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June 25, 2002 10:20 AM   Subscribe

HOLY MOTHER OF BACON! French fries?!?! Cancerous!?!?
posted by jcterminal (36 comments total)

 
I'm more and more ready to accept that life itself can somehow give you cancer
posted by matteo at 10:22 AM on June 25, 2002


I sure hope sleep doesn't cause cancer... that's about the last thing I have left in this scary world (and sleeping is fun).
posted by dopamine at 10:24 AM on June 25, 2002


if i don't read it it's not true...if i don't read it it's not true...if i......
posted by byort at 10:26 AM on June 25, 2002


Even your precious sleep can cause an early death, that is if you sleep more than 8 hours a day. Of course too little sleep will do you bad too, but everyone already knew that.
posted by geoff. at 10:28 AM on June 25, 2002


Personally, I just love the link name:

cancerfries

It has such an "indie-rock band" feel to it.
posted by grum@work at 10:30 AM on June 25, 2002


WARNING:

Life is a sexually transmitted terminal disease.

However many things you do, or do not do, you will die someday.

Get over it.
posted by jonmc at 10:31 AM on June 25, 2002


I'm beginning to think cancer just randomly affects people. Some genetic defect in everyone's DNA, like watching an old video that has wrinkles in the tape for some unknown reason causing the screen to freak out. The correlations scientists make to cancer and everything from saccharin to french fries, it's all completely coincidental. But then I still smoke a pack a day and cough up a lung every morning, so what the hell do I know?
posted by ZachsMind at 10:32 AM on June 25, 2002


You know what I think leads to cancer.... WORRYING TOO MUCH, ABOUT WHAT GIVES YOU CANCER. (Sorry for the caps.) Just eat your junk food, and remain in blissful ignorance. Death by french fries? Yeah, whatever.
posted by Dark Messiah at 10:33 AM on June 25, 2002


Crikey, they reported this bad potatoey news weeks ago on my only source of TV news in English, the mightay mightay BBC World.

...what? that's not cool? Damn.

...skulks over to the left a bit...
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:40 AM on June 25, 2002


Double post
posted by briank at 10:40 AM on June 25, 2002


previously here and here.
posted by chrisroberts at 10:41 AM on June 25, 2002


I noticed that too, grum :)

The Swedish study says deep-fried and oven-baked potatoes are the most dangerous.

I am doomed there's any truth to this. Eat taters and die of cancer, or give up the taters and die of a sad, sad broken heart.

I have always intended that when I go, I'm going to go with a belly full of fattening home-cooking and a smile on my face. They don't let you into the really good heaven if you show up loaded with granola and celery sticks.
posted by Sapphireblue at 10:43 AM on June 25, 2002


Let's not be afraid, children. The matter is still up for discussion and still more study. So go ahead and gorge yourself on cigarettes and battery acid. The sky has not fallen yet.
posted by Quixoticlife at 10:46 AM on June 25, 2002


The Swedish study says deep-fried and oven-baked potatoes are the most dangerous. So who is the half-bake that claims oven potato chips are better for you.
Side note, I was surprised by how many Swedish dishes my girl friend would make that included potatoes.
No fat wars here as it is obvious the weight you may be saving will not help against acrylamide, a carcinogenic. Now for me if I did get cancer, I might have trouble staving off malnutrition. So the more we know the less we eat, unless your nervous then what, I stopped bitting my nails. I'll just go have a nice glass of H2O.
PS spell check gave the correct word, as cyanide for acrylamide. Who needs a study when you have META.
posted by thomcatspike at 11:09 AM on June 25, 2002


I saw a report on this on TV, one doctor pointed out that even though these foods are unhealthy, life spans have been getting longer so the threat can't be that bad.

Are there any cultures that don't eat fried potatoes? Are the cancer rates in China that radically different than that in the U.S.? This dangers should be provable by statistical comparisons of cancer rates between different cultures.
posted by bobo123 at 11:11 AM on June 25, 2002


Why do scientists try so hard to take the fun out of life?
posted by insomnyuk at 11:28 AM on June 25, 2002


I love the URL for the article: ./cancerfries
posted by me3dia at 11:31 AM on June 25, 2002


Well, if you're that concerned about evading fat and living long life, you could always consume your food intraveneously.
posted by ed at 11:50 AM on June 25, 2002


you could always consume your food intraveneously.
like, mash it up and then shoot the resulting blob into your ventricle?
posted by matteo at 11:53 AM on June 25, 2002


Why do scientists try so hard to take the fun out of life?

It's how science is designed: With the right evidence one can say with certainty that X [cyanide, say] will kill you. There is really no way to show with any scientific rigor that something will make you live better than normal (whatever that might be). Therefore, scientists usually can only give you bad news. In defense of scientists (I am one) I would say it is usually the media who conclude "X causes cancer" from something more reasonable a scientist might say: "X contains minute quantities of Y. Y is known (in its pure form) to cause cancer. Therefore, it would be a good idea to study X some more."
posted by plaino at 12:01 PM on June 25, 2002


In celebration of this tonight, I think a nice grilled steak and some Belgian fries with horseradish mayo.

And salad? Piffle.
posted by ebarker at 12:04 PM on June 25, 2002


We're pretty close to coming full circle and just concluding, scientifically, that life=death.
posted by insomnyuk at 12:07 PM on June 25, 2002


Denial: It ain't just a river in Egypt.
posted by rushmc at 12:14 PM on June 25, 2002


Maybe it's not the potato, but the H2O(same link this one works, damn ruined my joke) we use to grow and the soil passes it on to it and then us.
For those that like to BBQ, , preventing carcinogenic when BBQing
posted by thomcatspike at 12:36 PM on June 25, 2002


It's a Swedish group. Let's not lose any sleep over this.
posted by mikegre at 12:59 PM on June 25, 2002


Hmm this reminds me of somehting a friend told me.
"Everyone who eats pop-tarts, dies"
And when I thought about it, I realized that he was right. If you have ever eaten a pop-tart, you will die.
Scary, No?
posted by RubiX^3 at 1:48 PM on June 25, 2002


mikegre - as a swede used to "stupid jokes" about norweigans (not polacks), your witty joke was lost on me.

it's funny that the swedish reasearcheas discovered this - the potato is our most loved spud, imported as late as the 1700
's by Jonas Alströmer - ad it hasn't left our plates since. mmmmm.. now i want potatisgratäng! (see we even imported the word "gratin').
posted by dabitch at 2:20 PM on June 25, 2002


Good News: Lots of things can cause cancer and there's more cancer research being done now than ever.

Bad News: An amazing breakthrough preventive treatment is around the corner but its a suppository taken every hour. And its big.
posted by skallas at 2:33 PM on June 25, 2002


I think I should start smoking.
posted by delmoi at 6:37 PM on June 25, 2002


I think I should start smoking.

Non-smokers die every day.
posted by nath at 7:05 PM on June 25, 2002


wait a sec. someone mentions 'fries give you cancer' and everyone sez 'get over it'.

why isn't the same done when some crazy person posts anything about israel/palestine?
posted by jcterminal at 11:07 PM on June 25, 2002


I/P threads cause cancer?! [panics]
posted by JDC8 at 12:09 AM on June 26, 2002


IP threads DEFINITELY cause cancer
posted by goneill at 6:30 AM on June 26, 2002


wait a sec. someone mentions 'fries give you cancer' and everyone sez 'get over it'.

See my previous post.
posted by rushmc at 6:43 AM on June 26, 2002


perhaps it is not science that we should dislike but rather the food companies that put carcinogens in what we eat?
posted by mcsweetie at 9:23 AM on June 26, 2002


take what mcsweetie said, rather the food companies that put carcinogens in what we eat?

then with what I said up above. Did a potato have these things in them to begin.
posted by thomcatspike at 10:52 AM on June 26, 2002


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