April 22, 2014

From the nightmare file

I got groceries delivered today, and one thing I included was a package of bear claws. (One per breakfast along with my scrambled eggs and potatoes.)

I was looking at the ingredients and one of the last things was "locust bean gum". When I read it, though, at first it looked like "locust beam gun".

I tell you, there's the making of a B-movie horror feature there. A swarm of locusts armed with beam guns? Yikes!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Daily Life at 02:30 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Or a gun that fires a beam of locusts - BZZZT!

Posted by: Siergen at April 22, 2014 03:00 PM (WVGDf)

2 But do they have frinkin' lasers?

Posted by: cxt217 at April 22, 2014 03:11 PM (G3pCP)


I looked it up in Wikipedia, and "locust bean gum" is a thickener derived from the same plant that produces carob.

You'd think they could come up with a better name for the stuff, wouldn't you? Like how they renamed "rapeseed" as "canola"?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 22, 2014 03:23 PM (+rSRq)

4 Siergen, that reminds me of the Ewok gun.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 22, 2014 03:29 PM (+rSRq)

5 Even without transposing letters it sounds wrong.  Who would want chewing gum flavored like locusts and beans?  Even if it were those sweet red beans they use in Japanese confections, that's still just gross.

Posted by: Mikeski at April 22, 2014 05:10 PM (Zlc1W)

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