In 2013 Europe was hit by a horse meat scandal, in which 300 tons of horse meat was found throughout the EU food supply labeled as beef. The source was traced to a Romanian slaughterhouse, who sold it as horse meat to a chain of Cyprus, Dutch, and Irish resellers who mislabeled it.
In 19th-century America, the belief that sausages were usually made out of dog meat was so widespread that they started to be called “hot dogs”.
During a 1978 Monday Night Football game, to fill dead air, Howard Cosell commented on a delicious new snack he was eating, thus stadium nachos went mainstream.
Americans mostly eat white chicken meat and export the rest to Russia/Asia where dark meat is preferred, so most chickens get split in two and sent around the world.
The Filet o’ Fish was invented so Catholics could eat at McDonald’s on Fridays.
Italy didn’t have tomatoes until 1548, which is why traditional Italian food doesn’t use tomatoes.
People grill watermelon and call them “watermelon steaks”. It resembles the texture of a seared steak and cookbooks sometimes recommends it as a meat substitute.
In Italy, it is not a crime to steal food if you are hungry and have no other means of nourishment.
Chicken was considered a luxury food in the United States until the discovery of vitamin D in 1922, allowing chickens to thrive indoors and during the winter season.