"Rightly or wrongly, first impressions make a difference," John Doggett explained in defending a decision to change the name of the coed boarding school he heads in Byfield, Mass. It's not that the institution isn't prestigious. It has been around for 242 years and boasts of numerous distinguished alumni. It just doesn't want to be the butt of jokes that prospective students or their parents from outside the area might hear. So, what is its name, anyway? Governor Dummer Academy.
When it comes to eating ice cream, there seems no end to American idiosyncrasies. The latest proof: the 2005 "Pillsbury Ice Cream Lover's Survey." The company conducted the study of America's frozen-dessert eating habits in conjunction with its first launch of a line of ice cream products. For example, the survey found that 1 in 6 respondents allows a pet to lick an ice cream serving bowl clean. Odder still are some of the garnishes Americans claim to eat with their ice cream. Among them:
sweet bean paste