Ahh, the Amish. That peculiar unfamiliar American religious sect perceived by most as as simple folk enjoying a fancy-free lifestyle that predates the industrial revolution.
They're a group of Christian followers that enforce strict religious doctrine topped off with a small amount of Luddite craziness. Locally they're known for shunning technology, awful bowl-cut hair styles, birthing offspring on the hour, tireless agriculture and taking bi-annual showers.
Believing in literal interpretations of Biblical texts and possessing a desire to shy away from contemporary society, the Amish exist in a prosaic farming world all to themselves.
Their existence is rather similar to M. Knight Shyalaman's rather poor movie "The Village" - but without the unnecessary "it was all set in modern times" twist.
The truth is the Amish are completely aware of current society and indeed as will be shown they sometimes take part in it. Yet many facets of their lives are a mystery to the general population and are often misunderstood.
So let's raise a barn, churn some butter and party like it's 1899 (thanks Weird Al) as it's time to dispel sixteen commonly held yet inaccurate Amish myths.
A Welsh semi-retired television producer and actor known for low end work that astonishingly people actually watched and even garnered some awards. Originally residing in the electrically-challenged Amish areas of Pennsylvania he has written a few books (Hollywood Pants and Hollywood Horrible Hints and Terribly Fake Tips vols 1 & 2) which you can buy on amazon and all great book stores.
After a brief stint in Australia he now finds himself back in the Welsh valleys of his home country noting that it hasn't changed a bit!