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Inventive Cubans hunt expensive fish using inflated condoms

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Juan Luis Rosello sat for three hours on the Malecon as the wind blew in from the Florida Straits, pushing the waves hard against the seawall of Havana’s coastal boulevard. As darkness settled and the wind switched direction, Rosello pulled four condoms from a satchel and began to blow them up. When the contraceptives were the size of balloons, the 47-year-old cafeteria worker tied them together by their ends, attached them to the end of a baited fishing line and…

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NYT on Sriracha: An All-American Sauce

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From the Editorial Notebook: I was disillusioned when I read in The Times that Sriracha sauce was invented in Los Angeles. I always assumed that the garlicky, tangy chili sauce I squirt with abandon on most of my food came from an exotic hamlet in Vietnam. Memories of prior disappointments came flooding back. As a teenager living in Mexico, I was sure Tabasco sauce was domestic. It’s hot. It shares a name with a big Mexican state. Depending on who…

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