Me to cafe cashier: Can I get a mug?
“Don’t you usually have your travel container?”
Yeah, but the last time I used it, my drink tasted like metal. I think the lining might be flaking off.
“Ah, like the teflon on my pots and pans.”
Uh-oh, that’s not good.
“No, it’s not, ’cause I’m pregnant, too.”
Well, you’ll probably have an easy birth.
“Why is that?”
No-stick baby! Comes right out!
(Horrible joke — but she laughed.)
Teflon : Public Service Announcement:
On a more serious note, the chemicals that make up Teflon and “non-stick” materials have been found to be unsafe in a Feb 2006 report by the EPA.
And according to an Enviroblog post (the blog of the Environmental Working Group), “PFOA is [also] linked to birth defects, increased cancer rates, and changes to lipid levels, the immune system, and liver.”
You can find more related information below:
- EPA: Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Fluorinated Telomers
- Teflon pans are bad for your health.
- What Is Teflon And Why You Should Avoid It.
- WEB MD: Is Teflon Chemical Toxic? EPA Seeks Answers (2005)
- Smart Green Tips: Safer Alternatives to Teflon.