First, you take the pudding, then you zip zop zoobity bop!

I was going to use a picture of Bill in one of his famous sweaters, but I realized, they all look like Walt Disney puked on them.

Bill was, still is, a funny man. The Cosby Show was funny. (I said was. I don' find the reruns as enjoyable). But, his stand up is where he shone.

If you've never had a chance to hear it, you must find some of his stand up. The bit where he's at the dentist, and there's "Smobek! Fiber! Mybuh moubuth ibis oben FIBER!" Or how he describes that growing up he though his name was Jesus Christ and his brother was God Damnit. His dad was always saying, "Jesus Christ, get over here! God Damnit, what did you do now?"

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Ah yes.....a funny man. Also, he shilled one of the most marvelous inventions ever made: pudding. And in later years, pudding on a stick! It was pudding! On a STICK!

But, before I go there, let's get to the answer to yesterdays Made Up Monday.

Lie Lie Lie Lie Lie!

Buttons were not put on sleeves to stop crude men from wiping their noses. In the 15th and 16th centuries, foofy frills on shirts were popular. This moved to adding foofy frills onto jacket cuffs.

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To protect their foofy frills, mens shirt and jacket cuffs could be unbuttoned so they could be rolled up easier to be kept out of the way.

The part about them just being decorative today was mostly true, though. I say mostly because, on some higher end suits and on some tuxedos, the cuffs can still be separated. Think about it. Never seen cuff links?

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So, I hope none of you got it right. I mean, I hope all of you got it wrong. I mean....never mind what I mean. (I'm typing this on Sunday night because I feel a bout of lazy coming on tomorrow after work)

Anyway, I lied. Deal with it, get over it, accept it, and let's move back to todays oddity, M'Kay?

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Pudding. Most of us like it. Too bad I'm not writing about pudding then, isn't it?

All that stuff up there about pudding? Well, it does play a minor role in todays post. At least the chocolate variety does. But not the actual pudding. Just the taste.

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You'll notice I said taste, not flavor. It's flavor would be chocolate. That's a fairly common flavor. I said taste. Because, chocolate pudding tastes different that, say, chocolate fudge, or a chocolate bar.

In Mexico and South America, there's a tree called Diospyros Nigra. It's a member of the persimmon family. It grows to be about 80' tall and it stays green all year round. Like a pine tree.

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It also produces a fruit. The fruit looks like a tomato. And, if you try to eat it before it's ripe, you'll find it to be a very astringent fruit.

But, if you let it ripen, you will actually enjoy the heck out of it. When ripe, the fruit tastes like chocolate pudding.

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In fact, it's common names are Chocolate Pudding Fruit and Chocolate Persimmon.

If you live in he southern US, you could grow a tree of your own. But if you get frost, forget it. They don't like frost.

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If you do get the chance to try one, watch out for the seeds. There are 12 large ones in each fruit.

Personally, I've never tried one. I'd like to, because I just so happen to like chocolate pudding. And if it's a fruit, you'd think it'd be a little healthier for you than that powdered stuff from the box.

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*Authors Note*

Here's a tip: If you like pudding but are lactose intolerant, you're pretty much hosed. A co-worker who can't drink milk has substituted Silk for regular milk. (Silk is an almond milk) She tried to make pudding, but she says that after spending the night in the refrigerator, it hadn't set up. I could have told her that it wouldn't. The fat in the milk is what makes it form a custard when added to the powder. Almond milk doesn't have that fat. (neither does any of the other milk substitutes.) So, take a Lactaid, or just bite the bullet if you want the pudding to zip zop zippity bop!