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Flesh Prices

The purpose of this graphic was to show how high the price of meat was during the 1870 Siege of Paris. But what I find odd about it is the inclusion of elephant and bear meat, which apparently were on sale during the siege and had a set price. So if you wanted an elephant steak, it would have cost you 15 shillings (or $3.60) a pound. Assume that the modern currency equivalent would be a lot higher.

Source: Illustrated World, April 1918.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jan 27, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Food, Nineteenth Century

Peas mean something

In 1904, this young lady was dismissed as "demented." Today she might be recognized as a great performance artist.

Quietly entering the offices of various city officials this morning, a young lady about twenty-five years of age, neatly and attractively gowned in green, opened a paper bag of dried peas, threw a handful on the floor and left after making the statement, "Peas mean something." Later she went to the court house and repeated the act in the offices of Clerk of Courts Fred Badger and Sheriff M.J. Rounds.


Oshkosh Daily Northwestern - Apr 12, 1904
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jan 25, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Food, Vegetables, 1900's

Volto!

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I do believe I've featured Volto before, but I could not resist another encounter with him. Hope you all agree he deserves more fame!

The Complete Volto Archives here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 11, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Food, Advertising, Comics, 1940's

Sexy Banana Spokeslady



This is really four commercials back to back. I like that sentient bananas are willing to strip their skins off and sacrifice themselves for humans.

Number three has one of the typical vintage representations of a cannibal for you to marvel at.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 10, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Food, Stereotypes and Cliches, Advertising, 1940's

Got Mice?

The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic, Connecticut will happily accept financial donations. But they've recently begun soliciting the public for donations of a more unusual kind: mice. They need them to feed their birds and snakes.

The criteria for us to accept mice from the public is easy: the mice must be dead, chemical- and poison-free, and frozen. We recommend buying the old-fashioned snap-traps at the hardware store, slathering a little peanut butter on it, and setting them where you find mouse droppings. Freeze the mice in zip-close bags in your freezer, and drop them off to us at your convenience!

Apparently the center used to get free mice from a research lab, but that supply has now ended. So they're hoping the public will step up to the plate.

Too bad I don't live in Connecticut, because my cat catches LOTS of mice. Though he usually doesn't kill them. Just brings them inside for us to play with, and I take them back out and release them.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Dec 28, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Food

Wood Apple Marriage in Nepal



This page semi-coherently explains: "...a ceremony in the Newar community in Nepal in which pre-adolescent girls are 'married' to the bel fruit (wood apple), which is a symbol of the god Vishnu, ensuring that the girl becomes and remains fertile. It is believed that if the girl's husband dies later in her life, she is not considered a widow because she is married to Vishnu, and so already has a husband that is believed to be still alive."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 20, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Food, Children, Foreign Customs, Asia, Weddings

I Heard the Voice of a Porkchop



Man so hungry he experiences auditory hallucinations.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 10, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Food, Music, 1920's, Stomach

Food Jewelry

Hatanaka, a Japanese maker of plastic food replicas for restaurants, has branched out into the jewelry business. Among the eye-catching fashion accessories it's offering are a spaghetti hairpiece and a curry rice necklace. See more of its jewelry line at OhGizmo.com. You can purchase these things from Hatanaka, but it looks like they're currently out of stock.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Dec 07, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, Food

Subconscious Menu

Pizza Hut is testing a new "subconscious menu" in some of its UK restaurants. Just look at the food choices on the screen of the tablet, and the eye-tracking technology will determine which food your eyes are lingering over longest. [wash post]

This made me think of Paul's post from a few days ago about the octopus in the farm yard, which demonstrated that our eyes "dwell on objects that are discrepant with expectations." So if there's an octopus on the menu, you'll just have to eat octopus pizza.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Dec 03, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Food, Psychology, Eyes and Vision

Barbecue Salad

Perhaps this would taste good. But without having tried it, the idea of tomato jello just doesn't sound appealing to me.

However, here's a person who's actually made the stuff!

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Dec 02, 2014 | Comments (18)
Category: Food
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