If you use paper coffee filters, avoid Melitta's "natural brown" ones. They don't taste as bad as they used to, when they tasted like wet paper towels smell, but they have another problem. They often tear just a little bit, which lets a few grounds through, which clogs up the entire works, which is no way at all to start your morning.*
It says on the box, "Guaranteed not to rupture." Further evidence supporting the old saying: if you have to say it, it probably isn't true. Think of Quality Construction, Speedy Service, and that old corporate slogan, Employees Are Our Most Important Resource.
Also, while at a lunch counter the other day, I was reading the back of a bottle of ketchup. Remember when Reagan got made so much fun of, for calling ketchup a vegetable? Now, far be it from me to defend the second-worst president of my lifetime, but the label on the bottle went into such paroxysms of joy about its supposed health benefits that I could only imagine the re-ramping up of the put-the-Gipper-on-Mt.-Rushmore movement.
Fortunately, I happened across Constance Casey's line on Slate, last night:
(Antioxidants and free radicals being terms tossed about by health-food-store staff that are fully understood by about six people in the world.)
It's hard to imagine myself reading, let alone enjoying, an article on gardening, but this one is good. If you like blueberries, read it.