Archive for July, 2012

I always thought it was the alleged chocolate that threatened lives.

July 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Did you know that Kinder Eggs are outlawed in the USA because the toy inside is considered a choking hazard?  I heard a story about them being confiscated from Canadians who brought them as gifts for American friends and family; many thousands have been seized in recent years.

It seems like a shame to destroy this contraband and I like to think that the US border guards bend the rules and that in each crossing station, on a shelf in an office where civilians never go, the toys are assembled and sitting in orderly rows.

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“I grew up on government cheese; I prefer it”

July 8, 2012 Leave a comment

These words from comedian Tracy Morgan made me think:

Some people will pay a premium for halibut at the chippy, and I’ve even heard people refer to cod with a disdainful tone, but it’s a fish I ate a lot of growing up and the truth is that when a white fish is battered and fried it basically tastes the same to me no matter what it is.

Is it real snobbery or are faulty taste buds creating a type 1 error in my snob detector?  …which I like to think has a high specificity.



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How to win friends.

July 3, 2012 1 comment

Whenever I’ve eaten in public with a woman and these two conditions exist:

  1. I’ve finished first.
  2. The waitress has taken away my plate.

I’ve always wanted to say, “Come on!  When do I get a bite?” whenever somebody walks by the table.

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