1. Walking: it is wonderful over here about how many people walk everywhere and they take their dogs too. According to A.J. Jacobs having a pet can increase your life expectancy because of the chemicals that your brain releases when you pet animals. So that is great, I am sure the French live longer because they are walking more, petting dogs more, and - this is where they diFRENCHiate themselves - not stressing about leaving their dog poop everywhere! So their dogs just poop on the sidewalk, and they cannot be bothered to pick it up. So when I am on a run, I have to ask myself is that a bit of wood and sticks or is it another present left for me?
2. Escalators: when your society can afford escalators, you know that you are doing pretty well. You probably have at least a decent GDP per capita. France has arrived. They are doing well financially and socially, and they boast some pretty beautiful escalators in their train stations and around other places in town, but how they diFRENCHiate themselves is by only using the escalators to go down. It is so much easier to go downstairs than up the stairs, but nine times out of ten if the escalator is broken or not working or if there is only one escalator instead of the pair, it is going down. Now why is this, France?