In the early 1900s, a group of U.S. government scientists started a private dinner club, in which they only ate poisonous food. They documented their illnesses in order to convince Congress to pass food safety laws. They were called “The Poison Squad.”
In 1910, Congress nearly passed “the American Hippo Bill”, which would have released hippos in Louisiana bayous in order to eat invasive plants while solving America’s meat shortage. Newspapers of the time praised hippo meat as “lake cow bacon”.
In 2008 a school Camden, NJ forced students to eat their lunch off the floor for 2 weeks after a child accidentally spilled water while refilling a water cooler. 7 students won a $500,000 legal settlement.
Researchers have patented a strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when cooked and contains twice the nutritional value of kale.
Potatoes have almost all nutrients humans need to survive. To prove this, the Executive Director from the Washington State Potato Commission ate nothing but potatoes for 60 days.
Kanye West once ordered a curry to be delivered from London, UK to NYC, at a price of $3900.
Casu marzu is the Italian “maggot cheese” – cheese designed to be eaten while it is infested with cheese fly larvae.
It’s illegal in France for grocery stores to throw or destroy unsold food. Instead, supermarkets have to donate it to charities and food banks.
There is a dog eating festival in China where 10,000 – 15,000 dogs are eaten over a 10 day period.
Since 1960, the average turkey has gained 11 pounds. The average American has gained 28 pounds.