I try to read newspapers every day, and there are certainly no shortage of negative news stories. So, when I read something that is serious, but can’t be taken too serious at the same time, it’s very refreshing to me.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, there was an article about hot dogs. So to speak. It more or less was a story about how the people in Frankfurt Germany, the namesake of the frankfurter, or hot dog, are in an uproar about the report from the UN’s agency, The World Health Organization, that hot dogs, and other processed meats, raise the risk of colon cancer. A US News and World Article reports:
“The World Health Organization threw its global weight behind years of experts’ warnings and declared Monday that processed meats raise the risk of colon and stomach cancer and that red meat is probably harmful, too.”
My first reaction about anything I read from the UN, perhaps the most inept organization in human history, is to laugh. You mean hot dogs and sausage aren’t good for me? WOW, who knew! THANK GOD I have the UN, spending millions of dollars on all sorts of useful studies, to tell me this! I’m sorry, excuse me while I chuckle at the UN.
The Wall Street Journal article, on the other hand, was endearing to me. It was filled with people expressing pride in their national heritage. It had quotes from senior citizens informing readers of their life long ingestion of wursts, with no apparent negative health effects. It had information I was unaware of, like the fact that Germany has at least three museums devoted to sausages. It even made me aware of the fact that there are 31 types of hot dogs and sausages, and 11 originate in Germany. It was a fun read. Pass the mustard and sauerkraut, I am going to go have a hot dog!
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