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Very Important Yelp Reviews of International Hooters Locations

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Rarely are American exports purely material. For example, when an outpost of the Clearwater-born Hooters chain opens overseas, it brings with it far more than just fried chicken wings and steak quesadillas—it introduces a little bit of the Central Florida Gulf Coast lifestyle to that corner of the world.

Philosopher Edward Said would call this "cultural imperialism" and view it as an example of centuries-old Western encroachment. But would he say that after tasting Hooters' Daytona Beach Style wings? This we may never know, but thanks to Yelp, we do know what hundreds of patrons at far-off Hooters locations think of America's most popular Breastaurant.

Some of these review excerpts come from locals, while others are from Americans abroad. Together, they form a patchwork quilt of the Hooters Global Community, a quilt that has been deep-fried and smothered in delicious Buffalo sauce.

1. AUSTRALIA

“I acknowledge you can't get key limes in Australia but this pie was just not right ... it wasn't bad, but it wasn't key lime pie, and marketing it as such was wrong, and explaining the difference by saying it's 'Australian' key lime pie is wrong. It was misleading for them to put a photo of the 'real' key lime pie on the menu when the reality was totally different. Fortunately, the manager took it off our bill.”

Three Star Review. Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.

2. CANADA

“The waitresses of course wear skimpier outfits than your average waitress and I'm ok with that. I find my eyes tend to move downwards though after the waitress takes my order and leaves as I find they show more butt than breasts. Plus, there's no way I'm getting caught looking at her hooters when she's taking my order. I think that's why a lot of guys wear ball caps when they eat here.”

Three Star Review. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

3. CZECH REPUBLIC

“As a rule, Hooters is not the first stop I make when I am traveling, but this restaurant was just down from my room so I thought I would stop in for a drink before exploring the rest of the city … It was a choice that I certainly do not regret ...

"It is the same feeling of comfort a tourist gets when he/she steps into a McDonalds without any guilt brought on by the shame of scarfing down a Big Mac in the face of superior local options. No, the fare at this Hooters provides all of the nostalgia of home with a sense that at least it's wholesome and unprocessed.”

Five Star Review. Prague, Czech Republic. 

4. GERMANY

“Our visit to Frankfurt Hooters … well, wasn't so grand. When we first arrived they actually had a male server (with a moustache!!!).”

Two Star Review. Frankfurt, Germany. 

5. JAPAN

“I guess since you don't tip in Japan, none of them sit to talk to you but is more like a normal restaurant."

Four Star Review. Ginza, Tokyo, Japan.

“They also have special Hooters Japan memorabilia for purchase, like Hello Kitty plushies in Hooters uniform. If that's your thing. Real cool!”

Five Star Review. Chiyoda, Japan.

6. MEXICO

“We were sick of tacos and Mexican food so we came here for a meal. We wanted boneless wings but the waitress messed up our order and gave us regular wings. We were hungry so we didn't complain and ate them anyways.”

Two Star Review. Cancun, Mexico.

“The servers also seem to organize dances where they all get together and strut their stuff to a song of their choice every hour or so. Muy caliente!”

Four Star Review. Cancun, Mexico

7. SINGAPORE

"Let's be honest here ... nothing is spicy as we would like it to be compared to normal Singaporean fare. If anything it is to experience beer and wings while watching sports on TV. Then, later on ask yourself, 'wah lao, this is how Americans spend time watching sports? No wonder why they are so big.' Just enjoy some good fried food and cold beer. Also, enjoy the ladies hitting on your [sic] and flirting as they are required to."

Three Star Review, Singapore.

8. ST. THOMAS

“I’ve visited Hooters all over the world as far West as Hawaii and as far East as Germany and I have never had such unsatisfactory service than in my own home country … TRAINING TRAINING TRAINING!!!! These ladies need to be retrained or fired!!! I'll be calling corporate about this. I refuse to have St. Thomas' Hooters be listed as the worst!”

One Star Review. St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

9. SWITZERLAND

“The menu is varied and offers all the American BBQ foods such as wings, burgers w/ curly fries, baby back ribs (weirdly there was a poster of 'Mini Me' next to me so I felt awkward ordering those baby back ribs).”

Three Star Review. Zürich, Switzerland.

10. TAIWAN

“This is obviously a place for guys !! If you have a jealous woman, don't come here for dinner! If you have been to the U.S. or seen Hooters in movies then you know what I'm talking about. Basically the waitresses dress really sexy and they have to show a large cleavage!”

Three Star Review. Taipei, Taiwan.

11. UNITED KINGDOM

“As an American, Hooters is a fairly common site in the States, but a rarity in the U.K. The one in Nottingham looks like any Hooters elsewhere and the wings taste the same. The beer selection is ample and the staff is awesome. I did have a bit of a mindfu#k when the amazingly hot waitress looking like a swimsuit model start talking ... and she sounded so proper ... like Mary Poppins.”

Four Star Review. Nottingham, United Kingdom.

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Why Tiny 'Hedgehog Highways' Are Popping Up Around London
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Hedgehogs as pets have gained popularity in recent years, but in many parts of the world, they're still wild animals. That includes London, where close to a million of the creatures roam streets, parks, and gardens, seeking out wood and vegetation to take refuge in. Now, Atlas Obscura reports that animal activists are transforming the city into a more hospitable environment for hedgehogs.

Barnes Hedgehogs, a group founded by Michel Birkenwald in the London neighborhood of Barnes four years ago, is responsible for drilling tiny "hedgehog highways" through walls around London. The passages are just wide enough for the animals to climb through, making it easier for them to travel from one green space to the next.

London's wild hedgehog population has seen a sharp decline in recent decades. Though it's hard to pin down accurate numbers for the elusive animals, surveys have shown that the British population has dwindled by tens of millions since the 1950s. This is due to factors like human development and habitat destruction by farmers who aren't fond of the unattractive shrubs, hedges, and dead wood that hedgehogs use as their homes.

When such environments are left to grow, they can still be hard for hedgehogs to access. Carving hedgehog highways through the stone partitions and wooden fences bordering parks and gardens is one way Barnes Hedgehogs is making life in the big city a little easier for its most prickly residents.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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Where Should You Place the Apostrophe in President's Day?
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Happy Presidents’ Day! Or is it President’s Day? Or Presidents Day? What you call the national holiday depends on where you are, who you’re honoring, and how you think we’re celebrating.

Saying "President’s Day" infers that the day belongs to a singular president, such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays are the basis for the holiday. On the other hand, referring to it as "Presidents’ Day" means that the day belongs to all of the presidents—that it’s their day collectively. Finally, calling the day "Presidents Day"—plural with no apostrophe—would indicate that we’re honoring all POTUSes past and present (yes, even Andrew Johnson), but that no one president actually owns the day.

You would think that in the nearly 140 years since "Washington’s Birthday" was declared a holiday in 1879, someone would have officially declared a way to spell the day. But in fact, even the White House itself hasn’t chosen a single variation for its style guide. They spelled it “President’s Day” here and “Presidents’ Day” here.


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Maybe that indecision comes from the fact that Presidents Day isn’t even a federal holiday. The federal holiday is technically still called “Washington’s Birthday,” and states can choose to call it whatever they want. Some states, like Iowa, don’t officially acknowledge the day at all. And the location of the punctuation mark is a moot point when individual states choose to call it something else entirely, like “George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day” in Arkansas, or “Birthdays of George Washington/Thomas Jefferson” in Alabama. (Alabama loves to split birthday celebrations, by the way; the third Monday in January celebrates both Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert E. Lee.)

You can look to official grammar sources to declare the right way, but even they don’t agree. The AP Stylebook prefers “Presidents Day,” while Chicago Style uses “Presidents’ Day.”

The bottom line: There’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. Go with what feels right. And even then, if you’re in one of those states that has chosen to spell it “President’s Day”—Washington, for example—and you use one of the grammar book stylings instead, you’re still technically wrong.

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