The Wrong Knife Can Kill

The Dangers of Overtraining and Hyper-specialization If you were to travel to Japan, you’d find signs hanging above restaurants advertising a dish unique to the region: fugu. A type of sashimi, this blowfish dish is sought out by locals and tourists alike. It can also kill you. The fugu stores a lethal toxin in its skin and vital organs. Chefs train for years to learn how to cut the meat carefully--one wrong move and diners will descend into paralysis. Their breathing will slow and eventually stop. In 1958, 176 people died from eating fugu in one single year.  So [...]