Who Invented Goober Grape?
I have these odd “why?” thoughts that pop into my head frequently. At times I picture these thoughts as if they are kernels of popcorn simmering in one of the old fashioned oil poppers. They start as a seed then simmer for a bit before they explode in my brain like a little bit of air and fluff with that annoying kernal that will be stuck in my teeth for hours. I will worry it with my tongue without ceasing rather than grab a bit of floss to get it out.
My husband used to refer to these thoughts as my “blue food moments” because the first time he witnessed one escape the confines of my brain, I had looked at him in the middle of a completely irrelevant conversation and asked, “Why are raspberry ice pops blue?” This was and remains a valid question to me. Raspberries are either red or black...not blue. If you crush them you get a mush that in no way resembles anything blue. It really makes no sense. Orange flavored pops are orange. Strawberry are red. Lime is green and so on. None of the other flavors have coloring causing them to resemble anything other than what they should be.
I have had so many of these random little thoughts that in an effort not to clog my brain I have a file in My Documents simply named “Why”.
One of the most nonsensical things I have seen is Goober Grape. If you're not familiar with this food item, it is a jar containing alternating vertical strips of peanut butter and grape jelly. Has our society become so lazy that it is too taxing for us to open separate jars of peanut butter and jelly? Neither one of these are items that use a large amount of space so it's not an attempt at space saving. I keep my peanut butter in my pantry and my jelly in the refrigerator. If I were to purchase Goober Grape I would have to choose where to store it. If I opted for the refrigerator, the peanut butter would be so hard I wouldn't be able to spread it. If the pantry won the toss, the jelly would get watery and runny and soak into the bread and that seems very unappealing. No, Goober Grape is something that just shouldn't be. It goes against the laws of the sacred PB&J sandwich. Peanut butter is to be spread on one side of the bread and jelly is to be spread in globs on the other side. Then the peanut butter side is flipped onto the jelly side and as the sandwich is eaten flavors are allowed to mingle as you chew filling your mouth with yumminess.
Don't even get me started on make-up mirrors in cars....that's a whole different rambling.