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SpaceSquid said on July 8th, 2008 at 9:07 am

Will this ruling have a knock-on effect to the infamous Jaffa Cake controversy that has brought my country to the brink of civil war?

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Of course twinkies aren’t snack cakes. They’re larvae.

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bobservo said on July 8th, 2008 at 9:37 am

That’s nothing; the U.S. Supreme Court decreed that tomatoes aren’t fruit all the way back in 1893. Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304, 306 – 307.

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Pringles aren’t “made from the potato” for the purposes of the tax exemption, he said. He didn’t say what Pringles are, other than that they’re tax-exempt.

I’m now waiting for the British national tax office to move that Pringles aren’t actually food at all, but rather an organic packing foam that’s been pressed into the form of a chip.

It’ll be hard for Proctor and Gamble to dispute this, since there are soy-based packing foams that taste better (and possibly have more nutritional content) than Pringles.

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Redcoast said on July 8th, 2008 at 10:13 am

Don’t the British call potato chips “crisps” and what they call “chips” are more like home-fries?

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Can we get a ruling on whether Fig Newtons are fruit and cake?

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Entirely true; a Pringle is not a crisp. Any reasonable man on the Clapham Omnibus would agree.

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karellan said on July 8th, 2008 at 11:59 am

I believe Fig Newtons are primarily constructed of dirt.

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Homewardbounder said on July 8th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

“Don’t the British call potato chips “crisps” and what they call “chips” are more like home-fries?”

Yes, we do. Using one word to describe something rather than two: a sensible concept. The whole ‘fries’ and ‘French-fries’ terminology seems to have knocked North America out of whack.

This ruling seems a little late, Pringles don’t seem to be any different in construction from Discos; which have been packaged and sold as crisps for years in the UK. Odd.

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Rob Brown said on July 8th, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Is it the store-bought dirt? The kind that’s loaded with nutrients? Because you can’t compete with that, so shut up and eat your damn fig newtons. 😉

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“Bell is not a telecommunications company. It is a giant dildo.”

The same could be said of all telecoms.

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On that note, what the fuck is with this advertising campaign where they’re flat-out calling a Fig Newton a cookie?

Everyone knows a cookie is just a cookie, but Fig Newtons are fruit and cake.

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bentarc: The hypocrisy annoys me as well.

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They kinda can’t have it both ways. When Pringles came out there was an uproar from the potato chip industry and they were sued and thats why they are called Crisps in the first place. Munchos are the same thing. They use potato flakes or process potatoes so they aren’t the definition of “chips”

At least thats what the Bathroom book told me

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lance lunchmeat said on July 8th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Yeah, and why do they call them Apple Jacks? They don’t taste like apples.

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Joysweeper said on July 8th, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Actually… these days they do make Apple Jacks with apple flavor. If I can go by the last cereal commercial I saw, anyway. Jamaican cinnamon stick and crabby apple. They got merged together. It was weird.

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Chief "Broom" Bromden said on July 8th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

In America, Lays are chips, sides are fries, and P&G says Pringles are “crisps.”

In Britain, chips come with fish and crisps come in bags. So then, what are Pringles officially classified as across the pond? Some new bastard classification?

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Lord Elsworth said on July 9th, 2008 at 6:54 am

From what i heard they’re now technically classified as cakes…

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“Bell is not a telecommunications company. It is a giant dildo.”

I suspect dildo aficionados would disagree. See, if you had a guest blogger sans Y chromosome, you’d be spared this sort of boner.

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I don’t think I’ve seen the archaic pun on boner since a Joker story on Superdickery. It could just be that I’m a Yank.

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