Saul Devitt, after last night’s debate, talked about the Australian obsession with sports. Lest we pretend America is more mature, note that the A.P. reports:
Along with the Big Wheel and the Game Boy video device, the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester[, NY] chose the ball on Thursday to join its all-star lineup of 41 classics, ranging from the bicycle and the kite to the jump rope, the teddy bear, and Mr. Potato Head.
Excellent choices. If there’s also a Weak National Museum of Play, presumably it instead contains non-classics ranging from the beanbag chair and a non-flying rectangle, to string, the teddy sloth, and an actual potato (uncooked, since those are less fun — then again, I once met a punk who said a friend of hers was paid as a dominatrix once to throw uncooked potatoes at a man’s crotch, surely something that a healthy, properly-socialized person could get for free).