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The Pringles Food Pyramid

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Many people are careful about what they eat, striving to eat a balanced diet each day. When my dear wife Becka used to teach nutrition, she covered the USDA's Food Pyramid with her students. If you click on the thumbnail picture of the food pyramid on the right, you can see a larger version of it. If you would like to read more about it, you can go to the official USDA site or to another site that has several optional food pyramids.

You may be wondering what all that has to do with Pringles. Let me explain. Our grandson Drew, who just turned 3 on March 9, loves Pringles. I've never been crazy about Pringles, especially if "real potato chips" were available. (My wife and I grew up on Ballreich potato chips in northwestern Ohio, and so we judge all other potato chips by them.)

Recently I ran across a picture online that was a little disturbing — three flavors of Pringles that I had a hard time believing really existed. It started me on some online searching whereby I discovered not only that they do indeed exist, but they are among many other surprising flavors of Pringles — I found over 80 in all! This post is much longer than usual, but it's almost entirely pictures that I think you will enjoy looking at.

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The Pringles brand of potato crisps was first sold in the United States in October 1968, originally known as "Pringle's Newfangled Potato Chips." Procter & Gamble chose the "Pringles" name from a Cincinnati telephone book, having been inspired by the street name of Pringle Drive, simply due to "its pleasing sound." According to the patent, Pringles were invented by Alexander Liepa of Montgomery, Ohio, and Gene Wolfe developed the machine that cooks them. Other snack manufacturers objected, saying that Pringles failed to meet the definition of a potato "chip" — Pringles have less than 50% potato content. Pringles eventually opted to rename their product "potato crisps" instead of chips. This led to other issues in the United Kingdom, though, where the term "potato crisp" refers to the product that Americans call "potato chips" and where "chips" are French fries. (Complicated, isn't it?)

Below are pictures of the kinds of Pringles I found online.
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Giving Up Chocolate?

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At this time of year, some people give up something dear to them for Lent. I've never attended a church that taught this practice, and my only experience with it is growing up in a neighborhood with a lot of kids whose families gave up things for Lent. My young friends would give up things like popsicles, which was not difficult at that time of year in Ohio. Anyway, today's blog post is from an e-mail this week that made me LOL. (Thanks, Joe!) This might make anyone who gave up chocolate for Lent or for any other reason wonder why in the world they did.

Giving Up Chocolate?
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I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner.

I took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy chocolate with it instead of dinner?"

"No, I had to stop eating chocolate years ago," the homeless woman told me.

"Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?" I asked.
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A Dozen Random Signs

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Sometimes my blog posts of signs have a unifying theme, but today's signs are just random — some that readers have sent me and some that I've run across on the web.

I'm fairly sure that this business meant that only senior citizens would be eligible for the special price, but the sign just doesn't read that way.

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Where is the WC?

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If you've traveled overseas, especially in Europe, you are probably familiar with the abbreviation WC in public places. The letters stand for water closet (toilet). In Germany I was surprised to see that in some places they use the abbreviation 00 (double zero, or Null-Null in German, Null rhyming with pool). I read somewhere that it began in hotels with numbered rooms — the idea being that 00 would not be confused for a sleeping room. My mind always saw it as the letter "O" twice and I would think "uh-oh!"

Today's iv is the result of subject matters in two of my French classes this week. We just learned about the letter combination WC in my second semester French class yesterday. The initials WC always make me think of a classic bit of humor I first heard as a high schooler. When I asked my class if they had ever heard the story about the Wayside Chapel, I was surprised that only 2 of the 25 students admitted to having heard it before.

In my 17th Century French Literature class we are reading L'Avare (The Miser) by Molière. Some of Molière's comedy is based on quiproquo (from the Latin quid pro quod = something for something, the idea of one thing for another thing) in which a misunderstanding is caused by each person's talking about one thing while the other person is understanding something else. The result can be quite funny, as in today's blog post.
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Please, Help Me Understand Economics!

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This past week, in an assembly of all the university students and faculty, an administrator explained changes forthcoming in the basic core courses that all of our students must take at BJU. One of the new courses that will be required for graduation is Foundations of Economics. With all the difficulties people in today's world are having with debt, this should be a great course to give our young people information that could help them avoid personal financial disaster.

I find the world's economy far more mystifying than personal finances. The following picture from despair.com almost makes sense to me.

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Today I'm posting some cartoons, informative pictures, and funny pictures on the subject of economics and the economy.
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