There's a community of people who regularly eat raw meat, believing that it's healthier, being like what our distant ancestors would have eaten. And within this community, some of them consume "High Meat." This is essentially rotten meat. It's called "High" because it apparently makes you feel a bit high when you eat it.
High meat is the flesh of any animal that has been allowed to decompose. [Steve] Torma keeps his portions sealed for up to several weeks before ingesting them, airing them out every few days. (Like the bacteria in sauerkraut, those which cause botulism are anaerobic; fermentation destroys them, but they sometimes survive in sealed meats—botulus, in Latin, means sausage.) Vonderplanitz says that he got high meat and its name from the Eskimos, who savor rotten caribou and seal. A regular serving of decayed heart or liver can have a “tremendous Viagra effect” on the elderly, Vonderplanitz told me recently. The first few bites, though, can be rough going. “I still have some resistance to it,” Torma admitted. “But the health benefits! I’m fifty-two now. I started this when I was forty-two, and I feel like I’m in my twenties.”
Primal eating has its detractors: The Times of London recently dubbed it “the silliest diet ever.” Most of us find whole vegetables perfectly digestible. The notion that parasites and viruses are good for us would be news to most doctors. And even Vonderplanitz and his followers admit that high meat sometimes leaves them ill and explosively incontinent. They call it detoxification.
Below, watch a guy on YouTube eat one-year-old beef.
Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 24, 2019 -
Note: It was recently brought to our attention, by a kind and attentive reader, that in our original post (way back in 2008) we referred to the photographer as Bill Woods. His actual name was Bill Wood.
Bill Wood was a commercial photographer in Fort Worth, Texas. He worked from 1937 to the early 1970s. Apparently, he was a no-nonsense photographer. He didn't intend to produce weird images, but his subject matter — middle-class America — meant that many of his images do have a surreal quality to them, like something out of a David Lynch movie.
The New York Times notes: "What is captivating and often funny is the gap between what he evidently meant to do and what he did. It appears that he meant to create reassuring images for his customers, pictures that affirmed their identities, values and world. Today, however, it looks more as if he captured feelings of absurdity, unease, alienation and grief."
His pictures include a bizarre car promotion, promising a year's supply of Kleenex with every purchase of a 1959 Pontiac. Would this have been a tempting deal, even back in 1959? How much Kleenex could a person possibly use?
...a man standing outside a store with an open sign. But what does it sell? There don't seem to be any products inside.
...and the fashionable members of the Lions Club basketball team.
Since Marvel films have, for some reason, inspired these super-fan stunts, I speculated that the then imminent release of Avengers: Endgame would lead to a new attempt at a record. And sure enough, Agustin Alanis of Riverview, Florida is going for it. I believe he's already set a new record, but since Avengers: Endgame is still in theaters, he's still watching it, and is shooting for a total of 200 viewings. This is especially impressive since the movie clocks in at around 3 hours.
For nominatively challenged parents, a new company offers help. Future Perfect charges $350 for a personalized list of 10 possible first and middle names for a newborn. For $225, you'll get a list of first names only, while for $100 they'll provide “a namestorming session like no other.” And for a mere $75, they’ll also help you name your pet.
Add this to my list of things I'd be willing to do for less money.
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