The Free Online Dictionary defines “chestnut” as “An old, frequently repeated joke, story, or song.” Miriam Webster calls it “something (as a musical piece or a saying) repeated to the point of staleness.”
Put simply, chestnuts are those things “everybody knows.” For instance, “everybody knows” that Republicans hate women, that revenues go up as taxes go up, that Sarah Palin’s an idiot, that George W. Bush hates black people, that “corporate personhood” is some kind of evil Wall Street scam, that the “Palestinian peace process” exists (and when it breaks down, it’s all Israel’s fault).
Put bluntly, chestnuts are what people believe when they don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.
At Rotten Chestnuts we aim, in our own small way, to change that. To educate. To inform. To praise the praiseworthy and mock the mockable. To entertain, and — dare we hope? — to inspire.
If you’re tired of being labeled ignorant, or a “hater,” or simply uncool for using the brains God gave you to examine the world, then this is a site for you.