Is it just me who thinks that avocados came out of nowhere over the last couple of years? Maybe it's down to my very strict childhood diet of pasta and chips, but I feel like they've just appeared in a blaze of #HealthyEating and #Vegan hashtags.
But all of you trendy bohemian types who buzz off the fruit (yes, it's a fruit. I Googled it. Fun fact: It's technically a berry) need to be more careful. There's a new trend, and it comes down to the fact that people are using really sharp knives to peel them.
Yup, the knives are going straight through their hands/fingers. Don't believe me?
If you search for avocado injuries on Instagram, there's a fuckload of them. This following picture is so gross that it has been blurred but I'm sure you can use your imagination...
Speaking to the Times, David Shewring, vice-president of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, said: "Recently the health benefits of avocado have been advocated, with an increase in their popularity - and a consequent increase in related injuries."
Believe it or not, it's a real issue. Simon Eccles, honorary secretary of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, reckons that he sees around four patients a week at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for avocado hands.
Eccles said: "It needs to be recognisable. Perhaps we could have a cartoon picture of an avocado with a knife, and a big red cross going through it?"
Yeah, maybe a career move to marketing isn't in the pipeline just yet, but his heart's in the right place.
Be careful out there. Nothing is safe. Not even avocados.
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