David Whipple says he bought a McDonald's hamburger back in 1999, but instead of eating it, he kept it to see how long it would take to decompose. Fourteen years later, and the thing remains basically the same. It's free of mold and fungus and doesn't even smell bad. Only the pickle decomposed. [franchise.net.au]
Here's some news from Iceland (via News of Iceland). Minister of Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphedinsson declared that the boiled sheep head he was served at a recent meeting of the Social Democratic Alliance was among "the best boiled sheep heads I have ever had. They stuck to my gum as proper heads should do."
His only minor criticism was that "the head could have been more fermented. We, from the West fjords, prefer our sheep heads so fermented that we can drink the eye out of the eye socket."
If I ever find myself in Iceland, I may pass on this particular delicacy. I just don't think I could bring myself to drink fermented eye of sheep out of the eye socket. More info about this Icelandic delicacy can be found at wikipedia.
Apologies in advance for the crappy post. I'll let the artist, Gabriel Morais, explain his project:
The idea behind this project, is to show how much the food we ingest affects our body, therefore the colour of each poop was not manipulated on photoshop. To achieve the result, the quantity I ate for each picture was:
4.5kg of beet root in 36 hours.
3.5kg of Froot Loops in 30 hours.
4kg of sweet corn in 36 hours.
So in the photos below, he shows what he ate first, followed by what eventually came out the other end.
August is practically here! Don't forget to head to beautiful Sheboygan for their annual Brat Days celebration. The first video tells the schedule for two years ago, but I can't imagine it will be too different in 2013, although on the other hand, it's their big 60th anniversary!
Plus, as you can see in the second video, they even feature sexy pole dancing!
Back in January, I posted about a Korean fecal wine named Tsongsul, which is drunk as a remedy for all manner of ills. But it turns out there's a long tradition of drinking fecal wine in the UK as well.
Over at the Recipes Project, a blog about early modern recipe books, Jonathan Cey describes finding an unusual concoction in the 17th century medicinal recipe book of Johanna St. John.
As I read I couldn't help but assume that the addition of spices, or the use of wine, sugar, and brandy might have best served to make some of the recipes more palatable. But then something caught my eye that all the cinnamon, saffron, and distillation could not possibly conceal. To put it lightly, it was, well, poo. Precisely, for smallpox, "a sheep's dung, cleane picked". Clearly you would want to make sure you were getting pure, uncontaminated crap. The recipe goes on to instruct the user to mix a handful of the stuff into a pint of white wine, "mash it well" and after leaving it to stand a full night, to serve a spoonful or two at a time. But wait, there's more! A note tucked into the margin recommends this smelly recipe for gout and jaundice. Fecal wine, if you will: good for what ails you.
And apparently Sir Robert Boyle, of the Royal Society, recommended human excrement "dried into powder, and blown into the eyes as a treatment for cataracts."
London's Attendant Cafe, which opened last month, has a concept that it hopes will attract the curious. It's situated in a former public lavatory, and instead of trying to play that down, it's playing it up. So none of the old toilet fixtures have been removed. Instead, countertops were installed around them. Patrons can munch on "super gourmet sandwiches, salads, coffee and cakes" while perched in front of a urinal.
The challenge for the restaurant will be to overcome what psychologists call the law of contagion. "Once in contact, always in contact." That is, once an object is associated with something offensive, such as a urinal being associated with urine, it will always maintain that association in our minds, no matter how clean the urinal is. [nydailynews]