Don’t let this happen to you,
Just in time for the most dangerous cooking day of the year, here comes … Shatner?
Yes, William Shatner, who has grown on our popular culture like an ironic moss since 1966, has teamed up with a major property insurer to deliver a public health message to the masses. That message is: Deep-frying turkey can be dangerous. Especially if the turkey is not totally thawed.
Doubly especially if the deep fryer is located inside a house instead of outside.
Double-dog especially if the turkey-chef doesn’t use his or her dingle-dangle in the process. (The dingle-dangle in question being the device used to lower the holiday poultry into the sizzling oil.)
Shatner is starring in a series of Youtube videos produced by State Farm Insurance offering several tips on deep-frying turkeys (you can watch them at bit.ly/tu8vsb). Those tips primarily consist of: Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry; turn off the gas-powered flame before putting the bird in the fryer and use a dingle-dangle to lower the bird into the vat; and always fry out of doors.
Shatner uses his trademark tongue-in-cheek delivery—does he have any other kind?—to overdramatize what is otherwise a serious issue. (State Farm records show that Thanksgiving produces more cooking fires than any other day of the year.)
“That fire took so much from me,” Shatner says in a voice-over, describing a past turkey-fryer accident of his own. “Mostly arm hair, a little skin. But it gave me a healthy fear. Fire, metal, oil and turkey are glorious when in harmony. But their power is unrelenting in careless hands.”
And don’t forget the dingle-dangle.
Tweet-less at the AMA ...
Several observers on Twitter sent out tweets about the American Medical Association House of Delegates’ lack of social media skills, but it’s doubtful that many delegates will ever read them. Or, as American College of Physicians Senior Vice President Bob Doherty put it, “What if u tweet and no one there to hear?” Exact numbers weren’t reported, but according to an informal poll of the House of Delegates, while 32% of them liked Facebook, only 1% used Twitter; 10% used both; while 41% used neither and 16% said social media was “for kids.”
That last total could be why a Bloomberg reporter added #oldpeople to his tweet. (Though after checking some messages with that hashtag, Outliers was tempted to retweet them but only after adding #cantwriteagrammaticalsentence.)
… well, not exactly
While social media may not be big at the AMA’S House of Delegates, someone attending must be getting their social media on. If it wasn’t for social media, it doesn’t appear that there would be any evidence that three high-profile docs from Washington came to New Orleans for last week’s American Medical Association House of Delegates interim meeting.
U.S. Surgeon General and former AMA Trustee Dr. Regina Benjamin apparently spoke to the Medical Student Section, but there is no mention of this on her own website. If it weren’t for some tweets and an out-of-focus yfrog picture, you’d never know she was there.
Two GOP congressmen from Georgia, Drs. Phil Gingrey and Tom Price (an official Georgia AMA delegate) stopped by and addressed the AMA’S Southeast Delegation, at least according to tweets by the Mississippi State Medical Association, “Dr. Bob” Sewell and Medical Association of Georgia Executive Director Donald Palmisano Jr. While Gingrey and Price each have websites with links to news releases, Facebook posts and Twitter messages, neither used any of these to publicize their appearances.
Makes you wonder if the three of them entered and exited through the backdoor to avoid being seen.
“We are outraged that Congress is seriously considering language that would effectively categorize pizza as a vegetable in the school lunch program. It doesn’t take an advanced degree in nutrition to call this a national disgrace.” —Amy Dawson Taggart, director of Mission: Readiness, a group of retired generals that has called poor nutrition in school lunches a national security issue, on plans to classify the tomato sauce on pizza as a serving of vegetables in school lunches.
If you want to avoid a turkey day conflagration, William Shatner has some safety advice.