« The Daily Memo - 9/5/07 | Main | “It’s the greatest settlement over a broken toilet in the history of broken toilet lawsuits!” »

Orville Redenbacher Will Kill You

inside-orville.jpgAlready the subject of lawsuits brought by workers in factories who work with chemicals used for flavoring microwave popcorn, Popcorn Lung is now making its way into your homes. That’s right, doctors have now possibly discovered a man who has been exposed to so much butter-flavored microwave popcorn that he actually may die (not funny).

A pulmonary specialist at Denver’s National Jewish Medical and Research Center has written to federal regulators to say doctors there believe they have the first case of a consumer who developed lung disease from the fumes of microwaving popcorn several times a day for years … [The Doctor] said the man with diseased lungs consumed ‘several bags of extra butter flavored microwave popcorn’ every day for several years.

Apparently, popcorn lung is caused by diacetyl, an FDA-approved chemical in butter flavoring. But, damn — how much microwave popcorn do you have to eat to die of it? That’s crazy and, I’m sure, the subject of the next wave of class-action litigation. Move over asbestos — make room for microwave popcorn.