Ask McFartnuggets: “Why Do People Always Buy Milk and Eggs Before a Big Storm?”

Dear McFartnuggets: 
When I go to the store before a big storm to get supplies and food in case I’m snowed in or the power goes out I always see that the dairy section where the store keeps eggs and milk is always ransacked. Everyone is running around crazy saying “Where’s the milk? Do you have this kind of milk? Is there anymore milk?!” I don’t get it. If there’s a huge storm then there’s a chance the power could go out. If the power is out then your refrigerator stops working. If your refrigerator stops working then everything inside goes bad and milk and eggs are some of the most perishable food items there are. Why in god’s name would people be so eager to purchase milk and eggs before a storm? Do they go on clearance sale or something? -- Deb from Augusta, Maine

Dear Deb:
Some people have generators in their homes that help power their refrigerators when the power goes out. For those who don’t, I think it’s just a subconscious decision to purchase eggs and milk. They’re gearing up for a big storm and probably a little nervous so when they go to the store they get the main things they always get at the store and those main things are milk, eggs, and bread for the most part. If they were smarter would they be purchasing nonperishable goods? Maybe, but you have to remember a lot of people are borderline mentally disabled these days. I haven’t seen any store that puts those items on clearance before a storm, though that would make sense if they don’t have a backup generator. Of course then people would be dissuaded from purchasing the items if a power outage was that likely even if there was a discount.

Nothing gives you the strength to fight off a storm like some good ol' milk and eggs.

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