Dilly of a pickle  

Posted by Tony Guerrero



It took me years to figure out the following quote from Benjamin Franklin's 'Poor Richard's Almanac':

"HUNGER IS THE BEST PICKLE."

I'm curious - what do YOU think it means?
And please, no Googling it.
Just tell me what it means at face value.
I'll post its actual meaning later.

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3 comments

ooh, I love Ben.
I think 'pickle' here is used as in "we're in a pickle', or 'we have a dilemma'--meaning you have a problem to solve.
Hunger is your best pickle because it makes you WORK, GET GOING, try to solve the problem!

That's how I would read it...

4/11/2008 1:31 PM

I think Julie is brilliant. She is probably correct. I was thrown by the picture you put up--the picture of pickles in a jar.

My thought related to the wording "best" and wondered if there was a taxonomy of pickles. I like pickles, but I don't know if there is great deal of science behind pickology beyond sweet or dill.

I was thinking the meaning had to do with the preservation. Pickles are commonly found preserved and they stick with you a long time, just like hunger, the undying pangs never seem to leave you.

Like I said, I think Julie is on it.

4/12/2008 3:36 PM

Well, I am no philosopher and I'm really bad at figuring these types of things out. I like Julie's answer :) Goooo Julie! I will tell you, though, that my Great uncle, Dale, makes home-made pickles and they are the best EVER! He puts his own labels on them and calls them "Dale Pickles" - get it?? Instead of "Dill Pickles" - hahaaa :)

Ok, I just wasted a few seconds of your life, my bad :) But goooo Julie!

4/13/2008 12:43 AM

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