The Reverse Cnut

BaobabsEarlier this week, the EU announced its approval of the baobab fruit for use in smoothies and cereal bars. This historic move ends millions of years of speculation as to the safety of the fruit; after evolving aeons ago with little thought for proper licensing procedures, the baobab has languished in a regulatory hinterland since antediluvian times. Small-scale initial trials across the entirety of Africa had proven inconclusive, and it was only with the establishment of the EU in 1993 that the baobab’s ratification as an approved food item could begin in earnest.

The EU is expected to rule next week on the certification of mountains (to be available at first in powdered form only), and on the broader question of whether import tariffs should be imposed on transatlantic weather systems.

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