Sunday, September 18, 2005

Good Grief!

Just when you thought the nanny state was taking over in the US with the proposed ban on Foie Gras in Chicago, it seems our neighbors across the pond have got it even worse. According to this BBC article:

"Doctors in the UK have called for a ban on long pointed kichen knives to reduce deaths from stabbing.

The researchers said there was no reason for long pointed knives to be publicly available at all.

They consulted 10 top chefs from around the UK, and found such knives have little practical value in the kitchen.

None of the chefs felt such knives were essential, since the point of a short blade was just as useful when a sharp end was needed."


(I wonder, were any of these chefs named Boyardee?)

"The researchers say legislation to ban the sale of long pointed knives would be a key step in the fight against violent crime."

Perhaps the only legal kitchen tools from now on should be can openers and ziplock bags, that is, until someone figures out that they can suffocate their doctor with a plastic bag. Or perhaps we should just go back to pounding our foods against pointed rocks like we did in the OLD days.

2 Comments:

At 11:17 AM, September 23, 2005, Anonymous Robert W. Franson said...

Mark,

Of course, pointed rocks can be dangerous themselves, and have been used for mayhem (and hunting) for hundreds of thousands of years before knives were invented.

I suppose one of the great innovations in Paleolithic cooking was to use clean rocks to pound food on, or with.

 
At 11:29 AM, September 23, 2005, Blogger ReMARKable Palate said...

Yes, you're right Robert. Damn, we'll have to create a multi-billion dollar agency to oversee the filing down of all sharp points, the dulling of blades, and removing of teeth, as they could lead to untold numbers of casualties. All glass must be melted down, and every rock on the planet should be ground into sand. Then, when that's done, we have to turn our attention to the deadly paper, so as to avoid makicious paper cuts. The citizenry must be protected! Now, what to do with that crazy windy thing that comes from the water and makes us wet?

 

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