Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Rush Limbaugh and Lay's potato chips:For real
, here's the transcript: (emp add)
RUSH: We have a 12-year-old young man from Petal, Mississippi, on the phone named Trent. And, Trent, welcome to the program. Glad that you called. How are you?
CALLER: I'm doing good. How are you?
RUSH: Well, I'm cool. I'm doing well today. Thank you.
CALLER: Well, I have a question.
RUSH: Well, you've called the right place.
CALLER: Ever since Obama's been elected, I used to buy chip bags at the store and they used to be all the way full, but now they're only half full. Why is that?
RUSH: Really? What kind of chips are we talking about here?
CALLER: Potato chips.
RUSH: What brand?
CALLER: The Lay's kind.
RUSH: The Lay's kind. So you're buying Lay's potato chips, and the bag is only half full now?
CALLER: Yes, that is correct.
RUSH: Since Obama was elected?
RUSH: Well, you know, I'm glad you told me. I eat potato chips, but I never see the bag. When I get 'em, they're already out of the bag.
RUSH: But this doesn't surprise me. Have you mentioned this to your parents?
CALLER: Yes, I have.
RUSH: What do they think?
CALLER: They really don't know.
RUSH: They really don't know.
CALLER: So I decided to call you and ask.
RUSH: Well, I think you're on to something. You're in Mississippi, and I don't think the mayor of New York has anything to do with what happens in Mississippi yet, but this is a toughie. Have you made this assessment on every bag of potato chips that you bought?
CALLER: Most of them.
RUSH: Most of them.
CALLER: Well, honestly, Trent, if what you say is true, it could be a sneaky way for them to avoid having to increase the published price. I don't know. See, the problem is, I don't know what the price for your bag of Lay's potato chips is today versus last year or --
CALLER: I think they've gone up about two dollars.
RUSH: Well, then my theory is wrong. The price has gone up two dollars, and the amount of potato chips in there has been cut in half?
RUSH: It sounds to me like the Lay's people, the potato chip people are hoarding product, anticipating, perhaps, economic drought, potato famine, maybe the Obama administration banning potato chips somewhere. Michelle would be the one to do that and they're just trying to save the product so they have supply. It could be that it's really not happening. It could just be that the contents of the bags are being shipped a longer distance to your store. In the process, they're settling more in the bag, making it look like the bag is only half full when it really isn't. Now, do you have a theory? Have you evolved a theory of your own to explain this?
CALLER: No, not really.
RUSH: But you think it's got something to do with Obama?
CALLER: Yes, I do, because he's raised the price of everything, and the quality and the quantity of stuff has gone down.
CALLER: So I think it's because of Obama.
RUSH: Well, that's hard to disagree with. Obama is not personally in charge of the price, but the things that have happened to the country economically have resulted in the cost of everything going up.
RUSH: For a host of reasons. Well, are you eating fewer potato chips now? Are your parents buying fewer bags.
CALLER: No. They're buying the same amount, but there just aren't as many in there.
RUSH: Well, if your parents don't have a problem, just buy more bags.
CALLER: Yes, sir. Thank you.
RUSH: All right.
stupidest exchange I've heard recently.....
The chips are sold by weight.
The air in the bag (pure nitrogen, actually, to increase shelf life, as oxygen will degrade the flavor over time) is there to inflate the bag, encapsulating & cushioning the chips.
That's why the bags are half full (of chips) and resemble a pillow.
The net weight is printed right on the bag.
I could cause Rush to be totally apoplectic: I went to France this summer. I bought French Lays potato chips (saveur bolognaise). Worse, I paid for them with Euros.
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