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Food

Cooking for Witches

Read it here. Samples below.







Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 03, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Domestic, Food, Cookbooks, Supernatural, Occult, Paranormal

Sheep-Face Pizza

Worst pizza ever?

It was on the menu of an Icelandic pizzeria in honor of "farmer's day" (Jan 21). More info: grapevine.is

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 27, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Junk Food

Taste-O-Vision

A Japanese researcher, Homei Miyashita, has created a screen that, when licked, imparts the flavors of food. From Reuters:

The device, called Taste the TV (TTTV), uses a carousel of 10 flavour canisters that spray in combination to create the taste of a particular food. The flavour sample then rolls on hygienic film over a flat TV screen for the viewer to try.

Miyashita explains that he "hopes to make a platform where tastes from around the world can be downloaded and enjoyed by users, much like music is now."

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 14, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, Inventions, Technology

Formaldehyde Hunger

According to medical student lore, the smell of formaldehyde while dissecting bodies stimulates the appetite. This phenomenon is known as 'formaldehyde hunger'.

It was mentioned in a 2020 article by Amalia Namath in the Georgetown Medical Review, and that's the earliest reference to it I've been able to find:

A few years had passed since I had last been in the anatomy lab, but the smell immediately brought me back. With the smell came a flood of memories—meeting my 4 lab mates and bonding as we spent hours hunched over our cadaver. Often, we would share our favorite recipes as the lab would wind down, in part because of the aptly named "formaldehyde hunger" and to find common ground.

An article on mashed.com disputes the reality of the phenomenon, noting, "there is some self-reported evidence of formaldehyde actually having the opposite effect — constricting hunger, rather than inducing it."

My guess is that med students just naturally build up an appetite during the long hours they're dissecting a cadaver. After all, they're presumably not snacking while they're doing this. The formaldehyde has nothing to do with their hunger. But it makes a better story to attribute their food cravings to the formaldehyde.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 09, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Food, Science, Fables, Myths, Urban Legends, Rumors, Water-Cooler Lore

Cemetery Honey

Our Forest Home Cemetery & Arboretum apiary has produced delicious honey made from our tree pollen. It's got a light, nutty flavor and comes raw and unfiltered.

You can buy it, in person, at Forest Home Cemetery. Or you can purchase it online from Fairy Garden Hives. For an extra $12 you can get the "Friday the 13th Limited Edition" cemetery honey.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 08, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Food

International Association of People Who Dine Over the Kitchen Sink

Norm Hankoff had the idea for the "International Association of People Who Dine Over the Kitchen Sink" in 1991, while he was standing at the sink using potato chips to spoon tuna salad into his mouth.

The next year he founded the Association. He referred to its members as 'sinkies'. Then, in 1994, he came out with The Official Sinkies Don't Cook Book, which included "recipes" such as:

  • cakeless frosting
  • a handful of mashed potatoes
  • a cracker topped with mayo, then another cracker, then American cheese, then another cracker, mustard, cracker, pickle chip, cracker and Swiss cheese
  • chocolate cake in a glass of milk

Amazon Link



The Association still exists. Or, at least, it still has a website: sinkie.com.

Sinkies consider the day after Thanksgiving to be their annual holiday. They call it "Dine Over Your Kitchen Sink Day".

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 25, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations, Food, Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving 2021!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 25, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Food, Holidays, Air Travel and Airlines

Chicken-Feather Cookies

We've posted before about weird things that food scientists have made flour out of, including sawdust, fish, and (of course) insects. Add chicken feathers to that list.

In 1976, Dr. A.L. Shewfelt of the University of Georgia experimented with transforming chicken feathers into a "highly digestible creamy-white powder" and then using this to make cookies. Most of the taste testers said the cookies were "pretty good," except for one who complained of a soapy taste — a result of the chemical solvent the feathers had been washed in.

I think the lesson here is that almost anything can taste okay if you turn it into a powder and add enough sugar to it.



The Atlanta Constitution - Mar 9, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 23, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Food, 1970s

Jello Brainwaves

In 1974, Dr. Adrian Upton of McMaster University placed E.E.G. electrodes on a blob of lime jello and obtained positive readings. This indicated brain activity. He published his results in 1976 in the Medical Tribune.

Upton was trying to demonstrate that when doctors use an E.E.G. to determine brain death, it can be difficult to obtain a perfectly flat readout, because the equipment picks up stray electrical activity from the surrounding environment. Or maybe he had discovered that jello is a sentient lifeform.

The Jell-O Gallery Museum in Le Roy, New York seems to prefer the latter conclusion. A brain-shaped jello mold on display at the museum bears the message: "A Bowl of Jell-O Gelatin and the Human Brain Have the Same Frequency of Brain Waves."

image source: Donna Goldstein, researchgate.net



More info: The Straight Dope



Wichita Eagle - Mar 8, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 15, 2021 - Comments (7)
Category: Food, Experiments, 1970s, Brain

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