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So this is grinding ... you learn something new every day

by Mike McFeely

The Forum newspaper of Fargo-Moorhead, trying to capitalize on a good number of Web page views garnered the previous day by its corporate partner the Grand Forks Herald, committed a large piece of its front page today (above the fold in the print edition) to a story about dance rules at local high schools.

Here is the online version of the story, which includes the revelation that the Fargo's Catholic Shanley High School is offering dance classes to its students so that they don't "just have to freewheel it out there." Because nothing spells fun at a high school dance like non-freewheel dancing. Eight students showed up for the first dance class, and 11 for the second.

I admit, though, the newspaper article online was instructive to me. I always believed -- probably because I didn't take dance classes in high school -- that the dancing in question, "grinding," was a groin-to-groin affair. Apparently, and color me a nerd, "grinding" is more of a groin-to-buttocks affair. AND the groins and buttocks in question can either be that of the male or female variety. 

And even better, just in case you weren't clear on what "grinding" is, the Forum assigned one its artists to make a graphic showing exactly what grinding is.

Be careful before you look. This graphic is graphic.

If I was the parent of the girl on the left, my bigger issue would be why her skirt is so short and why she is topless. But that's just me. Old-fashioned and all.

 Illustration courtesy of The Forum

(Mike McFeely is a talk-show host on KFGO-AM in Fargo, N.D. He can be reached at mike.mcfeely@mwcradio.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcFeelyKFGO.)