Attention Mayor Bloomberg: New Yorkers are Breathing Too Much Fat

It’s true.  Fat — delicious fat — is everywhere.  Even in the air we breathe.  From the NY Daily News:

…there’s the expected pollution in midtown and the South Bronx, and neighborhoods with lots of trees tend to have pollen and fungus in the air. But each breath you take — about 33,000 a day — also might include spores, bacteria, pollens, tiny bits of glass, starch and fat.

Actually, it’s kind of normal, said [Bill] Logan, author of “Air: The Restless Shaper of the World.” Air samples from midtown, for example, had a high number of skin cells from all races — a reflection, no doubt, of the neighborhood’s diversity. Chinatown had noticeable starch and fat in the air — “probably from the cooking of rice and noodles,” Logan said.

A neighborhood’s air is an invisible stamp of its business, lifestyle and even culture, Logan said. That explains the readings in Williamsburg — elevated levels of blue jeans, tire rubber, nail polish and pollen, which Logan dubbed “the hipster sample.”

New Yorkers breathe in starch and fat and nail polish every day.  But if they want to drink a large soda to go with it, they can’t.  The nanny state strikes again.

  1. Kay Ludlow

    Don’t encourage him!

    Richard Fulmer: Mandatory gas masks, Mayor Bloomberg? · 6 minutes ago

  2. Richard Fulmer
    Kay Ludlow: Don’t encourage him! · 1 minute ago

    Richard Fulmer: Mandatory gas masks, Mayor Bloomberg? · 6 minutes ago

    He needs encouragement?

  3. wilber forge

    Feel a sudden uge to hang out at a Dunkin Donuts and just inhale.

  4. ParisParamus

    I just want to say I miss walking around Manhattan circa 1970, when it seemed that on every other block, one could smell the cooking of burgers and onions.  All gone.  GONE.

  5. steep

    It seems to me that “Banned in NYC” would be a good marketing tag for drinks aimed at the younger generation.

  6. JimGoneWild

    Koreantown had noticeable starch and fat in the air — “probably from the cooking of rice and poodles.”

  7. doc molloy

    Airs and traces.. has NYC gone down a notch?

  8. dash

    That does it! I’m never going to breathe in New York again.

  9. Richard Fulmer

    Maybe Bloomberg could consider adding something to the air to counteract all that fat.  Richard Simmons’ sweat?

  10. ConservativeWanderer
    Richard Fulmer: Mandatory gas masks, Mayor Bloomberg? · 2 hours ago

    And then he’ll tax gas masks.

  11. Richard Fulmer
    ConservativeWanderer

    Richard Fulmer: Mandatory gas masks, Mayor Bloomberg? · 2 hours ago

    And then he’ll tax gas masks. · 3 minutes ago

    Wow.  You have a bright future in government ahead of you.

  12. Jimmy Carter

    Ah, yes… Americans are obese due to second-hand fat.

    [dang homonyms]

  13. wilber forge
    Jimmy Carter: Ah, yes… Americans are obese due to second-hand fat.

    [dang homonyms] · 1 hour ago

    Edited 59 minutes ago

    Now there goes a good nights sleep ! Close and bar the windows.

  14. Arahant

    Thanks for sharing it, Rob.

  15. Jack Richman

    Dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers don’t trust air they can’t see. Maybe we should call it “the Big Schmaltz.”

  16. Brian Watt

    Was listening to an In Our Time podcast with host Melvyn Bragg on the topic of cells and in particular the cells that comprise each human being. One of his guests, a molecular biologist described the number and different shapes and sizes of various cells in the human body and then characterized it this way, “In your body you have all those cells that are your own but you have 10 times as many cells that aren’t your own. You’re much less human  than you were on the day that you were born and that’s because you’ve got 10 times as many bacterial cells as you have your own cells; which in turn means that the proportion of your body if taken as a whole which consists of human cells is equivalent to about one leg below the knee. All the rest is bacteria.”

    And the only astute observation I can make about this stunning bit of knowledge is to say, “Eeeeyew.”

  17. Richard Fulmer

    Mandatory gas masks, Mayor Bloomberg?

  18. Crow

    It’s a real shame they didn’t measure the parts per million of nature’s fertilizer eminating from the Occupy shantytown and City Hall.