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Tastes Like Chicken

A man's life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs (Luke 12:15) Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

When it comes to exotic dinner table delicacies -- especially meats -- when someone asks, "what does that taste like?" the predicable answer is, chicken! I am told that not only do frog's legs taste like chicken, but so does squab, turtle, alligator, quail, rabbit and rattlesnake -- to name just a few. And now, thanks to some enterprising food techs, we can add to that list . . . fingernails! That's right. According to a recent news item in the industry journal Adweek, "food technologists at McCormick, the spice company that provides Kentucky Fried Chicken's secret mix of 11 herbs and spices," were tasked with creating an edible nail polish. According to the report, "the nail polish flavors are sourced from natural ingredients and based on the brand's two favorite recipes -- Original and Hot & Spicy."

So, yes, fingernails can taste like chicken -- at least, the kind KFC sells.

To use the nail polish, the instructions advise, "consumers simply apply and dry like regular nail polish, and then lick -- again and again and again."

In our world of abundance, it seems there is no limit to the crass commercialism of things we just "plain, don't need!"

Today's Gospel Lesson includes a familiar parable of Jesus in which a wealthy farmer has an abundant harvest which creates a problem for him. He has more than he needs so what to do with all the grain? What to do with all the things the income from the grain has purchased?

He says to himself, "I'll tear down the barns and I'll build bigger barns, and I'll fill my bigger barns with all the grain and [...]

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