May 5, 2012
The Trouble with Legumes
For a man of logic who tortured us throughout middle school geometry, Pythagoras didn’t have much going for him in terms of culinary erudition. Or so his fear of the evils that lurk beneath the tin lid of a bean can suggest.
Maybe not quite so literally acan, but historydoessuggest that he loathed the legume, and asked all of his disciples to avoid it just as he did. But why? What could drive such a brilliant mind to superstitious distraction?
Some of the possible answers are….well, a little far up on the chart of weirdness. —MN

The Trouble with Legumes

For a man of logic who tortured us throughout middle school geometry, Pythagoras didn’t have much going for him in terms of culinary erudition. Or so his fear of the evils that lurk beneath the tin lid of a bean can suggest.

Maybe not quite so literally acan, but historydoessuggest that he loathed the legume, and asked all of his disciples to avoid it just as he did. But why? What could drive such a brilliant mind to superstitious distraction?

Some of the possible answers are….well, a little far up on the chart of weirdness. —MN

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