely disagree with the author's claims about what the supposedly typical foods are in the United States. So I looked at where the author (Marcial Prado) is from, and it says he was born in Spain, but that he received his Ph.D. in Spanish from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and that he is now a professor at California State University at Fullerton - so he's apparently been living in the United States for a considerably long time. You wouldn't think that two such longtime residents of the very same state would have such completely contradictory views about what most people in the United States typically eat. The book includes a little "true or false" quiz section in each chapter, and these items appeared there:
True or false?
____ A typical breakfast in the United States is fried eggs with ham.
____ Chicken with rice is a very popular dish in the United States.
The textbook claims my answers to both of the above were incorrect. I disagree, so I've decided to check.

Non-Americans should skip to the last two questions on the poll. Americans should answer the first two questions and skip the last two. ("American" as defined by having lived in the U.S.)

If you live in or have lived in the U.S., do you eat fried eggs with ham for breakfast?

I've never lived in the U.S.
13(23.2%)
Yes, I eat fried eggs with ham for breakfast on a regular basis.
1(1.8%)
Yes, in the past I've eaten fried eggs with ham for breakfast on regular basis.
4(7.1%)
Yes, I've eaten fried eggs with ham for breakfast on a few rare occasions.
15(26.8%)
Um, I eat either fried eggs OR ham for breakfast on a regular basis, but I've never eaten them both together for breakfast.
0(0.0%)
Um, in the past I've eaten either fried eggs OR ham for breakfast on a regular basis, but I've never eaten them both together for breakfast.
5(8.9%)
Um, I've eaten either fried eggs OR ham for breakfast on a few rare occasions.
12(21.4%)
No, I've eaten one or both of them at other meals but I've never eaten either fried eggs OR ham for breakfast ever.
4(7.1%)
No, I've never eaten either fried eggs OR ham at ANY meal ever.
1(1.8%)
I eat fried vegan eggs with imitation ham or some other variation, and I refuse to attempt to decide for myself how to categorize my variation, because I like to be difficult. :p
0(0.0%)
I have Alzheimer's Disease and can't remember anything I've ever eaten for breakfast.
0(0.0%)
I fear you're an F.B.I. agent investigating me and I refuse to disclose what I eat or don't eat.
1(1.8%)

If you live in or have lived in the U.S., do you often eat chicken with rice?

I've never lived in the U.S.
13(23.2%)
Yes, I eat chicken with rice on a regular basis.
14(25.0%)
Well, in the past I've eaten chicken with rice on a regular basis.
14(25.0%)
Not really, but I've eaten chicken with rice on a few rare occasions.
11(19.6%)
No, I've eaten chicken and/or rice, but never both at the same time.
4(7.1%)
No, I've never eaten chicken OR rice EVER. I live on a planet orbiting Alpha Centauri.
0(0.0%)
I have Alzheimer's Disease and can't remember anything I've ever eaten in my entire life.
0(0.0%)
I fear you're an F.B.I. agent investigating me and I refuse to disclose what I eat or don't eat.
0(0.0%)

If you've NEVER lived in the U.S., do you eat fried eggs with ham for breakfast?

I live in or have lived in the U.S.
22(61.1%)
Yes, I eat fried eggs with ham for breakfast on a regular basis.
1(2.8%)
Yes, in the past I've eaten fried eggs with ham for breakfast on regular basis.
0(0.0%)
Yes, I've eaten fried eggs with ham for breakfast on a few rare occasions.
1(2.8%)
Um, I eat either fried eggs OR ham for breakfast on a regular basis, but I've never eaten them both together for breakfast.
3(8.3%)
Um, in the past I've eaten either fried eggs OR ham for breakfast on a regular basis, but I've never eaten them both together for breakfast.
4(11.1%)
Um, I've eaten either fried eggs OR ham for breakfast on a few rare occasions.
2(5.6%)
No, I've eaten one or both of them at other meals but I've never eaten either fried eggs OR ham for breakfast ever.
1(2.8%)
No, I've never eaten either fried eggs OR ham at ANY meal ever.
1(2.8%)
I eat fried vegan eggs with imitation ham or some other variation, and I refuse to attempt to decide for myself how to categorize my variation, because I like to be difficult. :p
1(2.8%)
I have Alzheimer's Disease and can't remember anything I've ever eaten for breakfast.
0(0.0%)
I fear you're a C.I.A. agent investigating me and I refuse to disclose what I eat or don't eat.
0(0.0%)

If you've NEVER lived in the U.S., do you often eat chicken with rice?

I live in or have lived in the U.S.
22(61.1%)
Yes, I eat chicken with rice on a regular basis.
2(5.6%)
Well, in the past I've eaten chicken with rice on a regular basis.
4(11.1%)
Not really, but I've eaten chicken with rice on a few rare occasions.
4(11.1%)
No, I've eaten chicken and/or rice, but never both at the same time.
3(8.3%)
No, I've never eaten chicken OR rice EVER. I live on a planet orbiting Alpha Centauri.
1(2.8%)
I have Alzheimer's Disease and can't remember anything I've ever eaten in my entire life.
0(0.0%)
I fear you're a C.I.A. agent investigating me and I refuse to disclose what I eat or don't eat.
0(0.0%)


(For the record: the textbook claims that fried eggs with ham is indeed a very typical breakfast in the United States, but that chicken with rice is not a popular dish at all in the United States. I of course disagree.)
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