08/08/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

CNN Anchor Heidi Collins -- Incredible

Let's be charitable. Let's assume that it's CNN morning anchor Heidi Collins' local-news background that accounts for her ability to ad-lib during a conversation with Dr. Sanjay Gupta that boggles the mind.

Gupta was doing a story on the FDA's fingering of serrano peppers from a Mexican farm as the culprit in the recent salmonella outbreak. He brought some such peppers on camera, and lamented that the management of the store where they were bought could not, when questioned, identify whether or not they originated in Mexico. Collins' immediate reaction: "Incredible."

Really? Is it really hard to believe that most American produce retailers don't routinely label country of origin on all their fruits and vegetables? Does Collins not shop for her own food? Or is "incredible" just one of those catch-all local-news-anchor reactions to everything the anchor might be told about on air--car crash, rescued kitten, toxic peppers, Britney jailed?

Heidi Collins: incredible. Literally.