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: ScienceDaily.com). 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.
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."
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.
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.