Have you ever heard of homecoming mums? I was thinking some big flower corsages that girls might have been given by a boy before a big football game back in the late fifties or early sixties, but no... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWfdhMv_2hM I asked D whether her boyfriend, who is from Texas, did these in high school. She didn't believe me, but did ask and found out that they absolutely did. He was surprised to learn that she'd never heard of them and that we didn't do that up north. Did you have high school traditions like this? Things that you just accepted as the norm, only to learn later in life that folks from other places found those traditions to be positively strange? Minor figure skating kind-of linkage: There's a girl partway through the video who really looks a lot like Tara Lipinski did, and I know Tara came from Sugarland. I wonder if she ever had a mum?