Between the girl-on-girl nacho-inspired brawl in Revere last week and Monday’s pizza throwing incident, Boston seems to be in the grip of a mania for food fights. Shockingly, the mayhem doesn’t end in our own city. Yesterday afternoon, MenuPages: San Francisco reported that a Bay area woman was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor hate crime after pelting a gay couple with apples and asparagus (although hate crimes are not funny and assaulting someone with an apple is no joke, the asparagus part is pretty giggle-inducing). You might think that this is the first time food fights have emerged as big news stories since, oh, around the time of the Boston tea party. You would be incorrect.
In October 2004, the Taiwanese Yuan (the country’s legislative body) was embroiled in a debate about the purchasing of military hardware. The Yuan broke for lunch, but the debate continued in the lunch room. Tempers were high, voices were raised, and suddenly, food was being thrown across the room. Cardboard lunch boxes flew across the room, filled with rice, meat, hard-boiled eggs and vegetables. Pandemonium reigned for several minutes before the fight died down, but we think it’s safe to assume that there are still Taiwanese legislators who hold grudges as intractable as the stains in their suits.
Given the re-emergence of food as a fighting tool, who wants to bet on the over/under of Nancy Pelosi dumping a bucket of “freedom fries” on John Boehner’s (heh heh Boehner) head or vice versa? We give it two weeks.
Red Sox Fan Throws Pizza at Another Fan [YouTube: MMChodite]
Nachos Provoke Fistfight At Revere High [Boston.com]
Just Another Day In Pacifica [MenuPages: San Francisco]
Taiwainese MPs Hold A Food Fight [BBC]