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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

The Grocery List Collection

A collection of over 500 grocery lists that were tossed away -- found in the trash and on the street -- that have been found by the collector, Bill Keaggy, and his readers.

The lists are beguiling. Some are funny; others tragic. From the paper that is chosen, the handwriting, the spelling and the items listed we learn intimate things about strangers.

Says Bill about what he has learned:

More people than I thought like onions. Mayonnaise is difficult to spell. So is banana, apparently. And anchovies. And yogurt. There are a lot of notepads out there touting the greatness of numerous bizarrely-named pharmaceuticals. I used to think my handwriting was lame. Now I don't. And lastly, very few people leave their grocery lists in the cart like they should.


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