I'll admit that my pasttime is obscure, if not inexplicable. Perhaps those aisles simply afford me a sort of vicarious gluttony.
In any case, those merry days of giant-watching are over. A few months ago, when I went searching for my $2.99 over-size bag of pretzels (one of the rare giant-size products I actually purchase), I found in its usual place a $27.99 bottle of multi-vitamins. The transformation had begun.
Since then, my grocer has removed each mega-size item to make way
for an astounding array of multi-vitamins, cat's claw, echinacea,
gingko, cartilage, and the like, and paperback books celebrating
the benefits of each pill. So far the little brown bottles have
not captivated me the way the king-size products did. But who
knows, perhaps they too will stir my imagination. Here's a first
thought: If a nutritionist calculated the total nutritional value
(vitamins, minerals, etc.) of all the mega-size products that
previously occupied my store's center aisle and of the dietary
supplements that currently occupy them, how would the two sets of
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