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Subject:How do you eat corn?
Time:08:10 pm
Steph eats corn like it was on a typewriter -- eating an entire row from left to right and then rotating the cob to bring the next row into place. She says all her relatives eat corn this way.

I eat corn like it was on a lathe -- rotating the cob to get all the kernels from each set of columns, and then shifting over to the next set of columns. I have no idea who else eats corn this way.

A search of YouTube reveals that most eating of corn is done by dogs and cats. But at least three videos have people eating corn her way, and at least one video has people eating corn my way.

How do you eat corn?

Poll #1599890 Eating corn
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How do you eat corn on the cob?

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Like a typewriter -- eating from one side to the other and then rotating after a row is finished
9 (37.5%)
Like a lathe -- rotating the cob and then shifting over after a column is finished
4 (16.7%)
Some other way that I will describe in comments
11 (45.8%)


Yum, corn.
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zdashamber
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Time:2010-08-01 05:43 am (UTC)
FWIW, I enjoy eating corn on the cob in a spiral, so that I can avoid as much as possible the unpleasant "steering lips around uneaten corn", and so that I can baffle my friends. When I don't do that, though, I think I eat in columns.
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loic
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Time:2010-08-01 06:38 am (UTC)
at a bbq today a random stranger (who was eating corn typewriter style) asked us this very same question.

I do a combination of the two. I think.
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vespid_interest
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Time:2010-08-01 08:18 am (UTC)
Combination, or different ways different times. But I was raised to believe there are two types of people: those who leave round cobs and those who leave square ones. (I think row-eaters leave square cobs, approximately.)
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diatom
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Time:2010-08-03 09:42 pm (UTC)
I..never noticed the shape of my cob!
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caramida
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Time:2010-08-01 12:43 pm (UTC)
I prefer to take a knife to the corn, and eat the kernels with a spoon or fork.
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cruiser
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Time:2010-08-01 01:14 pm (UTC)
I vary between the two.
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happyfunpaul
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Time:2010-08-01 01:14 pm (UTC)
I put "typewriter" but, technically, I eat corn more in the style of a bidirectional daisywheel printer. :-)
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kcatalyst
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Time:2010-08-01 04:20 pm (UTC)
A combination, most often by doing one typewriter row, then switching to a (broken?) lathe. Doing the row first avoids that first bite into unbroken corn at the beginning of each column.
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zahraa
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Time:2010-08-01 06:15 pm (UTC)
There are actually sniglets for corn eating. You are roto-coronetic; Steph is Smith-coronetic.
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enf
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Time:2010-08-01 11:37 pm (UTC)
Smith-Coronetic! What a great word!
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zahraa
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Time:2010-08-03 04:44 am (UTC)
I fear you probably have to be at least 30 to get the joke.
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ca_snowflake
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Time:2010-08-02 06:21 pm (UTC)
I usually it it horizontally, but left to right and then right to left. If that makes sense.
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sine
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Time:2010-08-02 08:07 pm (UTC)
i'm kind of random about it. watching me eat corn really bothered one of my exes because he could detect no discernible pattern. i think i start out one way or another but get distracted.
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diatom
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Time:2010-08-03 09:40 pm (UTC)
me too! what she said!
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harimad
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Time:2010-08-02 10:25 pm (UTC)
Like a beucephalous (sp) typewriter. But after the first row I don't bite, I use my teeth to pull the corn out of the socket. This leaves empty sockets rather than the fleshy residue most people leave. Better for me as an eater, not as good to make stock with after.
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enf
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Time:2010-08-02 10:35 pm (UTC)
I think maybe Boustrophedon is the word you are looking for?
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diatom
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Time:2010-08-03 09:38 pm (UTC)
So, -just- the other day I was eating corn with my sweetie, his sweetiewife, and her other sweetie. The other sweetie ate it like a lathe. I think the other two ate corn like a typewriter.

The wife pointed this out, and then turned to me. I'd started on the end, but the corn didn't feel all the way done, so I moved over and tried a patch in the center, when it was cool enough, and basically meandered around trying random samples until I found a patch that seemed Perfect, and then kinda moved on to another patch, all the while talking about random and fun things, or deciding if I really liked the other foods we were eating.

My corn looked completely unorderly. I think the other 3 ppl just looked at my corn in polite silence. I...really hadn't been thinking about it!

I do chaos at first, then go back and clean up the mess/eat the stragglers. I like thinking about the organic nature of intuitive corn eating. !!
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ca_snowflake
Subject:Another opinion
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Time:2010-08-04 05:41 pm (UTC)
Amusingly timely..
How to eat corn on the cob

Edited at 2010-08-04 05:41 pm (UTC)
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caramida
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Time:2010-08-11 02:18 pm (UTC)
Amusing, but less timely, the poll that David Morgan-Mar runs at the bottom of Irregular Webcomic shifted today to ask the question, "How do you eat corn on the cob?" If you like, feel free to answer the poll. They'll have (highly unscientific) results within a couple of days.
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