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.


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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