Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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Stouffer’s, the company that manufactures frozen microwavable meals, now includes suicide prevention tips on all single-serving dinners whether you enjoy eating your veal parmigiana or beef stroganoff alone.

Comments

  1. #1 Phillip IV
    April 9, 2010

    OK, I admit that frozen meals taste pretty bad in general, but I wouldn’t go as far as to assume you’d have to be suicidal to eat one occasionally.

  2. #2 Arancaytar
    April 9, 2010

    Not suicidal, but possibly depressed:

    The Onion focuses on the stereotype of single-serving meals being eaten by people who live alone. Other than that, though, the symptoms of depressive disorder can include appetite loss, lethargy and an inability to enjoy pleasant things; all of these might make people choose instant microwave meals instead of cooking or eating at a restaurant. (Not to mention that people who have little time to spend on meals often lead stress-filled lives.)

    Nevertheless, this idea is still kind of ridiculous. :P

  3. #3 Kemanorel
    April 9, 2010

    OK, I admit that frozen meals taste pretty bad in general, but I wouldn’t go as far as to assume you’d have to be suicidal to eat one occasionally.

    I respectfully disagree. I find a lot of them to be quite tasty, especially the Healthy Choice “steam fresh” ones or Lean Cuisine variety. My fiance and I both take one to work almost every day because it’s faster and, if you buy them on sale, cheaper than making your own.

    At 300-400 calories, it’s a lot healthier than fast food too.

  4. #4 Emily
    April 9, 2010

    @Arancaytar: The Onion’s writers seem to like the general theme of pathetic people leading utterly banal middle-class American lives– see also Jean Teasdale’s column, though she’s far too chipper/in denial to be suicidal.

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