Uranium Burger

Source of second foto.

Thanks to pal Dan Murphy!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 14, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Fads, Food, Reader Recommendation, 1950s

Twinkie Diet

Back in 2010, in order to prove his theory that "in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most — not the nutritional value of the food," Kansas State University professor of human nutrition Mark Haub lived almost entirely on Twinkies for 10 weeks. He ate one every three hours.

Though he added some variety into his diet with side helpings of Doritos, sugary cereals, and Oreos. As well as a multivitamin pill, protein shake, and some vegetables daily.

But by limiting himself to 1800 calories a day he lost 27 pounds, and other measures of health, such as cholesterol levels, all improved.


Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 11, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Food, Junk Food, Dieting and Weight Loss

Mystery Illustration 67

What institution or organization typically offered these rather tasty-looking meals?

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 07, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, 1940s

The mustard theory of heart disease

Given that just about everything one can possibly eat seems to be bad for you, I'm not sure if Dr. Jackson Blair was a crackpot or ahead of his time with his theory that mustard is the secret cause of heart disease.

But for Blair, mustard was just the tip of the iceberg. It was "part of a wider theory that condiments—pepper, ginger, mustard and mayonnaise, which contains mustard—cause hypertension."

As with everything, I suspect how much of it one eats might play a role.

Palladium-Item and Sun-Telegram - Sep 2, 1965

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 04, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Food, 1960s, Disease

8 tons of fallout biscuits

A follow-up to my post yesterday about the invention of 'fallout biscuits' in 1961.

In 1971, eight tons of these biscuits, or crackers, caused the floor to collapse at the South Carolina State House:

"All of a sudden the walls of the State House began to shake and then the whole world fell in," said Woody Brooks, whose office is next to the storage room...

"We know there were some crackers back there," Brooks said, "but who would have thought there were eight tons of them."

The Greenville News - July 11, 1971

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 18, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1970s

Fallout Biscuits

Back in 1961, the U.S. Office of Civil Defense came out with 'fallout biscuits.' They were vitaminized crackers. The idea was that people in fallout shelters could live on these for weeks, or even years, if necessary. The biscuits were cheap to make and lasted pretty much forever, so huge quantities were prepared.

Fast-forward to the twenty-first century. The various places wheres the biscuits were stored, such as the University of Montana, now faced the problem of how to get rid of the thousands of boxes of these things.

Orlando Sentinel - Jun 2, 1961

Fort Myers News-Press - May 11, 1961

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 17, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Food, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1960s


Breadwoman is a character who wears rags and a loaf of bread on her head while she dances to electronic music. She was created in the mid-1980s by performance artist Anna Homler, apparently having emerged from Homler's "background as an anthropologist and her inexplicable desire to wear bread." Although Breadwoman's mask was originally a hollowed-out loaf of bread, it's now made out of latex.

More info: LA Times, Paper, Brooklyn Vegan.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 14, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Food, Performance Art

Cooking with your mouth

Why use a food processor when God gave you a mouth? The video was created by artist Nathan Ceddia who claims his intent was to help people avoid cooking-related injuries by encouraging them to use the mouth as an 'all-in-one utensil.'

The idea of eating food that's been mixed with another person's saliva reminds me of the saliva noodles I posted about long ago.

via Daily Mail

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 04, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Food

Unicorn Food Phenomenon

One of the curious food trends of 2017: transforming normal food into unicorn food by rainbowfying it.

Unicorn Cereal from Kelloggs

Unicorn Frappuccino from Starbucks

Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur from Firebox

Unicorn Macarons from Mac Lab Bakery

Unicorn Pizza from Industry Kitchen

Unicorn Bread from El Bolillo Bakery

Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 29, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Food

Sti-Yu-Ka Oatmeal Ritual

Sti-Yu-Ka, a well known tradition at Springfield College, started as a variety of activities planned in celebration on the eve of Stepping Up Day, Springfield College’s way of marking the academic accomplishments of students as members of each class advance a year in their college careers. It is held during the end of the school year. Sti-Yu-Ka was founded in 1961 by Dr. Irving Conrad, then president of the Student Government Association. The name Sti-Yu-Ka seems to have come from the Springfield College club Hosaga, a club that performed Native American traditional ceremonial dances and songs. The name seems to have come from a dance that was performed on the eve of the achievement of adulthood and meant “The Coming of Age,” an appropriate name for an event on the eve of Stepping Up Day.At the time of its creation, Sti-Yu-Ka events started on Saturday at around 1 p.m. and went until the late night/early morning hours on Sunday. Conrad tried to create events that would take the focus away from alcohol. Such activities included a pig roast, canoe races, pie eating contests, square dancing, egg tossing, Jell-O wrestling, roller skating, a greased pig chase, fireworks on Rally Hill, and even the act of smashing a car. However, drinking did become a part of these activities and over the years the Office of Student Affairs increased the official Sti-Yu-Ka events from one weekend to one week, its present length. Again, this was done in an effort to keep students on campus doing activities that were social in nature, and to allow students to spend time with their peers and to try not to focus on alcohol. Although new events are thrown into the lineup, some staple events that have remained as Sti-Yu-Ka tradition over the years are the comedian on opening night, the Campus Activities Board’s Midnight Bingo, Residence Life’s Taste of SC, and the Greased Pole Climb and Oatmeal Pass.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 17, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Ceremonies, Education, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia, Food, Regionalism

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