One of my co-workers had a birthday this week. I went to the 99 cent store to find gag gifts for him. I got some party poppers. Everyone was coming over to pop poppers. Some people were scared to make a loud noise. One of my co-workers is a pacifist from Hong Kong. We had to really twist his arm to get him to pull a popper. Once he did it though he smelled the gun powder and became a convert. He was savoring the delicious smell of the gun powder. So I told him it was in his blood, since the Chinese invented gun powder. It was a racial memory. Then my other co-worker, the fratty, self admitted male chauvinist pig type of co-worker, who is of British and Norwegian ancestry, said, "Yes, the Chinese invented gun powder, but it took my ancestors to put the mean streak in any invention."