Ever made fun of someone for liking prunes?

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    Apr 17, 2010 3:42 AM GMT
    Do you like them? Or have you made fun of them for liking them?
  • Iluros

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    Apr 17, 2010 3:47 AM GMT
    I like Dr. Pepper, which is prune juice apparently. Some people have taken issue with it!

    Pepsi and Coke can go die in a fire. icon_evil.gif
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    Apr 17, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
    Iluros saidI like Dr. Pepper, which is prune juice apparently. Some people have taken issue with it!



    LIES, LIES I TELL YOU........
  • calibro

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    Apr 17, 2010 3:47 PM GMT
    i like prunes, but i am a fan of lots of dried fruit. i find it funny though when people think prunes are their own fruit and don't realize they're plums
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    Apr 17, 2010 3:49 PM GMT
    I love 'em! So why make fun of someone else who loves 'em?
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    Apr 17, 2010 3:49 PM GMT
    I made fun of some old person for looking like a prune, does that count?
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    Apr 17, 2010 4:15 PM GMT
    Iluros saidI like Dr. Pepper, which is prune juice apparently. Some people have taken issue with it!

    Perhaps it does have prune in it, but I thought also cola and almonds.

    How to make a faux Dr. Pepper: add some Amaretto (made with almonds) to Coke. Very sweet, though. Add vodka as well for a better kick and a little less sweetness.
  • Celticmusl

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    Apr 17, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    I've always enjoyed the history of Dr Pepper. It has 23 flavors and spices which are not specifically known by many. Although the makers claim there is no pepper in the soda, I have tasted other herbs with a distinct peppery flavor similar to Dr Pepper's.

    Further reading:


    Does the soft drink Dr Pepper contain prunes?

    June 10, 1999
    Dear Straight Dope:

    Since my youth, I have enjoyed the soft drink Dr Pepper. During that time friends of mine have often mentioned a popular rumor which claims Dr Pepper is composed mostly or partially of prunes or prune juice. One even went so far as to suggest that the 10-2-4 slogan was the times one should drink it "to keep one regular."

    Personally, I have always been skeptical of this. The few sources I have managed to find about the soft drink or its parent company have stated, sometimes specifically, that there are no prunes in Dr Pepper. However, none of them elaborate much, if at all, on this point. More aggravating yet, my friends have persisted in clinging to their ignorance even in light of these facts.

    Having exhausted these other avenues of inquiry, what other recourse could I have but to turn to the one irrefutable source, the Straight Dope?

    — Jacob C. Haldeman, College Station, Texas

    Nope, no prunes, never were.

    There is also no period after Dr in Dr Pepper (it was dropped in the 50s). Mr. Haldeman is an observant fellow. I didn't know this until yesterday.

    Dr Pepper is older than any of the other major soft drinks in America--older than Coke, Pepsi and 7Up. It was concocted in 1885 at Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas by the pharmacist, Charles Alderton. People ordered the drink there by asking Alderton to "shoot (them) a Waco." He wasn't interested in soft drink production, though, so he went back to pharmacy work and gave the recipe to the store owner, Wade Morrison, and a young beverage chemist, Robert S. Lazenby. Morrison came up with the name, but nobody really knows where he got it. You can find a dozen different theories on the web and at the Dr Pepper Museum in Waco. One story says that a pharmacist named Dr. Charles Pepper gave Morrison his first job, so Morrison returned the favor by naming the new drink after him.

    In the 1920s, Lazenby's son-in-law, J.B. O'Hara (who had become involved in company management), discovered research showing that sugar provided energy and that most people experience a let-down during the work day at around 10:30am, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm. That was the origin of the advertising slogan, "Drink a bite to eat at 10, 2, and 4." I'm sure the caffeine didn't hurt, either. There have been a number of other "peppy" slogans, including the one I now can't get out of my head, "I'm a Pepper, You're a Pepper, Wouldn't You Like to Be a Pepper, Too?" The current slogan apparently is, "Now is the time." So looks like they're not limiting you to 10, 2, and 4 anymore.

    What's in it? The Dr Pepper company denies cherry and kola flavorings. They also deny the other rumors that Dr Pepper now or ever contained prunes, black pepper, chili pepper, bell pepper, peppermint, or prune juice. According to William Poundstone in his book Big Secrets, "the formula contains 23 ingredients and is locked in two bank vaults. Four people know it. The only surprise ingredient on the label ingredient panel is lactic acid. That is what gives sour milk its bite. If you hold some Dr Pepper in your mouth a few minutes before swallowing, there is a slight yogurt like note." He goes on to say that a query to the Dr Pepper company vice president confirmed that synthetic vanillin is an ingredient.

    Looking at the label on the can I see neither lactic acid nor vanillin, but they could be included in the category "artificial flavors." Here's what I found: "carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, phosphoric acid, artificial and natural flavors, sodium benzoate (preservative), caffeine." Dr Pepper in some regions lists "Imperial Cane Sugar" in the label ingredients, and in other regions you'll see "high fructose corn syrup." True afficionados claim the cane sugar version tastes better (some of us prefer wine tasting, but there's room on the planet for all kinds of folks).

    Apparently in Canada lactic acid is sometimes listed on the can, as well as polyethylene glycol. In the 1950s, the Dr Pepper company published a brochure that said, "Its unique flavor results from the blending of pure fruit flavors (gathered throughout the world) with mystic spices from far-off Madagascar, and clean, clear distilled sparkling water." I guess polyethylene glycol could be one of those mystic spices. Dr Pepper contains 39.6 milligrams of caffeine in every 12 oz. can.

    Several other soft drink manufacturers have tried to rip off the Dr Pepper flavor. Mr. Pibb is Coca Cola's unsuccessful effort to drive the good Dr out of the market. According to Advertising Age (December 1997), Coke is planning another Dr Pepper clone that is due out soon.

    For more info (yes there is more--much more), go to www.drpepper.com or the vast unofficial (sheesh, get a life, guys) alt.fan.dr-pepper FAQ at http://www.lib.ox .ac.uk/internet/news/faq/archive/drink.dr-pepper.html

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    Apr 17, 2010 4:30 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    How to make a faux Dr. Pepper: add some Amaretto (made with almonds) to Coke. Very sweet, though. Add vodka as well for a better kick and a little less sweetness.

    How funny. I like the mix of coke with Amaretto quite a lot, but my friends in Germany all thought it tasted weird. OJ + Amaretto is the 'officially sanctioned' drink there (which I can't stand)

    Never made fun of anybody liking prunes, but I don't want them. They give me gas, lots of it.
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    Apr 17, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    I don't think anyone has ever made fun of me for liking prunes. They usually express jealousy at my amazing bowel functions.

    I have caught flak for eating Activia though. But, to quote Liz Lemon, "Has anyone else been BMing like a rock star?"
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    Apr 17, 2010 5:08 PM GMT
    love prunes...had Activia for breakfast while on vacation with my buddies and all I could hear the rest of the trip was the jingle, "Act-tiv-veee-uhhhh."
    I was called Jamie Lee, too, for like days...

    That was funny. Guess you might have had to be there.
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    Apr 17, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    I made the mistake once of eating an entire family-sized bag in one sitting. My colon hated me for the next 48 hours. icon_eek.gif

    So yeah, I love prunes
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    Apr 17, 2010 5:20 PM GMT
    Lol, why would you take the piss out of someone for liking them?

    Anyway, yeah, I used to work in the head office of a UK supermarket chain and thefre were these free big bags of prunes handed out once for some reason.

    As it was my first job out of uni I had the student mentality and wolfed them down cos they were free.

    Me and another guy spent all day shitting.
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    Apr 17, 2010 5:27 PM GMT
    I worked at a Drug Store chain where the prunes would be sold off the shelves like crazy by the old people. When they went on sale for 99cents we would sell about 10 cases a day. Yes we would make fun of them, but one day I was having some problems and I bought a canister of them and the problem was solved and I do eat them regularly. I have not made fun of anyone since then and now I hope that no one ever makes fun of me for liking them. I also love yogurt and tried activia the other day. I do get teased a little for that.
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    Apr 17, 2010 5:29 PM GMT
    Prunes are yum.
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    Apr 17, 2010 5:47 PM GMT
    I believe they prefer to be called dried plums now. Too much negativity attached to the old name.

    Dried plums are wonderfully delicious. As others have mentioned, the trick is to learn how many you can eat at once without triggering a reaction. I can have four.
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    Apr 17, 2010 6:18 PM GMT
    bernd said
    Red_Vespa said
    How to make a faux Dr. Pepper: add some Amaretto (made with almonds) to Coke. Very sweet, though. Add vodka as well for a better kick and a little less sweetness.

    How funny. I like the mix of coke with Amaretto quite a lot, but my friends in Germany all thought it tasted weird. OJ + Amaretto is the 'officially sanctioned' drink there (which I can't stand)

    Never made fun of anybody liking prunes, but I don't want them. They give me gas, lots of it.

    Coke, Amaretto & vodka were first made for me in 1981 at the formal bar of the Officer's Club at Fort McClellan, at Anniston, Alabama. The bartender named it a "Captain Bob."

    (Note: Some clubs had both an informal and a formal bar, distinguished by the hours they were open, and the attire permitted. The formal bar at Fort McClellan, that post now closed, was notable for its wall murals, painted by German POWs imprisoned there during WWII, of scenes from German country life. I don't know if the club and its murals have survived the closure).
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    Apr 17, 2010 8:56 PM GMT
    Never made fun of anyone for liking prunes. I love em. Sometimes even the ones that are special like...orange essence or something like that. Delicious.
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    Apr 17, 2010 9:08 PM GMT
    "The Prune Song" by Frank Crumit ( 1928 )



    "A baby prune is like his dad, 'cept not wrinkled quite as bad.
    We have wrinkles on our face, pruney has them everyplace.
    No matter how young a prune may be he's always getting stewed".

    We used to sing this on the bus in high school marching band.

    Yes, I was a Glee kid.
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    Apr 17, 2010 9:18 PM GMT
    why don't they just make an activia with prunes. They could call it shitopia
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    Apr 17, 2010 9:19 PM GMT
    kandsk saidPrunes are yum.


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    Apr 17, 2010 9:21 PM GMT
    Make fun all you want, they work great
  • scrumrob

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    Apr 18, 2010 5:28 AM GMT
    madtown saidI believe they prefer to be called dried plums now. Too much negativity attached to the old name.

    Dried plums are wonderfully delicious. As others have mentioned, the trick is to learn how many you can eat at once without triggering a reaction. I can have four.


    Dried plums is probably more accurate. The word prune is the French word for plum so a Frenchman (or Frenchwoman) might be confused by the use in English. Damn those Normans for screwing up the English language.
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    Apr 18, 2010 5:56 AM GMT
    I wouldn't go out of my way to eat them but I don't think I know anyone who does eat prunes. Dried fruit are like rations and I ain't starving just yet.
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    Apr 18, 2010 5:57 AM GMT
    Carbonated prune juice = win.