Last weekend I was at the Shore with my relations, as I am every August at this time of year. We’d just finished supper, and as some of us got up to clear the table, I began putting the leftovers away. I packed some rice into a bowl, covered it with plastic wrap, and went to put it in the fridge. “You’re not going to put that in there now, are you?” my cousin Joan asked in horror.
“If you put leftovers covered in plastic wrap in the refrigerator before they cool down, they’ll give you cancer,” she said.
“What?” I said. “I never heard of such a thing.”
“It’s true,” my cousin Pam said, in a rare instance of backing up Joanie. “Some kind of chemical collects on the underside of the plastic wrap.”
“Did you ever hear of this?” I asked a nearby sibling.
My sister Nan shook her head.
“I think the fridge uses up more energy if you don’t let them cool down first,” my daughter Marcy said tentatively. “But I never heard of the cancer thing.”