Fun Friday Food Facts Vol. 15

Fun Friday Food Facts Vol. 15
30/10/2015 - 11:05
As Halloween draws ever nearer, we present you with a FRIGHTENINGLY good edition of Friday Food Facts.

People who are allergic to Brazil nuts have a unique problem: it’s the only allergic reaction known to be sexually transmissible. In other words, the semen of a man who has eaten brazils can trigger an allergic response if a sexual partner of his has an allergy.

The first ever soup was made of hippopotamus

During the war, British soldiers identified each other during the D-Day landings by crying out ‘fish’ and waiting for the response of ‘chips’.

School meals that are subsidized by the government must contain a certain amount of vegetables. In 2011, a serving of pizza containing at least two tablespoons of tomato sauce actually met those vegetable requirements. During the Reagan administration, ketchup counted as a vegetable.

We think of taste buds as located on our tongue, but in fact they can also be found in the nasal passage and even in our stomachs where they aid digestion by influencing our appetites

In 1982 the town of Rutland, North Dakota, made the World's Largest Hamburger, weighing a whopping 3,591 pounds, which took an enormous total of 8,000 people to consume.

‘Dutch courage’ has two possible origins. The first derives from the disparaging idea that Johnny Foreigner, whether sailing up the Medway or facing down the locals in the East Indies, needed a few drinks before a fight. The second theory relates more directly to the use of a specific drink – gin – to bolster one’s courage. Whether or not it specifically referred to gin, ‘Dutch courage’ as an English colloquialism tended to mean using spirits, not just beer, to stiffen resolve

The five-second rule, whereby if you drop food on the floor and pick it up again within five seconds, is crap. Even if food is dropped for a milisecond some bacteria will linger so five seconds is plenty of time for those pesky bacteria to get all up in your Haribo Tangfastic.

Despite being seen by most modern humans as “the ultimate taboo”, cannibalism has been practiced in every part of the world, and is still more frequent than most of us would like to believe.  Many of the civil conflicts in central Africa, particularly in the Congo, have resulted in cannibalism, and primordial tribes like New Guinea’s Korowai sometimes indulge in the consumption of human flesh.  That said, the natural although somewhat macabre question most people would ask themselves would be, “What does it taste like?”...apparently.. You cannot distinguish it from veal...However... I’ll stick to my Doner Kebab Thank you!!

Pumpkins May Reduce Cancer Risk - Like their orange comrades the sweet potato, the carrot and the butternut squash (to name a few), pumpkins boast the antioxidant beta-carotene, which may play a role in cancer prevention, according to the National Cancer Institute. Food sources of beta-carotene seem to help more than a supplement, according to the NIH -- even more reason to scoop up some pumpkin today. And the plant sterols in pumpkin seeds have also been linked to fighting off certain cancers.

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