I have seen this quote often:

Chemistry is like cooking - just don't lick the spoon

Sometimes in the version of a parenthesis around the latter part to give it it's sub-humoristic meaning.

Often I can find quote sites that attribute the author to a quote. But this particular one seems to be unknown on many sites (example). Do anyone know the author of this quote?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because tracing down authors of humorous quotes is not in site scope
    – user31561
    Sep 27, 2018 at 19:54

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Oldest published version of this I find is in the Feb 1971 edition of Boy's Life magazine in their joke column, Think and Grin:

Student: What;'s the first lesson on Chemistry?

Prof: Don't lick the spoon.

it was submitted by Paul Medrek, East Longmeadow, Mass.

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