“What should the U.S. women look for in this World Cup?” Will asked.

“Strawberries, vanilla, and blueberries,” Rock replied. (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include Pass This On! and Peck Peck Peck. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….

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Note: Today’s characters appeared previously in The Halftime Speech, Jock Itch and The Winter Games.

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Will Wurdie took a breath. “Not sure I’m following you there, Rock.”

“Red, white, and blue,” Rock said. He held up a yogurt container. “That’s what U.S. women should want in a whirled cup.”

“Umm,” Will began.

“The Australian women should want the same,” Rock continued, “except they keep the fruit at the bottom.”

“This is about soccer, Rock,” Will said, smiling serenely for the television camera. “The W-O-R-L-D Cup.”

Rock shook his head. “The last world cup was a couple of years ago. Brazil, I think. They’re gonna cancel the rest of them. Turns out someone forgot to pay the fah fee.”

“The what?” Will asked.

“The fah fee,” Rock insisted. “Except in Europe they say it backward, fee fah. It’s something about Latin anthrax.”

“I think you meant Latin syntax,” Will said.

Rock shook his head. “A sin tax is when the government charges you for stuff you shouldn’t be doing anyway, like cigarettes or beer or parking at the beach to watch girls in bikinis.”

“Anyway,” Will said, deciding not to press the point, “FIFA is just the organization’s acronym. It’s short for Fédération Internationale de Football Association.”

“Don’t be silly,” Rock said. “They run the NFL’s overseas games. It’s right there in the title: football.”

“Football is what the rest of the world calls soccer,” Will said, “because you play the ball with your feet. And the Women’s World Cup is happening now, in Canada.”

“Huh,” Rock said. “Canadians paid the fah fee?”

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