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December 19, 2013

Some things just mystify us

Even in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we still seem to encounter things which leave us wondering what on earth people are thinking. We are simply amazed at what we learn.

For example, while shopping at a local store, we encountered at the check-out counter a Baby Ruth candy bar. And while it brought back memories of our purchasing said candy bar as we trudged home from school years and years and years ago, we also found the candy bar wrapper was not quite what we remembered. Emblazoned across one end of it was “4 Grams Protein per Bar.” Naturally we had to buy it in order to investigate this new claim.

Did this claim mean there was some redeeming quality to a Baby Ruth candy bar? In the small print we read, “Good to Know: Roasted peanuts are the main source of protein in Baby Ruth and add a satisfying crunch.”

Our hopes soared, until we read the list of ingredients. And try as we might, the fact that the first ingredient listed, and thus the largest percentage of the candy bar, was sugar, quite wiped out the value of the four grams of protein claim. Yet somebody, somewhere, must have thought pushing protein in a candy bar would increase sales. And unfortunately, it did. Had it not been for the claim, the Baby Ruth candy bar would still be on the store shelf.

We also are somewhat bemused about a statement made in a recent article on gas drilling bans in Hartwick and Meredith. Such bans were deemed an “... opportunity for ... residents to define the type of community they wish to live in while blocking ‘unfettered industrialization.’”

Now we have no idea what the person quoted might have meant by “unfettered industrialization” but all we could imagine is something akin to Gary, Indiana, circa 1958, rising from the slopes of the Sleeping Lion. And we just can’t imagine such development will happen any time soon. In the over 200 years of history, excluding the possible production of potash, we don’t think there has been any industrialization, unfettered or otherwise. And we are not expecting it to happen any time soon.

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