Only in America
A yet-to-open Vietnamese restaurant in Keene, N.H., is fighting for the right to call itself Pho Keene Great. Vietnam’s national dish, a broth-and-noodle soup, is pronounced “fuh,” which city officials say makes the restaurant’s name inappropriate. Owner Isabelle Jolie says that it is “discriminatory to say that a Vietnamese word, combined with the name of our city is considered offensive.”
A Washington state lawmaker wants to legalize the composting of human corpses. Most Americans are either cremated or buried, but state Sen. Jamie Pederson’s bill would add the option of “recomposition,” which converts bodies into nutrient-rich soil for plants. “People from all over the state who wrote to me are very excited about the prospect of becoming a tree,” said Pederson.