Someone who was hovering over a toaster, waiting for her two poptarts just told me about a time when she and some of her co-workers had an encounter with a flamming pop tart and toaster. Apparently as she said, “yeah, no, it’s a thing, look it up on the internet, you have to watch them carefully they can catch on fire…there is something in the frosting that sticks and won’t let it pop up and it is very flammable, so the flames were continually shooting out of the toaster…I was afraid but I pulled the tray it was on away from the wall so it wouldn’t catch the wall on fire, it kept flamming until someone came along and carried it on the tray it was on, outside and we dumped water on it.” That is what people are eating! Flammables! Wow.
So glad for this blog, I had to tell this story…frequently in casual food conversations I am resisting an urge to offer unasked for information…all I let slip was, “Is that some form of glue?” The rest of the experience was just somewhere between mystical and ludicrous…
…here I am watching this kind person, who looks like someone who eats poptarts regularly, now walking with her own burnt poptarts, calmly telling me this frightful story…all I could do was just take it all in. I remember when I was very young, having a habit of eating two frozen fudge poptarts at 5 am while watching cartoons, now I am looking at those poptarts she is walking with and they really appear to me more unfood than charred cardboard…it just was and it just is. I see worse regularly at work. It just is. It is in a really big way.
If she were sliding down a 50 foot spiraling bannister I am certain it would have been easier to respond. It was just so absurd that I became slightly tongue tied. Of course while she is telling me this story none of the light bulbs are going off (no connection between flammable and non-edible) and I am watching this, I suppose there just “is no choice” at the moment and she “has to” eat that stuff because…fill in the blank with the storyline. And that is just how it is right now for her.
I kept thinking isn’t it nice rawfoodists don’t have the problems associated with eating highly flammable materials.
People look at us and gasp, Oh my HOW do you do it? Well eating raw has its challenges but nothing like those of eating things that will destroy a toaster.