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So "Smells Like Teen Spirit" came on the radio today, and it hit me for the first time in my life that it's probably not a song about  deodorant.  (Not that the lyrics help - Weird Al's version has the line "It's hard to bargle nawdle zouss(?) / With all these marbles in my mouth" and it's scary how much those lyrics sound exactly like the original . . .)

I went and looked up the lyrics and yeah, nothing deodorant-like in there.  But then I found the Wikipedia page and discovered that the title came from when one of Kurt Cobain's friends spray-painted "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" and he assumed it was some statement about him being a revolutionary and it turns out she really was saying he smelled like his girlfriend's deodorant, which was indeed called Teen Spirit.

So my assumption that the song was about deodorant was only half wrong  :P

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So "Smells Like Teen Spirit" came on the radio today, and it hit me for the first time in my life that it's probably not a song about  deodorant.  (Not that the lyrics help - Weird Al's version has the line "It's hard to bargle nawdle zouss(?) / With all these marbles in my mouth" and it's scary how much those lyrics sound exactly like the original . . .)

I went and looked up the lyrics and yeah, nothing deodorant-like in there.  But then I found the Wikipedia page and discovered that the title came from when one of Kurt Cobain's friends spray-painted "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" and he assumed it was some statement about him being a revolutionary and it turns out she really was saying he smelled like his girlfriend's deodorant, which was indeed called Teen Spirit.

So my assumption that the song was about deodorant was only half wrong  :P

I really hope that's true, because if so, that's hilarious! I'm slightly older than DH and *the* key difference that results because of that is that he was at high school when Smells Like Teen Spirit was released and considers it ground breaking, earth shattering stuff, whereas I was already at uni and it was just that thing that stupid high school-ers were getting all worked up about  ::).  You know, quite catchy, not a bad song, but certainly not a religious experience. The deodorant story is good for at least one good teasing session  >:D
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It was only in the last year or so it finally dawned on me that Madness's "House of Fun" was about a teen boy trying to buy condoms on the sly. <facepalm>
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Not sure if I already posted this, but I just had ANOTHER conversation with my grandfather about corn.  specifically farina and hominy. 

I went to the grocery store last night and he asked me to find a box of farina.  I couldn't so I picked up Cream of Wheat which is a brand name farina product.  He insisted that Cream of Wheat was hominy and he HATED it, even after I pointed out the word farina on the box.

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Not sure if I already posted this, but I just had ANOTHER conversation with my grandfather about corn.  specifically farina and hominy. 

I went to the grocery store last night and he asked me to find a box of farina.  I couldn't so I picked up Cream of Wheat which is a brand name farina product.  He insisted that Cream of Wheat was hominy and he HATED it, even after I pointed out the word farina on the box.

Excuse me?  Hominy is made from corn.  cream of Wheat is made from wheat. 

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Not sure if I already posted this, but I just had ANOTHER conversation with my grandfather about corn.  specifically farina and hominy. 

I went to the grocery store last night and he asked me to find a box of farina.  I couldn't so I picked up Cream of Wheat which is a brand name farina product.  He insisted that Cream of Wheat was hominy and he HATED it, even after I pointed out the word farina on the box.

Excuse me?  Hominy is made from corn.  cream of Wheat is made from wheat. 

sigh...let me see if I can explain better.

He thought:
Farina = wheat
hominy = corn/grits
Cream of wheat = hominy that was milled more finely and rebranded to make people believe it's not corn

He likes farina, but refused to eat Cream of Wheat because of this.

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Check the baby food isle - that's where I found Farina last time. I prefer Cream of Wheat

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Check the baby food isle - that's where I found Farina last time. I prefer Cream of Wheat

thank you!  the only place that I know to find it is the Super Walmart in the completely opposite direction of where I was going.  The grocery store is somewhere he can walk to.    If I can find it there, I'll let him know

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Not sure if I already posted this, but I just had ANOTHER conversation with my grandfather about corn.  specifically farina and hominy. 

I went to the grocery store last night and he asked me to find a box of farina.  I couldn't so I picked up Cream of Wheat which is a brand name farina product.  He insisted that Cream of Wheat was hominy and he HATED it, even after I pointed out the word farina on the box.

Excuse me?  Hominy is made from corn.  cream of Wheat is made from wheat. 

sigh...let me see if I can explain better.

He thought:
Farina = wheat
hominy = corn/grits
Cream of wheat = hominy that was milled more finely and rebranded to make people believe it's not corn

He likes farina, but refused to eat Cream of Wheat because of this.

Wait, grits are corn? No wonder I've never liked them...

I'm very particular with corn. It has to be still in-kernel for me to consider eating it, and not in weird foods (like egg drop soup). It all makes so much sense now...

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Not sure if I already posted this, but I just had ANOTHER conversation with my grandfather about corn.  specifically farina and hominy. 

I went to the grocery store last night and he asked me to find a box of farina.  I couldn't so I picked up Cream of Wheat which is a brand name farina product.  He insisted that Cream of Wheat was hominy and he HATED it, even after I pointed out the word farina on the box.

Excuse me?  Hominy is made from corn.  cream of Wheat is made from wheat. 

sigh...let me see if I can explain better.

He thought:
Farina = wheat
hominy = corn/grits
Cream of wheat = hominy that was milled more finely and rebranded to make people believe it's not corn

He likes farina, but refused to eat Cream of Wheat because of this.

Wait, grits are corn? No wonder I've never liked them...

I'm very particular with corn. It has to be still in-kernel for me to consider eating it, and not in weird foods (like egg drop soup). It all makes so much sense now...

<sniff  :'(>  No cornbread, tortillas, Fritos...?
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PastryGoddess

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Not sure if I already posted this, but I just had ANOTHER conversation with my grandfather about corn.  specifically farina and hominy. 

I went to the grocery store last night and he asked me to find a box of farina.  I couldn't so I picked up Cream of Wheat which is a brand name farina product.  He insisted that Cream of Wheat was hominy and he HATED it, even after I pointed out the word farina on the box.

Excuse me?  Hominy is made from corn.  cream of Wheat is made from wheat. 

sigh...let me see if I can explain better.

He thought:
Farina = wheat
hominy = corn/grits
Cream of wheat = hominy that was milled more finely and rebranded to make people believe it's not corn

He likes farina, but refused to eat Cream of Wheat because of this.

Wait, grits are corn? No wonder I've never liked them...

I'm very particular with corn. It has to be still in-kernel for me to consider eating it, and not in weird foods (like egg drop soup). It all makes so much sense now...

<sniff  :'(>  No cornbread, tortillas, Fritos...?

It's ok...more for us :)

cwm

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Not sure if I already posted this, but I just had ANOTHER conversation with my grandfather about corn.  specifically farina and hominy. 

I went to the grocery store last night and he asked me to find a box of farina.  I couldn't so I picked up Cream of Wheat which is a brand name farina product.  He insisted that Cream of Wheat was hominy and he HATED it, even after I pointed out the word farina on the box.

Excuse me?  Hominy is made from corn.  cream of Wheat is made from wheat. 

sigh...let me see if I can explain better.

He thought:
Farina = wheat
hominy = corn/grits
Cream of wheat = hominy that was milled more finely and rebranded to make people believe it's not corn

He likes farina, but refused to eat Cream of Wheat because of this.

Wait, grits are corn? No wonder I've never liked them...

I'm very particular with corn. It has to be still in-kernel for me to consider eating it, and not in weird foods (like egg drop soup). It all makes so much sense now...

<sniff  :'(>  No cornbread, tortillas, Fritos...?

It's ok...more for us :)

Cornbread is iffy, I don't usually like it but there are rare exceptions. I'm okay with corn tortillas, but like flour ones better. Something in Fritos gives me migraines. Not worth it, even if I did like them before.

So yes, much more for you.

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Betelnut wrote:

"<sniff  :'(>  No cornbread, tortillas, Fritos...?"

She said "...not in weird foods."

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Cornbread is iffy, I don't usually like it but there are rare exceptions. I'm okay with corn tortillas, but like flour ones better. Something in Fritos gives me migraines. Not worth it, even if I did like them before.

So yes, much more for you.

Maybe your body just doesn't like corn -- the ingredients in regular Fritos are just corn, corn oil, and salt.

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Cornbread is iffy, I don't usually like it but there are rare exceptions. I'm okay with corn tortillas, but like flour ones better. Something in Fritos gives me migraines. Not worth it, even if I did like them before.

So yes, much more for you.

Maybe your body just doesn't like corn -- the ingredients in regular Fritos are just corn, corn oil, and salt.

It's not the corn, it has something to do with the processing most likely. Corn I'm fine with. Processed corn in tortillas I'm okay with, I just prefer flour. Cornbread is okay. Corn in soup is bizarre most times, but fine. But Fritos? Migraine. And it's not salt either, I can add that to anything if I wanted without any problems.

But it's okay, I don't like Fritos too much anyway, so I'm not missing out. Starburst, and Skittles, though, I am missing out on. :( (Again, with the migraines, but that's some sort of reddish dye they use.)