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Jughead Licks An Old Man Wearing Ice Cream

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Forever will the image of Jughead licking icecream off the head of Pop Tate haunt your every waking moment.

But if that's not enough old-school Archie weirdness for you, please click the link and purchase the newest volume of the Archie Archives.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 11, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Food, Comics, 1940's, Eating, Goofs and Screw-ups

The Benefits of Placentophagy

In a recent article in the journal Ecology of Food and Nutrition, Mark Kristal argues that placentophagia (that is, the eating of afterbirth or placenta) could offer significant benefits for humans — especially considering that all other mammals (including non-human primates) do it. (link: These benefits might include increasing mother-infant interaction, increasing the effects of pregnancy-mediated analgesia in the delivering mother, and potentiating opioid circuits in the maternal brain that facilitate the onset of caretaking behavior. He acknowledges that these possible benefits don't warrant "the wholesale ingestion of afterbirth," but he does think the issue deserves further study.

The strange thing is that although all other mammals practice placentophagy, no human cultures do (according to Dr. Kristal) — except for Hollywood celebrities.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 09, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Babies, Food, Nutrition, Health

Golden Pig Cakes

A Chinese delicacy. Looks like a pig, and yet it's vegetarian. According to the Liuzhou Laowai blog: "The dense cake is made from lotus seed paste flavoured with nuts and sesame seeds, wrapped in a heavy sweet pastry. They are also used symbolically to ensure that the dead have enough to eat in heaven."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 06, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Food

Norwegian Egg Coffee

After watching this video, I'm curious to try some Norwegian Egg Coffee. The person in the video left this explanation on youtube in response to all the comments:

I made this video. It was meant to be funny, and sort of a parody about a style of coffee making that is relatively unknown outside of Lutheran church basements. The egg seems to attract & bind with the finer sediment and then sinks to the bottom when you add the cold water to stop the boil. I am not the most boring person ever. I'm a transgender woman who was a little nervous about doing such a video because everybody seemed to think she was a gay guy. So now you can insult me correctly.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Mar 26, 2012 | Comments (13)
Category: Food

Fresh Guacamole

Longtime WU-vies will surely recall PES's video of humping furniture.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Mar 09, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Food, Surrealism, Stop-motion Animation

Follies of the Mad Men #178

My questions:

1) Did girls and women acquire those same Charles Atlas muscleman biceps shown on the box, or just boys and men?

2) Do they eat Pep on the International Space Station today?

3) Does anyone today still say, "He's got pep!" or "I feel peppy!"...?

And if you haven't had enough cereal trivia, please allow me to highly commend this new book, which is a lot of fun. My review will appear soon at THE BARNES & NOBLE REVIEW.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 07, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Family, Food, Nutrition, Health, 1950's

Follies of the Mad Men #177

I'm confused: is this cereal for Beatles imitators or computer programmers?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 01, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Cartoons, 1960's

Urine Bread

Anyone wanna try making this?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Feb 29, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: Food, War, Body Fluids

Call Any Vegetable

I just relistened to Frank Zappa's 1971 album, Live at the Fillmore East, or, Freaks & Motherfu*#@%! for the first time in about 40 years, and marveled again at the visionary talents of this supreme musical weirdo. Of course, Zappa died too young at age 52, and we were deprived of many potential years of his music.

I thought this vegetable song might somewhat counterbalance all the bacon and meat talk on WU.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Feb 17, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Food, Vegetables, Humor, Surrealism, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970's

Follies of the Mad Men #175

For one fraction of a second after he sniffs it, I was sure the human was going to chow down on this bowl of dog food. After all, if the dog can talk, why not?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 15, 2012 | Comments (13)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Dogs, 1970's
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