Friday, August 25, 2006

Stoppage Time

Nutty Conversation

It was a pretty slow week at work this week, which of course means that the office clowners (of which I am part of), came up with some really “interesting” conversational topics. My favorite one this week was this: A nut can be considered a seed, but is a seed also a nut? We mulled it over for a good ½ hour and came up with the conclusion that even though a nut is technically a seed, seeds can’t be considered nuts for the following reasons:

1. You usually eat the stuff around seeds (for instance, with apples and oranges), but nuts kind of just grow on their own, with nothing but a hard shell surrounding them.
2. Most nuts are edible, and taste good, but you wouldn’t want to eat apple seeds and orange seeds.
3. Nuts have a much harder outer shell than seeds do (I’m not sure what this means, and why this means that nuts are different, but we decided that this had to be a reason).

However, some things do not fit into this list:

1. Sunflower seeds and Pumpkin seeds don’t fit in this explanation, as both are very edible and very delicious.
2. Potatoes can be planted and grown, as well as onions, but we can’t consider them nuts, can we?

This might be the next big argument, after the big debate on planets that has just taken place (Pluto will always be a planet in my eyes, dammit!).

Just a few funny quotes from this week:
1. “You like killing deer, I like killing beer.” This was a conversation between a coworker who loves to hunt, and me.
2. “You might need to branch out into crazy.” I can’t remember what we were talking about here at work, but I think it was an idea for a new business product.


Jeff said...

Some nuts contain seed, and you wouldn't want to eat either.

Every week I watch cockpit videos from flight test, with the pilots miked. I wish I could share those quotes, but they're proprietary. Dang.

Rev. Smokin Steve said...

Your government dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen!

Steph said...

You REALLY need to find something productive to do with your time my friend.

Los said...

Jeff - It is a fascinating conversation point, really.

Smokin' - I try to stay out of the political chat stuff.

Steph - Believe it or not, I've heard that before