Nutella on toast
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At one company I worked for, I took it upon myself to bring in bagels and cream cheese for the other employees every Friday. It just seemed like the right thing to do. One day I brought in a jar of Nutella, as an option for people who wanted something different on their bagels. This seemed to me to be an uncontroversial move, and indeed I assumed most people would react joyfully to the presence of this delicious condiment.

But one coworker, who shall remain nameless, said, “What’s that?” He hadn’t heard of Nutella. I told him it was a hazelnut-chocolate spread. “Yuck!” he said forcefully. I was…puzzled. I said, “Do you not like hazelnuts?” He said he did. “Do you not like chocolate?” He liked that too. He also liked peanut butter. And yet, somehow, a spread made by grinding a different sort of nut and combining it with another ingredient he liked struck him as disgusting. I just… I mean… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I can’t even.

Today, on World Nutella Day, don’t be that guy (even, and especially, if you are in fact that guy).