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Thursday, 07 November 2013 17:19

Lithuania is Cool Featured

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Overheard in Alaska in a high school German class, a student said: "Lithuania isn't on here." Three girls were looking at a colored laminated map. True, no Lithuania, no Litauen. I said, "I think that's because this map was made in the 70's when Lithuania was part of the USSR." "Oh yeah" the student responded. "How do you know about Lithuania?" I asked, because usually, when people ask about the derivation of my name, and I tell them it's Lithuanian, they ask, where's that? or what's that? But this young student replied, "Lithuania's cool. I did a report on Lithuania."
 
On being cool I recall the zany and random references to Lithuania in movies and elsewhere:
 
in Man on the Moon: Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman doing his act, the night club owner asks "Who is that guy?" Danny Devito, (as the manger) replies, "I think he's from Lithuania."
 
in Fred Claus, when Santa (Paul Giamatti) berates Fred, his brother (Vince Vaughn) for stamping all the children's letters "Approved" even though they were "bad," he says "Congratulations Fred. You've ruined Christmas for kids from Lithuania to Africa."
 
Captain Ramius in Hunt for Red October is Lithuanian, from Vilnius.
 
Hannibal Lecter is from Lithuania, from the Kaunas region, according to the movie.
 
There's a rumor that Elvis' grandmother is from Lithuania and that she's buried there.
 
Johnny Unitas and Dick Butkus, football greats, Lithuanians.
 
Sir John Gielgud, Lawrence Harvey, Charles Bronson, John C. Riley, actors, Lithuanian.

Isaac Bashevis Singer, Czeslaw Milosz, Nobel Laureates for Literature, Lithuanian, from Vilnius.

director Robert Zemeckis
 
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