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Talking About Eggs Is Eggshausting

Forget about what came first … the chicken or the egg. What about the sticker shock at egg prices?

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: One of the last things Red ever thought about when grocery shopping was the price of eggs which, until recently, was always one of the most economical (and versatile) grocery items she bought; while for Black, she might not have noticed the dramatic price increase except for the seemingly endless articles.

It's not that Black’s totally clueless when she goes grocery shopping, but since she lives alone, it’s easier to buy prepared foods, and the biggest part of her grocery bill is fresh flowers. Plus, a dozen fresh eggs last her months since she also buys hard-boiled eggs that have already been shelled. However, Black was amused that the price of eggs resulted in the word “eggflation” and countless memes (her favorite is comparing the purchase of eggs to purchasing a car, although she finds it eggstreme since you can’t test-drive them first.)

She understands the reasons for the increase (inflation coupled with Avian flu) causing some people to find alternatives, whether plant-based or substitutes for cooking. But what she doesn’t understand is people who think they have figured out a way to “beat the system” and have run afoul (pun intended) of the law (border agents have discovered more people trying to smuggle in eggs from Mexico) or common sense,

This is basic grade school math, although I was tempted to call it eggonomics. People are buying chicks so they can raise them to supply eggs. Obviously, they have forgotten to calculate the cost per egg based on the cost of buying the chicks, all the materials needed, and raising them until they produce eggs. Of course, an eggception might be if you are buying them as pets.

Red’s been happy being a mom to labradoodles for years and has no desire to own chickens. And although she hasn’t been happy about the rapid increase in egg prices (but that’s been the case for most of her groceries over the last six months or so), there’s some “good news – bad news” about cholesterol in eggs,

I didn’t eat eggs as much as I might have because I was concerned about the cholesterol, but it turns out that eggs have gotten a bad rap all these years. Yes, egg whites have lots of protein. But let’s face it, the yummy part is the yolk. Now it turns out that the yolks on us since it has lots of nutrients and isn’t nearly as bad as we’ve thought.

So, what’s the bad news about that? Well, as Red’s committed to a healthier lifestyle (including a focus on being heart healthy), she’s now eating more eggs, and have you seen the price of eggs?!

What’s the cost of avoiding conflict at all costs?

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: Red will admit that she’s always been an ostrich, although she’s not sure whether it was to avoid dealing with things she didn’t like or to avoid conflict at all costs, but knows whatever position she takes, Black will probably take the opposing side just for the fun of it.

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Is "The Ides of March" the day Julius Caesar was assassinated, a famous Shakespearean quote, or a George Clooney movie?

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: The answer is "all three" but we'll completely understand if "The Ides of March" means nothing to you, or if you think it sounds familiar but you're not quite sure why.

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It’s easy to think that Girl Scouts are only about the cookies. But in celebration of tomorrow being National Girl Scout Day, take a moment to remember that they’re about so much more – as the organization was founded with the goal of building confidence, courage, and character. And we strongly support them as we believe girls can do anything!

Of course, you can help support your Girl Scouts by buying cookies, as long as you don’t want the new Raspberry Rally, as they’re already sold out!

Let's play word association. If we say, "Girl Scouts," what's the first word that comes to mind? Ok, what's the second word?

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: When Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout meeting – hoping to create an organization that redefined what was possible for girls everywhere – there was no way for her to know the difference it would make in the lives of millions of girls and their communities.

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