I wouldn’t want people to think that I was in any way vain but whilst Googling “Thermometer Guy” (don’t laugh – we’ve all Googled our name haven’t we? No, just me then!) I came across this article in the US press:
“Up in Lancaster over the weekend, a man who asked a woman to stop talking on her cell phone during a movie was stabbed in the neck with a meat thermometer by the woman’s apparent enraged boyfriend and another friend (yes, how dare he ask for silence during a movie, right? Geeeeez.). The man is expected to survive and two others who came to his aid were also injured during the incident at the Cinemark 22 theatre, according to KTLA. L.A. County Sheriff’s say there are two male black suspects in the case that got away.”
I need it to be on record that I am not that thermometer guy.
I admit that I do indeed live in Lancaster, but that is Lancaster UK, a completely different place entirely from the one above.
I would also like it to be known that I neither condone nor recommend the use of meat thermometers or indeed any type of temperature measuring equipment to resolve cinematic based issues. For what it is worth my choice of weapon would be popcorn. One’s point can be made without anyone getting too badly hurt, in the true English tradition.
For more information on what happened next, take a look at this site. For more info on the correct use of meat thermometers see below.
A meat thermometer has a metal probe with a sharp point which is designed to be inserted into the meat, and can have a dial or digital display. Some dial type thermometers show the temperature only, whilst others also have markings to indicate when different kinds of meat are cooked to a specified degree (e.g., “beef medium rare”).
Meat thermometers are usually designed to have the probe left in the meat during the cooking process. Dial thermometers use a bimetallic strip which rotates a needle which shows the temperature on a dial. With these, the whole thermometer can be left inside the oven during cooking.
Digital thermometers however, use an electronic sensor in the probe, which is connected by a flexible heat-resistant cable to the digital display unit. The probe is inserted in the meat, and the cable comes out of the oven (oven seals are flexible enough to allow this without damage) and is connected to the display. This type of instrument often has the facility to set an audible alarm when the desired temperature is reached.
Please note that if the complete digital thermometer is placed in a hot oven, it will melt and you will be left with a foul smelling sticky mess in the bottom of your oven. This will be tricky to clean up when the oven is hot, unless you have access to welding gloves and an industrial scraper, and virtually impossible to remove once cold. In short try to avoid this situation.
This less than desirable, but schoolboy error happens more often than you may think, usually to men who don’t read instructions before using new equipment!
A low-cost alternative designed specifically for poultry is the pop-up poultry thermometer, which uses a spring held in by a soft material that “pops up” when the meat reaches a set temperature. To their credit, these are very hard to use incorrectly and practically useless for hand-to-hand combat!
Please watch out for my next riveting blog – this time on Infra-red Ear Thermometers. You can hardly wait right??