Many Arkies have rolled through Mississippi and Alabama on their way to the Redneck Riviera or some other point southeast. Have others wondered what the heck is up with the fascination of boiled peanuts? They're at every roadside stand, convenience store and truck stop along every thoroughfare. Have other wonderers actually taken the absolutely gross plunge and put those nasty things in their mouths? We just did. Double yuck. Why treat a perfectly respectable peanut so poorly? Thoughts? Any defenders? Anyone dare to suggest a boiled peanut is better than a salted-in-the-shell ballpark variety? Or a home-parched delight?