Swimming With Cheese in Lake Michigan
- Swimming With Cheese in Lake Michigan
"Sit in reverie, and watch the changing
color of the waves that break upon the
idle seashore of the mind."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
On their internet website, Porter Beach, Indiana, describes
itself as "an eclectic community of 125 homes" surrounded
by Indiana Dunes State Park. Sounds like a lovely place to
visit, but I wouldn't want to swim there.
This week (June 17, 2013), parents of wading and splashing
children nearly experienced non-swimming strokes and were
not too pleased after their wet children emerged from Lake
Michigan coated with a silvery metallic substance which
resulted in an immediate beach closing.
Although a petrochemical spill was first suspected,
Indiana State health authorities revealed on June 18th
that the cause of the kid's lovely skin color was
Hopefully, their new beautiful exterior flesh tone is
only skin deep. Eclectic kids turning metallic shades of
silver? Will a future Porter Beach child be born with
a silver mouth on his spoon?
Tricalcium phosphate is commonly found in cow's milk
where it is extracted, concentrated, and then used in
manufacturing cheese, yogurt, and fertilizer. Quick,
call Paula Deen. She'll come up with a tasty recipe.
Is concentrated tricalcium phosphate dangerous to
Swim in? Beach the heck out of me!
"A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive
feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the
beholder measures the depth of his own nature."
- Henry David Thoreau