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Learning recipes?

Posted by Sphinx on August 24, 2003

W:My political science class has been teaching me about the history of women in the US.
M:Sounds interesting. Learn any new recipes?
W:No that funny actually. Did you realize up until the 1850's, women didn't have equal rights to men?
M:Sorry, I wouldn't have made that joke if I had realized it was such a recent issue.

(What are recipes here? Why it is a joke?)