Autumn always reminds me of train accidents.
When we were living in Connecticut, before I had an iPhone or kids, I used to have a job. Sometimes I worked in the New York office and when I did I took the train from Greenwich to Grand Central. Desperate for something to read one day, I found the train’s newsletter (?) and learned all about Slippery Rail season:
“In autumns past, you may have heard our train crews mention “slip-slide” to explain minor service delays. This condition is created by a Teflon-like substance left by crushed leaves on our rails that gets even more slippery when it rains.
When a train attempts to speed up or slow down, this slippery substance – called pectin – can cause the wheels to slip or slide along the rails.” – MTA LIRR
Pectin. The same stuff we eat in our PB&Js. And more!
- In the cigar industry, pectin is considered an excellent substitute for vegetable glue and many cigar smokers and collectors will use pectin for repairing damaged tobacco wrapper leaves on their cigars.
- Until 2002, pectin was one of the main ingredients used in Kaopectate a drug to combat diarrhea
- Pectin is also used in jellybeans.
In other words pectin is everywhere, including all over my driveway and sidewalks. If I never would have read that newsletter I would never know to be worried about fallen leaves. Now you know too but
*wait for it*
I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.