One big problem with his tactic is that I have too worked in various positions where, theoretically, I "should" know something. And more often then not, I've given some half-assed answer to a customer because I'm too pressed for time to think hard about the topic. So I simply don't trust most people who work in their avowed jobs to know what the hell they're talking about -- and I apply that standard to myself somehow...
Anyway, this is all pertaining to this from Julia Olmstead at Gristmill:
The conversation went something like this:That's right everyone, we can all put away those textbooks which say cows have multiple stomachs for digesting grass cellulose because -- the butcher said! -- cows eat corn.
Me: Hi, do you have any grass-fed beef?
Butcher: Hmm, grass-fed? I don't think you can feed grass to cows.
Me: Well, they're ruminant animals, so I think that's what they're supposed to eat.
Butcher: [sympathetic-but-authoritative head shake] I don't think so. They need vitamins and minerals and stuff.
Me: Uh ...
Butcher: Now this [points down at large, marbled slab in meat case], this is corn-fed beef.
Me: Yeah, well, um, thanks anyway.