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Sorry, Dan, that's not a crazy fundamentalist interpretation of an everyday food. It's a pretty widely accepted piece of apocrypha. I don't know what kind of Catholic school you went to, but I definitely learned this as well.

Posted by Ryno | January 21, 2008 10:38 AM

You'd see more people praying with their arms crossed if you went to a Mormon church, but I wouldn't suggest going just to see that.

Posted by Mike of Renton | January 21, 2008 10:41 AM

Send some to President Bush and ask him to eat a lot of them, fast, with no water. Maybe miracles DO happen...

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | January 21, 2008 10:49 AM


Posted by Mr. Poe | January 21, 2008 10:52 AM

@1: Then what's the deal with those stupid wafers? From now on, I demand pretzels with my communion wine!

Posted by J.R. | January 21, 2008 11:11 AM

@6: Personally, I go for the wife swap.

Posted by J.R. | January 21, 2008 11:13 AM

12th generation Catholic here.

Never heard of this pretzel baloney.

Capitalism will say anything to get a sale.

Posted by vesuvius | January 21, 2008 11:27 AM

I only eat the pretzels that are big and soft, with rock salt on top and dipped in nacho cheese. Mmm... tastes like the flesh of Christ.

Posted by Greg | January 21, 2008 11:35 AM

@7. I'm not sure I take your point. I'm an apostate myself. You can accuse the Catholic church of a lot of things, but having a soft spot for (or being a victim of) Capitalism isn't really one of them. If they had their way, feudalism would still rule the West.

Posted by Ryno | January 21, 2008 11:45 AM

The arms folded in prayer thing was a Final Jeopardy question about pretzels a few months back.

Posted by Bauhaus | January 21, 2008 11:47 AM

Branding "Red Hot Cross Buns" merits the next trashing of popular culture symbols - now that pretzels, candy canes and barber poles have met similar Urban Legend fates. Not to mention those hot crosses are oddly similar to those woven into the Mormon temple undies above each nipple.

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | January 21, 2008 12:50 PM

@6: wh... what?

Posted by Ben | January 21, 2008 4:22 PM

I meant @2, but was off by 4. Thanks for caring enough to ask.

Posted by J.R. | January 21, 2008 5:06 PM

But of course you would prefer pretzel sticks.

Posted by KY | January 22, 2008 9:10 AM

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