A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
For centuries, burning heretics at the stake was a perfectly acceptable practice. Unfortunately, in recent history (400 years or so) it has fallen out of favour. Too bad! I think we should resurrect this little community activity, and get rid of one of the most undesirable members of our society – the food heretic. These are people who cause anguish and consternation among all good and decent people by refusing to follow accepted gastronomic doctrine. Here are a few examples:
Ketchup on eggs – Mother Nature has provided her children with the perfect food. In fact, except for that pesky cholesterol (the bogeyman of the 21st century) eggs have all the nutrients humans need to survive – and they taste good. So why would anyone drown them in faux pas tomato sauce? Ketchup is for fries only – FRIES ONLY! Besides, ketchup on eggs looks totally gross – like somebody just murdered a canary.
Opening snacks from the bottom of the bag/box – There are people (I’ve known a few) who don’t give a damn which end of the package they open. It’s as if they don’t understand that top is always above bottom. This is a law of physics as well as linguistics. For God’s sake! The writing on the package is upside down. UPSIDE DOWN! How can you even enjoy your snack, ya damn hoodlum?
Cutting pizza into squares – Since the days of Romulus and Remus, pizza has been cut into triangles. TRIANGLES! Okay, if you’re in Italy, you can eat your pizza with a knife and fork (When in Rome, etc, etc.) but everywhere else in the world, circles are cut into triangles so everyone gets an equal share. This is a basic rule of geometry. Sometimes I wonder how we ever even got to the Moon!
Milk in the bowl before the cereal – There are people who do this to children. CHILDREN! I have no words for this godawful habit.
Buttering toast with a sharp knife – Sharp knives are for cutting things; dull knives are for spreading things. If you absolutely must, you can cut your toast with a dull knife, but never, under any circumstances, stick a sharp knife in the butter. NEVER! People who are capable of that are capable of anything – theft, arson, extortion, socks and sandals, Hawaiian shirts with lederhosen? There’s just no end to it.
But the worst:
Randomly biting a KitKat™ — Since 1935, first Rowntree’s and now Nestle have been making KitKat bars to a specific standard. In those 80 plus years, this cute little snack has spread all over the world and mutated into a plethora of flavours — including soy sauce, sake and banana. And every minute of every day, someone, somewhere is carefully breaking a KitKat apart and eating it properly. Yet, every once in a while, a wild-eyed anarchist will rip open the package and just take a bite. A RANDOM BITE! And people are surprised that some religious nutbars are calling these The Final Days?