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May 16, 2005 |

Dear Garrison,
I am a long-time listener to PHC, and it finally dawned on me that you could answer a question that has teased me now and then for many years. Years ago, when I was a student at the University of Michigan, I knew a guy from Minnesota who was pleasant enough, but quite shy, and awkward, and ill-at-ease, and one day I invited him to a Tiger baseball game and there I noticed to my horror that he was eating a bag of peanuts whole, shell and all. I told him the obvious (so I thought) that you crack the shell off and eat the nuts and he said, "This is how we eat peanuts in Minnesota."

So my question is, Is this really how Minnesotans eat peanuts?

Rich Crawford
Ann Arbor, MI.

Rich, I do not eat peanuts that way, not at baseball games or anywhere else. But if someone from Michigan is nearby, I like to place the peanut on his skull and crunch it with my fist.

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