I have a friend who doesn’t believe cheddar cheese is dyed orange.
He admits cheese is made of milk.
He agrees milk is white.
But, he won’t believe in dyed cheese.
I google, I show him pics. I read him Tillamook labels.
“Fake news,” he says. “Don’t believe everything you read.”
“What about white cheddar?” I ask.
He doesn’t miss a beat: “It’s regular cheddar, bleached.”
I take a breath, try a different tack. I mention something I’ve read about the world being flat.
He about has a fit. He looks at me and says, “What are you, an idiot?”
© Jim Latham 2021.