By Diane Ako
Who knows what BMW stands for? Don't look it up. Just tell me now. I'm curious to see who knew off the top of their head.
In a conversation, I mentioned the phrase "Bavarian Motor Works" to Claus, and he was stunned that I would know that. I mean, stunned. "Hey! How did you know what that stands for?"
He said it with such shock in his voice that I was a little put off. "Um, 'cuz I'm smart?" I retorted.
"No, really," he replied.
"No, really," I responded.
"Most people don't know what BMW stands for," he insisted.
"Most people do," I insisted back. "Let's do a blind test. It's 7 a.m. Who's up that I know? I'll ask Christian." I went to call Christian on the phone.
Claus stopped me. "Christian doesn't count. He's European."
I snapped my gaze in Claus' direction, raised my eyebrows, and channeled a character from any 1990s FOX sitcom. "Oh no you di'nt. You're saying Europeans are smarter than Americans?" I questioned, while holding up my index finger to underline the indignation. You read correctly: that's di'nt, spelled without the middle "d."
"No, that's not it," he said.
"So it's because he's a man and he would know more about cars? It's a gender thing?" I continued.
Sensing danger, he swerved off topic. "Hey, did you want to go purse shopping this weekend?" he asked.
That is a smart husband.
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