Two inventors from California received a patent yesterday on a sandwich bag with a built-in glove, so you can safely eat lunch with unwashed hands.
In case you weren't familiar with lunch, the concept is explained in the patent (8,128,287), presumably by a very thorough patent attorney.
One typical use of storage bags is for a packed meal, such as lunch. A packed meal is a meal typically prepared at home and carried to be eaten somewhere else, such as school, a workplace or at an outing, such as a picnic. When the packed meal is to be eaten, the user removes the food from the storage bag with his hands.
If you're still lost, don't worry. The patent also explains what "food" is.
The term "food" refers to any type of edible substance including all types of fruits and vegetables.
Apparently, the problem with lunch is that "it is unlikely that the user will have the opportunity to follow proper hygiene and as a result eats the food with contaminated hands." (The patent also explains how you get "contaminated hands." In detail. Trust me.)
Fortunately, the new sandwich bag makes it possible to eat clean food with dirty hands. The baggie includes a little pocket for each finger (to be sure: "the thumb, index finger, middle finger, ring finger and little finger, respectively").
What you do is slide your dirty fingers in to the pockets and then turn the baggie inside-out. Voila. You are wearing a glove and holding a sandwich.
If you don't finish the sandwich, you can fold up the baggie and seal it again. But there is a big incentive to eat your whole lunch:
[T]he user, especially a child, may use the bag as a puppet after eating.