was thinking about butter the other day.
not just butter, but things in general. But mainly butter.
Butter, as it often does, started the thought process.
did we get butter? I mean, sure, it seems like an obvious thing
nowadays, but centuries ago some guy or gal had to make the first batch of
butter, and like many things on this wonderful planet, I don't understand
how it could have first come about.
get a solid grasp on how butter is made, I did a couple searches on Google.
Basically, it's like I thought:
One: Get milk from some big, smelly animal, like a cow or Chris
Two: Let it sit for a couple hours, until the cream separates from
the milk. DO IT!
Three: Take the cream and churn it for, like, a really long
time. At the very least, a half-hour, at the most, like, a week or
so. You have no life anyway, admit it.
Butter. There's a little more to it, like separating the buttermilk
and creating marketing synergy and whatnot, but that's mainly it.
And please, for the love of God, don't send me an e-mail fully
explaining the process of making butter. I'm not entirely interested
in the finer nuances of butter-making; my main concern here is how
someone came up with the concept in the first place.
One I can understand. Get milk from a big disgusting animal.
Someone probably noticed baby animals drinking milk from the Mommy
animals, and thought, "Hey, I'm gonna get me some of that to drink,
too. No little baby animal is gonna be drinking stuff that I could
be drinking instead." This is not a generalization, this is exactly
what they thought.
Two, letting the milk sit, sure, I can see how that happens. You
bring the milk in, you put it down for a while, possibly because you're
preoccupied with something, such as chopping firewood, shunning your
children, crapping in the street, fending off dinosaurs, or whatever else
people in olden times used to do.
Step Three that gets me. The whole churning thing. Here's the
conversation I picture:
"Hey, lookit. The cream separated. What should we do with
Person: "I dunno. Maybe, uh... maybe I'll churn it or
so, someone decided to churn it. I guess I can accept that.
Maybe they tried other things, like mashing it with a hammer, rubbing it
on themselves or others, smoking it, reading stories to it, and a
multitude of other applications with a discernable lack of success.
Gotta get around to churning eventually.
it's not like you can just churn it for five minutes and get butter.
You have to churn it for a while, a really long while.
"It's been twenty minutes. Anything happen? With the
"What now? Should we try planting it? Or maybe
worshipping it? Should we trade it to the Sumerians or the Hittites
or the Mohawks, or whatever people are around in these olden days,
whenever they are?"
Person (with crazy look in his eyes): "No... no.
I... I think... I think I'm gonna keep churning it."
what gets me. He keeps churning! Why? What would keep
you churning when nothing seems to be happening? Whatever the
reason, he got butter.
all seems so random, and really, who knows what other cool stuff hasn't
been discovered yet? Like, say I take a bunch of carrots, put them
in a sack, and swing 'em around over my head. Who knows what might
happen? They might turn into gold! You don't know! No
one has tried! And, say I swing them for twenty minutes, and nothing
happens... doesn't mean I should stop! Maybe it requires me to swing
them over my head for sixteen hours. We just don't know.
why not apply churning to everything else? Ever churn grass?
How about Q-Tips? I didn't think so. Maybe you get something
wonderful if you churn salt or mittens or Peter Graves. How about
puppies? Can you honestly tell me you've churned puppies? For
over an hour? You'd figure you'd just get a lot of dead,
churned puppies, but you might get something cool, like a motorcycle or
no end to the things we haven't tried. Maybe keeping acorns in your
nostrils for six days will make you irresistible to women! Maybe
hopping up and down on a plate of oatmeal all night will
cure baldness. Maybe if you visit this website daily, articles of an
intelligent and worthwhile nature will appear!
it! You never know!