PLEASE don’t ask, don’t tell. November 21, 2008Posted by ourfriendben in Ben Franklin, recipes, wit and wisdom.
Tags: reader queries, blog searches, Amish friendship bread/cake
Mercy on us. We have now officially received the most horrifying reader query in the history of Poor Richard’s Almanac. Our friend Ben, Silence Dogood, and Richard Saunders, who contribute to this blog, have considerable curiosity and fairly strong stomachs when it comes to the search terms people use to get to us. We can endure the abuse to our blog mentor and hero Benjamin Franklin when someone searches for “ben franklin bad inventions.” We love Springer spaniels and are unfazed by “llbean springer spaniel fabric.” We try to bear up under queries about stink bugs, palmetto bugs, and bugs in general, however queasy-making.
But oh, please. Grossout food queries are more than we’re prepared to take. One of Silence’s most-read posts is called “Amish friendship ‘bread’,” and it continues to attract readers (several thousand, in fact) many months after it first appeared on our blog. That is certainly flattering, and Richard and our friend Ben attempt to ignore Silence’s constant comments on the fact that it and our most-read post to date, “Super summer squash recipes,” were both written by her. But what we can’t ignore is the latest search the friendship bread post generated: “why chocolate friendship cake turns green.”
We have no idea why chocolate friendship cake turns green. But we certainly all turned green at the thought of it. Please, dear readers, if you know the answer to this burning issue, don’t share it with us: We really, really, really don’t want to know. We love our readers, and we (generally) find reader queries informative, enlightening, and (often) amusing. They have spurred us on to learn things we’d never have known and to contemplate ideas we’d never have considered. But please, oh please: Save the really gross questions for your kids. Not only will they appreciate them, unlike us, but we bet they’ll be able to find the answer.