China to colonize the moon
Tue, 04 Mar 2003 14:48:34 -0500

In a message dated 3/3/2003 5:34:15 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> And what do you do about French farmers rioting
> to ban the import of moon cheese?

French, schmench. The real masters here were Wisconsin's dairy farmers. For years and years it was illegal to sell yellow margarine in Wisconsin. (One could buy margarine with a little packet of food coloring that you could mix into it, if you chose.) Every year someone who represented consumers (from Milwaukee, say) would introduce a bill in the legislature in Madison that would legalize the sale of yellow oleo. Every year it would be amended to death: someone would offer an amendment to strike "yellow" and replace it with "purple"; when that was defeated, another amendment to replace "yellow" with "pink," then "blue" etc etc., till everyone got tired of the game and went home.

So: We'd allow only orange cheese from the moon; or red; or teal blue; or black ...