Daily Nacho News: New Ideas, Old Words

19 Jan

The weather today may have been terrible, but the nacho news was good enough to keep us toasty warm all day. First of all, we’re happy to report that coin operated laundries continue to perpetuate (perpetrate?) the bad nacho curse. As www.americancoinop.com writes, the number one thing you can do to build business at your coin-op laundry facility is to sell nachos. May we be the first to say, WTF?

Sell nachos — Yes, I’m serious. Your cost for each plastic cup and cheese with jalapeno peppers is about 36 cents. If you sell 200 orders per week, that’s about $17,000 a year net.

This makes us both depressed and excited. Clearly, what better way to spend your spin cycle than by packing your face with fake cheese? Then again, if you can think of a weirder place to serve nachos, we’ll give you five dollars in quarters to be used at your next laundering/nacho excursion.

Finally, from our “Old News That’s Actually Accurate and Enjoyable” series comes a post we found on the artfully named, TYWKIWDBI (“Things You Wouldn’t Know If We Didn’t Blog Intermittently”). It summarized an article by Adriana P. Orr about the history of nachos. Admittedly, Nacho studies (nachology?) is well-trod arena, but this 1999 essay from the Oxford English Dictionary newsletter gives an interesting account of the process of verifying, dating, antedating, and finally defining a word. If that word happens to be “nacho,” it’s even more exciting. It’s a great article, especially if you appreciate big words, old news, and deeply trivial scholarly pursuits. If you’re feeling lazy, however, we can sum it up with this, drawn from 1949’s A Taste of Texas:

“Pedro left. Sometime later he returned carrying a large dish of Nachos Especiales. ‘These Nachos,’ said Pedro, ‘will help El Capitan—he will soon forget his troubles for nachos make one romantic.'”


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