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This contradiction, you must see, please take a guess, what must I be?

To toss the outside, and keep the rest... but keep the outside and toss the mess!

No strings attached, they are in your teeth, What edible object must I be?

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You are

corn

because

you take off the husk of corn, eat the kernels, then throw away the cob.

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I can think of a few possibilities but... are you perhaps a

Popsicle?
I remove the wrap, eat all the icy goodness then trash the messy sticky stick.

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  • $\begingroup$ While that is a technically valid answer, and on the right track, Desusovi got it. $\endgroup$ May 12 '17 at 4:53
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I understand an answer has already been marked as correct, but wouldn't the following make sense too, following the same reasoning as the marked answer?

Avocado

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    $\begingroup$ Yes, that technically would fit the toss the outside, keep the inside, use the outside, toss the inside... but the rhyme indicates a mess being thrown away which a corn cob is more of one than an avocado. $\endgroup$ May 12 '17 at 17:00
  • $\begingroup$ Basically any food would work that has an outside (inedible) peel, flesh to be eaten and then a useless inner core or pit. Avocado came to my mind rather immediately, too. There are a few others. $\endgroup$
    – Octopus
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it can be

a bottle of coke

explanation:

open the cap and throw it away, and keep the full bottle, drink the coke and then trash the bottle.

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    $\begingroup$ Technically the inside would not be a mess (as per the rhyme) and you are not throwing out the outside in whole (I guess I did not technically specify the complete outside.) $\endgroup$ May 12 '17 at 17:02

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