The fine line between enforcing the rules and being ridiculous

A note sent home from a Canadian day care saying that a mom had been charged $10 for a pack of Ritz crackers because her child's meal didn't have the required 2 grains. The note fully says "Meals that are provided to children (by either the center or the parent) are required to have: 1 milk, 1 meat, 2 grain, and 2 fruits/vegetables. According to licensing guidelines, the center is required to supplement lunches that contain anything less than this. Today you were missing Grain -1. Had meat, potatoes, mlk, carrots, organge. Your account will be charged $10.00. Motion: Parents will be charged $5 per child, per item missing, if the child's lunch is not a balanced meal according to the Canadian Food Guide effective April 17/12. Carried.

The mother, Kristen Bartkiw from Manitoba, sent homemade roast beef, potatoes, milk, carrots, and an orange for her kids’ lunch that day. Because the lunch was missing its second grain, the school gave her kids Ritz crackers to ‘supplement’ the meal and she was subsequently charged $10 ($5 per kid).

Now the price sounds ridiculous for a pack of crackers, but I understand setting it high like that to encourage parents to pay close attention and make sure they’re sending a fully balanced meal. And hey, if they don’t want to go through that effort, I’m sure the school provides a balanced lunch they can choose to buy instead.

The part I find ridiculous is that a pack of crackers doesn’t logically make this meal that much better for the kids. I read in one article that quoted the school worker (or maybe it was a daycare worker?) as saying that she could send microwave Kraft dinner with them every day and it would count as the grain.

I know they’re just enforcing the rules and if they let one bit slide, then it opens it up to a lot of interpretation and conflict….. but come on. Is it really worth their time to go around to every meal and count to make sure each kid has the right number of each type of food? And even if they somehow have nothing better to do, this is no way guarantees the kids will even EAT those foods, so what’s the point?

If I were in this boat, I would probably just toss an extra pack of crackers into the bag every day and be done with it. I don’t think having two grains is nutritionally better for them and would rather add more veggies or fruits if the kids would eat them. I had a hard enough time making sure the bento boxes I used to make had all the right proportions as it was….but to try to make sure I was fitting the school’s guidelines, too, by having separate grains instead of a single, larger portion of one? Ugh.

Finger food – Man eats his own finger

cannibalism, news | June 4, 2013 | By

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Shockingly enough, the above picture is actually the least disgusting or uncomfortable picture I could find for a “dead” finger….

Anyway, David Playpenz recently hit the odd news world because he cooked and ate his own finger.
In his defense, it’s worth noting that the finger was already “dead”.” he lost it during a motorcycle accident and instead of letting the doctors throw it away, he asked to keep it. Apparently, this is something you’re allowed to do and so he took it home with him. He had been curious about cannibalism and what human meat might taste like, so this was his chance.

As bizarre as it is, I think it’s kind of awesome that he went for it. I don’t think I could eat my own finger, even if I were interested in the taste, but I suppose it’s no creepier than wanting to try someone else’s flesh, right?

I’m kind of impressed that one of his vegan friends was actually one to approve of his taste-test. S/he was okay with it because David had his own permission (whereas animals don’t). He’s also keeping the bones so that he didn’t truly ‘lose a part of himself’. To each his own!

How do you open a coconut?

coconut, humor, news | May 21, 2013 | By

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I would generally say that you should grab a hammer and go at it, but this guy has a different method. O.o

Apparently Old Mr. T up there uses just his teeth, though, and can shuck 500 coconuts in 6 hours (his record is 8 seconds for a single coconut). Why on earth he would want to do that, I don’t know, but it is pretty impressive that the 64 year old’s teeth are still holding up to the torture.

He’s peeled over 100,000 coconuts this way. Either he REALLY loves coconuts….or he really, really hates them and this is his way of taking his anger out on them.