Despite his comprehensive knowledge of iPhones and government conspiracies, senior writer Joe McGauley can't handle peanuts. Though not life-threatening, his reactions include rashes, hives, swelling, and slight shortness of breath.
"It's kind of a sad existence," he said. "Peanuts are everywhere, and people go out of their way to tell me how good they are."
Food and Drink staff writer Meredith Heil, has no problem eating cans on cans of salty meats, but peanuts cause serious problems.
"The first time I remember eating a peanut, I felt like I might have been tripping. I was in the middle of a meeting and I just started feeling so weird, the world was going in and out. I went back to my room, and threw up," she said.
The interesting part is that both parties (who, granted, have relatively mild allergies) say their symptoms have reduced with time and exposure.