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Terminal Nutrition

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compiled by Grenville Featherstonehaugh, AIR staff

Throughout the world, thousands of scientists are engaged in food research. Their ultimate goal is to determine the optimal ultimate meal.

Researchers at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice have compiled a useful set of data about ultimate meals. It consists of final meal requests by prisoners who were about to be executed. The information is posted on the web at

Tastes vary, in this case from "Double cheeseburger, french fries topped with onions and cheese, baked potato topped with sour cream, cheese and butter, 2 fried pork chops, and 3 beef enchiladas, and chocolate cake" to "Fifteen slices of cheese, three fried eggs, three buttered toasts, two hamburger patties with cheese, 2 tomato sliced, one sliced onion, french fries with salad dressing, 2 lb of crispy fried bacon, one quart chocolate milk and one pint of fresh strawberries" to "Six pieces of french toast with syrup, jelly, butter, six barbecued spare ribs, six pieces of well burned bacon, four scrambled eggs, five well cooked sausage patties, french fries with catsup, three slices of cheese, two pieces of yellow cake with chocolate fudge icing, and four cartons of milk" to"Lettuce and tomatoes" to "Justice, Equality, World Peace" to "A coke."

So far as we know, no researcher has yet made use of this data.

(Thanks to Peter Melvoin for bringing this to our attention.)

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