Okay, so these aren’t exactly the Shroud of Turin, but they’re still worth consideration. At least to me.
- Cows give us beef and veal. Pigs give us pork. Sheep give us mutton. Chickens give us…chicken. Why doesn’t chicken have a special name for its meat, distinct from the animal name?
- Speaking of chicken, why do we eat roast chicken with a fork and knife, but fried chicken with our hands? Is it because roast chicken usually comes whole? If chickens were fried whole, I’d still eat them with my hands.
- Why aren’t chickens fried whole?
- In many European languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, et al.), the word for the fruit orange is the same as the word for the color orange. It’s even the same in Vietnamese. Why aren’t other main colors named after food? Why isn’t “tomato” the word for “red”? Why is orange so special? There are lots of orange things in nature.
- Brunch is one of the great culinary inventions. Why isn’t there a similar meal between lunch and dinner? Maybe they should re-brand “early bird special” to “lunner” — that would fill the void and remove the stigma from people who like to eat dinner a little early. I smell an opportunity for Denny’s/Coco’s/Lyon’s…
- If you’re served bread at a restaurant and don’t eat it, the restaurant can’t serve it to another patron, even if you assure them that you didn’t touch it. On the other hand, salt and pepper (and often other condiments like ketchup and hot sauce) stay on a table forever, completely unsupervised by restaurant staff as patrons come and go. Anything an unscrupulous patron can do to bread, he could do to salt and pepper. Why are salt and pepper exempt from public health scrutiny?
- Why don’t they sell loaves of bread with the crust already cut off? I’m pretty sure nobody really likes the crust; they’re just shamed into eating it because cutting it off seems like a waste. Bakeries should just cut it off for us and use it for croutons or animal feed. At the very least, they should cut off the ends of the loaves. I’m 100% sure nobody likes the end pieces.
- Why is the remarkable spork relegated to kidsware and disposable packets from KFC? So simple and versatile, yet shunned by the mainstream silverware community.