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roastedmonkeynutsTesco’s roasted monkey nuts. Roasted monkey nuts. Say it with me: roasted monkey nuts.

Yeah. It’s what they call peanuts.

This isn’t my picture, though. I slung my camera off my shoulder in Tesco’s to snap a stealth photo, and my battery died.

So I nicked a pic off this person‘s Flickr stream. I tried to log into Flickr to leave a comment confessing, but I fell into Corporate Consolidation Hell.

Turns out my new ISP — British Telecom — uses Yahoo webmail, Yahoo owns Flickr and I can’t be logged into more than one. Can’t remember my Flickr or Yahoo details, and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t tell Yahoo my real birfday or anything, so I’m stuck. Here’s my account for historical purposes, anyhow. Everybody wave to it.

Feh. Roasted monkey nuts.

sock it to me

Comments


Comment from naleta
Time: December 29, 2008, 9:16 pm

They look like peanuts (ground nuts?) to me! I don’t know if I’d want to eat roasted monkey nuts. Almost as hard on the monkeys as eating frog legs is on the froggies! 🙂

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 29, 2008, 9:24 pm

Yup, that’s what they are. I guess they used to feed them to the monkeys at the zoo <shrug>.

 


Comment from dfbaskwill
Time: December 29, 2008, 9:29 pm

Thank God they don’t call them roasted elephant nuts. (elephants eat them too!)

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 29, 2008, 9:48 pm

Roasted donkey nuts would be pretty bad. I don’t know if donkeys eat peanuts, but I’d still hate to buy roasted donkey nuts.

 


Comment from Gnus
Time: December 29, 2008, 10:16 pm

Jimmy Carter’s nuts.

 


Comment from memomachine
Time: December 29, 2008, 10:56 pm

Hmmm.

What the hey. Look on the bright side. Next time the folks call you let them know you just finished some delicious “monkey nuts”.

You don’t -have- to tell them they’re peanuts. 🙂

On the other hand what do they call peanut butter? Monkey butter? Monkey juice? Though I’m not entirely sure I want to know.

 


Comment from Deborah
Time: December 30, 2008, 1:03 am

Goobers. We call them goobers in the South—a corruption of nguba—from the Congo. My father-in-law called his adored grandmother “Goober.” On account she was no bigger than a peanut.

 


Comment from JuliaM
Time: December 30, 2008, 4:48 am

“On the other hand what do they call peanut butter?”

Sadly, we just call it ‘peanut butter’. And I’ve never seen anyone eat it in a sandwich with jam over here. It does make a good satay sauce base.

The term ‘monkey nuts’ is always given to the ones in the shells – ordinary peanuts are unshelled.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 30, 2008, 10:37 am

Huh. I didn’t know that’s where “goober” came from. You hear that, Dave?

I’ve had peanut butter and goosebery jam several times since I’ve been here, JuliaM. Demonstrating for the locals. It really is a very nice combination. As is peanutbutter and banana and, in the savory direction, peanutbutter and bacon.

PB&J was on the menu at the company canteen where I last worked.

 


Comment from scubafreak
Time: December 30, 2008, 12:24 pm

Well Stoatie, I don’ tknow what the applicable laws are, but I’m pretty sure that if you want real “nuts”, I can ship you a box of Rocky Mountain Oysters……. 😉

 


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: December 30, 2008, 1:32 pm

Eh, what do they call Brazil nuts??

 


Comment from Farmer Joe
Time: December 30, 2008, 1:54 pm

and, in the savory direction, peanutbutter and bacon

Yeah, but to be fair, bacon improves pretty much anything. I saw something about bacon flavored vodka the other day. It’s like someone is trying to turn me into an alcoholic.

 


Comment from Nicole
Time: December 30, 2008, 2:03 pm

Off topic here, but man, baby critters are death by cute when furry and omg homely when not furry. 🙂

http://www.zooborns.com

Mustelid related: there are baby otter and baby fisher pics

 


Comment from JuliaM
Time: December 30, 2008, 2:28 pm

“peanutbutter and bacon.”

Well, if it was good enough for Elvis….

Or, was that banana and peanut butter?

 


Comment from dfbaskwill
Time: December 30, 2008, 2:31 pm

monkey nut butter, bananas and Elvis wine should go together nicely. The Austrians are here, I’ll try it out soon. I’ll let you all know how they like it.

 


Comment from Jill
Time: December 30, 2008, 3:12 pm

Sounds like something Ole Doc Potter might say in exasperation: “Great roasted monkey nuts!!”

…ah, horse hockey…

🙂

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: December 30, 2008, 3:32 pm

Christopher Taylor … I know that one. 🙂

 


Comment from Andrea Harris
Time: December 30, 2008, 3:38 pm

I’m not going to tell you what my grandfather called Brazil nuts, because it’s politically incorrect.

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: December 30, 2008, 3:45 pm

Then you “know that one” too, AH. I’m not going there.

 


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: December 30, 2008, 5:04 pm

Clue me in. I don’t get it.

 


Comment from Jill
Time: December 30, 2008, 5:15 pm

My mom called them that too when she was growing up.

 


Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: December 30, 2008, 5:23 pm

The term ‘monkey nuts’ is always given to the ones in the shells – ordinary peanuts are unshelled.

This.

 


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: December 30, 2008, 5:23 pm

So did my mom, when I was really young. They just called them “nigger toes” for some bizarre reason in the olden days, I guess without any sense of irony or that it was insulting.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 30, 2008, 6:03 pm

Musli, until I was twenty, I never heard them called “Brazil nuts.” The expression everyone is hemming and hawing and refusing to cough up here is an old Southern colloquialism which roughly translates “one digit of the foot of a gentleman of color.”

They call ’em Brazil nuts here. And it’s probably the only country (possibly not counting Brazil) that really, really loves ’em.

Just my luck. I’m deathly allergic.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 30, 2008, 6:04 pm

Ha! Christopher spit it out!

 


Comment from Andrea Harris
Time: December 30, 2008, 6:18 pm

Yup, that was it. If my grandmother heard my grandpa saying it that would occasion an admonitory cry of “Francis!” (His name was Francis William. Only my grandmother called him “Francis.” Everyone else called him “Bill.”)

 


Comment from jwpaine
Time: December 30, 2008, 6:27 pm

Wow, Weez, you could do for England what Colonel R.G. Johnson did for us Yanks back in 1820.

And, on the subject of Brazil nuts: I suspect lots of people called them by the other name. I certainly didn’t know they were called anything else until I was in my early twenties.

 


Comment from armybrat
Time: December 30, 2008, 9:45 pm

they’re really called Brazil nuts! Learn something new everyday!

 


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: December 30, 2008, 11:18 pm

I guess in Brazil they’re just called “nuts.” Never liked them, they are too acidic. It is like a puzzle to get them out of their shell whole though.

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: December 31, 2008, 12:39 am

In Brazil they probably call them Yankee Droppings, or something equally derogatory. I certainly would, if I lived there.

 


Comment from porknbean
Time: December 31, 2008, 3:05 am

I’ve never heard them called that. They were just one of the many ‘fancy’ nuts in the bag assortment. We only ate the walnuts.

 


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: December 31, 2008, 3:00 pm

“Fancy nuts,” there’s a pickup line in there somewhere.

 

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