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The Pit Problem

Posted by Non-Hamster on September 11th, 2007

I don't suppose most people are even aware of this little tidbit and I'm also sure that most wouldn't care if they did know.  The trivia item in question is that Olives have pits.  The ones you buy in the grocery or find on your favorite salad bar have been pitted.  The problem is, what do you do with all those pits?

Think about it for a moment.  There are literally billions of olives pitted every year.  What becomes of those pits?  If you've ever bitten into one (and I have), you'll know that they're hideously hard and generally speaking they're not good for anything but growing more olive trees (if you know how that is).  So what is done with the tons of pits produced every day in olive processing plants all over the world.  I am not a hamster, this is just the kind of thing that if allowed to go on unchecked for another hundred years could have entire nations built on a bed of olive pits ten feet deep.

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