Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Mercury Coffee Co.

Almost every morning I see the green sign on the way saying "Mercury Coffee Co." It's probably just a small store, not really a corporation, but the name got me stunned the first time I've seen it.

You see, "mercury" is another name for quicksilver, a deadly poisonois heavy metal. Coincidentally, one big problem with decaffinated coffee is that removal of caffein is usually achieved by the process which pollutes coffee beans with much deadlier chemicals.

With this in mind, "Mercury Coffee Co." gets a certain shade of some grave humor, which is not quite appetizing...