Bagel Danger

Americans ate an estimated 3 billion bagels at home last year, an average of about 11 per person (this doesn’t include bagels eaten at work, where a not-completely-insignificant number are delivered by bagel economist Paul Feldman). And in the course of slicing up all those bagels, 1,979 people cut their fingers so badly that they ended up in an emergency room. By the finger-cut-to-E.R. metric, that makes bagel-cutting the fifth most dangerous activity in the American kitchen. So it shouldn’t be surprising that an array of home gadgets have arrived on the scene to prevent bagel-related injuries. The Wall Street Journal has a lively review of several of them, here. [%comments]


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  1. Brian says:

    Been there, cut that…

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  2. jeffreytg says:

    Time for a law suit. Everyone knows that bagels at home are commonly sliced prior to consumption. Yet these greedy corporations are making bagels whole, unsliced and are selling them to unsuspecting Americans. There needs to be a class action suit. Where is the Center for Science in the Public Interest?

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  3. Joe D says:

    So 2,000 out of 3,000,000,000: we’re talking under one-in-a-million. I’ll stick with a bread knife, thanks.

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  4. Thom says:

    This happened to me one time. The doctor at the ER said that Sunday mornings are all about bagel cuts and little old ladies falling in transit to or from church, so I’m surprised that this only happens around two thousand times per year.

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  5. Ticia says:

    What, then, are the 4 more dangerous kitchen activities?

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  6. Doug B says:

    So what are the top 4?

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  7. erik says:

    re: top 4
    From the WSJ article: chicken, potato, apple and onion.

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  8. tim torkildson says:

    The bagel is a noble bread,
    But cutting it produces dread.
    Despite our latest gadgetry,
    Sometimes it’s like surgery.
    To keep from growing wan and gaunt
    I have switched to the croissant.

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