Saturday, September 23, 2006

Some Questions...

Some easily answerable...

Some who knows...

1.) Did you know Chick-fil-A is not open on Sundays?
--I did not know this until about a month ago. I went to one and was sitting in the drive-thru for a little bit and wasn't real sure why no one was taking my order, but then I just decided it was because their power much have been out, as it had just stormed and the power was out to the street signal next to the store. It wasn't until I went to a friends house and found out from their roommate who used to work at a Chick-fil-A in high school that she explained to me that all Chick-fil-A's are closed on Sundays. I mean I always knew the one at ACU was closed on Sundays, but it was closed all weekend, so I figured that was just a school thing. HA! You can see it for yourself on their website here. I actually think that is pretty cool that they do that. I respect that. A BIG fast food chain that is not giving into the TOTAL market--"we want money"--business format.

2.) Is it disrespectful to eat during the National Anthem?
Like if you're at a baseball game for instance and you're standing (of course) but you have like a hot dog or nachos already. Is it being sdisrespectful if you munch on your food during the anthem?

3.) What exactly happens to helium balloons that are let go into the sky?
--I could have sworn I learned growing up at some point that they eventually reach some point in the atmosphere where either they deflat due to the pressures or they pop--something like that. But if that is the case, does the balloon remains fall back down to the ground? How come you never find all the leftovers from balloons when LARGE groups of them are let out into the sky at different celebrations? And IF that is the case (that they remains fall to the earth), wouldn't that be littering? Shame on those people!

4.) Does EVERY major city have a "Kiss FM?"
--I think they must.

And my favorite question of them all. The one I've asked on my blog before, but no one has ever been able to answer for me...

5.) Does anyone know what the "air" is that they fill potato chip bags with?
--I mean how can they fill the bags with some substance of "air" that does not cause the chips to go stale over time before you open it, but once you open a bag, if you leave it open in the "outside air" it only takes a matter of hours for them to go stale. Is it that whatever the "air" substance that happens to be in the bag, when it mixes with the combination of the "outside air" that the combination causes them to become stale? This one has had me pondering for QUITE sometime now...


Amanda B. said...

1.) I did not know that Chick-fil-A is not open on Sundays. I don't eat there, but I do respect it, like you said.

2.) I don't do it, but that doesn't mean it's disrespectful. But, dude, can't you wait a minute and a half to eat? Haha

3.) I have also been told that they pop at some point and then float down to earth. Of course, it won't be in the same place they were let go, so I imagine they're not really noticed when they land. And, yeah, shame on those people for litering!

4.) I don't know of a KISS FM here, but then I don't listen to the radio a lot, so maybe it's like the radio requirement to be considered a major city!!

5.) It's nitrogen!! This is the explanation I found on To keep potato chips fresh, commercial manufacturers had to solve two problems:

The chips had to be kept in the dark.
The chips had to be kept away from oxygen in the air.
To solve those problems, potato chip manufacturers developed a bag that is 1) lined with foil to keep out light and 2) packed in nitrogen -- an inert gas that makes up almost 80 percent of air. Unlike oxygen, which is required for a flame to burn, nitrogen doesn't support combustion. So the gas in a bag of potato chips should extinguish a flame -- fun!

So now you know. :)

Ellison said...

Etiquette states that the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance should be respected as one would respect a prayer. Gentlemen remove hats, you don't talk, you don't walk and you don't eat. Obviously, you stand during the Pledge and National Anthem.

When visiting other countries, you do not have to take part in their ceremonies or traditions, but you do have to respect their anthems and pledges.

I knew about the Chick-fil-a thing...Hobby Lobby is also closed on Sundays. Both of those companies were founded by Christian business leaders and felt it was important for their employees to spend Sunday at church or with their families. Like you, I respect that about those businesses and try to support them whenever possible.

Not sure about balloons or KISS FM, although every town I've lived in or near has had a KISS FM.

bpb said...

I understand and respect the stores not opening on Sunday, but I do have a question: What happens if you're Jewish? Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday . . . are Jewish people "excused" from work on their day or worship?

Tina D said...


The balloons that are released are biodegradable, over time they become part of the landscape. We release them every year. I researched it before we started letting them go. It's also legal, if you use twine as a string.