Dare to Ask: It's 2010, and you have lots of questions
By Phillip Milano
The Florida Times-Union
Now that that fine decade is over, let's start this one off even
finer, with more Dare to Ask questions that need answering! Here's the drill:
Read what follows. Go to www.yforum.com.
Search out these questions.
Become distracted and check online for your most recent health care Explanation
of Benefits. Cheer or weep. Start answering these questions. Accept Facebook
friends you don't know. Wait anxiously to see if your Dare to Ask replies make
it into this column.
I converted to Judaism 12 years back. My mother has decided to start
practicing her Catholicism again and has announced to me, her only child, she
wants a Catholic burial. I have issues with embalming, waiting past three days
to bury, an open casket, having a ceremony in a church, etc. We've been thinking
about ... having a couple of ceremonies, one the way she wants, the other the
way we want, but it always turns the whole thing into a fiasco of casket
shuffling and anxiety. Please help! -- It's Me, Jewish female, Dallas
Why can't women get straight to the point when telling a story? -- Jeff T.,
33, Red Lion, Pa.
I notice black men walking around holding their genitals (from outside their
shorts or slacks). Have you ever heard of others doing it? -- Thomas, 70, white,
Why don't Caucasian women wash their hands after using the lavatory? --
Rosemary, black, Nashville
If vegetarians think humans and animals deserve the same rights, shouldn't
they be against fake meat (soy burgers, etc.)? After all, if someone made fake
meat that tasted like human flesh, we'd ban it. If animals and humans are equal,
shouldn't you be against anything that simulates its taste? -- Lou A., Hamilton,
Why do blacks and Asians rarely keep dogs and cats as pets? -- Blanchard, 33,
white female, London
Do most Muslims consider killing infidels OK? -- C.D., Johnson City, Tenn.
Why do straight men shamelessly mock guys who dance, but enjoy watching their
performances? -- Karen, Phoenix
Do women really want to have sex as much as guys do? -- Matt, Baltimore
Why aren't there more people who are vocal antitheists? If it's what you
believe, you should be fine with expressing it. -- N., 17, atheist, Minnesota
Why do people from India put red dots on their foreheads? -- Matt, Hastings,
Why do white male rock stars stand with their legs widened while playing an
instrument? -- Anonymous, black female, Jacksonville
Why do women sneeze so quietly? I blow the shingles off the roof. -- Jerry,
61, New Britain, Conn.
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