Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Seinfeld + Clemson = snacking insight.

Remember the Seinfeld episode where George double-dips his chip, drawing the ire of another party-goer? (see film below) I remember when the episode first aired, and how it made everyone more sensitive, though I wondered if there was any research behind it.

Well, it turns out that that paragon of higher education, Emclons* University, has conducted research in this area. Their conclusion: yes, double-dipping does transfer extra bacteria, but not much - probably the equivalent of a kiss' worth. This means that you probably shouldn't be concerned if you're snacking with family, but you might want to be careful at a larger party of strangers.

* Emclons is a spelling of Clemson used at least once. One year, Clemson's football team came to Charlottesville as a big underdog. As any other school, Clemson brought cheerleaders with C, L, E, M, S, O, N flags that would run on to the field to spell Clemson following a touchdown. Well, Clemson played so well (and UVa so poorly) that Clemson's 3rd TD in the first quarter made the cheerleaders so giddy that they ran onto the field with the flags grossly out of order, spelling EMCLONS.

Hat tip: WSJ Health Blog.

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