Wednesday, July 8, 2009

What's So Special About Ginger?

In preparing snacks for soccer camp this morning, I was struck with a thought about one of the components:
"Why are Ginger Snaps the only cookies that are 'snaps'?"

There are no Oatmeal Snaps or Vanilla Snaps. For that matter, why are some cookies 'wafers' and others are not? Is there a government Cookie Board of Standards that ensures proper application of the wafer designation based on ingredients, weight, density or some other obscure combination of factors?

Why does ginger ale, a staple of child home remedies for nausea, sun stroke and general weepiness, get to be the only soda pop available that is an 'ale'? Why not Cola Ale or Black Cherry Ale. And why is Root Beer a 'beer' since there is no brewing or fermentation involved in it's production. If I was feeling old-timey at the supermarket and asked for a bottle of sarsaparilla would the manager call Security?

And who would win in a fight between Dr Pepper and Mr Pibb? I bet Mr. Pibb would fight dirty.

17 comments:

JennyMac said...

Dr. Pepper sings and dances and asks "Wouldn't you like to be a pepper too?"

Mr. Pibb would beat ass. Hands down.

Always Home and Uncool said...

Very disappointed. I thought this post was going to be who's hotter on "Gilligan's Island" debate.

Irish Gumbo said...

Dammit, now all I can think about is cookies vs. wafers: what's the criteria? Hmmm...

And yeah, Mr. Pibb would mop the floor with that candy-ass Dr. Pepper...unless his secret identity is really "Dr. Pepper SPRAY"!

Daddy Geek Boy said...

"Who wants gingah snaps?"

Homer and Queen said...

Don't talk smack about ginger snaps, and I vote Marianne...

Anjeny said...

Yeah, why do you park in the DRIVEWAY and drive on the PARKWAY? LOL

I vote for Professor..lmao. The fight between Dr. Pepper and Mr. Pibb, doesn't matter which one of wins cuz Root Beer would still manage to wipe the floor with them. Sorry Trooper..I'm in some kind of a weird mood today. Love the post though.

ChocDrop said...

Dr. Pepper wins hands down...but ginger snaps, blech!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

I vote Marianne also because she has the same hair color as me!

Oh wait... I hate ginger snaps AND ginger ale...

but I do LOVE Root Beer!

Homemade root beer ferments doesn't it???

Susan said...

OH come ON... totally Dr. Pepper... Well, DIET Dr. Pepper that is.

And I don't think I've ever even tasted a ginger snap. 100% deprived.

ZenMom said...

Ginger is a diva.

In the 1800s Root Beer was actually fermented at very low alcohol levels ... like a small beer (about 2% alcohol).

I'm married to a brewer. Can you tell? :)

Oh, and ...

Always Home and Uncool: There is no debate. MaryAnn rules.

Miss Grace said...

Dude. Speaking as a ginger I must tell you that we are the only people worthy of special titles :)

Trooper Thorn said...

Jenny Mac: That song was sung by David Naughton who went on to star in "An American Werewolf in London" which was directed by John Landis who directed Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. I knew you didn't ask, but that's the kind of full serivce I can provide.

Always Home: Why would I waste everyone's time when we all know Mrs Howell was the hottest?

Irish: I always thought Dr. Pepper's secret identity was Ms. Pac-Man.

Daddy Geek: That's the best way to distract the kids from the news that their father's space vehicle has been taken over by giant space ants.

Homer and Queen: No smack, and Mrs. Howell was hottest.

Anjeny: And what's with the razor slot in the airplane bathroom? Are people shaving in their? No, I've never heard of Jerry Seinfeld...

ChocDrop: Try them together in a blender drink.

Shelle: You seem to suffer fromt eh same lack of concentration as I do. Ooh look, a chicken!

Susan: Do they have stores where you live?

ZenMom: You make me yearn for the olden days.

Miss Grace: Titles like "Accountant"?

Judy Lewd said...

i think they call them snaps because they get hard sooooooooooo fast... then you can *snap* them in half?

it's probably rooted back to some old school cookie company campaign or some old granny's who were sick of everything being a cookie... chocolate chip, oatmeal, peanut butter... it all gets so dull after a while.. got to spice things up!!!!!

Kathy B! said...

My money is totally on Mr. Pibb.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I'm with Kathy B! - my money is on Mr. Pibb. Though I don't drink either because I like neither. ;)

If you toss a cat out of a car window, is it considered 'kitty litter'?

Barefoot Dreamer said...

This is the funniest post (beside anything that Shelle writes ;) I have read.

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