The Case of the Bagel, the Bite, and the Ticking Clock

A New, Occasional Instrument for Measuring Marital Quality: The Time Required to Make a Cream Cheese and Salmon Bagel Following Funnel-Web Spider Bite,” Gary Walter, Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 171, nos. 11–12, December 6–20, 1999, pp. 674–5. [AIR 16:2] The author is a psychiatrist in Concord West, NSW, Australia. His firsthand account includes a slightly more expansive description of the instrument:

“Time taken for your wife to make a salmon and cream cheese bagel after you have been bitten by a funnel-web spider and before she dispatches you to hospital.”