Kraft Foods introduced its boxed macaroni and cheese in 1937 when America was in the throes of the Great Depression with the promise that buyers could feed a family of four for 19 cents. Kraft sold 8 million boxes of its quick-and-easy macaroni and cheese the first year smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Mexico passed a law that requires food packages to display large black octagonal "warnings" if the product is high in sugar, sodium, calories, or unhealthy fats. mexiconewsdaily.com/news/…
In 1991, a man broke into the Florida State Capitol & blockaded himself inside. His demands included pizza, beer, cigarettes, chinese food, weed, 666 donuts (for the cops) and phone calls w/ Ice Cube, Timothy Leary, & Lemmy from MotΓΆrhead. No demand was met, but the standoff ended peacefully en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Ronald McDonald isn’t allowed to tell children where the hamburgers really come from, β€œif they asked where the food came from [we were told to say] that the hamburgers grow in a patch with the French fries next to them” mcspotlight.org/people/in…
MF DOOM’s tour doubled as a food drive where he encouraged audience members to bring cans of food, leading to over 1000 pounds of food donated to various shelters. rhymesayers.com/promo/one…
In 1991, 60 Minutes suggested red wine was the answer to the "French Paradox" (France enjoys a low incidence of heart disease despite a diet high in saturated fats). Within a year, American consumption of wine increased 40% and some wine sellers began promoting their products as "health food". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Horses can't vomit because they have a strong lower esophageal sphincter that acts as a one-way valve, preventing food from coming up. horseracingsense.com/hors…
In other countries New Zealand, Belgium, Germany, etc. have their own exotic β€œAmerican” food isles in grocery stores alot like how America has Mexican and Asian isles in their grocery stores (I lived in America for all of my life obviously) foodbeast.com/news/americ…
Fast food restaurants frequently use Columbus Ohio to test out new products because the demographics of the city closely resemble those of the country as a whole columbusmonthly.com/artic…
The USSR considered Darwinian evolution a lie created by "bourgeois capitalism", and instead opted for Lamarckian evolution for political reasons. The failure of Soviet biologists to acknowledge natural selection resulted in a series of crop failures and food shortages. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned of the Great bison belt. A tract of grassland that ran from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico around 9000 BCE, which allowed the bison to outlive other Ice Age animals and let the animal become the staple food of the Plains Paleo-Indians en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
In 1958, Momofuku Ando invented instant ramen and established Nissin Foods. "Chikin Ramen" became their first flavor. He went on to create "Top Ramen" and "Cup Noodles". Before this, ramen was considered a luxury food for most people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mom…
There's a grocery chain in the UK called Iceland Foods that once pursued legal action against Icelandic companies that use the name Iceland in their names. Iceland Foods was founded in 1970, while the country Iceland was established in 874. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Taco Bell tried twice to enter the Mexican market - with both times failing spectacularly as locals decried the food as inauthentic and a joke. vice.com/en/article/a3d4x…
Spicy food tolerance is genetic psomagen.com/is-spice-tol…
Since India has more than 400 million vegetarians, every packaged food or toothpaste in India must have a mark to distinguish whether it is vegetarian or non-vegetarian. The vegetarian symbol is a green square with a green dot in the centre while the non vegetarian is the same in red. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veg…
While 4-8% of people have at least one food allergy, a large proportion of people in developed countries believe they have food allergies when they actually do not have them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
In 2007, 33-year-old Steve Way weighed over 100kg, smoked 20 cigarettes a day & ate junk food regularly. In order to overcome lifestyle-related health issues, he started taking running seriously. In 2008, he ran the London Marathon in under 3 hours and, in 2014, he set the British 100 km record en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The horse's head in the movie The Godfather was real, from a local dog food company mentalfloss.com/article/6…
U.S. Submariners Get Exceptional Food in Return for Spending so Long Underwater in Very Cramped Quarters popularmechanics.com/mili…
Cooking salty/marinated foods in aluminum foil can add a hazardous amount of aluminum content into the food. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Hear 'n Aid was a charity record by 40 heavy metal musicians. Aware that the funds raised from similar events such as Band Aid were squandered due to corruption and disorganization which led to "food rotting on docks", Hear 'n Aid instead used funds to purchase and ship agricultural machinery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Guy Fieri, before Food Network fame, used to be the spokesman for Flowmaster roadandtrack.com/car-cult…
In the Philippines Balut, a fertilized developing duck egg embryo, is commonly sold as street food. The egg is incubated and is usually about a week short of hatching. It was once considered a delicacy but is now as common as ice cream on a hot day. mashed.com/158543/the-unt…
In 1924, a Chinese-American named Ben Fee was refused service at a San Francisco restaurant. He returned the next day with 10 white friends who each ordered the most expensive dish. Fee was again refused service. He then β€œconfronted” his friends. They walked out, leaving the food unpaid for. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
'concocting', making strange or bizarre mixtures of foods or food ingredients that one would be too embarrassed or ashamed to make in the presence of others, is common in people with eating disorders. verywellmind.com/strange-…
Starving male humans can sense the Earths geomagnetic field when under blue light and with a previous food association. The mechanism is unknown but thought to be entangled radical pairs in the eye. journals.plos.org/plosone…
Today I learned about the Rat Park experiment by Canadian psychologist Bruce Alexander. He built a Rat Park with food, balls and wheels for certain male and female rats while the other rats were caged. After offering tap water and morphine water to each group he found that caged rats consumed more morphine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
Cheese is the most stolen food in the world mashed.com/219606/the-rea…
Severed octopus arms have a mind of their own. An arm that is cut off will carry on moving for up to an hour and will try to put food where the mouth used to be. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Baskin Robbins used to have a milkshake that contained 2600 calories, 1700mg of sodium, 135g of fat, and 263g of sugar. Unsurprisingly, Men’s Health Magazine dubbed it the worst food in the U.S. riverfronttimes.com/foodb…
Citric acid, one of the most common food additives (sodas, ice cream, processed sweets, cider, baby food) is usually not made from lemons, but by feeding sugar to black mould through an industrial process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
The way food is served alters the perception of its flavor. It is likely that a pecan pie taste sweeter if you ate it off of a white plate as opposed to a black one, and if it were presented as a circular piece instead of a triangular one. sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flas…
Baboons have adapted to target lion cubs while their parents hunt for food. The primates stand little to no chance against these predators in the wild, so the baboons steal these cubs at an opportune time to eliminate the threat. cbsnews.com/news/baboon-c…
Farmed salmon is actually naturally white in color. It's reddish pink only because farmers add in a pigmenting compound to the fishes' food that changes the color of their flesh, which is more appealing to consumers. time.com/4790794/farmed-s…
German discount supermarket Lidl has failed to succeed in Norway, although being successful in other places. They left in 2008 after 4 years. Reasons stated for the failure are Norwegians not liking the foreign food, treatment of workers in other countries and money going out of the country. achievaint.com/study-fail…
The song β€œRich Girl” by Hall & Oates was originally written about Victor Walker, a spoilt heir to a fast food chain who was an ex-boyfriend of Hall’s girlfriend. They changed the lyric to rich girl as it sounded better en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
In World War 2 the Japanese made American and Filipino soldiers walk 96.6 km or 60 miles. They were subjected to physical abuse and given little to no food and water. With the death of thousand of soldiers it is called the "Bataan Death March" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Spinach contains high concentrations of oxalic acid, which in conjuction with calcium causes kidney stones, and should be consumed in moderation, not ingested together with calcium-rich foods, and never be given to dogs or cats en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxa…
Director/producer Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) worked at Burger King to collect funny stories during a writer's strike. He was given 1 of 12 known special Burger King Crown Cards that give people like Robert Downey Jr, Hugh Laurie, Jennifer Hudson. and Jay Leno unlimited free food for life. rd.com/article/burger-kin…
Having sugary drinks or eating sugary foods before playing the saxophone can cause its pads to stick more often. Bacteria also builds up easily and quickly inside the mouthpiece and can cause players to become sick musikalessons.com/blog/20…
Spiral staircases were installed in fire stations in the 1800s to stop the horses that pulled the engines going up the stairs when they smelled food cooking. redzone.co/2016/09/09/spi…
Macauque monkeys at a temple in Bali have learned to steal electronics and other valuable items, in order to ransom them for food they perceive to be especially valuable. edition.cnn.com/travel/ar…
Superbowl Sunday is the second highest food consumption day in the US, ahead of Christmas and only beaten by Thanksgiving ufcw.org/superbowlfood/
One single Brazil nut contains >100% your recommended daily intake of selenium, and they confer about 1000x more radiation than most common foods. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Somebody paid to have a banner flown through the sky reading out β€œCheater” during the Walk of Fame ceremony of Food Network Star and Chef Bobby Flay after divorcing his wife due to a cheating scandal. eonline.com/news/663091/b…
Paul Newman's friends loved his homemade salad dressing so much he started a company to sell it. That company, which now sells a variety of foods, gives 100% of its profits to charities. Newman never took any money and in just its first decade over 50 million dollars was given away. newmansownfoundation.org/…
Today I learned of the Aquatots. In 1950, Bubba, aged 4, swam 22 miles of the Mississippi River while Kathy, aged 2, swam 5 miles. When their father attempted them crossing the English Channel, the British and French forbade it as child abuse. Later, the father bragged of their baby food diet and killed Kathy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqu…
Artichokes contain a compound cynarine which makes other foods you pair it with taste sweeter. Apparently, this is the bane of sommeliers. thekitchn.com/food-scienc…
Jell-O is associated with Utah & Mormonism because Jell-O focused marketing on large families and SAHMs. After Salt Lake City became the #1 consumer of Jell-O, defending the title against Des Moines IA, the senate passed a "Resolution Urging Jell-O Recognition" making Jell-O the state food. slate.com/human-interest/…

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