Sylvester Stallone had to sell his dog, Butkus, to get food. He initially sold Butkus for $40, but bought him back for $15 000 huffpost.com/entry/see-sy…
The probably oldest continuously operated fast food restaurant has been serving Bratwurst in Germany for over 850 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg…
In 2015, people who ate the Burger King Halloween Special had their poop turn bright green. This was due to the combination of food colourings in the burger's bun, which was black for the occasion. cbsnews.com/news/black-bu…
After laying eggs, octopus moms’ only function is to protect and tend to their eggs because their brain shuts down except for the optic glands. They remain stationary for anywhere from months to years depending on the species of octopus, uninterested in food even when its offered to them. wnycstudios.org/podcasts/…
Street food in Vietnam is so available, fast and cheap that international fast food chains like McDonald’s flopped after entering youtu.be/l9pthhpd7So/
Today I learned of Tyson Steele, a man who accidentally burned his cabin down and then survived three weeks stranded in the Alaskan wilderness with little food and in sub-zero temperatures. "I'm not exactly trained, I've just always been in the outdoors," he said. "Watched a lot of YouTube videos". bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer was brutally killed in prison when another inmate beat him to death with a metal bar taken from the prison weight room. The killer later revealed that he was sickened by Dahmer's crimes and his habit of fashioning severed limbs from the prison food. biography.com/crime-figur…
The so-called "discovery of hunger" took place in April 1967; the US Senate noticed families in the Mississippi Delta and across the US were dying of starvation as local officials blocked their access to food aid. This led to the creation of WIC and the reform of the Food Stamp Program processhistory.org/green-…
Today I learned of the National Defence Corps Incident. When a South Korean force of 406,000 suffered 300,000 casualties from starvation, disease and mass desertion due to High ranking officers embezzling funds earmarked for the purchase of food supplies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Singapore’s street food is so good that some street vendors are awarded Michelin stars for their food! foodandwine.com/travel/si…
Cats often avoid consuming food or water from sides of their bowls to prevent 'whisker fatigue.' Whiskers brushing against a bowl can trigger sensory overload, causing them pain and stress whenever eating or drinking. petmd.com/care/whisker-fa…
Today I learned about The Radium Craze. At the beginning of 20th century, radium was a miracle element, it was used in products from toothpaste to soap, hair and face creams, in food such as butter and milk. Doctors recommended it for the treatment of everything from arthritis to impotence to senility. thehistoryvault.co.uk/the…
Japan's largest organized crime syndicate, the Yakuza, provided food, water, diapers,blankets etc. during both the 1995 and 2011 Japanese earthquakes at a response time much faster than even the Japanese government. reuters.com/article/us-ya…
In 1420 the winter was so cold wolves came into Paris to search for food, eating humans. johnknifton.com/2016/02/1…
At the end of each month, the president of USA receives a bill for him and his family’s personal food and expenses including dry cleaning, toothpaste, and toiletries, which is then deducted from his salary. headsup.boyslife.org/fast…
Today I learned of "Operation Rock Wallaby", a helicopter mission which dumped thousands of pounds of veggies (mostly carrots and sweet potatoes) to wallabies and other animals left without a food source after surviving wildfire in New South Wales. sea.mashable.com/science/…
An unusual friendship between a Female Grey Wolf and a Male Brown Bear was spotted every night for 10 days straight, spending several hours together between 8pm to 4am. They would even share food together. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Human anus are covered by cells similar to those in our mouth. Hence why spicy foods can burn down there just as much as in mouth. menshealth.com/health/a19…
Around 11% of Americans are infected with pin worms. These worms make your anus itchy at night, and reproduce by you digesting their eggs from scratching your ass and inadvertently dropping it in your food. They are highly infectious. wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinwor…
In South Korea February 14th is Valentine's day where women give men presents. March 14th is White Day where men give women presents. April 14th is Black Day where single people gather together, dress in black, and eat a bunch of food. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Some dogs won't eat food while their owners are away due to separation anxiety thedodo.com/close-to-home…
Predjama Castle was under seige by the Austrian army for almost a year. The castle lasted so long because it had a secret tunnel in the back which brought food to the castle. The seige ended only when the ruler died on the latrine after getting hit by a cannonball. atlasobscura.com/places/p…
An 8-yr-old UK boy found a rock which was ambergris: a blob made when a sperm whale has a food irritant like squid beak, coats it in grease & vomits/poops it. Perfumeries like Chanel prize ambergris for its ability to fix scent to skin; the blob of ambergris was said to be worth about $63K US. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
A pilot and copilot of a flight are adviced not to eat the same meals in case one causes food poisoning. businessinsider.com/why-p…
The Black Plague solved the overpopulation problem in the 14th century. In the aftermath, there was more land available, more food for better dietary habits, more money due to an increase in wages and an increase in life expectancy. americanscientist.org/art…
In 2004 a burglar broke into the house of a 73 years old grandma, who instead of calling the cops, offered him food and a glass of milk, pray for him and even shared family photos with the burglar. Later when he fell asleep the grandma called her daughter who then called the cops eastbaytimes.com/2004/07/…
Jesse James once paid off a widow's mortgage and saved her from foreclosure because she gave him food. He made sure she got a receipt from the banker and then robbed the man a mile down the road. truewestmagazine.com/a-kn…
Today I learned about the mysterious disappearance of the Eilean Mor lighthouse keepers. The door to the lighthouse was unlocked, coats were missing and half eaten food was left behind. The last entries on the log described a storm on December 12th of severe winds, but no such storms were ever reported. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
Silica gel packets are stamped with "DO NOT EAT" to prevent people from choking on the packet. Otherwise it's non-toxic (although still not food so don't eat it). poison.org/articles/2013-…
In 1969, Woodstock ran out of food after its first day and relied upon donations from the largely conservative residents of Sullivan County, New York to feed 400,000 hungry hippies smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Today I learned of "Enoteca Maria" a Staten Island restaurant that only employs grandmothers to cook traditional food from their homelands goodmorningamerica.com/fo…
Scientists discovered a species of fungus at Chernobyl that uses the gamma radiation from the nuclear waste as a food source en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
When holocaust survivors were given candy/food by the allied troops upon liberation, many died on the spot (or soon after) due to re-feeding syndrome skeptoid.com/episodes/467…
Chickens will sometimes eat their eggs and develop a taste for them. Sometimes, this can be caused by a calcium deficiency in their diet but other times, they just develop a taste for the rich food source and have to be culled or they can teach this to the other hens. bestnestbox.com/blogs/new…
In 1666, the plague-infested village of Eyam quarantined itself inside a marked circle for 14 months. Neighboring communities left food at the edge of the circle in exchange for disinfected coins. 80% of the people died, but no one crossed the circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Whales do not drink water but convert their food into metabolic water πŸ³πŸ’¦ whalescientists.com/do-wh…
Lobster was a throwaway food in Colonial England. pri.org/stories/2014-09-0…
Raw milk is responsible for nearly three times more hospitalizations than any other food-borne disease source, making it one of the world's most dangerous food products en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
Huy Fong Foods (maker of Sriracha) has never advertised its products and doesn't employ a single salesperson β€” all their success is based on word of mouth. huyfong.com/history/
Today I learned about Nasubi, a contestant on a Japanese game show who was forced to live alone, naked, in a small room and required to enter contests in magazines to provide him with physical objects, such as food and cloths. He never knew he was on TV as the producers had lied to him. Show ran for 15 months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nas…
In 2006 a Filipino-born Canadian boy was punished by his school for using his cutlery according to Filipino etiquette. The teacher sanctioned the 7-year-old Luc for what the school called "disgusting" and "piggish" eating habits: using a fork to push his food onto a spoon before eating it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Many organ donation recipients report new traits and tendencies (such as food cravings) that they share with their donor. freep.com/story/life/well…
Titanium is used in the food industry as a coloring/brightener and has many more applications like sun screen, wall paint, and so on. It is used in Marshmallows and Pastry Icing as well. No downsides or risks have been found yet. foodinsight.org/what-is-t…
Today I learned of Myrmecocystus, (aka "honeypot" ants). When food is plentiful, honeypot colonies pick some ants to be living larders for the colony. Other ants stuff them with food until they're immobile. When food is short, workers poke the stored up ants and eat the vomited food. blogs.nasa.gov/whatoneart…
Alton Brown, a personality on Food Network, was the director of photography for REM'S "The One I Love" music video. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Brain freeze is a not-very serious condition that is simply your body’s reaction to eating too-cold foods. Its scientific name is "phenopalatine ganglioneuralgia" brainfacts.org/thinking-s…
Today I learned about a traditional dish in Rochester made up of a disorganized combination of food known as the "Garbage Plate" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
The crew that's gonna land on Mars for colonisation will depend on artificial lighting for the production of food and they might even have to include algae and insects in their diet. They'll be taking stored food from earth that'd serve as emergency ration. mars-one.com/faq/health-a…
In 2017, a German prison was forced to feed inmates McDonald's after a food supply contract fell through. dw.com/en/german-prison-f…
The scientist that discovered how sweat regulated body temperature did so by standing in an oven. On occasion he was joined by a colleague, a dog, and beef steaks. The food cooked, the men and dog were fine. publicdomainreview.org/co…
Chanakya, one of the oldest economist added a tiny bit of poison in the Kings food, without his knowledge, to immunize him from enemy assassination attempts. The King accidently killed his 8 month pregnant Queen by sharing his food. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
To devil food is to season it aggressively with hot flavors, or to make it red. foodandwine.com/appetizer…
Food waste in America is 80 billion lbs a year rts.com/resources/guides/…
One of the most famous fast food chain in the world, which is McDonald's, was started by brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald, was created in 1940 as a "B-B-Q Restaurant" and Ray Kroc joined and expand the McDonald's company in 1954 historyoffastfood.com/fas…
Most people in the ancient city of Rome lived in apartment buildings that lacked kitchens. Thus most people relied on prepared food was sold at pubs, inns, and food stalls. Some establishments had counter tops fitted with openings for pots that may have kept food warm for extended serving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
Food Network’s Chopped can take up to 14 hours to film a 30 minute episode and can include judging rounds of up to 90 minutes each mashed.com/32044/reasons-…
Today I learned about Inedia, aka Breatharianism, which is the belief that human beings can survive without food or water and sustain themselves with sunlight and "prana". science.howstuffworks.com…
I learned about a gamer who played nonstop for 73 hours straight without sleep, food or water who died of organ failure youtube.com/watch?v=VY-k_…
Today I learned of the disappearance of Gary Mathias, who after attending a college basketball game w/ 4 friends, was never seen again. His 4 friends were found decaying in/around a remote cabin 20mi. away from their car having died from starvation&hypothermia, despite an ample supply of food/heating materials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yub…
The West African lungfish can survive up to 3.5 years without food or water. It has been around for 400 million years & their gills have evolved to obtain oxygen from the air as well as water. During estivation they get nutrients by digests its muscle tissue & can go on for years! worldatlas.com/articles/w…
Viruses are not alive because they do not have cells, they cannot turn food into energy, and without a host they are just inert packets of chemicals. Then I learned they are not exactly dead, either: They have genes, they reproduce, and they evolve through natural selection. discovermagazine.com/envi…
Today I learned about the 'Doomsday Vault' aka Svalbard Global Seed Vault. A secure facility built into a mountain in Norway that is intended to safeguard the seeds of the world’s food plants in the event of a global crisis. It is one of the most heavily guarded facilities on the planet. time.com/doomsday-vault/
Today I learned about the β€œThree Finger Rule” - that people can generally only open their mouth as wide as three of their own fingers stacked on top of each other. This rule can help you know if food (such as a burger) is too large to comfortably bite. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
Microwaves heat things by flipping an electromagnetic field fast enough that polar molecules in the field never stop spinning to align to it. Because moving molecules are hot molecules, the food gets hot. Translation: we heat our food by turning it's molecules into electric motors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
Soaps have been made for millennia. Alongside making fire and cooking food, turning oils and fats into soap is one of the oldest and simplest chemical reactions known to humankind. It is believed that the first soaps were accidentally made by fat dripping into the ashes of cooking fires. drbronner.com/about/our-c…
Scientists trained bumblebees to pull strings for food; they pulled strings to bring discs with sugar water out from under a plastic sheet. Over 60% of other bees watching behind a clear wall knew to pull the string when it was their turn. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
Parsi last names are often taken from foods. The last name Sodawaterbottleopenerwala is a particularly well known example bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
These famous international chocolate brands: Milka (German), CΓ΄te d'Or (Belgian), Toblerone (Swiss), Cadbury/Frys/Green & Black's (all British), Freia (Norwegian) and Marabou (Swedish) are all owned by US food giant Mondelez en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Ostriches must eat rocks and sharp things to help them digest their food, and those rocks never come out when they poop. Instead they get worn down by the food. And if ostriches don't eat rocks, glass, or other sharp things, they will die. safariostrich.co.za/2017/…
When insects are electrocuted by bug zappers, it can spread a mist containing insect parts up to about 2 metres from the device. The air around the bug zapper can become contaminated by bacteria and viruses that can be inhaled by people or settle on food. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bug…
It was common for elite Romans and Greeks to paint their banquet floors with pictures of food scraps. This trend was called β€œasarotos oikos”, or β€œunswept room”. atlasobscura.com/articles…
A study conducted in 2019 in the United States found that almost half of people reporting they had a food allergy are wrong. theguardian.com/society/2…
Today I learned of Dodger, a ginger cat who was discovered by his owner to have been riding the public buses near his home in England, at least once taking a 10 mile round trip. The drivers give him food, he sits on passengers' laps, and drivers know which stop to let him off at. telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle…
The two oldest cats ever recorded was owned by one guy: Creme Puff (38 years) and Grandpa Rex Allen (34 years). The owner even revealed what he believed to be the key to their longevity, a diet of dry cat food supplemented with broccoli, eggs, turkey bacon, coffee with cream and red wine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
In Japan, 40% of golfers have hole-in-one insurance. Celebrations of the feat have become so expensive, millions of golfers pay $65/year for $3500 of coverage to reimburse any costs incurred (champagne, food, tree-planting ceremonies, etc.) while celebrating the "lucky" shot. en.woshiru.com/living-in-…
Today I learned of the Nazino affair - the mass deportation of 6,000 "socially harmful" people to Nazino Island in the Soviet Union in May 1933. They were abandoned with only flour for food, and little in the way of tools, clothing, or shelter, and those who attempted to leave were killed by armed guards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naz…
In July 1999, four ladybugs and their favorite food, aphids, were sent into space on NASA's Columbia shuttle to research how aphids escaped the ladybugs without the aid of gravity. buglogical.com/ladybugs-i…
In US food labeling, the term "natural" essentially means nothing and does not ensure that the product is unprocessed or all natural in any way. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Scandinavians have traditionaly used things like moss, tree bark and burned bones during periods of famine. Bark bread, bread made from tree bark was a common recipe during food sortages and tree bark is still used today in certain recipes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Popeye the Sailor became so popular during the Great Depression that consumption of spinach increased by 33%. His popularity also led to American children listing spinach as their third favorite food, after turkey and ice cream. telegraph.co.uk/books/chi…
Alfred Hitchcock was known to play elaborate pranks on his colleagues. One night he hosted a dinner party and dyed all the dishes blue because "there aren't enough blue foods." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
Some food banks and food pantries accept produce donations. If your garden produced too much, Ample Harvest can provide you a list of local food pantries that will take your excess. ampleharvest.org
An estimated 8 million war horses were killed in conflict during WW I. They were used to help carry food, water, ammunition & medical supplies. More than a million dogs were also killed. They were used as messengers, sentries, rescuers, and small beasts of burden theatlantic.com/photo/201…
Mussolini beleived pasta was the reason for many problems in the italian society and pushed for rice based food like risotto.He had support from artists of Italian Futurism, who claimed that pasta made people weak and lazy. contemporaryfoodlab.com/h…
Today I learned about food scientist Robert Baker who invented the chicken nugget in a laboratory at Cornell University in the early 1960s. He successfully created a "chicken stick" that would retain form when freezing or frying. Instead of patenting the invention, he sent the recipe to hundreds of companies. carolinanewsandreporter.c…
Today I learned that Graham Crackers, created by Reverend Graham, were intended to be a sex drive-suppressing diet food smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Rabbit teeth are always growing. In the wild, gnawing on tough foods end up wearing the teeth down so they don’t overgrow. Pet rabbits may need to have their teeth trimmed. pdsa.org.uk/taking-care-o…
The thousands of monkeys in the Lopburi province of Thailand are split in two gangs: temple and city monkeys. The monkeys rely on tourists for food but due to the lack of tourism, the monkeys are starving and have taken to waging large scale 'gang wars' over as little as a single banana. nypost.com/2020/03/12/mon…
Many chewing gums are pink because the inventor of Double Bubble (the first bubble gum) only had pink food coloring in his factory, and others copied his invention en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dub…
Microwave ovens DON’T heat food using the β€œresonant frequency” of water. They work by causing polar molecules (water is one, and so are some fats) to rotate back and forth quickly in an oscillating electromagnetic field, producing molecular vibrations (heat). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
Today I learned about Gourmand syndrome, a rare disorder who's sufferers become obsessed with gourmet food after suffering brain trauma. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gou…
Fast food chain KFC temporarily closed some branches in the UK due to a shortage of chicken supply. As an apology, they ran an ad that rearranged the letters on their chicken buckets to FCK. bbc.com/news/newsbeat-431…
Because of the altitude at which they fly, U-2 pilots have to suck their food - provided in a toothpaste-like tube - through a straw built into their spacesuits. Because of the length of U2 missions, options include things like β€œcaffeinated apple pie” and β€œcaffeinated mac and cheese.” airman.dodlive.mil/2016/0…
The food court at Costco makes so much money selling pizza to hungry shoppers, it's ranked as the 14th largest pizza chain in the US - even beating out California Pizza Kitchen, among others businessinsider.com/costc…
Today I learned of Lee Ellis, a Canadian man who evaded police to give water/food to pets left behind during the May 3, 2016 wildfire evacuation in Fort McMurray, Alberta. He and his buddy managed to help dozens of pets before getting forced to evacuate by police. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
Today I learned of De Coquinaria, by Apicius, the oldest fully extant cookbook from ancient Rome. It's organised much like a modern cookbook, with sections for poultry, sea-food, wines, and a section for gourmet recipes. It includes a recipe for stuffed doormouse en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Api…
Giant pandas are under thread of mass starvation due to bamboo mass blossoming this year. After bamboo, panda's main food source, blooms it dies and it takes 10 years for new bamboo to mature. When this happened in 1975 giant panda population dropped from 2000 to 1000 over the next 10 years. earth.org/bamboo-flowerin…
In the 1920s, a man convinced his wife to pull out all her teeth and then refused to buy her dentures because it was β€˜cheaper to feed her soup than solid food’. The wife took him to court and the man was told to get her two new sets of teeth and at least a beef steak a week. stanforddailyarchive.com/…
The most powerful volcanic eruption ever recorded was in 1815 (Mount Tambora) - resulted in the "year without a summer" with major food shortages due to global cooling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/181…
Today I learned of Sam Panopoulos, a Greek Canadian restaurateur who in 1962 at the Satellite restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, decided to put ham and pineapple on a pizza, aiming for something sweet and savory. He called it the Hawaiian pizza and his food invention has earned wrath and praise ever since. cbc.ca/news/hawaiian-pizz…

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