"What is this?" the young Safeway cashier asked me as he pulled an item off the conveyor belt, held it up to eye level, and examined it carefully.
"It's an organic red pepper," I said. "The regular red peppers looked like frankenfood."
"I know, those things are huge!" he replied. "I was just surprised to see a normal-looking red pepper."
How awful did the regular red peppers look? So giant and sickly that I'd already snapped a cell phone picture of them: