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.
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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