deep-fried dollar bill

Ah, America… The land of deep-fried excess!  🙂  (Is this poetic or ironic?)

This picture was forwarded among the Buffet o’ Blog staff, and one person said, “That’s a waste of perfectly good breading.”  So true.  Because there’s no way I’d eat a dollar bill, even if cooked.  I don’t even want to think of how many germs it could have on it.  (I hope they threw out the grease after it was cooked!)

Then someone wondered: “Would the dollar be worth more now that it’s fried?”  That is an interesting question.  In general, the dollar isn’t worth what it used to be.  (Think about that for a while… but don’t hurt yourself.)  This version is a novelty.  I bet there is someone who would pay more than $1 for it.  I suppose that would make it worth more than $1, at least to a small percentage of people.

Technically, it’s illegal to deface U.S. currency.  (So before inquiring minds want to know, I don’t know who made this picture.)  I wonder if it’s illegal to make a dollar bill be more valuable.  I suppose so, from a legal standpoint, but that seems counter-intuitive.  But not like it matters — I’m not planning to deep-fry any dollar bills.  I’ve got bigger fish to fry…

videos of deep-fried turkey disasters

Baking a turkey has long been part of most Americans’ Thanksgiving tradition.  But let’s face it — it’s kinda boring to watch a turkey bake. Plus turkey is healthy and not very fattening, which doesn’t fit in with our modern culture.  So now more and more people are deep-frying their turkey, which makes it more unhealthy (along with more flavorful), and there’s also the danger of deep-frying it improperly, which is exciting for some people.

I’ve heard so many reports of deep-fried turkey disasters in recent years that it seems like it’s becoming a sport.  There are probably countless videos on YouTube of this, but here’s a few highlights I’ve come across.

In the following video, note the lack of protective gear, and also notice the child in the background covering his eyes.  Somehow he knew something was going to go wrong.  And somehow this accident even inspired a dance from the man responsible for it.

This next video features firefighters showing the right and wrong way to deep-fry a turkey.  First, they do it correctly, with it fully thawed and dry.  Next they drop a partially thawed turkey in the deep-fryer.  Then they put a mostly frozen turkey in the deep-fryer.  Lastly, they show you what happens if you pour water on an oil fire.  (The last part is quite impressive, because it’s not near my house.)

This next one is great.  This “chef” uses the Archimedes Principle to properly deep-fry a turkey.  (That’s a great line.  I had never heard it used like that, and there may be a reason why.)  Then at the end, he says, calmly, “We are now frying a turkey.”  Perhaps, but he’s also burning a turkey… and his deep-fryer… and the house…

In this next video, we start with the fire already burning.  Several people are yelling, “Use a fire extinguisher!”  At least one person has the knowledge to say it should be one made for oil fires.  (There are different kinds of fire extinguishers, if you didn’t know.)  You might be able to guess whether this was the right kind or not.  I like how at the end one guy says, “It’s fine”, after it’s been on-fire over a minute and they’ve sprayed it down with a fire extinguisher (which might not be good for food).

Think you’ve seen everything there is to see regarding turkey frying accidents?  In the next video, some morning show radio DJs simulate the dangers of deep-frying a turkey (improperly) inside your living room.  Somewhere, Fire Marshall Bill is smiling…

BTW, this may look cool, but you shouldn’t try this at home.