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A number of incidents involving animal throwing have been reported in West Point, Miss., leading one to the conclusion that the sport is the new fad for those to whom cow-tipping is just too passé.

Mayor of Lebanon Sends Chain Letter
The Mayor of Lebanon was not available to comment after he discovered that the Make-A-Wish chain letter that he sent to 33 other businessmen was a hoax.

Woman Sues Over Fake Avocado Dip
A Los Angeles woman has filed a lawsuit against Kraft, claiming that what they label as guacamole... well, isn't.

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Posted on Wed Dec 20, 2006


Sheesh... I know how to make REAL guacamole and it isn't that hard... I can only assume that Kraft is saving a ton of money on inferior ingredients and marketing it as the genuine article... I doubt it is anywhere near as good as the real deal.

OMG... there is a pig toss game (Pass the pig) online: http://www.begent.org/games/pigs/piggame.htm
Posted by oppiejoe  in  Michigan - USA  on  Wed Dec 20, 2006  at  06:55 AM
Yum, food flavored food, my favorite!
Posted by N E O  in  Everywhere and nowhere  on  Wed Dec 20, 2006  at  08:41 AM
Well, if Altria has been so dishonest over the years with their cigarette brands, I really don't see why anyone would expect them to be honest with their guacamole.
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Wed Dec 20, 2006  at  11:01 AM
Well, that's what you get for buying guac in a can, sheesh. Guacamole is one of those things you can't really package anyhow. Heck, it's hard enough to keep it in the fridge for more than a day without it getting gross.
Posted by MadCarlotta  in  Canada  on  Wed Dec 20, 2006  at  11:28 AM
Whatever's in that Kraft package, it's definitely not guacamole.

I don't think the problem is so much that real guacamole ingredients (mainly fresh avocadoes)are expensive as that they are highly persihable. As MadCarlotta says, the real thing goes bad in a very short time. Kraft's marketing systems need something with a longer shelf life (think of Velveeta, which lasts practically forever, to the extent that it ever was edible), so the the company banks on being able to sell some sort green paste to people who don't know what real guacamole is.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Matagorda, Texas  on  Wed Dec 20, 2006  at  11:57 AM
The pig-tossing story reminds of the Moose Dropping Festival, which is held every year in Talkeetna, Alaska. The Talkeetna town hall gets lots of angry calls and letters from animal lovers who want to know how far they drop the moose, whether the moose wears protective gear, and so on.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Blanket, Texas  on  Wed Dec 20, 2006  at  12:02 PM
Dammit, I wish I had sued over that first. If I had know I could, I would of!
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Wed Dec 20, 2006  at  03:37 PM
Just what is guacamole anyway? Is there an offical recipe or a law that says it must contain avacado? I think most people who make their own put other in things besides avacodo (mayo, spices, etc). As long as Kraft didn't put avacado on the list of ingredients, which by law must state the contents in order of their percentage of volume (in Canada anyway, I assume it is similar in the USA), then this person doesn't have a case. Duh, read the label before you buy.
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Wed Dec 20, 2006  at  05:29 PM
I was going to post something but decided not to.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Wed Dec 20, 2006  at  05:52 PM
Guacamole is practically defined by avocado. It's like making egg salad without the eggs. Sorry, I can't think of a better example.
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Wed Dec 20, 2006  at  06:00 PM
Your example is an excellent one however if the list of ingredients on the label of Kraft Guacamole doesn't say avocado, then you can't expect it to be there no matter what they call it. There are many examples of products on the market that are not what they appear to be. I have a recipe for bacon and eggs that doesn't use bacon. Scallops sold in grocery stores are often not really scallops. Then there's Chilean sea bass...

If I remember correctly, Alex had a section about this in 'Hippo Eats Dwarf'. Consumers need to be more aware of this type of marketing and if they disapprove they should vote with their wallets and not buy it. Companies will get the message when it hurts their bottom line. I think the person in this particular case is just looking to make a quick buck.
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Wed Dec 20, 2006  at  11:22 PM
Captain Al, guacamole can contain other things in addition to avocadoes, but it's not guacamole if it's not made chiefly of avocadoes, any more than you can have tomato sauce without tomatoes or potato chips containing no potatoes.

The word guacamole means, basically, mashed avocado salad. It comes from Mexican Spanish, in which "mole" means an edible paste or thick sauce (there are many other kinds of mole besides guacamole) and "aguacate" means avocado (the green or black fruit our British cousins call an "alligator pear"). If you buy a bag of "Sugar," you expect there to be some sugar in there, and if you buy "guacamole," you have a right to expect some avocadoes in it.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Blanket, Texas  on  Thu Dec 21, 2006  at  04:33 PM
...Begin Sarcasm...
We're so proud of our mayor, here in Lebanon.
...End Sarcasm...

His first months in office seemed so smooth and well-reasoned. Then, he went all IDIOT on us.

Perhaps it was 9-11; it had the same effect on Bush.

I'm leaning towards some mental condition, like Reagnan's Alzheimer's. Some day we'll chide ourselves strongly for picking on the man.

Until then... DOOFUS!
Posted by BillF  in  Lebanon, PA  on  Fri Dec 22, 2006  at  04:27 AM
I just tried the link to the "mayor of Lebanon" story, but the story seems to be gone from that web site.:>(
Posted by Big Gary  in  Old Dime Box, Texas  on  Fri Dec 22, 2006  at  02:50 PM
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