Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Take that!

I'm reading the AP Wire on the Washington Post website, which I do at least once a day, when this catches my eye.

Customer Subdues Robber with Applesauce
The Associated Press
Tuesday, July 18, 2006; 11:35 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- A customer at a city grocery tackled an armed robber and beat him with a can of applesauce when he refused to drop his gun, police said.

And honestly, the first thing that goes through my head is, "I've never seen applesauce in a can. In a glass jar, sure, and in individual plastic cups, certainly, but a can? A can of applesauce?"

1. To cause to turn away from the original focus of attention or interest; divert.
2. To pull in conflicting emotional directions; unsettle.
[Middle English distracten, from Latin distrahere, distract-, to pull away : dis-, apart + trahere, to draw.]
"distract." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 19 Jul. 2006.