Gut Rumbles

February 15, 2006

don't think about it

This post may not be shit-blogging, but it's close. It's uh... food for thought, but you're better off if you don't think about it.

I read once that a 24-hour stomach virus doesn't exist. No such thing. If you've ever experienced an episode of bowel-blasting diarrhea coupled with copious vomiting, you probably suffered from food poisoning, not any kind of flu.

Whatever it is, I've had it and it's a miserable, disgusting malady. It never killed me, but it made me WISH I were dead. I've always chalked up such episodes to my level of kitchen hygene, which is poor, even by third-world standards. Now I see that maybe I didn't poison myself.

Maybe MacDonald's did it.

Jasmine found that in four of the five restaurants, the ice that came from the self-serve machines had more bacteria than the toilet water. Three of the five cups of ice from the drive-through windows had more bacteria than the toilet water.

Heh. Do ya reckon that when you order a Coke, they'll start asking, "Do you want fecal coliform or E. coli with that?" Maybe you should answer, "No, just scoop me something to drink out of the toilet. No ice."


(Link shamelessly stolen from here.)


People get altogether wound too tightly about germs. I read that study as well and wanted a little more info such as, how many people actually got sick from the ice? I know very few food purveyors who try to poison their customers.

When I was a kid we had animals all over the place the house was usually in various states of uncleanliness, (seven rambunctious kids, a few dogs, some cats, rabbits, a yard full of chickens and some guinea pigs, will do that,) and none of us ever had a serious illness. When my kids were in school several of their friends had moms who were psychopathic cleaners, and those kids were, and as adults still are, sick most of the time. Humans need to be exposed to the world in order to develop immunities. The super moms who sterilize their kid's environment do them no favors.

Posted by: Gerry N. on February 15, 2006 05:13 PM

My daddy always said, anyone that would eat a pussy, would eat anything and anywhere, Cat

Posted by: Catfish on February 15, 2006 05:47 PM

Okay....let's see much copper tubing will I need to hook up my icemaker to the toilet bowl?

Posted by: Tessa on February 15, 2006 05:57 PM

I'm have to agree with Gerry on this. I also think your general health will improve if you avoid eating MickyD's shit altogether. And I'm also amazed with Catfishs ability to work pussy into almost any subject .

Posted by: matt on February 15, 2006 06:02 PM

Matt, I love pussy.

Posted by: Catfish on February 15, 2006 06:13 PM

I don't think that the ice maker is the problem. Ice is carried from the ice maker to ice dispensers in stainless steel buckets. But it's carried and handled by employees who don't always wash their hands.

Ask any fast-food manager what his biggest headache is and chances are he'll say it's the constant battle getting his employees to wash their hands. Whether the cause is adolescent defiance, machismo, or "showing the Man," they resist being told what to do.

And then they wonder why they can't get anywhere in life.

Posted by: Ernie G on February 15, 2006 06:37 PM

Well, I rarely eat at fast food restaurants anyway. This made me pretty sure I'll never go there again.

Posted by: Moogie on February 15, 2006 06:44 PM

Eh, I like a litte germs here and there...keeps my immune system healthy and active. BUT, I don't eat ice anywhere...The damn soda already comes out the fountain cold, why water it down with ice?

Posted by: Steph on February 15, 2006 07:10 PM

Kinda makes ya want to rethink that wallet in the toilet story. The water you washed it off with may have been worse than.........awww never mind......I'm spending WAY to much time here!

Posted by: Rumbear on February 16, 2006 12:21 AM

As one who has worked in several restaurants, I can say I come by my PHOBIAS (in regards to restaurant food and beverages) honestly. Whats that old adage about "People who enjoy eating sausage and obeying the law should not watch either being made"

Heres a few tips for you: Dont ever order tuna, chicken, or egg salad, and of course avoid the ice. We had a big ole icemaker in one of the places I worked and you didnt EVER want to get a glimpse at the bottom of the receptacle (that it dumped the ice into) Flies, crumbs, DUST, you name it....

Meatballs are another thing to steer clear of in a restaurant (as well as minestrone soup, as thats CLEAN OUT THE REFRIGERATOR DAY)

Posted by: Ruth on February 16, 2006 08:15 AM
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