Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Double Dipping -- Yuck

It was not quite a year ago that Harold McGee, a food/food science writer for the New York Times, summarized some Clemson University research on the 5 second rule for food. Of course that article caught my eye. It's no secret I'm a germ-o-phobe that would find that work fascinating.

But I missed another article that he wrote a couple weeks ago about more research done by the same Clemson researcher. A friend of mine at work pointed out Harold's recent article. In this recent work, the Clemson folks studied the act of double dipping a chip in dip -- incorporated into our pop culture by George Costanza in this Seinfeld episode. As you can imagine, just like the five second rule, it's not a good idea to double dip. I laughed at Harold's quote of Professor Dawson that gives a high level summary of the results: “The way I would put it is, before you have some dip at a party, look around and ask yourself, would I be willing to kiss everyone here? Because you don’t know who might be double dipping, and those who do are sharing their saliva with you.”


Patrick said...

Here's something to add to your germ paranoia. My dad told me about this at a restaurant the other day.


Dianne said...

Ewww. I'd like a diet coke... hold the fecal matter.

Earl said...

Pat -- thanks for that! Yikes!

Beth Ellen said...

Goodness, I never quite thought of it that way.