As if the fact Eli Manning is playing in the Super Bowl isn’t nauseating enough, now we find out that we gotta go dipless for the entire ridiculous six-hour duration of the game. You might think double-dipping is just an everyday occurrence, completely blown out of proportion on an episode of Seinfeld, but you’d be wrong. Oh, boy, would you be wrong.
Clemson University did a study measuring the disgustingness of partaking in chip-to-dip-to-mouth-to-dip-to-mouth behavior and they found Timmy was right; “that’s like putting your whole mouth right in the dip.”
[Clemson professor Paul L.] Dawson said that on average, the students found that the three to six double dips transferred about 10,000 bacteria from an eater’s mouth to the remaining dip sample.
“Our objective was, does it transfer bacteria? And unequivocally, it does,” Dawson said.
In the study, the students looked for the “aerobic bacteria” in the dip samples, which Dawson said is bacteria that grows in the air, as compared to bacteria that might grow in a closed area such as a canned food item.
The professor said the students’ research didn’t get into the risk behind such a bacteria transfer, but they got the idea.
“We didn’t test for whether they were transferring the flu virus or colds. But we know that’s how most colds and flu are transferred,” Dawson said.
And the bottom line at the food table?
“You can eat the dip, but you shouldn’t eat it when someone else is double dipping,” Dawson said, adding, “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.
Wait; kissing everybody at the party is a bad thing? Ohhh, sorry Worm, that sucks for you.
[GoUpState.com]: Double dipping alert: Watch for bacteria in your Super Bowl dip