It’s movie night.
As you file into the theatre, a nice man hands you a giant bucket of free popcorn. He says it’s some kind of theatre promotion. Cool!
As you settle into your seat and the lights go down, you dig into your popcorn.
Your first few bites don’t really taste that great. The fluffy kernels are chewy and tough, like little salty nuggets of shoe leather.
You notice but don’t really mind. You’re paying too much attention to the film to really care what it tastes like.
Everyone around you is making happy crunching noises. The air smells like warm butter.
You get into a good regular rhythm of fist-to-mouth. Before you know it, your fingernails scrape the bottom of the bucket.
Little do you know that the popcorn you just finished is days old.
Turns out you’re a lab rat in a food researcher’s experiment. And you’ve just proven a point about how our environment affects our eating.
You ate a gallon of stale popcorn simply because it was there.
Don't feel bad.