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July 20, 2009

Overnight Open Thread - (genghis)

Wired.com is pleased to present us with a list from Insurance.com advising us of The 10 Most Dangerous Foods to Eat While Driving. We.com are certainly.com appreciative.com to learn.com more.com about (can’t do that one…it’s an actual site) this subject.com.

”Insurance.com has come up with a list of the 10 most dangerous things eat behind the wheel. Seriously. Topping the list is the one thing we’ve all shoved into our faces during the morning commute. Before we get to that, though, we should explain why Insurance.com thought this was important enough to investigate. Hagerty Classic Insurance, the folks who let you cover that ‘57 Chevrolet Bel Air or 1935 Dusenberg SJ in your garage, ran an applicant through the DMV. It discovered the guy had a restraining order barring him from having food within his reach while driving. Apparently the guy had been in several accidents while stuffing his maw.”

Without further adieu (or aloha…or some other fancy word I don’t understand), here’s their so-called list:

1. Coffee. It’s hot. It can spill. That’s bad. That said, we’re guilty of this. So are you. Admit it.
2. Hot soup. It’s hot. It can spill. That’s bad.
3. Tacos. Very messy.
4. Chili. It’s hot. It can spill. That’s bad. And it’s very messy.
5. Hamburgers. Greasy hands and a steering wheel do not mix.
6. Barbecued food. Um, that should go without saying.
7. Fried chicken. You think burgers are greasy?
8. Jelly or cream-filled donuts. Ever bitten into one and not had it squirt all over the place?
9. Soft drinks. Big threat of spillage, says Insurance.com, and unacceptable risk of “fizz up your nose.” Huh?
10. Chocolate. It melts on your fingers, which makes a mess on the steering wheel.

Yep, that’s about what you’d expect a group of actuaries to come up with. But then, these are people whose job it seems to be to come up with the most common things which might kill us and/or cost them money. Lack of imagination is pretty much written into the job description.

I’m fairly sure I can conjure up lots of things far more dangerous than the ones on that list that you could eat while driving. Does it just mean that the food is dangerous regarding the driving in and of itself? Or does it mean that the food can kill you before you crash the car into an abutment because it wasn’t prepared properly? Such as the Pufferfish? And of course there are also other things that are dangerous to eat while driving, even though they might not be considered “food” per se. (And you might want to keep an eye out for those potholes while you’re at it. The ones on the street that is, gutter brains.)

Non-topic topic found at Phil the News Junkie’s blog. Who should really know better by now not to post things like this given what we’ll do to them here.


Tonight’s ONT is sponsored by our old friend from above, the Pufferfish.

”Eat me!”

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