Three Outta Four

June 3, 2011 at 11:08 pm 2 comments

A cartoon for you on National Egg Day (June 3):

This cartoon was inspired by an article that appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune, October 11, 2002:

Bureaucrat’s Math Makes Dizzy Dozen
by Paul Rolly and JoAnn Jacobsen-Wells

The menu at the Coffee Garden at 900 East and 900 South in Salt Lake City has included a scrumptious selection of quiche for about 10 years.

The recipe calls for four fresh eggs for each quiche.

A Salt Lake County Health Department inspector paid a visit recently and pointed out that research by the Food and Drug Administration indicates that one in four eggs carries Salmonella bacterium, so restaurants should never use more than three eggs when preparing quiche.

The manager on duty wondered aloud if simply throwing out three eggs from each dozen and using the remaining nine in four‑egg quiches would serve the same purpose.

The inspector wasn’t sure, but she said she would research it.

I promise you, I am not making that up.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Veky  |  June 4, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Classic urban legend.
    http://www.snopes.com/food/prepare/eggs.asp

    Reply
  • 2. venneblock  |  June 5, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Snopes says, “While making no claim about this item’s veracity, we simply present it as an amusing anecdote…”

    I’m in the same boat. I can’t guarantee that such a conversation took place, but I can guarantee that this article appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. When I was the editor of the “Media Clips” column in the Mathematics Teacher journal, a reader sent this clip to me for possible inclusion.

    My suspicion is that the conversation did occur but took place in jest… yet the eavesdropping reporter who overheard it didn’t realize it was a joke.

    Reply

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