I Don’t Think People Who Eat Spicy Foods Live Forever

I’ve talked before about seeing poorly written blurbs on display screens in elevators. I saw another one recently that gave me pause. It claimed that a new study suggests that people who eat spicy foods are 17% less likely to die than other people. I don’t think that means what they think it means.

There should have been some kind of time-based qualifier.

I don’t think people who eat spicy foods live forever.

17% less likely to die? Aren’t all people 100% likely to die? Everyone is going to die, sooner or later. Clearly, they must mean the study suggests that people who eat spicy foods are 17% less likely to die early, perhaps by a particular age range, than people who do not eat spicy foods.

That isn’t what they said.

Now, I know that reporting isn’t as rigorous these days. We don’t demand it, and aren’t willing to pay for it. News comes too fast and in too great a stream for that. A little blurb on a screen in an elevator is even worse.

However, this merited at least one additional word. “Early” would have at least helped.

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About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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