January 30, 2008

Dip Once or Dip Twice? - New York Times

I have never been a fine of TV's Seinfeld but over the course of its many seasons it did raise a few important social questions. As we look to Super Bowl weekend the issue of double dipping comes to mind, no not should I take position as a consultant to the Town of Southern Shores on beach access while recieving federal retirement benefits, the issue of is it proper to take more than one scoop of salsa or quacamole with a single chip. The NYT reports that a college professor decided to see if "double dipping" really increased the risk of contamination in all those Super Bowl Snacks. The test was conducted by students at Clemson who dipped crackers in chips in a variety sauces, bit then dipped again. They tested the bacteria levels at each stage and found that double dipping did slightly increase the amount of bacteria in the condiment. Who knew?.
The experiment was inspired by an episode of the Seinfeld show. George Costanza is attending a funeral with his girlfriend and is caught by her cousin Timmy when he uses one chip for 2 loads of salsa:
“Did, did you just double dip that chip?” Timmy asks incredulously, later objecting, “That’s like putting your whole mouth right in the dip!” Finally George retorts, “You dip the way you want to dip, I’ll dip the way I want to dip,” and aims another used chip at the bowl. Timmy tries to take it away, and the scene ends as they wrestle for it."
I don't know about you but I plan to to stick to the chili.


At 9:12 PM, Blogger Monticello said...

Useless trivia, but I find myself fascinated by the finding of the study. Now, another Monk thing to worry 'bout.


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