Thursday, June 23, 2011

Question of the Day - Why Do We Breathe Air?

Why do we breathe air? Why could we not breathe chocolate or something else more enjoyable?

This is a question that has been debated for a long time. I mean, when walking down the street in any large city in the world, the first thing that pops in your mind as you cough is "why can't I breathe chocolate or something else more enjoyable?"

The task to answer this question is daunting to say the least, but here is my attempt:

1. Evolution - It's simple really when you consider evolution and natural selection. All we need is for a large group or population to die off trying to breath chocolate.  Once you wait for about 10 million years --- ZAMO!!!--- Combo air/chocolate breathers are born... that works... right?

2. One thing that might also be the reason we cannot breathe chocolate is due the fact that it is an aphrodisiac. Could you imagine a bunch of love crazed people running around the planet all the time? In the words of Brillat-Savarin,Jean Anthelme:

La truffe n'est point un aphrodisiaque positif; mais elle peut, en certaines occasions, rendre les femmes plus tendres et les hommes plus aimables.

Translated roughly -

The nose is not an aphrodisiac positive but may, on occasions, make women more tender and men more amiable.

Makes perfect sense to me.....

3.  The only real way we have to do this is to make the air chocolate flavored.  Unfortunately there is only one brown thing air can smell like easily and it isn't chocolate....

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