Here are a few random questions that came to me recently. They are small and possibly silly, so they don't merit their own separate threads :) Can somebody answer them, though?
BTW. Feel free to add your own random questions to the thread :)
1. What's up with these public laundries in America?
One thing I cannot understand about America is what are these public laundries for? When I need some laundry done, I use the washing machine at home. Alternatively, in some special cases, I take some items to a special chemical laundry. But why do people in America take their laundry to a place equipped with (from what I've seen) with ordinary washing machines and do the laundrying themselves? What's the advantage?
2. Whatever happened to the valets?
I happened to watch some period TV lately (Downton Abbey, for instance) and I realized that, a century or so ago, there were much more servant-type jobs around. People had maids, housekeepers, cooks, butlers, valets... Even when riding a train, you didn't make your own bed, but had the train staff do it. It's not that way anymore, right? Or do rich people still employ live-in housestaff? If not, what caused the change?
3. 2000s in fashion
In retrospect, some decades of the 20th century seem to have some very distincts fashions: the 1950s, for once. Or 1960s, which first started as almost-1950s, but ended with hippie fashion and miniskirts. Or 1970s, with bell-bottoms and wide collars. Or 1980s with... all these atrocious things people were wearing back then.
So, what about *our* times? Are there any signature fashion trends for 2000s and 2010s? Or is it too early to tell?
BTW. Am I mistaken, or were the 1960s the time of real fashion revolution? The early 1960s didn't look that different from 1950s, which themselves weren't that different from 1940s. But then, the mid-and-late 1960s happened... and then, we had 1970s, who looked much more... modern. It was a kind of revolution, wasn't it?