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Mixing Bread Dough
2002 Personal Account

(2001, England) Adam was a student chef at Exeter College. If it had been his first semester, one could forgive his mistake, but in fact he was a third-year student.

Adam's project was to cook an Italian meal. He decided to make a traditional bread to accompany the meal and, eager to use the department's new bread mixer, he tossed in the ingredients -- not taking into account the sticky nature of Italian bread dough. It clogged the machine.

In Alan's infinite wisdom, he proceeded to pull out the dough with his hands, to free the machine's mixing arm, without switching it off. As you and every other student chef could predict, once he had succeeded in clearing the path, the mixer arm swung into action -- and broke his arm in four places.

Nine weeks later Adam returned to college amid much ridicule. When asked how he had managed to break his arm whilst making bread, he felt obliged to demonstrate, so in plunged his hand -- and snap went his arm, again.

Adam left Exeter College never to return. © 1994 - 2020
Submitted by: Mark Webster

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