A piece of geeky brilliance, from McSweeneys, one of my favourite websites:
Illnesses Whose Victims May Not Be Safely Eaten
5. The common cold
6. Hodgkin’s disease
9. Crohn’s disease**
10. Mono (aka mononucleosis, the Epstein-Barr virus, the kissing disease)
14. Herpes (genital or oral)
Illnesses Whose Victims May Be Safely Eaten
1. Color blindness
2. Tourette’s syndrome
3. Alzheimer’s disease
4. Breast, thyroid, liver, and prostate cancers****
11. Muscular dystrophy
13. Type 2 diabetes
14. Parkinson’s disease
(By Maryam Akbari and Sean Michaels)
Footnotes, see below.
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* It may be safe to consume a victim of hepatitis if you carefully avoid the liver.
** At one time, it was believed that Crohn’s disease was a genetic disorder and thus its victims were safe to devour. Recent studies, however, suggest that Crohn’s is an infectious environmental bacteria, linked to Johne’s disease, which infects ruminants. If this is correct, victims of Crohn’s may not be safely consumed.
*** It may be safe to consume a victim of malaria if the blood is drained and the liver is avoided.
**** Victims may not be consumed if cancer was induced by hepatitis virus.
***** Slight chance that these diseases would infect through the mouth/esophagus mucosa before they could be destroyed by the acidity of the stomach. Thus, their victims could not be said to be “safe.”