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In which it caused the Great Depression


Today in spinning my mind was all over the place and if I had been at my computer, I probably could have written about 5 posts but unfortunately, I was on the bike and very frankly the only thing racing was my mind.


However, now that I’m home I’ve made a list of my ideas and I’m thinking about writing some of them up.  I’m trying to keep the balance between “real” posts where I actually voice my opinions, guest posts (which are hopefully funny) and my own posts (which are probably only funny in my own brain).  That’s actually been a little more challenging than I would have thought.


Normally, over the course of our marriage, Kevin has traveled only occasionally but he has, in fact, been gone 3 out of the last 4 weeks.  Fortunately, my kids are mostly gone because I know I would have gone insane had this happened when they were younger.  At any rate, this has left Daniel and myself alone quite a bit.


Now Daniel is somewhat of an enigma.  I know I’ve written about how he had issues when he was younger and was actually diagnosed with Asperger’s.  He has been the most difficult of my 3 children for me to get to know.  Possibly because he had two older sisters and they would NEVER shut up but also, because he was just more comfortable discussing subjects such as sports and stuff and therefore spent a lot of time with his dad.


They actually go out to lunch almost EVERY Saturday and Sunday; just the two of them.  Therefore, finding common ground has been much more challenging but I must say, he’s grown into a very sweet, thoughtful and personable young man.  The biggest thing about Daniel that I have discovered over the last year is how funny he is.  You can imagine that between my two girls and myself, he barely could get his own one-liners in but lately, with just the two of us, it’s more that evident that Daniel has a terrific sense of humor.


Case in point.  This morning, before school, I was reading the paper (or what passes as a paper here in Greensboro, NC) and in the “Savor” section there was an article called “Crazy about Candy.”  One of the teasers was “Who knew that many of our favorite chocolate bars were made in the 1930’s? Or that sweet-and-sour treats ruled the 1980’s?”


Daniel and I looked at the chart, which was broken down by decades from the 1920’s through 2000, and we decided that the 1920’s were BY FAR the best decade for candy inventions.  Why in 1928, they invented Heath Bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Butterfinger ALONE!


Me:                  Wow! The 1920’s were incredible

Daniel:            Yeah! Baby Ruth, Milky Way, Mr. Goodbar and Sugar Daddies

Me:                  In 1928 they invented Heath Bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups AND Butterfingers

Daniel:            Wow.  They were incredible.  The only thing missing is M&M’s.

Me:                  They weren’t invented until 1940.

Daniel:            That’s probably what caused the Great Depression!

Me:                  What?

Daniel:            They had invented EVERYTHING great by 1928 and there was nothing good left to invent.

Me:                  Hahaha…what an awesome explanation.  I think you’re right!  I don’t understand why History always points to the stock market as the cause.

Daniel:            Look; almost everything worthwhile was invented between the 1920’s and 1940’s.

Me:                  Yeah, the 30’s had Snickers, Red Hots, Three Musketeers, Life Savers, Nestles Crunch and Krackel Bars!

Daniel:            … and the 40’s had M&M’s, Bazooka Bubble Gum, Junior Mints and Jolly Ranchers

Me:                  I hate Jolly Ranchers

Daniel:            me too

Me:                  I think they were invented by a dentist

Daniel:            no way

Me:                  yeah, so that they would pull out children’s fillings and then they’d have to be redone.

Daniel:            you just made that up

Me:                  me?  Would I do that?

Daniel:            1985 was very important

Me:                  why?

Daniel:            … invention of Sour Patch Kids (Daniel loves these)

Me:                  well, I think most of the good stuff was invented by the 1940’s

Daniel:            yeah

Me:                  I think you should explain the REAL cause of the Great Depression today in your Government and Economics class

Daniel:            thanks mom…I’m not sure I need your help on getting through school.

Me:                  I’m totally unappreciated.

Daniel:            yeah…I can’t imagine why

So there you are!  Daniel MacDonald, discoverer of the TRUE CAUSE of the Great Depression of 1929.


Now you know.  You can thank me later.

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  1. Julie
    October 28, 2011

    It’s not even 9am here, and this is the third mention of Heath Bars that I’ve heard. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Heath Bars and for me (at least) they are next to impossible to find. Neither of the major grocery stores around here carry them in stock. Oh, the mere thought of them has me salvating.

    • Lynn
      October 28, 2011

      Wow..i can’t believe you can’t find them. Heath Bars were my moms fav candy.

  2. frank anderson
    October 28, 2011

    Maybe that’s why people were jumping out of windows…had major sugar rushes and then crashed (no pun intended) :) There also could be a causal relationship between candy and liquor…candy is dandy but liquor is quicker. Prohibition and candy…there has to be a symbiotic relationship somewhere. There could be some other Oliver Stone conspiracy theories out there but candy makes sense to me!

    • Lynn
      October 28, 2011

      I agree…i can’t believe that nobody figured this out before now

  3. Pamela D Hart
    October 28, 2011

    I LOVE Sugar Daddies…the candy too! I’m not a Jolly Ranger candy-type or anything gummie, except gum. M&M’s rock. I think they would’ve saved the Great Depression too! With all that chocolate, no one should’ve been depressed, that’s for sure!
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    • Lynn
      October 28, 2011

      yeah..unless they had a chocolate crash. Those things are awful

  4. Paige
    October 28, 2011

    Absolutely! Chocolate is the answer. When in doubt, chocolate. No more need be said.

    • Lynn
      October 28, 2011


  5. mark @ yelling near you
    October 30, 2011

    Daniel has a brilliant theory there!

    I certainly did not know that the 1920s were so plentiful in the invention of great chocolate bars. Makes me wonder why my grandparents never let me in on this secret – they were teenagers during the time and would have gotten to experience all of this innovation!
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    • Lynn
      October 31, 2011

      It is a brilliant theory and I’m surprised that no historians have commented on the correlation.

  6. Vallerie
    October 31, 2011

    In 1928, is the great invention of all time.. they invented my favorite chocolate the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.. I agree that Daniel is a great historian.
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    • Lynn
      October 31, 2011

      i love Reeses!!!

  7. Annie
    October 31, 2011

    Good for Daniel. He has found his voice…a very funny one at that! I’m glad that Baby Ruth’s are in your thumbs up category because I just got back from the store and they were cleaned out except for Almond Joy’s and Baby Ruth’s. To get to our place you have to be a mountain goat so we are not expecting crowds, but if they do wear themselves out and climb up here, I don’t want to see a bunch of kids with tear stained faces.
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