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June 17, 2016

Peanut Butter believed to be aphrodisiac

In 1971, it was widely reported that a girls' high school in Johannesburg, South Africa had banned peanut butter due to a concern that peanuts were a sexual stimulant.

This news, of course, was met with incredulity by the American press, but given the lack of details in the story (the school, for instance, was never named) I suspected it might be an urban legend reported as news. However, in a New Scientist article published two years later (Nov 1, 1973) I was able to find some more information which suggests that the story apparently was true, and that the ban was inspired by local African folk belief about peanuts:

"This command has been traced by local health officials to a traditional taboo among the native tribal population which regarded both peanuts and eggs as sex stimulants and therefore forbade their consumption by the young and unmarried."

Sydney Morning Herald - July 19, 1971

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 17, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Sexuality, 1970's

June 12, 2016

Man finds $20 inside cheeseburger

When people find stuff in their food that doesn't belong there, it's usually things like cockroaches, small frogs, rat parts, etc. But when Dave Cook bit into his McDonald's cheeseburger, he found a folded-up $20 bill. He didn't complain to the restaurant about the unusual topping. Instead, he took a picture of the burger, finished it, and then called up the local TV news (WTVR in Virginia) to tell them about it.

I don't think a $20 bill is something that would get into a burger by accident. It had to be put there. The question is who put it there: Cook himself or one of the McDonald's employees?

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 12, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, Junk Food, Money

June 7, 2016

Vertical Farming; Its A Jersey Thing

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A facility being built in New Jersey is going to be the world's largest vertical farming plant. AeroFarms is set to be 3 times bigger than the next largest place of its kind located in Japan. Water usage is much lower while yield is substantially higher than standard farming operations. It looks like something that would be used to grow food in a Mars colony or in an underground bunker after Armageddon. But perhaps we will find that solving world hunger is a Jersey thing.

Posted By: patty - Tue Jun 07, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Agriculture, Food, Vegetables, Horticulture and Gardens, Nature

June 2, 2016

Fog Vodka

California distillery, Hangar 1, is now selling a vodka made out of genuine San Francisco fog. They're calling it Fog Point.

They use mesh fog catchers to trap moisture and then blend this with vodka distilled from a California Central Coast wine. They describe the result as "an extraordinarily crisp, pure, and gluten free sipping vodka with elegant hints of pear, citrus, and honeysuckle." The price tag is $125 a bottle.

Perhaps their next effort can be a vodka made from the tears of a hipster.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 02, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Food, Inebriation and Intoxicants

May 28, 2016

The Pretzel Bikini

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 28, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, Food, Pop Art, 1960's

May 20, 2016

AbsorbPlate

It's a plate that makes food healthier by soaking up excess calories, according to its creators (the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and BBDO Bangkok):

Hundreds of tiny holes inspired by the texture of sponge make AbsorbPlate able to separate excess oil from food before people eat it. The plate can reduce up to 7 ml of grease or approximately 30 calories per plate. The plates were designed to be easy to wash. In order to eat healthier, all they need to do is just continue their regular eating behaviour on our plate.

I have an idea that would work even better — a smaller plate.


Posted By: Alex - Fri May 20, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Food, Health, Inventions

May 9, 2016

Edible Nail Polish

KFC Hong Kong has announced that it's created edible nail polish. It will come in two flavors, Original and Hot & Spicy. The company says, "To use, consumers simply apply and dry like regular nail polish, and then lick—again and again and again."

Obviously a marketing gimmick, but seems that they really are going to produce some of this stuff.

More info: adweek.com



Posted By: Alex - Mon May 09, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Cosmetics, Food, Advertising

April 8, 2016

STAR WARS Recipes

It never really dawned on me that fans would come up with recipes to accompany these movies, but in retrospect, it only makes sense, and the fad appears to go way back, as seen in this 1983 instance below. Will they issue a new recipe for the newest trailer?


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Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 08, 2016 - Comments (16)
Category: Aliens, Food, Movies, 1980's

April 6, 2016

Follies of the Madmen #279

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No chipmunks, crickets, rabbits, or fat, slack-jawed, beanie-wearing yokels were actually diced and cooked for these recipes.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 06, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Cannibalism, Food, Cartoons, 1980's

March 31, 2016

Let them eat pigeon

September 1975. Jackson, Mississippi had two problems: how to feed the homeless cost-effectively, and how to get rid of the pigeons whose numbers were getting out of control downtown.

Solution — trap the pigeons and feed them to the homeless. The birds were served broiled in gravy.

Unfortunately, many of the homeless refused to eat them. The director of the rescue mission admitted the birds were "tough" and "the taste was strange," but hoped the flavor would improve if prepared in a pressure cooker.

The Berkshire Eagle - Sep 13, 1975

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 31, 2016 - Comments (13)
Category: Food, 1970's

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