Dunking Junkies

Admittedly, I have a somewhat sinister approach to dunking cookies. Holding each one firmly, I immerse the entire cookie in coldish milk up to my first knuckle. It struggles to breathe, but finally the bubbles cease, and I know it is ready to be transferred into my mouth, all in one bite. This is risky business when dipping chocolate chip cookies; they are prone to break off and fill the bottom half of my glass. I’ve found it’s best to employ this technique with Oreos, as the creamy center helps hold the biscuits in place longer. Confession: I could eat a whole bag of them in one sitting.

There may be a good reason for this. Led by their neuroscience professor, undergraduates at Connecticut’s Conn College have discovered that rats approach Oreos the same way they cozy up to cocaine. The implication is that I do so as well. I’ll not quibble. Addiction takes many forms.

Take global debt for instance. The International Monetary Fund recently suggested rampant debt creation, especially by the U.S. and Japan, runs counter to efforts to cut the global debt burden. Obviously, as the ongoing debt ceiling drama in D.C. continues its long run, there is no easy way to kick the habit. Apparently the entire world has now become hooked on debt.

This leads to another question. Is a diet of Oreos healthy? Is debt, like Cotton Candy, more fluff than substance, promising ultimately to create serious health problems for the consumer? The answer from an historical perspective is overwhelmingly, “Yes!” But can we stop? The U.S. now has a debt to GDP ratio (per Bloomberg) of 106%; Japan is sitting at 243%. That sounds to me like we have moved well beyond dunking Oreos and, let me tell you, dunking Cotton Candy is a very bad idea. (by J R)