Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Stupid Questions: Macadamia Nuts

In journalism, one of the most important things you have to learn is how to ask the right questions. In my day to day life I often hear very wrong questions like tonight at the grocery store for example.
A young woman holding a box of cookies turns to me and says, "What are macadamia nuts?"
I say, "A small tree nut usually from Hawaii, sweet and mild in flavor." I never know how to react to such questions except in an encyclopedic way.
She says, "Where would I find them?"
"The nut aisle probably."
"Ok. What are they called again?"
"Macadamia nuts?" I respond, slightly puzzled by her asking me about her own question.
"Ok, thanks. The nut aisle, right."
I still have no idea.

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