A t-shirt’s rhetorical question is answeredAugust 7, 2013
Yesterday Leila and Phil and I drove from Boise to Seattle. As usual, we stopped at Sumpter Junction, a restaurant in Baker City, Oregon.
I happened to be wearing my “Got parasites?” t-shirt provided by EuPathDB.org, a wonderful database that covers the genomes of several parasites studied by me and my colleagues (e.g., Plasmodium and Cryptosporidium).
The waitress was surprised and entertained by my shirt. “Actually, yes — we DO have parasites,” she said. She was referring not to the restaurant per se but to the town of Baker City, whose water supply had recently been contaminated with Cryptosporidium. The restaurant, like most residences, was staying afloat with bottled and boiled water.
It was, at the least, an amusing coincidence.