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July 21, 2013

ED VASICEK: On college, Twinkies and BB guns

Human nature can be quite fascinating

(Continued)

IU Kokomo, Ivy Tech, and Indiana Wesleyan University are well-postured for the new reality.

Twinkies Are Back

According to Caroline Lee of UPI, “The first batch of Twinkies is set to hit the shelves of 1,600 Walmart stores Friday, three days ahead of the national roll out.

“By Sunday [today], Twinkies will be available in 3,000 Walmarts. The chain retailer is selling the treats in an exclusive collectible box that says ‘First Batch’ ...

“The new company, Hostess Brands LLC, was bought out of bankruptcy for $410 million by Apollo Global Management. Apollo is known for fixing faltering brands and then re-selling them.”

My guess is that many people who rarely ate Twinkies will now ravenously consume them because they were delivered from the brink of extinction. When Coke changed its recipe a few decades ago, the public spoke up. When Coke reintroduced its classic version, non-Coke drinkers became Coke drinkers. Human nature is fascinating.

Guns Trump BB Guns

One joke I tell to the camp kids is this one: “What did the momma bullet say to the daddy bullet? ‘Honey, we are going to have a BB.’”

The AP documents a real life confrontation between these two.

“Police say a Pennsylvania store clerk with a real gun thwarted an attempted robbery by a suspect armed only with a BB-gun. The store’s surveillance camera caught the entire event Saturday and the suspect was in custody a short time later.”

A gun in the right hands can thwart a lot of crime. A gun in the wrong hands can take innocent life. But robbing a bank with a BB gun? Human nature IS fascinating.

Ed Vasicek is pastor of Highland Park Church and a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at edvasicek@att.net.

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