I've been meaning to publish Bucky's guest post all day, but breaking news -- such as it is in my world -- and time-sensitive material kept distracting me. Luckily Bucky is out in the wilderness of Wyoming this weekend and can't check on me. I asked him if he had ever heard of internet cafes, but he just laughed at me and said this place doesn't even have a cafe. Or a place to buy groceries, for that matter. "Alcova, Wyoming isn't the end of the world, but you can see it from there," he told me. Quote of the day. Anyway, here's Bucky. EL
So, as I was doing research on RPIs in preparation for filling out my brackets this year, I ran across this: ...
Amount of junk food the average American eats in one year:
Refined white sugar – 100 pounds
Fats & Oils – 55 pounds
Soda – 300 cans/bottles
Chewing Gum – 200 sticks
Ice Cream – 80 quarts
Candy – 18 pounds
Potato Chips – 5 pounds
Other Snack Chips – 2 pounds
Doughnuts – 63 Dozen
Cookies & Cakes – 70 Pounds
(Let me note that I have a high level of mistrust for "averages." If you stand with one foot frozen in a block of ice and the other foot submerged in a bucket of boiling water, on average your feet are quite comfortable.)
What is clear is that, in several of these categories, I pull the average up. Soda, for example, although I drink diet soda, so I'm not sure if that counts or not. (I'm very confident that more than one Sandboxer will explain to me why it does.)
I eat way too much junk food. I'm a creature of habit, and this habit I blame primarily on Fizzies and Bosco. And on a guy we all called Pete the Painter, who took me to my very first McDonald's, a day I remember over 40 years later as clearly as if it was yesterday. And finally, on Dave Thomas who invented the drive-thru at precisely the same time I bought my first car, a '65 Pontiac Tempest.
But there was one thing that really struck me about that list. When the heck did chewing gum get classified as food?