Friday July 13, 2012 | 03:08 PM

Free ice cream is a wonderful thing, especially in the heat of summer.

You'll have your shot at a free cone this Sunday, which happens to be National Ice Cream Day.

All Maine Cold Stone Creamery locations that are housed inside a Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop will be giving away a 3-ounce scoop with a cone all day.

Here's where the humiliation factor comes in. To get the cone, you have to walk up to the counter and say (presumably with a Stepford-style smile on your face) "Happy Ice Cream Day!"

Maybe this is some kind of corporate trick to guarantee that they won't have to give away too much free ice cream. Because all the ice cream on the planet Earth will melt before you see me marching into a store and reciting their little pre-determined happy-happy phrase. And I'm sure there are lots of ice cream lovers out there who feel the same way.

Why can't we just say something like "I'd like the free ice cream cone, please?"

Oh well. The lines will probably be too long anyway.

Now excuse me while I go buy some local gelato.



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Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

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