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Three cheers for the interwebs

I've contemplated a few times just how much the internet has done for trivial information. I'm old enough that I still remember the archaic days of libraries, encyclopedias, and dreaded dewey decimal system. Back in those dark ages, this thing we used to call 'books' were the only ready source of information. In order to extract this information, you had to haul your bulk to the library and then flip through numerous books and pages of text until, if you were lucky, you found what you were looking for. This made the price for information quite steep and meant that trivial knowledge was often shunned due simply to the amount of effort needed to acquire it.

Of course, that's all changed now. All you have to do is tap a few keys into google, hit enter, and poof. The information is at your fingertips. Sure, you might have to enter the search a couple different times with varied keywords or adding quotes to narrow things down, but the entire process is still eons faster than futzing with the card catalog. This also means that we can now find answers to all sorts of pointless questions that pop into our heads rather than being forced to let them go into the ether. For example, I was just thinking last night that I have no real clue what the difference is between jam and jelly. I'll admit that the entire question only popped into my head due to a derailed train of thought from a How I Met Your Mother episode. Namely the joke of 'What's the difference between peanut butter and jam?'. It got me thinking and I realized that the only conception I have of jam is that it's a thicker jelly.

Now, if this had occurred back 15 years ago, chances are good I would have just let the thought go. It probably wasn't worthwhile looking up jelly and jam in the encyclopedia and then comparing the two entries, if they even existed. With the magic of the internet though, I was able to find the answer in 3 seconds. I hereby share it with you.

The primary difference between jam and jelly involves the contents. Jam is made from whole fruit, meaning every edible part of the fruit is involved, while jelly is made from fruit juices. Jam is a thick, chunky spread, while jelly is a thinner, more evenly-textured spread. Jams may include things like seeds and pieces of fruit skin which create a very distinctive texture, setting them apart from jellies. Because jam includes whole fruit, it tends to have more of the vitamins and minerals found in the parent fruit, and it is also usually only made with one type of fruit, whereas jellies may involve a blend of juices.
Whoever would have thunk it? I imagine the definitions have probably mixed and merged a bit over time since I know I've bought and eaten jellies before that had chunks of fruit in it. I'm also sort of curious now where marmalade fit into the whole jam-jelly spectrum. Off to the internet!

Oh, and in case you were curious, the punchline is: I can't peanut-butter my dick in your ass.

I never said it was a funny joke.
Tags: humor, internets, nostalgia, tv club: how i met your mother

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