Etiquette & superstition: nuts


I know one good joke about nuts, but you’ve probably heard it already so I’m not going to write it here. Also, it’s my mom’s birthday and I’m not sure she would like the joke I know about nuts. Actually she probably would, but I’m still not going to write it here.

ETIQUETTE: Most finger foods that you serve at the dining table are supposed to be served on a doily-covered plate or platter. One exception to this is food that is served in bowls, such as nuts. I haven’t found any explanation as to why things in bowls don’t need doilies, but anyway: hooray, nuts!

SUPERSTITION: A person who gathers nuts on September 14th is sure to meet Satan on his excursion. As noted in Poor Robin’s Almanack of 1670, meeting the devil on this trip will likely “scare him worse than a rosted shoulder of mutton will do a hungrie man.” Yeah, I’m not a fan of mutton either.

Photo by ~BostonBill~ on flickr

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