All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!



Becky prepared a pasta dish for a dinner party she was giving. In her haste, however, she forgot to refrigerate the spaghetti sauce, and it sat on the counter all day.

She was worried that it might have spoiled, but it was too late to cook up another batch. She called the local Poison Control Center and voiced her concern. They advised Becky to boil the sauce again.

That night, the phone rang during dinner, and one of the guests volunteered to answer it.  Becky cringed as the guest called out, “It’s the Poison Control Center. They want to know how the spaghetti sauce turned out.”


  1. WaterBoy6:32 PM

    Remember these?

    "My wife is such a bad cook...

    ...she burns the corn flakes.

    ...she thinks marinade is fruit that you spread on bread.

    ...she thinks Four Seasons is salt, pepper, sugar, and lemon.

    ...water refuses to boil in her presence.

    ...she has the Poison Control Center on speed dial."

    Your joke reminded me of that last one.

  2. Susan9:44 PM

    Makes me wonder how many Thanksgiving turkeys, Easter hams, and Christmas roasts fall on the floor in the kitchen, are brushed off and brought to the dining room to serve to unsuspecting victims aka family.

    Waterboy and this Res's joke made me think of this. I've never had this happen yet myself, but I have heard stories.

  3. The problem with the poison centers recommendations is two fold. The nature of the poisoning and their suggestion. The most likely food poisoning from a tomato based product is botulism. The characteristics of botulism is that it is the poison it excretes that kills you not the bacteria itself.

    So if the it would have had botulism in it (which probably didn't because it was initially killed upon prep) it would have had all day to be making that poison which takes very little to kill a bunch of people and boiling it again would not gotten rid of the the deadly poison only killed the existing bacteria.

  4. I've never had this happen yet myself,

    I believe ya. :-)

  5. The acidity of tomato products prevents the growth of botulism abd that is probably why poison control wasn't too concerned.

    Food products that are acidic (tomatoes and pickled things) aren't in danger of having botulism.

    Also, jellies do not have to be pressure canned due to their sugar content. Same thing, botulism can't grow in them. Mold, yes, botulism, no.