Friday, January 29, 2010


I spent the week wrestling with an assignment for Thinking about the "potatoness" of Pringles (which are technically only 40% potato flour).

Here's a relevant article:
The Lord Justice Hath Ruled: Pringles are Potato Chips
(Adam Cohen)
« Britain's Supreme Court of Judicature answered [in May 2009] a question that has long puzzled late-night dorm-room snackers: What, exactly, is a Pringle? With citations ranging from Baroness Hale of Richmond to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Lord Justice Robin Jacob concluded that, legally, it is a potato chip.

The decision is bad news for Procter & Gamble U.K., which now owes $160 million in taxes.

[Lord Justice Jacob] was dismissive of Procter & Gabmel's argument that to be taxable a product must contain enough potato to have the quality of "potatoness." This "Aristotelian question" of whether a product has the "essence of potato," he insisted, simply cannot be answered. »

Honestly, I've never really liked potato chips, especially not after a mind-numbing analysis of their "potatoness" and "essence." I don't particularly dislike Pringles - they're fairly tasty, and I like their shape, but about a third of the way down the cylinder, it starts becoming extremely annoying to keep digging for more.

And apparently they're just imposters, too.

. . .

"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
- J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye