… land that I love … … stand beside her and guide her … … through the night with a light from above …
… from the mountains …
… to the prairies … … to the oceans, white with foam … … God bless America … … my home … sweet … home.
Science is stupid. And worse, it’s making our lives more stupid every day. Why? Because they do stupid studies that come up with stupid conclusions. And a lot of people stupidly believe them because they’re living with the stupid impression that science is all about being smart.
And that’s really stupid.
Take, for instance, a group of scientists in the U.K., “leading experts on food safety,” who decided to find out how clean and sanitary is the average backyard grill in the Land of Brits. They released their findings over there on Friday, just in time for the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend over here. The headline on the story posted on one U.S. news website, theweek.com, sums it up pretty well.
“Happy Memorial Day: Your BBQ grill may have more germs than a toilet seat.”
I knew there was more than one reason to wage war on that country.Seems the average home BBQ grilling surface is a magnet for harmful bacteria like salmonella, e-coli and listeria. Because most of our backyard grills aren’t kept clean enough to … well, to eat off of.
Interesting. Now, wait just a minute. Before you, me, and every barbecuing person in this country runs out into the streets and falls on our long-handled meat forks, let’s recall one little-bitty, silly thing that seems to be missing in this whole conversation here.Fire.
Fire is enlightening. Fire is even somewhat pretty. But fire also is hot. Fire burns things. Like houses, paper, trees. Why, fire’s even been known to burn people’s beating hearts … with a hunka-hunka burning love. Oh, and also quite a few hamburgs and hot dogs too.But before it ever puts a sear on a steak, I’ll bet it burns up every single bad ol’ bacteria that might be hanging on to that grilling surface as it burns and brings up the temperature to the necessary sizzling point – hot enough to grill those hunksa-hunksa barbecue food items.
But what if they don’t all die? The bacteria, I mean. What if a few get through and into your disgestive innards?
I’ve already thought of that, got it figured out. And I’m not even one of those smart scientists. Remember, I flunked science.Beer – cold, sparkling, refreshing … and alcoholically antiseptic.
… We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness … and the inexplicable yet irrefutable freedom to consume 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes …
God bless the red, white and blue. And Nathan’s.