Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Nuts to you

I'm quite fond of nuts.  Ever see "Best In Show?"  No? 
Here's a sampling for you that illustrates my post for today:
Harlan Pepper: "I used to be able to name every nut that there was. And it used to drive my mother crazy, because she used to say, "Harlan Pepper, if you don't stop naming nuts," and the joke was that we lived in Pine Nut, and I think that's what put it in my mind at that point. So she would hear me in the other room, and she'd just start yelling. I'd say, "Peanut. Hazelnut. Cashew nut. Macadamia nut." That was the one that would send her into going crazy. She'd say, "Would you stop naming nuts!" And Hubert used to be able to make the sound, he couldn't talk, but he'd go "rrrawr rrawr" and that sounded like Macadamia nut. Pine nut, which is a nut, but it's also the name of a town. Pistachio nut. Red pistachio nut. Natural, all natural white pistachio nut.
Today I'm enjoying peanuts by the handful.
Planters Peanuts
Planters Kettle Roasted Peanuts
They are salty and extra-crunchy.
In case you didn't know, peanuts are not actually a nut. 
This reminds me of an anecdote that will mean absolutely nothing to anybody who didn't go to my high school and who didn't have Mr. Kline for Environmental Ag.  Which is pretty much all of you.
Let me preface this story by saying that when I was in college, my roommates used to call me Rose Nyland because of penchant for telling pointless stories such as this: 
When you grow up in a farming community the schools have Agriculture or Ag classes. Environmental Ag was a required class in 7th or 8th grade. I wish I could tell you what, if anything, I learned in that class other than the peanut is not a nut.  It is a legume.  And how I remember this is because whenever Mr. Kline would say "legume", he would kind of say it out of the corner of his mouth and draw it out....."leeguuuume" and jut out his lower lip while saying it.  
The End
Now tell me, what have we learned today?


Melody said...

1) that you live in the sticks
2) your teachers were odd

Dana said...

That you are a nut!

Ami said...

It's nuts to name nuts. Especially when they're legumes.

34 Years said...

I've learned that your mind is vast, and slightly frightening.

We had vo-ag in my high school, but it was a separate building, and we weren't required to take a class. I did have homeroom over there, and the horses would often stroll right by the tennis courts during matches.

I don't eat nuts. A brazil nut shut my throat once and now I just stay away from all nuts, including legumes that pose as nuts.

Who knew?

i am p. said...

that you love legumes?

Bethany said...

What exactly is a legume? I always thought it was a bean. "Eat lots of legumes. They're good for you." So the Abs Diet says. I had no idea peaNUTs were not nuts. That's nuts!

Knitting Kris said...

I apparently didn't learn anything in that particular class, as I don't recall anything like that. I don't even recall taking that class. You should still live here. They've advanced some, not a lot, but some.

Liz said...

I probably would have loved an evironmental agriculture class. And I enjoyed the image of Mr. Kline jutting out his lower lip. :)