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The View co-host's unfortunate accident gives us a chance to reminds you all on the safest way to remove an avocado pit.

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Daytime television host Joy Behar learned a very valuable kitchen lesson the hard way after she was rushed to the emergency room, missing one filming of ABC's The View, earlier last week. As she explained on her show, she was attempting to prepare an avocado for a quick snack, she decided to plunge a knife into the avocado's pit, which she was holding in another hand—which then ran through the entire avocado and straight into her palm.

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It sounds painful enough—but adding insult to injury, Behar had to spend an entire night in the emergency room where she was put on an antibacterial drip to fight off any chances of infection.

Behar's doctors told the 75-year-old that many, many people—even other celebrities, like Meryl Streep—have made the same mistake of incorrectly preparing an avocado before.

“Apparently there is a syndrome called avocado hand,” she says on today's episode of The View. “It’s real! The doctor said, ‘We get this all the time.’ And bagels also. Any time you’re holding the item, and you cut it, you can get this.”

The ladies who host the show alongside Behar ended up handing her an avocado slicer and a protective glove, but they failed to point out that choosing to spear an avocado pit is probably the least safe method of enjoying the fleshy green fruit.

At Cooking Light, we suggest you place the halved avocado on a sturdy surface and remove the pit by striking it with a chef's knife blade. Then you can easily turn the knife, and twist the pit out. If you hold the avocado while doing this, there's a chance that the blade can slip and, in Behar's case, pass through the whole fruit and into your palm directly.

For step-by-step instructions on preparing avocados like a pro, click here.

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Super Bowl Means ‘Avocado Hand’ Is Back—With a Vengeance

Erin Ailworth

Avocado lovers beware: Super Bowl Sunday could be the pits. It all depends on how you slice it.

Don’t try this at home.

Just ask Todd Segall, who only wanted to serve up some guac at a friend’s Super Bowl party in 2012. Instead, he was left with blood on his hands.

“Super Bowl Sunday pre-game injury!” Mr. Segall posted to Facebook , along with a photo of himself grimacing from a hospital bed with gauze on his palm. “After a grueling 57 minutes at the ER, they were able to save my hand! Unfortunately my unfinished guac came in last place in the appetizer competition!”

Mr. Segall’s wound puts him in the ranks of thousands who have fallen victim to a grisly side effect of America’s avocado obsession: avocado-hand, the name given to the stab wounds, lacerations and—in extreme cases—tendon and nerve damage sustained when slicing or pitting an avocado.

Todd Segall in the hospital in 2012 after an injury while making his Super Bowl guacamole.

Super Bowl Sunday, one of the biggest avocado-consumption days in the U.S., has the potential to be particularly perilous. The Hass Avocado Board, a California-based group, said 162 million pounds of avocados were consumed during the big game in 2019, and is projecting 153 million pounds will be eaten when Super Bowl LIV is played on Sunday.

Dr. Anup Patel, who handles an average of 10 to 15 avocado-hand cases a year through his work with the Orlando Plastic Surgery Institute and the Orlando Hand Surgery Associates, said a Super Bowl-related surge wouldn’t be surprising.

“That’s when people try seven-layer dip,” Dr. Patel said. “Take precaution when you make it.”

Researchers at Emory University, who examined the avocado-hand phenomenon in a study published last year, called the rise in cases “an epidemic of hand injury.” They used data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which collects information on injuries related to consumer products.

The researchers estimate 50,413 avocado-related knife injuries occurred from 1998 to 2017, with more than half of them—27,059—happening since 2013. The study said it “likely underestimates the true national incidence of avocado-related knife injuries” because the data only looks at patients who go to the emergency room.

Charles Daly, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Emory, said the attributes of an avocado make its handling ripe for accidents.

“They’re soft and then suddenly very hard and kind of slippery, so it’s the perfect set-up for stabbing yourself,” said Dr. Daly, who co-authored the study.

The researchers concluded that education and public-safety initiatives, “such as warning labels and avocados engineered for safe preparation, could help prevent serious injuries in the future.” The study also noted “knife-alternative dissection tools exist that can safely aid in the fruit’s dissection, including a spoon to scoop the pulp from the exterior skin.”

Some avocado pitters use a knife because they feel a spoon takes out too much of the fruit.

Mr. Segall—who grew up in El Paso and claims he makes “the best guacamole, hands down”—likens using a spoon to “using a butter knife to cut a steak—more work, unsatisfactory results!” He blames his injury on dull knives in his friend’s kitchen. When he went to hit the avocado pit with the blade as he would at home, the knife slipped off the seed and lodged in his hand.

“Don’t bleed into the guacamole,” he thought. “This is going to need stitches.”

Mr. Segall, 46, said the experience didn’t change his methods.

“I thought about telling you I’ve sworn off avocados and knives but that would be a lie—right back at it,” he said.

Fitness coach Melissa Norgart can’t say the same. During a recent trip to a poke bowl restaurant, the 47-year-old found herself cringing when she saw a worker trying to stab a pit with the pointy end of a knife

“I was like, ‘I can’t watch!’ ” she said, recalling her own bloody avocado-pitting incident in July 2018 that led to a surgery performed by Dr. Patel.

Ms. Norgart said she was rushing to top a salad when her usual method of setting the halved fruit on the counter and hitting the seed with the edge of the blade failed her.

Melissa Norgart with an avocado tool she got while still bandaged from a stab wound she got pitting an avocado.

“It wasn’t whacking out, so stupidly I picked up the avocado,” she said, recalling the moment she decided to use the tip of the knife to dislodge the seed. “I didn’t know my own strength, apparently, because the seed popped out and the blade went through all the way up to the handle into the avocado and almost came out the back of my hand.”

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The accident left Ms. Norgart with a permanently numb ring finger and a healthy fear of knives near avocados. Her kitchen now contains specially designed avocado-slicing and pitting tools—there are a variety of such devices—and safety gloves.

Avocado-hand victims are in star-studded company.

In 2012, actress Meryl Streep promoted her movie, “Hope Springs,” with a bandaged hand after she sliced it open cutting an avocado. Ex-“Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman posted a photo of herself to Instagram after undergoing surgery to repair her avocado-hand injury. On a 2018 episode of “The View,” co-host Joy Behar talked about stabbing herself while pitting an avocado.

Ms. Behar said this week that since the accident, which saw her on an IV and admitted to a hospital overnight, she buys her guacamole premade or makes her husband handle the avocados. “From this particular incident I have learned to stay away from avocados and bagels,” she said.

When New England Patriot Tom Brady cut his passing hand days before the AFC Championship in 2018, social media was rife with speculation that the avocado-ice-cream-loving quarterback was a victim of avocado-hand. A Patriots spokesman didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Tom Brady during warm-ups before the AFC Championship Game in 2018.

Emma Theriault, who writes novels for young adults, feels validated to be part of the illustrious group. “If Meryl did it, it’s OK that I did it,” said Ms. Theriault, who nicked a tendon in her hand while prepping avocados when working at a restaurant in British Columbia in 2014.

Avocado advocates say the fruit isn’t the problem.

The Hass Avocado Board in an August Instagram post called the idea that avocados lead to hand injury a myth, countering with, “#Fact: Using sharp objects improperly can lead to hand injury.”

“At the end of the day, we don’t want to discourage people from eating an avocado,” said Emiliano Escobedo, executive director of the group.

He recommended using a spoon to remove the pit, saying it’s an obvious solution since most people use a spoon to remove the avocado from its skin anyway. For those who can’t let go of their knife, he advised placing the avocado on the counter so “if you’re still feeling like an Iron Chef, at least your hand is out of the way.”

Max Horwitz, a London-based hand surgeon who has dealt with avocado-related injuries, said the key may be patience when handling an avocado.

“You can take more time thinking about how you cut it,” he said. “It’s preventable.”

Write to Erin Ailworth at [email protected]

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'Avocado Hand' epidemic sends guac lovers to the ER

Whether from overspending on avocado toast or starring in its own museum, the avocado has gotten a lot of press lately. But as popular as the luscious fleshy fruit may be, it has a dark side. It could send you to the emergency room.

The danger of #AvocadoHand is spreading on social media, where users post photos and stories of accidentally stabbing themselves in the hand while trying to cut an avocado. And it's not just an epidemic on Twitter the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons last year called for safety-warning labels on the perilous pieces of produce.

&ldquoI see it fairly frequently,&rdquo Dr. Scott Dresden of Northwestern University's emergency medicine department told the Chicago Tribune. &ldquoPatients try to stab the pit, the knife slips off the pit and they stab the hand. Or patients do a sort of hacking motion with the long blade of the knife into the pit, and hack into the webbing between the thumb and the forefinger instead.&rdquo

The avocado hazard has claimed some high-profile victims. Joy Behar, host of &ldquoThe View,&rdquo ended up in the hospital overnight to fight an infection she contracted after an Avocado Hand incident. Acting queen Meryl Streep required hand surgery after her run-in with the treacherous pitted fruit.

How do you avoid such a fate? The California Avocado Commission recommends cutting an avocado lengthwise on a cutting board until you hit the seed, turning it by a quarter and cutting lengthwise again, twisting the halves to separate them into quarters, plucking out the seed by hand and peeling off the skin by pushing your thumb under the skin and pulling it back. l

'Bachelor' star hospitalized for unknown reason

"Bachelor in Paradise" star Carly Waddell was taken by ambulance to the hospital this week for an unknown medical emergency, her estranged husband revealed on his Instagram Story.

On June 14, Evan Bass posted a photo of his ex resting in a hospital bed.

"Carly's first ambulance ride – she's gonna be ok and, my goodness, this brings back some memories," he wrote, referring to the time he was taken to the hospital for drinking too much while on "Bachelor in Paradise."

Evan didn't go into further detail as to what was ailing Carly, but he did give his followers a generic update a few hours later.

"Thanks for all the prayers and support," he wrote. "After 9 hours we left the hospital but she's still in pretty rough shape and may have to go back. Continued thoughts and prayers are so appreciated. And she knows she's beloved."

Evan Bass/Instagram

The 38-year-old noted that he was intentionally being vague out of respect for his estranged wife.

"I know y'all wanna know what's going on but it's her health and story to tell if she wants to share. (I did get her permission to share photo from earlier so you can relax Jan from Wisconsin)," he wrote. "In all the madness, she lost her phone and really needs to rest so it might be a bit."

Evan and Carly met on Season 3 of "Bachelor in Paradise" and got engaged afterward. They share two children, but he has three kids from a previous relationship.

In December 2020, Evan and Carly announced their separation.


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'Avocado hand' sends people to the hospital when all they wanted was delicious guacamole

Is avocado toast the reason millennials don’t own homes or fingers?

There is an epidemic going around, and its name is “avocado hand.” The accident occurs when a person attempts to remove the pit from the avocado, or initially slice around it, and instead hits their fingers. And the danger isn’t present just for millennials and people on Instagram posting pictures of the delicious green fruit.

Ex-Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman almost lost her fingers while she was trying to prepare an avocado treat, according to TMZ. Her injuries were so severe that she had to get surgery to reattach tendons and nerves.

A beloved View co-host has also fallen victim to the “alligator pear.” Joy Behar was hospitalized after stabbing herself in the hand while trying to open an avocado.

She recalled on The View: “Saturday night, on my way to the event at the retreat, I stabbed myself in the hand with a knife. I was trying to desperately eat something, so I was trying to open an avocado. So I stuck the knife into the pit to get it out … and I stabbed myself!”

She vows to eat only premade guacamole from now on.

South Americans call the avocado “the apple of the winter,” but up north we refer to it as the “devil berry” after it attacked Meryl Streep.

Folks, please make sure your avocados are ripe before stabbing them. Or else your doctor will be diagnosing you with avocado hand in the ER.

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'Avocado hand' sees people end up in hospital

Avocado toast may be the reason millennials don’t own homes, but there is a new epidemic going around, and its name is ‘avocado hand’.

The accident occurs when a person attempts to remove the pit from the avocado, or initially slice around it, and instead hits their fingers.

And the danger isn’t present just for millennials and people on Instagram posting pictures of the delicious green fruit.

Ex-Bachelorette US star Andi Dorfman almost lost her fingers while she was trying to prepare an avocado treat, according to TMZ.

Her injuries were so severe that she had to get surgery to reattach tendons and nerves.

A View co-host has also fallen victim to the ‘alligator pear’. Joy Behar was hospitalised after stabbing herself in the hand while trying to open an avocado.

“Saturday night, on my way to the event at the retreat, I stabbed myself in the hand with a knife,” she recalled on The View. I was trying to desperately eat something, so I was trying to open an avocado. So I stuck the knife into the pit to get it out … and I stabbed myself!”

She vows to eat only pre-made guacamole from now on.

South Americans call the avocado “the apple of the winter,” but up north we refer to it as the “devil berry” after it attacked Meryl Streep.

Folks, please make sure your avocados are ripe before stabbing them. Or else your doctor will be diagnosing you with avocado hand in the ER.

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‘Avocado Hand’ Is A Risk: What To Do This Super Bowl Weekend

Get ready for the biggest avocado consumption day of the year. No, not Avocado Toast Day, which is June 3, but Super Bowl Sunday. That’s when around 139 million pounds of avocados may be served, according to Morgan Korn reporting for ABC News, mainly in the form of guacamole.

Beware, though, of “avocado hand” when preparing that mashed up greenish spread of goodness. Don’t get your hand caught between some guac and a hard place. After all, avocado-related knife injuries have been on the rise since 1998, according to a study published last July in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Before you start checking your avocados for concealed weapons, it’s not as if avocados are now wielding knives and striking back after years of being eaten. Most of the injuries probably aren’t the result of people having knife fights over avocados either, although avocados are quite tasty.

Instead, many people seem to be slicing their hands when trying to cut avocados. It’s apparently become common enough for there to be a term “avocado hand” to describe such injuries. This is what movie star Meryl Streep suffered back in 2012, as this tweet shows:

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Streep was not the only celebrity to deal with the pits of avocado preparation. Co-host of The View Joy Behar and Bachelerotte contestant Andi Dorfman have also been victims. But you don’t have to be a celebrity to have a hand in the avocado injury world. There is even a hashtag #avocadoinjury on social media in case you want to find pictures of cuts, blood, bandages, and other images of avocarnage.

This isn’t completely surprising since avocados aren’t like bananas. They aren’t necessarily the easiest fruit to unwrap. When it comes to avocados, slicing through the BS means having to cut through leathery bumpy skin to get to the soft green goodness inside.

The anatomy of an avocado. (Photo: Getty)

As anyone who has worn leather from head-to-toe knows, leather and leather-like surfaces can be quite slippery. This is yet another reason why you don’t want to lie on a gym shower floor while covered in leather. Slippery avocado skin means that a knife can readily slide in different direction right into your hand if it is close. The roundish shape of the avocado doesn’t help either. Additionally, the soft inside of the avocado makes it easier than you think to slice on through to the other side, which could end up being your hand if you are holding the avocado in your palm.

A knife in hand can be quite bad because your hand is sort of important. It’s what allows you to give the middle finger to people, among other things. With your hand being a complex structure with such important functions, it doesn’t take much to cause real damage to your hand, such cutting through blood vessels and tendons. In fact, if things slice the wrong way, avocado hand can result in a trip to the emergency room, otherwise known as the ER.

How often does this happen? Well, for the aforementioned study, a team from the Emory University School of Medicine (Kevin X. Farley, Matthew Aizpuru, MD, Eric R. Wagner, MD, Michael B. Gottschalk, MD, and Charles A. Daly, MD) and the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (Susanne H. Boden) searched the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) for avocado-related knife injuries that resulted in ER visits occurred from 1998 to 2017.

They found around 50,413 of them. And the frequency of such injuries wasn’t going in the ripe direction. From 1998 to 2002, there were 3,143 injuries. Then, from 2013 to 2017, the number jumped to 27,059. That’s a statistically significant jump.

Why has the number of avocado injuries been increasing? Are people getting weirder and weirder and more adventurous with avocado slicing? While you can’t rule out that possibility, a big driver is probably the general surge in avo-popularity. According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, avocado consumption in the U.S. has been “generally increasing” since 1970, going from 2.23 pounds per capita in 2000 to 7.1 pounds per capita in 2016. In fact, guacamole being a staple of Super Bowl Sunday appears to be a more recent phenomenon.

If you are going to be cutting through avocados this weekend, do not use your hand as a backstop. There is more than one way to slice an avocado. This segment in Inside Edition offers one way:

For another option, go to the 2:26 mark on this video from Epicurious, where a professional chef shows how to do it:

Regardless of what specific technique you use, the key is to not have your hands or fingers in the way if the knife moves more than expected. Avocadon’t hold the avocado in one palm and then position the knife so that the only thing between your hand and the knife is the avocado. That would be like using your chest as a cutting board when chopping vegetables. The soft inside of the avocado just doesn’t offer enough protection. Otherwise, you’d see players wearing guacamole helmets on the field this Sunday.

The other key is to gently cut through the skin, rather than applying so much pressure that the knife may slide abruptly on the skin or cut entirely through the avocado. All you really need to do is create a slit in the skin to access the soft inside, making it easier to separate the avocado into sections or pieces by hand.

Yes, Super Bowl Sunday can be an exciting day. But pay attention when slicing avocados. Otherwise, you may get into a guaccident.

Philly Naked Bike Ride is back on this year, but you have to wear a mask — for your health

Nude bicycling is back in Philadelphia — but not every body part will be allowed to be uncovered.

Anyone who would like to be part of the annual 10-mile Philly Naked Bike Ride on Aug. 28 will not have to wear a shirt or pants or underwear, but they will have to wear a mask.

For health reasons, of course.

What’s going on?

The 2020 ride was canceled due to the pandemic, but it’s back on this year, WCAU-TV reported.

Thousands of participants are expected to return to the no-cost, no-registration, no-clothes, no-skivvies event of the summer.

Image source: WCAU-TV video screenshot

They will be traversing the streets of the City of Brotherly Love for three hours — passing by sites such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall that are popular with tourists and families — with their bits and pieces festooned with body paint and other decorations to advocate for biking and for cyclist safety, protest fossil fuels (while riding on rubber tires made from fossil fuels), and promote positive body image.

But despite the fact that the city has lifted most of its COVID-19 rules in the wake of plummeting case numbers and an increasing rate of vaccinations among citizens, only one set of cheeks will be allowed to be bare for anyone hoping to join the mobile-streaking event — and it’s not the set on their faces.

Currently, Philadelphia does not require masks for folks who are fully vaccinated and outside, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA Today reported. Restaurants and cafes may operate at only 50% capacity, but the distance between chairs will be reduced from six feet to three feet. Indoor catered events are even more restricted, with only 25% capacity allowed, while outdoor events can be at 50% capacity.

Ride organizers said they are “going to stick with our initial mask guidance” for now, according to WCAU. However, things could change, lead organizer Wesley Noonan-Sassa said. The group will continue to keep tabs on what the city says about COVID restrictions over the next several weeks.

The organizers also “recommend wrapping something soft around your seat, such as a T-shirt or a bandana, especially if you rent a bike,” USA Today said.

The event is part of a larger organization known as World Naked Bike Ride, according to the paper, with events happening in New Zealand, Canada, Argentina, Japan, and more than a dozen other nations.

Naked mother who threw kids from fire escape faces attempted murder charges

MASON, Ohio — A baby girl who was found dead in a car parked in a Procter & Gamble employee parking lot in Ohio was left there by her mother while she was at work, authorities said Wednesday night.

The 15-month-old was found around 5 p.m. Wednesday in the P&G parking lot in Mason, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Cincinnati, said Doyle Burke, the chief investigator for the Warren County Coroner’s Office.

Burke said it appears the mother, who is a P&G employee, left the baby unattended in her car seat all day and called 911 when she found the child.

While an official cause of death has not yet been determined, investigators believe it was the result of high temperatures inside the vehicle. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

“Even though it wasn’t sweltering hot today, it’s obviously gonna be hotter in the car,” Burke said. “And certainly a 15-month-old is more susceptible to something like this than an adult.”

Investigators said it was unclear if the mother would face any charges. They have not released her name.

“We are aware of a tragic accident that took place on the campus of P&G’s Mason Business Center earlier today,” Cincinnati-based consumer products giant P&G said in a statement Wednesday night. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the affected family. We are providing our full support to both the family and local officials.”

While the investigation is ongoing, Burke said the case should serve as a warning to other parents.

“Well certainly anytime something like this happens that’s preventable, it’s a wake-up call to anyone that has children,” Burke said. “Just be careful.”

Watch the video: 50 People Try to Slice an Avocado. Epicurious


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