Well, I’ve heard it all now.  It seems that every day that goes by I am more convinced that our generation is doomed.

The other day I decided to grab lunch at the Market Place. I didn’t see anyone I knew, so I just grabbed the first free seat that I saw and commenced to take nourishment I had loaded my plate. Halfway through my soft-serve ice cream with sprinkles on top, I overheard a conversation that left me speechless.

A group of students sat down at a table behind me and were talking about the usual college student things, you know, World of Warcraft, Game of Thrones and the horror stories of the new professors that each one has this semester. Apparently one of the members of the group elected to have a glass of milk for his beverage of choice because one of the companions made the statement, “I can’t believe you get milk to drink every day.”

Now, I’m sure you’re asking yourself what’s so great about a glass of milk for lunch. Well, nothing really. It is a great beverage with an excellent source of calcium. However, the statement that followed is what left me in a state of awe.

“Because I just like milk, dude. I like chocolate milk better, though, but they were out. They must have ran out of brown cows,” the student responded.

At first I got a little chuckle. Chocolate milk and brown cows. Funny. But the conversation that followed moved me to the realization that this wasn’t all that funny after all.

“Brown cows?” his companion asked.

“Yeah man, that’s how they get the chocolate milk. They use the regular cows for white milk.”

“Oh okay. Cool dude. I never knew that.”

I got to thinking about that conversation in my next class and realized a scary truth. Not only did the fellow that loved a glass of milk for lunch not have a clue what he was talking about, but he had falsely educated a fellow college student on the origin of chocolate milk.

So, to the student who likes milk and to the student who was inquiring on the milking process: The cow (Bos Taurus), like other mammals, produces milk, and unless a serious medical condition has inflicted the cow, that milk is by nature white. The only thing that distinguished chocolate milk from regular milk is one key ingredient—chocolate.