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Chinese restaurant shoulder

Posted by Billy Jo on July 08, 2000

In Reply to: Chinese restaurant shoulder posted by Brian Shea on July 07, 2000

: : What is "Chinese restaurant shoulder". Is it a disease, an attitude of mind or something else?

: I'm pretty sure it's a reference to an episode of Seinfeld, when the characters of the show
: go into a Chinese resaurant and can't get a seat and are completely ignored by the staff.

My Grandfather served in WWII and travelled widely in Europe. He tells me that "Chinese Restaurant Shoulder" is a stiffness and loss of feeling in the shoulders and upper arms resulting from overindulgence in Chinese food which has been too liberally sprinkled with tasty powder (Monosodium Glutamate). Gramps was a pretty smart guy but he's over 80 now so who knows, it might be wise to seek a second opinion.