Why an apple for a favicon?

I actually thought this would be self-evident, but wouldn’t you know the moment I put this up one of my friends asked if I chose an apple favicon because I favor Apple computers. Um, no. I’m pretty sure that would have brought down the Apple legal team down on me like the fist of god and squelched this little enterprise before it even got started.

Pretty much everyone has heard the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. There’s a nice little history synopsis of that on Wikipedia. Better yet, read the September 2013 Washington Post article that is the main source for the Wiki entry.  The simple conclusion is that apples are good for you. Duh. Hey, guess what? Apples are also plants! You can scour the web all you want, but you’re not going to find “a filet a day keeps the cardiologist away” or “two glasses of milk a day keeps the doctor away”. Why do you think that is?

Also interesting, at least to me, is that neither the article nor the Wiki comments on the social ramifications of the phrase, which seems to clearly indicate that seeing the doctor is an outcome to be avoided. Since the current phrase was apparently coined around 1922, I’d say there’s been a major cultural shift in the last 100 years. I’m sure we’ll hear more on this later…

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