A Fluffy Bill Raises a Sticky Issue


The thought of it kind of revolts me now, but as a kid I was fond of the Fluffernutter, the peanut-butter-and-marshmallow-spread alternative to the standard peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich. Like many things I enjoyed without injury as a child, Fluff now has been identified as a threat to the nation's youth. A Massachusetts legislator, allegedly representing the very district where Fluff was invented, wants to ban the stuff from public school cafeterias. "A Fluff sandwich as the main course of a nutritious lunch just doesn't fly in 2006," said state Sen. Jarrett T. Barrios, who was outraged when his son, a third-grader, requested Fluff at home. "It seems a little silly to have an amendment on Fluff, but it's called for by the silliness of schools offering this as a healthy alternative in the first place." Barrios did not explain the nutritional advantages of jelly.

[Thanks to Paul Strigler for the tip.]