January 8, 2014 by genelup
I love apples and I love oranges. But I’m told not to compare the two of them together. I woke up at 3 a.m. this morning and worried about why apples and oranges are different. Then, at 5 a.m., I figured it out, and I finally fell into a deep, peaceful sleep.
They are different because of the outer coverings of the two fruits. You eat the apple skin but you don’t eat the orange’s rind. It’s as simple as that.
I googled “apples and oranges” and there’s a ton of stuff comparing apples to oranges.
“The idiom, comparing apples and oranges, refers to the apparent differences between items which are popularly thought to be incomparable or incommensurable, such as apples and oranges,” said one person.
Another person wrote:
“When someone says ‘you’re comparing apples to oranges’ they’re really saying ‘Why are you trying to compare those things? You can’t compare apples to oranges; they’re just not the same thing.’”
There has been couple of scientific studies comparing apples to oranges. Scott A. Sandford, a scientist with NASA in Mountain View, California, obviously was bored one day and he set out to compare apples to oranges. His conclusion: “Although they may look and feel very different, the two fruits have a similar size and weight, and their juices have a similar caloric content and levels of vitamin C. However, they differ widely in fiber content of the fruit and in the potassium and folate levels of their juices.”
Mr. Sandford — you missed the whole thing! They are mainly different because you can eat the whole apple but you can’t eat the whole orange because of its rind.
In my exhaustive studies on this popular idiom, NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE, realized that the major difference between the two fruits is the outer “skin.”
I did, however, see one cartoon saying it takes 45 minutes to peal an orange by hand. But no scientist picked up on this. I did. I think I should get some kind of a prize. Noble, Pulitzer or something.
I said all this to get to my main point. Why did God create fruits and vegetables and other foods that some you can and some you cannot eat their outer covers?
You can eat the “skins” on apples, pears, tomatoes, green beans, peppers, celery (although you should wash dirt off them), plums and apricots.
Those you don’t eat the “skins” are oranges, limes, grapefruit, lemons, nuts, carrots, peas (they’re hidden in pods), beets, corn (they have husks), onions and garlic.
Ordinary, you peal a potato for mashed potatoes but you may eat the skin on a baked potato.
This just proves there are always exceptions to a theory, including mine. Crap!