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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bacon morning, noon and night

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Bacon, as you undoubtedly know, is enjoying a renaissance despite its reputation as an artery-clogging, heart-stopping indulgence full of carcinogenic nitrates. Yum!

Mike Nelson, the host of Mystery Science Theater 3000, is out to prove that man can eat bacon and live long and prosper. He is eating nothing but bacon throughout the month of February:

For the entire month of February, 2009, I, Michael J. Nelson will eat nothing but bacon. Nothing, my friends, but bacon. Why? Because bacon is nature’s finest and most nourishing food. Also, because several doubters on the RiffTrax staff had the unmitigated gall to insult bacon by making the outrageous claim that, as good as it is, no one could eat very much of it and live. I can and will. Therefore I will spend the month proving it....

Now for the fine print: “Bacon” shall hereafter refer to the cured and smoked fatty cuts of pork, either back, side or belly. In other words “American bacon”. No “Canadian bacon”, which is really just lunchmeat. No pork chops. No turkey bacon. No “tofacon” or any such horror. Just bacon. No condiments allowed. No syrups, or hot sauces, or pureed vegetables in the form of ketchup. No sauces at all. Just nature’s finest bacon, all by its dignified self. I am making allowances for the following beverages: beer, wine, martinis and water. No juices, no V8, nothing that could be construed as “healthy”. This is somewhat arbitrary, I grant you, but one bit of madness at a time, is my reasoning.

You can read his reports on the Riff Trax Blog. Just click on bacon in the "categories" column to the left of Nelson's initial post announcing the plan.

(H/T to JoeMyGod. Graphic courtesy of The End of Thought.)

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