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One of my favourite reports from the Joe Chip Laboratory, especially as I put so little work into it – thank you Professor Jared Diamond for one of the grossest stories I read last year!
The reference to “wise parents” is something that died, but referred back to a post that asserted that wise parents do not leave their babies lying around in pig pens for the pigs to eat. True, but ultimately trite, I’m afraid.

You Are What You Eat

Gentle Readers, today I cheat, but you will see why:

“In 1849, hungry gold miners crossing the Nevada desert noticed some glistening balls of a candy-like substance on a cliff, licked or ate the balls, and discovered them to be sweet-tasting, but then they developed nausea.  Eventually it was realized that the balls were hardened deposits made by small rodents, called packrats … Not being toilet trained, the rats urinate in their nests, and sugar and other substances crystallize from their urine as it dries out … In effect, the hungry gold miners were eating dried rat urine laced with rat feces and rat garbage.”

 – Collapse by Jared Diamond

And this is why wise parents do not give their children rat candy, no matter how much they beg.

O frabjous day!  I knew you would understand.  And in return for your understanding, I have added mymatejoechip’s guide to healthy…

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