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Friday, April 2, 2021

Hello again. Spring has sprung. Or not. Depends where you are, really. But, you know, metaphorically, I like to think we're coming out of a cold, dark winter into a bright new day, where birds are chirping, the grass is dewy, etc. Whatever it's like in your neck of the woods, I think we can all agree that it's about to be the weekend, and that's a nice thing. Pour yourself a steaming cup of coffee or take a big old bite of a cu d'ane and settle in - it's time for the newsletter.

The forgotten medieval fruit with a vulgar name

The forgotten medieval fruit with a vulgar name

Medieval Europeans were fanatical about a strange fruit that could only be eaten rotten. Then it was forgotten altogether. Why did they love it so much? And why did it disappear? [The BBC knows how to write an enticing hed & subhed - ed]

Item 2: a list

Feels like they're really pushing the grape here.

Runts flavors, ranked (current lineup)

  1. Strawberry
  2. Banana
  3. Orange
  4. Green Apple
  5. Grape

Bonus: discontinued Runts flavors, ranked:

  1. Cherry
  2. Lime
  3. Pineapple
  4. Mango
  5. Blue Raspberry
  6. Watermelon

* Note / double bonus: the original flavors would be ranked as follows: (strawberry, banana, cherry, orange, lime)

Item 3: a media recommendation

“Survival of the fittest - that’s how it works with citrus.”

Item 4: a photograph

Still Life With Peeled Lemon, 1650s (courtesy of The Frickin' Louvre, acquisition details: military conquest)

Thanks for reading. See you next time.