Taking flexitarianism to another, perhaps unintended, level

Our cafeteria has been trying to encourage flexitarianism, which it defines as eating one meat-free meal per week. But in their effort to make the concept more appealing, they may have lost sight of the goal.

Italian Sausage Calzone
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.

(The "Vegetarian Option" magnet was probably intended for the Asparagus, Mushroom and Spinach Pizette just above it.)

One of my colleagues suggested that the sign was applying the transitive property of vegeterianism: "If you eat that which eats plants, you too eat the plants."

Fool me twice: The following day, the "Vegetarian Option" magnet was placed on the sign for the meatball pizza. Maybe they're trying to make vegetarians sick?

Resolution: The cafeteria people apologized for the misplaced magnets (which ended up in the wrong place due to the slow but persistent force of gravity). They implemented an immediate short-term solution of simply changing the order of the items on the menu so that the vegetarian option is at the bottom. (That way, a sliding magnet still ends up in the right place.) The long-term solution is to print the "Vegetarian Option" marker on the menu itself.

Comments (22)
  1. Mike says:

    Sounds like gravity will likely put the magnet in someone's meal if the force is THAT strong in the Seattle area.

  2. Captcha says:

    You should maybe have clarified that the Lorem Ipsum text was not in the menu itself. Or maybe I am just too used to The Daily WTF.

  3. Brian_EE says:

    Are you overlooking the possibility that someone with a sense of humor was purposely moving the magnet when the cafeteria staff wasn't looking?

  4. Adam Rosenfield says:

    Clearly the description of the Italian sausage calzone had confidential information on it that Raymond has helpfully redacted for us.  By the ground rules of this blog, we should not attempt to guess what it actually said.

  5. AP² says:

    TRWTF is that you need to encourage eating one meat-free meal per week. Or that such diet even has a name besides "normal".

  6. Haha. Great post, Raymond. Gave me a little chuckle.

  7. JM says:

    Ah, gravity. Our old nemesis.

    Recently our cafeteria has been trying to encourage floatarianism, which is defined as having one gravity-free day per week. So far it's not been very successful.

  8. Adam says:

    I would have just figured that those meals were being presented as an alternative for vegetarians looking to venture out and expand their diet

  9. Antonio Rodríguez says:

    @Mike: Redmond, being near the sea level, has a stronger gravity than most other places, because it's closer to the center of the Earth :-) .

    Mandatory XKCD strip about gravitational attraction: http://xkcd.com/824/

  10. Another John says:

    @JM: I read "Ah, gravy. Our old nemesis."…

  11. alegr1 says:

    That looks like a dangling pointer bug.

  12. Gabe says:

    I initially assumed it meant that there was a vegetarian option available for the Italian sausage (Italian-sausage-flavored vegetables of some variety).

    Of course, the solution of always putting the vegetarian option on the bottom of the menu has the side benefit of making it easier to find the vegetarian option. If it's always on the bottom, somebody who is not interested in eating meat doesn't have to scan the whole menu.

  13. Miff says:

    Somehow my eye was more drawn to the placeholder description to the point where it took me to realize that the title implied that there was meat in the dish, lol.

  14. @Antonio Rodriguez

    Not only Redmond near sea level, it also has a relatively large latitude when compared with most significant population centers.  Since the Earth is oblate, this puts Redmond citizens closer to the center than even most sea-level people.

  15. Simon says:

    My thought was the same as that of Brian – that someone is having a bit of fun moving the magnet to unlikely dishes.

  16. cheong00 says:

    "Blu tack" would have work better. And it's not that expensive comparing with possibly repaint all vegetarian menus.

  17. Mendel says:

    “The cucumber and the tomato are both fruit; the avocado is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians, on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.”

    ― Jasper Fforde, Shades of Grey

  18. 640k says:

    And pizza is a vegetable in US. No wounder the median weight is 200lbs+.

  19. ChristW says:


    In advertisements show here, a truck driver says: "I turn my wheel all day and I only eat pizzas w/ vegetables, so I live a healthy life…"

  20. Minos says:

    @JM:  Gravity-free eating sounds like a great weight loss plan!

  21. Alan says:

    That Italian sausage is so authentic, it's made with real ground Cicero!

  22. Kzinti says:

    I am a bichipstarianism : I eat two bags of chips a week.

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