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    The New Yorker | Helen Rosner | 6/8/20 | 3 min
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    • Pegeen
      Top reader this weekScribe
      3 weeks ago

      I have noticed “collective rot” more in a package of strawberries or blackberries than apples. It blows my mind how many varieties of apples there are.

    • chrissetiana
      Top reader this weekReading streakScout
      3 weeks ago

      Better to trim and burn the infected branch, or even the whole tree.

      It’s not that bad to start anew.

    • Plum3 weeks ago

      Good advice! Always hard to get the bad apples in time!

    • deephdave
      Top reader this weekReading streakScout
      3 weeks ago

      Chaucer was likely the first to write a version of the now commonplace proverb: “A rotten apple’s better thrown away / Before it spoils the barrel.” But I’m partial to Benjamin Franklin’s version: “The rotten apple spoils his companions.” The saying is often used to refer to the corruption of select individuals within a group. But the point is the fruit’s susceptibility to collective rot.