Some Food Related Weirdness

Chocolate, you can eat it, drink it, even inhale it, and now you can run a car on it as boffins from the University of Warwick in the UK have designed a "Formula 3" racing car that runs on chocolate oil. As an added bonus, the car's body was made from potatoes (BBC News).

Meanwhile, in Bethlehem PA, Hipolito Junior Vasquez is the main suspect in a string of burglaries where the perpetrator elected to also vandalise his victims' apartments by smearing the walls with paint and chocolate pudding. Police first suspected Vasquez was their man when he was apprehended red brown handed, covered in chocolate sauce (LeHigh Valley Live).

And if that wasn't enough, a current UK advertising campaign for "Mikado" biscuits has raised some eyebrows and quite a few hackles after it depicted a secretary inadvertently taking 'upskirt' photocopies of herself while trying to reach a box of the apparently irresistible snacks, just as her boss walks in on her. The British agency responsible for advertising standards said it had received 141 complaints, but admitted that it was powerless to act as the item adhered to all the guidelines concerning high-fat foods, and was not shown at a time when it might be viewed by minors (The Sun - includes video).

According to Bon Appetit magazine, there are a number of "superfoods" that have been shamefully overlooked by most dieticians, and the top disregarded superfood is... bacon. Their argument is that 45% of bacon's fat is of the monounsaturated type that is supposed to actually lower cholesterol, and moreover half of that is the same type, oleic acid, found in ultra-healthy olive oil. Hence, it is claimed, bacon might really be half as healthy as olives and 100 times as delicious (Bon Appetit).

And bacon is not just good for your heart, your head could benefit as well. According to Dr. Elin Roberts of the "Centre for Life" in Newcastle, England, bacon is just the thing to cure a hangover. Bacon, with the obligatory side of eggs, provides just the cholesterol, amino acids and amines needed to cure the headache, stiffness and nausea brought about by a night of overindulgence, Roberts suggests. Let's hope he hasn't been a bit rasher (News Blaze).

With bacon now well established as the wonderfood of tomorrow, it is perhaps very prescient of three American entrepreneurs to launch the next must have product, "Wake n'Bacon". Simply place a frozen strip of bacon in the Wake n' Bacon the night before, and 10 minutes before the desired waking time, two halogen lights come on to slow cook the bacon to perfection, hence waking you with the delicious smell of bacon. Pure, pure genius (

In a late-breaking bacon bonus (cheers Matt), the healthy and healing wonder-meat might also be a future source of planet saving bio-diesel. Husband and wife team Dan and Tracy Kaderabek have formed Bio-Blend Fuels, a company that takes the fat that drips off pre-cooked bacon as it is microwaved and converts it into a carbon-neutral, smoke free fuel. As an added bonus, the exhaust smells like cooking bacon, thereby making the world a happier place (HTR News).
     Posted By: Dumbfounded - Tue May 12, 2009
     Category: Design and Designers | Food | Health | Stupid Criminals | Advertising

Chocolate fuel - if we're gonna put food in our gas tanks, could it at least be something like beets?
Posted by Matt in Florida on 05/12/09 at 01:52 PM
Where is the car that runs on bacon drippings?
Posted by Matt in Florida on 05/12/09 at 01:53 PM
Thanks Matt, I missed that one. 😊
Posted by Dumbfounded on 05/12/09 at 05:55 PM
John S., I heard a story where a UK city council was unable to recover a bin from a pond because the water resources team weren't trained in garbage handling and no-one in waste-management was qualified to use waders.

Sadly I've not been able to track that one down, otherwise it'd be on the front page.
Posted by Dumbfounded on 05/12/09 at 06:03 PM
dumbfounded i just knew you'd be good at this! great post. now i'm forming a protest against the university of warwick for using chocolate for something other than consumption. 😠 wasted chocolate is a sin!!! that said, you can probably guess how i feel about painting walls with chocolate pudding. the british (gov) have NO sense of humor! bacon is wonderful!!!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/12/09 at 06:11 PM
On the plus side, when the end of the world comes and we're forced to eat each other ... we'll be eating healthy!
Posted by Nethie on 05/12/09 at 10:23 PM
gross! :sick: 'yes, i'll have the bob and eggs.' if it's done right we can still have hotdogs too! :lol:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/12/09 at 10:28 PM
Ooh, I hadn't thought of that. All those "cooked bacon" exhaust fumes will make people hungry, so they'll eat more bacon, thereby making more bacon bio-fuel, creating more fumes, and so on...

So there'll be an exponential growth in bacon consumption until the last pig is eaten. Whereupon we will become crazed by the bacon-cravings until we fall upon each other in an orgy of cannibalistic destruction!

I give it six months! :ahhh:
Posted by Dumbfounded on 05/13/09 at 08:13 AM
so instead of mumbling 'brains' the mindless zombies will wander around mumbling 'bacon' then. :lol:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/13/09 at 08:46 AM
I do that already, usually towards lunchtime.
Posted by Dumbfounded on 05/13/09 at 09:47 AM
@Dumbfounded - just doing my civic duty to the weird community.
@Mohawk Warrior - Expat posted about a French product called Le Whif that is a chocolate inhaler.
Posted by Matt in Florida on 05/13/09 at 10:56 AM
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