Friday, December 27, 2013

America's Most Hungarian Town

1.5% of Americans confess Hungarian roots. But there is a small town with a quarter of its population eating their boiled potatoes with sweet cream, Kiryat Joel. It is also America's poorest town.  The only industry is a non-profit kosher chicken slaughterhouse, owned by a synagogue. There is no crime, males spend days and nights studying Babilonian ethical texts.

13 comments:

spagetiMeatball said...

Only industry is chicken? But...but...what about hats?

Anonymous said...

Babylon was quite important in judaism, the "religion" was born there.

J said...

Hats are imported from Brooklyn and paid in kosher chicken and food stamps.

Anonymous said...

It's very interesting to learn about where the Hasidim get their special clothing from. The manufacturers are not necessarily Jewish. IIRC, the best hats come from a factory in Spain or something like that. If you look at a photograph of a crowd (outdoors) in the 1920s or '30s, every man, Jewish and non-Jewish, is wearing a hat, mostly felt Fedoras, but nowadays the Hasidim are the last customers for this industry,

K

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, they are not smart enough to play the 'knockout game', and so will remain woefully segregated from important streams of American intellectual life.

Anon.

Anonymous said...

They will remain segregated from all streams of secular intellectual life. Too much Talmud and Torah, not enough math and science.

B said...

not enough postmodernist literary theory, climate science and Bogdanov physics: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogdanov_affair

Anonymous said...

Well, they'd have to learn to speak and write English fluently to participate in either junk intellectual life or quality intellectual life. Graduates of hasidic schools in the U.S. aren't always fluent English speakers.

spagetiMeatball said...

Right because all you can learn in college is literary theory, climate science and Bogdanov physics...

B said...

Well, you learned engineering (I guess,) and where has that gotten you? Volunteering to be a middle-manager at an NGO dedicated to defecation prevention. Are you any better off than if you'd majored in lit theory, etc.?

spagetiMeatball said...

"Volunteering to be a middle-manager at an NGO dedicated to defecation prevention"

http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/173/576/Wat8.jpg

B said...

"If you're making a well-funded NGO, please find me a spot as mid-manager there, I'm a bit strapped for cash..."

That was you, right?

spagetiMeatball said...

Joke, bro.