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02-01-2008, 08:31 PM
2 hours, 13 minutes ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Keep an eye on the salsa this Super Bowl Sunday: A researcher inspired by a famous "Seinfeld" episode has concluded that double dipping is just plain gross.

"That's like putting your whole mouth right in the dip!" George Costanza was admonished on the show after he dipped a chip twice at a wake. That's not too far off, said Clemson University professor Paul L. Dawson.

Last year the food microbiologist's undergraduate students examined the effects of double dipping using volunteers, wheat crackers and several sample dips. They found that three to six double dips transferred about 10,000 bacteria from an eater's mouth to the remaining dip sample.

"I was very surprised by the results," Dawson said in a telephone interview Thursday. "I thought there would be very minimal transfer. I didn't think we would be able to detect it."

The professor said the students' research didn't get into the risk behind such a bacteria transfer, but they got the idea.

"I like to say it's like kissing everybody at the party if you're double dipping, you're putting some of your bacteria in that dip," Dawson said.

The results of the research are scheduled to be published in the journal Food Safety within the next six months, he said

02-02-2008, 03:09 AM
sounds bad, but it's peanuts compared to some stuff I found:

Typical number of bacteria in one glass (300 ml.) of pasteurized milk 16,000,000

Typical number of bacteria found on 1 square inch of healthy skin 100,000

Typical number of bacteria found in one drop of human saliva (healthy mouth) 150,000,000

Typical number of bacteria found in each breath of air you take 10,000

I think I'm gonna take the double-dipped-in-dip before I drink milk at the party, or touch someone, or make out with someone, and I may even hold my breath the whole time too! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif


Gayle in MD
02-02-2008, 09:11 AM
OMG! Pass the clorox! /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

02-02-2008, 03:29 PM
It's ok Gayle, don't forget not all bacteria are bad. Some are good guys too /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif


02-02-2008, 03:41 PM
I heard George Bush has stuck his tongue in every jar of dip being shipped to blue states!


02-02-2008, 04:34 PM
I suspected as much...there's just no end to his evil....

"You've got to change your evil ways... baby

Before I stop loving you.

You've go to change... baby

And every word that I say, it's true.

You've got me running and hiding

All over town.

You've got me sneaking and peeping

And running you down

This can't go on...

Lord knows you got to change... baby."