"These are all the possible artificial salt flavors," he said, "and every few years we release a new one. This little shelf here is all the flavors we've release so far - Barbecue, Cool Ranch, Nacho Cheese, White Cheddar, Buffalo Wing, Honey Dijon, Lime and Chili, and so on. The rest are the unreleased flavors. Every few years we pick one that seems appropriate and ship it off to the chip people and the almond people and so on. We figure we've got about ten thousand years of new flavors here, and they just keep getting tastier. I can't let you see any of them, of course."
"Why all the fuss?" I asked.
He shrugged. "We read somewhere that whoever controls the spice controls the universe?"