Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Seinfeld Scientist Says Timmy was Right

Of course, as an alum of the "Everything I Know About Life I Learned from Watching Seinfeld Episodes" school of thought, I could not pass up this Quote of the Day from the NY Times Dining & Wine section:

Professor Dawson said that Timmy was essentially correct. "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."

Professor Paul L. Dawson, a food microbiologist at Clemson University, is interested in getting his students excited about scientific research. What could be better than engaging them in experiments that impact their everyday life? So he had them conduct experiments in how much bacteria actually do get transferred from mouth to chip to dip.

Professor Dawson is outstanding his field in exploding food myths. And, for those unfortunate few who cannot quote Sienfeldiana from the tip of their tongue, here are those famous words credited to Seinfeld writer Peter Mehlman.

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