To begin this story, we have to back up in time to, oh, around Dan's birth. He was born with a severe aversion to tuna fish. Dan cannot remember when this began or ever even trying tuna, but he has always known that he absolutely hated it.
When we were in college, sometimes we would eat lunch together. If I got a tuna salad sandwich, he would refuse to come near me until I a. threw it away, b. brushed my teeth, and c. it had been about 5 hours since I'd been near it. (He claimed he could still smell it)
When Dan was rushing his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, he honestly said that if they had told him that he had to eat tuna in order to join, he wouldn't do it.
He just hates tuna that much.
Well, this weekend we went to a friend's birthday party. We knew that there was a chicken dish being served there, but what we didn't know was there was also a tuna and rice dish served that resembled the chicken dish very closely.
You can see where this is going, I'm sure...
Dan loaded up his plate and took a few big bites. Now this is the part I think is the funniest. He didn't even realize he was eating tuna! Apparently the part he got was mostly rice, but still! He was eating his most hated enemy of the food world, and he didn't even know it!
After eating it, he overheard someone explaining the different dishes and found out that unbeknownst to him, there was a tuna casserole at this party, and indeed that had been what he'd eaten.
I was outside with a friend so Dan just lived with this "horror and distress" (his words) for a few minutes, holding his empty plate in front of him, still not believing what had just happened. When I came back in, he grabbed my arm and said "DEAR GOD I JUST ATE TUNA AND I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT!!!" in the same voice that someone might use if they were telling you their firstborn daughter (or Sammie) just got kidnapped.
I burst out laughing. And ever since we have been "healthily debating" about whether tuna is actually that bad...in my opinion, if he ate it without even realizing it, it can't be as bad as he thinks! However, Dan still sticks to his argument that it was mostly rice.
I think he's just in denial.
So there's the breaking news in the world of Dan. Now we just need to figure out how to scheme more tuna into his life until he admits he likes it... :-)