i was at a yoshinoya in yungho (taipei county) today and heard the personnel cracking jokes with one another. like in any other country, those who work in the fast food industry are either students or those who don't have a nice diploma to show. so, it was interesting to hear that their joke consists of a poem (which most taiwanese have to memorize in elementary school).
that got me thinking, is it possible to hear the same kind of conversation elsewhere? i can't imagine the french-fry scooping guy at, say, a fast food store in ohio memorizing a poem out of his high school english textbook, and for fun, that is.
anyhow, that's just a thought, and one of yet another long line of cultural differences that i have experienced on this leaf-shaped island.