December 18, 2009

Another "expert" with too much time on his hands

"Santa promotes obesity and drink-driving, claims health expert" is a headline in the UK Telegraph (via Joanne Jacobs).

Dr Nathan Grills from Monash University in Australia said the idea of a fat Father Christmas gorging on brandy and mince pies as he drove his sleigh around the world delivering presents was not the best way to promote a healthy and safe lifestyle among the young.

Writing on, Dr Grills said: "Santa only needs to affect health by 0.1 per cent to damage millions of lives."

And in a further blow to one of the central symbols of Christmas, Dr Grills claimed Santa also had the potential to spread harmful diseases.

"If Santa sneezes or coughs around 10 times a day, all the children who sit on his lap may end up with swine flu as well as their Christmas present," he said.

Let's come out and say it plainly: Dr. Grills is just a dick.

UPDATE: Doh! Looks like I -- and others -- got played. It was a joke!

Posted by Hube at December 18, 2009 09:22 AM | TrackBack

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I don't know, man. I've had to convince many students that Santa Claus is not an appropriate role model for them. Because, you know, when kids look at Santa Claus they immediately think about how much they wish they could be Santa Claus - not that he's the guy that (for the time-being) is the one that loads up their tree.

Doctor Grills is doing us a service!

Posted by: Tone at December 18, 2009 12:08 PM

What's next, PETA suing Saint Nick for reindeer abuse? I mean, they're tiny reindeer, and they have to pull this fat man around on his overloaded sleigh in the middle of the night. There's probably a union grievance for the elves in the works as well.

Posted by: G Rex at December 18, 2009 02:27 PM

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