Summit Up 5-29-10: Curious about corn
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that was very nearly almost hot on Friday as we walked to lunch in Frisco. The sun was shining, there was a jazz trio playing down the street (cool!) and people were out wearing shorts and T-shirts and little teeny-tiny mini-skirts that we didn’t notice at all. And, unlike Memorial Days of the past when hapless campers get caught in the snow and sleet, the weather forecast is sunny and warm all through the weekend.
Speaking of sweet, we were wondering about sweet corn, which is starting to show up in the grocery stores. What’s up with people who stand there peeling (or, OK, shucking) the corn right there in the store? Sure, we know that every once in a while you get a bad ear, but when the stuff is so cheap, we figure it’s a risk you’ve gotta take. We can’t be bothered going to all that trouble. Are we missing the boat here or something? If anyone has an inside info on this in-store corn-shucking phenomenon, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a crappy driver? Of course not: No one thinks that about themselves, do they? But we know there are lots of crappy drivers out there – we’re just pretty sure none of them are us.
We have a press release here from someone or other that tells us Colorado drivers in Colorado rank 24th in the country for driving knowledge. This is based on a test administered annually by GMAC that polls drivers from all 50 states on their driving knowledge by asking them 20 question.
MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: Who’s the worst?
SU: New York
MSUR: The best?
SU: Kansas. But hey, it’s easy to be a good driver in Kansas, right? You don’t really even have to steer much, do you?
Anyway, the point is a lot of folks don’t know diddly about the rules o’ the road, which makes us worry as we come up on peak driving season up here. There’s going to be a whole lotta Mr. Magoos in ginormous RVs toolin’ around cluelessly, we’re pretty sure, and as usual we’ll be sporting our best defensive driving postures when the 50-foot long Prowler that’s towing a Jeep comes hurtling out of nowhere to accost us.
If you’d like to test your driving smarts, you can check out the 20 questions at http://www.gmacinsurance.com. Tell us how you did … or, better, yet, don’t.
Well, what next?
MSUR: How about some strange facts?
SU: OK, here goes, from, oddly enough, http://www.strangefacts.com, where they love their exclamation points!
• Every day 20 banks are robbed. The average take is $2,500!
• Tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating!
• Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!
• The names of Popeye’s four nephews are Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye, and Poopeye!
That’s it, folks, we’ve gotta run. Have a great Mem-Day weekend and be safe!
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