Les moustachus revendiquent une réduction d’impôts.
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People with mustaches demand a tax deduction.
Yep, that’s right, and it’s happening right here in the US. Of course, I think it’s all a big April Fool’s joke, a month early. From the venerable French paper Le Monde, here’s the report.
The article is full of fun, starting with the very headline, rasé de frais. The expression rasé de près means close-shaven, but replacing près with the rhyme frais changes the meaning to something like shaving expenses.
You’ll also encounter the word farfelu, which means goofy, farfetched. Then there’s the expression tiré par les cheveux , literally pulled by the hair, another expression meaning farfetched.
And don’t miss the description of the planned march on Washington, the Million Mustache March. You have plenty of time to pack your bags for that. It doesn’t take place until… April 1.
If you ask me, this is not about the $250 annual (supposed) cost of mustache maintenance and upkeep. Plenty of women could claim many times that amount for hair upkeep. The way the video is all decked out in red, white, and blue, I think someone is making fun of American political campaigns. This year’s is particularly full of strange stuff. Read it and have a good laugh. It’s good for your health.
*Some mobile phones, such as Blackberries, won’t display the audio player. If no player appears, here’s an alternative link to the audio file: