Web Bites: Stinging Nettle Eating, License to Booze

Saturday's Weekend Edition on NPR had a great little story and sound bite from the World Stinging Nettle Eating Championship in Marshwood, England. I was once told by a chef that you shouldn't eat stinging nettles uncooked, and curiosity got the best of me for about five seconds--disgusting. How some can devour yards of the stuff is beyond me.

In the current issue of The Atlantic, Middlebury College history professor John McCardell has a short, smart essay, "Teach Drinking," on why we should let 18 year olds drink. Seeing as how laws as they stand have no effect on either alcohol consumption or abuse, I wholeheartedly agree with every point.

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