I worked as a historical interpreter for 18 years. During that time, I heard some very funny and interesting comments made by visitors. Here is one of my favorite stories.
I took care of an heirloom garden and prepared the food in a fireplace as part of interpreting life on an 1890s mountain farm. One day, I decided that I was going to pick a mess of beans and dig a few new potatoes to cook with them. While I was digging out some of the new potatoes, a couple of ladies, who were in their 30s, walked up. After welcoming them to the farm and sharing pleasantries, I told them that I was getting some beans and potatoes from my garden to cook for dinner. (I was standing in the garden and they were standing on the pathway leading to the farm and there were several rows of potatoes between us.)
They stood there and watched me for several minutes with puzzled looks. Finally, one of them said, "Well, how are you picking any potatoes?. . . I don't see any on those vines!" I explained that potatoes are a root crop which means that they grow underground. Silence. One of the ladies said, "You are KIDDING! UNDERGROUND?!" EWWWW....in the DIRT?!" Obviously, these ladies did not grow up on a farm!
I held one of the potatoes out for them to inspect. Since we had a brief shower early that morning, there were small clumps of mud stuck to the potato. This was enough to make the women hesitant to actually TOUCH the potato. As luck would have it, there was a big, pink, earthworm wiggling around in one of the clumps. Both of the women must have seen the earthworm at about the same time because they both let out a scream. After one of the women calmed down, she said "Well, of course, you will throw that one away because of the worm." I explained that the worm was in the clump of dirt, not in the potato, and that I would just wash the potatoes off. Her reply? "I can't BELIEVE that you are going to eat that after a worm has been on it. I am just glad that McDonald's does not get THEIR potatoes from places like this!"
I replied, "Er, well, yes, ALL potatoes are grown in soil with worms crawling around!
Another scream. "Oh my Gawd! I will NEVER eat french fries again!"
While this was extremely funny at the time, it is a sobering incident. It is sad that so many people are so far removed from our agrarian roots. It is no wonder that people do not even realize that they should be alarmed by all of the chemicals and genetically modified foods that we eat everyday.