I can't believe it
Now, I'm pretty proud of myself for using this blog only for its intended purpose: to talk about baseball, particularly the Yankees. I've avoided talking about politics, religion, or any of those other topics that this blog is NOT supposed to be about. But this insane article about nutrition
that I found this morning made me stare in disbelief:
Rutgers University has turned its attention to a new area of health concern: The Simpsons. A team of researchers analyzed 63 episodes of the hit cartoon show for health-related messages and was alarmed by the study's findings. "Fats, sweets and alcohol, particularly beer, doughnuts and salty/fatty snacks, accounted for 52 percent of all foods eaten in this program,'' said their report. The study indicated that 40 percent of The Simpsons' health messages run counter to those promoted by health professionals. Fans argue the satirical show portrays the doughnut-devouring characters as balding, drunken losers, but lead researcher Carol Byrd-Bredbenner is not amused. "We should be able to weave some good health messages into The Simpsons ... Perhaps we could have more pasta and less doughnuts."
You have GOT to be shitting me!!! First of all, IT'S A CARTOON THAT MOCKS EVERYTHING IN MODERN SOCIETY!!! Second of all, read first of all again. Since when is The Simpsons supposed to set life examples for the general public. Now, I admit, I do admire Homer a bit for his do-nothing-get-everything philosophy, but in no way do I think following Homer's lead will allow me to become an astronaut or open a successful snow plow business. These guys at Rutgers have to get a life.
Or maybe this was just a ploy for the "researchers" to watch 63 episodes of The Simpsons on the university's dollar. If that's the case, then they are truly following in Homer's footsteps, and I applaude you.
posted by shawn
: 3/23/2004 09:12:00 AM -