January 25, 2007

Just Don't Touch Their Nuts

From Newsvine: NJ Warns: Don't Eat Squirrel Near Dump
TRENTON, N.J. — [New Jersey] has cautioned Ringwood residents . . . about their squirrel intake, said Tom Slater, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Senior Services.

A lead-contaminated squirrel was found in the area two months ago, prompting the agency, along with the state Department of Environmental Protection, to send out letters advising that adults eat squirrel no more than twice a week . . .

"We've known for a long time something was wrong here, we just didn't know what it was," resident Myrtle Van Dunk said.
Um, maybe it was the fact that YOU'RE EATING SQUIRREL!

How much meat can you even get from a squirrel? I would imagine you'd have to eat at least two a DAY in order to get any kind of significant nutritive value from it, never mind two a week. And how would one normally prepare squirrel? I don't remember seeing it mentioned in The Naked Chef.

Best part about this story? The toxic waste that's contaminating the squirrels comes from an old Ford factory in the nearby town of . . . Mahwah. It's the amazing self-punchlining town!

Also, Myrtle Van Dunk? Almost as awesome a name as Raphaelle LaFramboise.

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