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I'm So Excited, and I Just Can't Hide It!!!

We got our scenes in Opera Theater today, and I'm not going to lie. As a Freshman, I wasn't expecting much. I was thinking maybe a few lines or so... First, I should explain the whole opera theater thing.

I'm in a class 3 times a week that's basically a performance class, and at the end of the semester, we perform a random grouping of scenes, kind of like an opera review... Sort of. Not really, but that'll give you good enough of an idea. Either way, there will be a performance.

It turns out that I'm actually doing a duet (sort of) scene with another guy from the opera "La Boheme." Not only that, but it's Mimi's famous death scene. It's going to be GREAT.

Why do Polish names end in "ski?"

Answer: Because they can't spell toboggan.

For the past few months, I've been coming across joke after joke after joke demeaning the Polish culture and its people. Now, being Polish myself I'm actually not offended by these jokes. But what I'm intrigued by is the origin of the world's apparent dislike of the Polish.

So I set out to get some answers, and what I found was actually rather interesting.

It all started in World War II. Poland is, by God's choosing, relatively devoid of natural geographic barriers which in turn makes the country hard to defend. Located between Russia and Germany, it is placed right in the middle of the easiest invasion route between western Europe and the East, and, caught between those two powers, it is easily (and often) conquered. For example, when Hitler decided to make his first official move in the war, he invaded Poland and took control of it. Ever since then, Poland has been viewed as weak, a push-over. Along that same line, befo…