So I go out to dinner the other night with my girlfriend and 2 other people that we bowl with every Tuesday night and as we are waiting for our food that we ordered, the bartender asks us if we would like some peanuts while we wait. Everyone likes peanuts so we say yes. The bartender brings us over two bowls, one with the uneaten peanuts and the other with empty peanut shells. Everyone except me reaches in and grabs one and opens it up. I then reach in, grab one and pop the whole thing in my mouth. All three of them turn and give me the most god awful stare as if I had just committed an unforgivable curse. I felt rather stupid as they proceeded to ask me why I was eating the peanut and the shell. I told them it's how I had always eaten them because I like the saltiness of the shell and found eating just the peanuts inside to be rather boring. This all seemed so foreign to them.
Is this really not a common practice? Does anyone else also eat the shells?