Apr 10, 2017
Last week, I reported my failure to explain how a citrus fruit - a clementine, to be exact - could sport an Alaska sticker. After checking Alaska ag statistics, USDA records, and citrus grower association websites, I was clueless about what was going on.
Some of you - well, many of you - had the ingenious idea of going to the store and actually looking at the mysterious fruit in question. Whereupon you discovered the stickers were not labels of origin, but instead part of a collecting game from the producers of Halos - or California mandarins as they call them.
Halos are a brand name and can either be a clementine or a variety called W. Murcott. The main point is they do not come from Alaska.
Thank you all for your help and witty remarks. As you can see, I think this exercise set a new high for reader feedback. Thanks for watching and playing at home.
But I will close this sorry episode of Customer Support with this email from my new best friend, Dave Reilly:
"It just dawned on me. Excellent job. Clementines in Alaska. Riiiiiiight. After living in Alaska for 20 Years it IS plausible given the innovative industriousness of the people who live there. Just ask my Alaskan friends. Good job. You got me. Happy April Fools."
Yeah - April Fools - let's go with that…