Times being what they are, peas and carrots are not the only thing that comes in a can. Plenty of other things come packaged in those tin cylinders; some moderately tasty, some strange (brown bread? Really?), and some… well, let’s just say that they cater to the four-legged Wastelanders more than they do to those of the upright variety (I’m looking at you, dog food) One such can is the Old Can of Beans which, if you examine it, will let you know in no uncertain terms (and with a slightly rhyming beat, that beans are, in fact, good for your heart.
For those of you who did not spend your childhood (which judging by several of my friends, consists of years 5-30) in the US, UK, or any other country in which it is known, the above phrase is one verse or variation of the famous bean song, known and loved by kids far and wide, to the dismay of their parents (though I dare say the parents are also laughing inside).
The song has many versions and alternate verses. The one mentioned in the game is, as I know it:
Beans, beans, they’re good for the heart.
The more you eat, the more you fart.
The more you fart, the better you feel,
so eat your beans at every meal!
For those of you who are really interested, several more versions of this masterpiece of prepubescent poetry can be found here. What can I say, beans are magical. All 54 billion types of them (I still don’t know what fava beans are). Apparently they really are good for you, but they do… encourage, the movement of certain gasses (though apparently there are ways around that). They even have an entire website devoted to them.