Editor's Note: Hundreds of Ann Landers' loyal readers have requested that newspapers continue to publish her columns. These letters originally appeared in 1999.
Dear Ann Landers: My husband and I have a trivial problem, but have yet to get a definite answer, even though we have asked family and friends and even a butcher. Here's the question: Does a chicken have one breast or two?
My husband and I are on a calorie-counting diet and were tallying up supper last night. We could not agree on how much to count for the whole roasted chicken we had eaten. I had the breast meat from one side, and he had the portion from the other side. I counted mine as a half-breast, and he said it should be counted as a whole breast, because chickens have two breasts, one on each side. This sounds to me like a "man" thing. All the guys we have asked say chickens have two breasts. All the women say they have just one.
We have been married for seven years and have never had a dispute that we could not resolve, so we decided to ask Ann Landers. We both read your column every morning and can't wait to see your answer. — Miss M in Shreveport, La.
Dear Miss M.: You need wait no longer. Chickens have one breast. Breast meat is between 30 calories to 45 calories per ounce. Most diets consider "a breast" to be a split breast, which is one-half of the whole breast. Bon appetit!
Dear Ann Landers: I suspect my wife of six years is having an affair. She means a great deal to me, and I don't want a divorce. My suspicions are beginning to wreck my personal and professional life, and I don't know what to do.
I recently heard of a TV show that investigates and catches cheating spouses on film. I am seriously considering contacting the producers. Do you think my wife and I would be able to reconcile if I had her investigated and caught her on this show? — Just Asking in the Big D
Dear Big D: If you had your wife investigated, and she were caught cheating, and it later appeared on TV, your marriage would not stand the chance of the proverbial snowball in hell. I think you need some professional help, Mister. Please get it.
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