I was making dinner the other night and came across something just a bit disturbing in the kitchen. No, not last week’s leftovers, though that reminds me of something I have to do. I was in a bit of a hurry, as my son’s after school soccer practice tends to eat up an evening, so I cracked open one of those boxes of Pasta Roni. As it was bubbling in the pot, I glanced again at the directions.
There, about half way down the back was a list of instructions that said the following:
To prepare two boxes:
Follow Range Top Directions, except prepare two boxes of PASTA RONI Shells & White Cheddar in a 3-quart saucepan with 4 cups water, 1 1/3 cups milk and 4 tablespoons margarine or butter.
I looked back up at the top of the box and saw that the two-box instructions were, get this, exactly twice that of the single box.
Now, my heart goes out to those people who have difficulty with some subjects. I, myself, had a horrible time with Geometry back in the day, so I’m willing to cut a little slack when the situation calls for it. However, wouldn’t it just naturally follow that in order to make twice the amount of noodles above, you would double the recipe?
Which leads me to wonder a bit about myself? Are my expectations set too high for mankind? Everyday, it seems, I run into or hear or read something else that lowers the bar just a bit more. Is it really necessary to do the simple math on the box itself or has intelligence and common sense sunk so low that even the most obvious things in life…well, aren’t?