Back in 1993, George Costanza committed a faux pas that became an instant part of American culture.
George was at a funeral and was caught double-dipping his chip, causing a mourner to exclaim, “You double-dipped the chip! You dipped the chip, you took a bite, and you dipped again! That’s like putting your whole mouth right in the dip!”
I was reminded of the episode today while reading one of the daily text messages that the Singaporean Government has been sending out through the WhatsApp messaging service in regards to the coronavirus.
Here is part of one of the messages from today, which offered the “following good habits and social norms to practise”:
– Keep premises clean and pest-free
– Return trays, keep tables clean
– Keep toilets clean and dry
– Wash hands regularly with soap
– Take temperature, see doctor if unwell, stay home
– Use tissue when sneezing or coughing
– Bin litter and soiled tissue
– Eat on tray to prevent spills onto tables so cleaners don’t have to pick food up and risk spreading diseases
– Don’t double dip in common bowls
– Refrain from shaking hands
Yep, right there in the list of do’s and don’ts was a reference to double-dipping.
I know that the Seinfeld show was often referred to as a show about nothing; who knew it may have been secretly offering health advice all along.
I’m sure the writers never imagined that 27 years later a phrase from one of its episodes would be part of a message sent by the government of Singapore to upwards of two million people in the midst of a health crisis.
I just hope that the crisis is under control soon, so that we can get back to making fun of close-talkers, as opposed to being terrified of them these days…