The other day I was surfing the internet, secure in my delusion that there aren’t too many things left that can surprise me.
You see where this is going, right? Yep, I got a surprise.
At first I thought it was only another instance of my self-diagnosed attention-deficit sexlexia, but on second glance I realized that I had actually read this label correctly: “Tiger nuts”. Skinned tiger nuts, no less. (Because I guess otherwise the fur would stick in your teeth…?)
I’ve seen and tasted a lot of nuts in my lifetime… (stop snickerin’, youse guys) but I’ve never encountered tiger nuts (other than the zoological variety; which I have no desire to examine closely, much less taste).
But apparently tiger nuts (the correct spelling is actually two words, not the self-consciously concatenated version on the label above) are a type of tuber, like potatoes and peanuts. Who knew? The same label also included a banner to cheerily remind us it’s “Not a nut!”
If only I could get somebody to say that about me.
But there’s no hope of that, because very soon after the tiger nuts, I ran across this product and my attention-deficit dyslexia kicked in hard:
I glanced at the side panel and thought it said “GoodFarts”. Standing there in the grocery lineup, I nearly burst a blood vessel trying not to giggle. The rest of the patrons eyed me suspiciously when I snapped a photo and turned away with my lips twitching, but fortunately nobody called the guys in the white suits.
My childish mind was part of the problem, but the urge to laugh came from another source, too. My mind immediately seized on the idea of a ‘good fart’ and began manufacturing scenarios in which a fart might be desirable… which led me to a fond memory of my ex-father-in-law (may his delightful soul rest in peace).
One day he went to Emergency with chest pain, so they got him onto a stretcher and attached the usual monitors and devices. No danger signs showed up, but the terrible pain persisted… until he finally belched and farted in quick succession. With an engineer’s inborn panache, he sat up on the stretcher and announced, “All systems: Go!” Everybody cracked up.
Now that’s a good fart. And he didn’t even need a ‘plant-based keto-friendly food bar’.
That product label makes me wonder, though: How many animal-based food bars are out there? Maybe they just heard about tiger nuts, too…