This Facebook video purports to show Trevor Ferrell light the end of a french fry, bite off the other end, and inhale smoke through the fry like a cigarette.

He goes on to suggest that this is evidence that the food is not healthful.

Is this possible? Does the video show a realistic situation? Does this mean the food is not healthful.

closed as unclear what you're asking by Oddthinking Aug 21 '14 at 1:18

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    What's really being claimed here? That you can put a fry in your mouth, light the other end, and inhale? Surely that's obviously true of any object that's somewhat flammable and porous. – Nate Eldredge Aug 21 '14 at 0:34
  • @Nate: Wasn't obvious to me. Before watching the video, I would have thought it wouldn't have worked. – Oddthinking Aug 21 '14 at 0:44
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    I'm unhappy about there being two very different questions here. A relatively simple one about feasibility of the act shown (e.g. what Nate is responding to) and the rather more difficult one about whether "smokability" implies "bad to eat" - which I suspect is going to be hard to answer well. – Oddthinking Aug 21 '14 at 0:46
  • @Oddthinking: Actually, I'd bet that lots of healthy foods are smokable. (This of course could raise a "no true Scotsman" problem - if it's smokable, maybe it's not as healthy as you thought!) – Nate Eldredge Aug 21 '14 at 0:52
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    I've closed it while we sort out what it should say, and then we can re-open it. I listened again the Ferrell's commentary, and he doesn't make much of a direct claim. He clearly wants people to avoid eating french fries, and he thinks the food is tampered with, but I didn't hear any actual statements that we could get our teeth into. He never says anything like "All smokable foods are bad to eat". "McDonald's fries are unhealthful" is probably the closest to his general claim, which has nothing to do with the demonstration, but could be addressed here. – Oddthinking Aug 21 '14 at 1:22

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