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Date: 5/30/2006

The Worst Presidents?

At dinner with Bill Leuchtenburg and others when someone (me) asked if Harding was the worst president so far. Now Bill knows a thing or two about presidents having spent most of his life writing about them. His tentative worst presidents: Pierce, Buchanan, Grant and Nixon.

Why is the food in Iowa so white?

This is s serious question. Maybe it’s because I was eating cafeteria food, but my entire Iowan food experience was with white bread, white meats (chicken and the other white meat), potatoes, rice, noodles, even white beans and white lettuce!

Native Iowan Josh writes:

Wheat bread is the extent of not-white in most of Iowa. It’s traditional midwestern insularity, of course. The only people willing to ride out the winters were crazy northern Europeans. Most of whom just blended in and lost their ethnic identity. Ergo the bland food and blander culture.

In Iowa, the most exotic food gets is Indian; there are about four places in the state. I used to drive 45 minutes just for buffet vindaloo.

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