The Science Behind Double Dipping

If we were stranded on a deserted island and could only watch one TV show (because all deserted islands have televisions) it would have to be Mythbusters. They make the science nerd come out in us full force — especially in this recent episode where the science behind double dipping is finally tested once and for all.

One of the most remembered TV moments is the above clip where Seinfeld's, George Costanza *gasp* double dips his chip. Even if you've seen it before, hit play and take a quick refresher, because it's still just as shocking and funny as it was the first hundred times we saw it on YouTube the first time it aired on TV.

The Mythbusters team went all out on a recent episode and put the great double dip debate to rest with a side of science. Sure they did a few straight forward double dipping tests, but then they really put the phrase, "It's like putting the whole bowl in your mouth," to the test by swishing "test salsa" around in their mouths and then mixing it back into the dip for testing.

If you skip ahead in the video above to minute 4:17, you can see first hand the results in their experiment. The long and the short of it is as follows: The actual salsa itself contained far more bacteria than their mouth, but unless your gargling with the salsa and spitting it back in the bowl (which if that's the case, chances are you're not invited to many social situations to begin with), you're safe from contaminating others with your germs when it comes to double dipping.

The question is, will the social faux pas disappear now that it has been disproven?

Related: Tip: Turn Leftover Soup into a Dip

(Image: Mythbusters & NBC)

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Sarah Trover has lived all across the Midwest and currently calls the hot dog-laden city of Chicago home. She rides scooters and seeks out kitchens that make the best pie.