Earlier this year, Eminem's Marshall Mathers Foundation donated over 400 meals of "Mom's Spaghetti" to Detroit area frontline hospital workers. detroitnews.com/story/ent…
Today I learned of the primordial pouch: a skin flap on the stomach area of some cat breeds which appears regardless of weight; it helps to store energy when a cat goes a long period in between meals, and to protect vital organs when involved in fights. sepicat.com/primordial-po…
Today I learned about the Oslo Breakfast, a meal that began to be served to Norwegian schoolchildren starting 1932. A typical version included an orange, milk, whole-wheat bread, rye biscuit, cheese, carrot and a spoon of cod-liver oil. It reportedly increased the average height of 14 year olds by 4 inches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osl…
Mr. Goodbar was created in response to the Great Depression. It was marketed as a "meal replacement bar" for lunch and allowed the Hershey company to be one of the only major companies to not lay off a single employee. hersheyarchives.org/encyc…
Joaquin Phoenix lived on "lettuce, asparagus and apples" to slim down for 'Joker'. The Oscar-winning actor previously revealed he'd lost over 50lbs (22.6kg) for his lead role in the movie and has admitted he undertook a "horrible diet" involving just one very limited meal a day. perthnow.com.au/entertain…
The weight of silverware in restaurants impacts how much a customer is willing to pay for their meal flavourjournal.biomedcent…
Today I learned about the Volkswagen currywurst, a meal produced by the German automaker which, measured by units sold, overtook the amount of cars they produce every year. In order for it to be available for every dealership it has, just like every other car part, its own part number. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol…
Crows in Japan learned to crack walnuts by dropping them in a crosswalk. the birds hop in front of the cars and place walnuts. After the lights turn green the vehicles drive over the nuts, cracking them open. when it’s time to cross again, the crow join the pedestrians and pick up their meal. pbs.org/lifeofbirds/brain…
In 1954, when the Swanson TV dinner was first sold in retail outlets, it was controversial: men wrote to the company complaining that they preferred their wives cook from scratch like their mothers did as opposed to the "just heat and serve" meal. eater.com/2014/8/21/62144…
The first recorded pizza delivery was in 1889 to Queen Margherita of Savoy. Reportedly, she was tired of courtly fare and requested a local peasant meal; they delivered a white, green, and red pie to symbolize the newly unified Italy's flag. She called it "delicious" and the rest is history. foodandwine.com/news/poli…
Coca-Cola Plus in Japan has five grams of indigestible dextrin, a source of dietary fiber that is known to work as a laxative. The Coca-Cola company advertises that it suppresses fat absorption from your meal. youtu.be/btkm-8DMQQU
Rock legend Jim Morrison’s last meal was sweet and sour chicken from a Chinese restaurant with beer. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
LBJ as VP "invited" a Pakistani camel cart driver named Bashir Sarban to the White House. Though he said it as a formality, the governments of both the US and Pakistan made it happen. LBJ and Bashir had a meal at the Johnson ranch outside Dallas, and Bashir toured the country over a week. dawn.com/news/1221711
A study testing the idea of negative calorie foods, by feeding fasted bearded dragons celery and inspecting their feces and urate after meals, found celery and other foods to not be negative calorie. But, they do contribute to generating a negative energy budget and thus the loss of body weight. biorxiv.org/content/10.11…
Today I learned of John Monash, an Australian WWI general who was so good at organising battles and overseeing the wellbeing of his troops, that during the Battle of Hamel in 1918, he managed to arrange the delivery of hot meals to troops, even up to the front line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The largest distributor of toys is not some toy company or store but rather McDonald's. 20% of all sales (Happy Meals) include a toy. It's 1.5 billion toys each year worldwide. huffpost.com/entry/mcdona…
Vampire bats display reciprocal altruism. A vampire bat will die if it goes 70 hours without drinking blood, if one bat does not find a blood meal two nights in a row other bats may feed it regurgitated blood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rec…
Oklahoma is the only state to have an official state meal (not just a state food). It consists of squash, cornbread, fried okra, BBQ pork, grits, biscuits, sausage and gravy, corn, chicken-fried steak, black-eyed peas, strawberries, and pecan pie. okgazette.com/oklahoma/ok…
McDonald's had tie in Batman Returns Happy Meals that received complaints from parents who felt the film should not be promoted to kids. Complaints and a lower box office return led to Warner Brothers dropping Tim Burton and hiring Joel Schumacher for the less adult orientated sequels. vocal.media/geeks/a-not-s…
Mosquitoes pee on us. As they take in a blood meal, they urinate to dispose of the waste products. somethingaboutscience.com…
If an Albatross baby falls out of the nest, like a few inches away and the mum returns to the nest with a meal, it would not recognize the baby and it will starve and die. The baby has to try and climb back in to survive. youtube.com/watch?v=MAQMe…
Oklahoma and Louisiana both have an official state meal; The official state meal of Oklahoma consists of fried okra, cornbread, barbecue pork, squash, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken fried steak, pecan pie, and black-eyed peas. statesymbolsusa.org/symbo…
Malt-O-Meal (makers of those "off brand" cereals) are owned by Post making them effectively not off brand at all startribune.com/post-buys…
In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, a Celebrity cruise ship rerouted to deliver food, water and aid to survivors in the Bahamas. Kitchen staff made around 10,000 meals & guests volunteered to pack them. nbcnews.com/news/world/af…
Sandwich (the food) was probably named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. He was a gambler who ate slices of cold meat between bread at the gaming table during marathon sessions rather than get up for a proper meal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
A customer died of a heart attack while eating at the "Heart Attack Grill" in Las Vegas, which gives free meals to patrons weighing more than 350 lbs. usatoday.com/story/dispat…
Sarah Cummins & her fiancΓ© canceled their wedding yet were left with catering for 170; so she invited local shelters for the meal, including bourbon-glazed meatballs, chicken with artichokes & Chardonnay cream sauce, & wedding cake. The community donated dresses & sport coats for guests to wear. cbc.ca/news/world/wedding…
Turkeys were always presented to presidents to be killed for their Thanksgiving meals. Then in 1989 George HW Bush became the first to pardon a turkey instead. history.com/news/a-brief-…
Victor Harry Feguer, the last person to be put to death in the state of Iowa, requested his last meal consisting of just an unpitted olive. The seed found in his stomach implied that he had hoped for an olive tree to sprout forth at his burial site nydailynews.com/news/crim…
The McDonald's Happy Meal debuted in the US in 1979 as the "Circus Wagon Happy Meal" cnn.com/2019/11/01/busine…
"Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day" was actually a line created by Kelloggs to help sell their new cereal. daytwo.com/blog/nutrition…
The drawer under your stove is not originally intended for storing extra cookware, but for keeping cooked food warm during meal preparation. businessinsider.com/drawe…
Frank McNamara, co-founder of Diners Club International, forgot his wallet while dining out one day and, to avoid such embarrassments in the future, came up with a cardboard charge card with which he paid for a meal at the same restaurant in 1950, paving the way for modern-day credit cards. dinersclubus.com/home/abo…
A unit of measurement common in Sweden and Norway, but not in Denmark, is the Scandinavian Mile, or the Mil, pronounced like meal. It is equal to 10 kilometres, but has been longer in the past. wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandi…
26 states in the U.S. do not require employers to provide meal or rest breaks to their employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
Edward of Woodstock, the eldest son of King Edward III was known as "The Black Prince" likely because of his black armour and that he once captured King John II of France in 1356 but treated him well and even served him a meal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
A large Big Mac meal at McDonalds contains 95 grams of sugar. researchgate.net/figure/F…
Today I learned of the Raines Sandwich. In 1896, New York passed the Raines law to reduce Sunday drinking. The law had a loophole allowing bars to serve alcohol only with a meal. Staff added a sandwich to every drink order, then took it away, serving it to the next customer - the sandwich often lasted all day. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about the McGold Card. A McDonald’s specialty card that grants 2 free meals, every week, for fifty years to the card holder. Notable holders include Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. businessinsider.com/mcdon…
Bolas spiders are able to mimic the pheromones produced by insects like the cecropia moth. Male moths then follow the scent of the pheromones and end up becoming the spider’s next meal. nwf.org/Educational-Resou…
Elenor Roosevelt contributed to serving the worst meals in White House history during FDR’s presidency. Partly to symbolize to the American population during the Great Depression that nutritious food can be made on the cheap. Also to seek revenge on FDR for his affair w/ Lucy Mercer. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Chili originates as a portable trail meal. A mixture of beans, chilies, and beef suet would be pounded together and left out to dry. Travelers would then drop the β€˜chili brick’ over boiling water over a campfire and serve. whatscookingamerica.net/H…
In the aftermath of Katrina, Mexico deployed 184 personnel to aid relief,including handing out 100,000+ meals and supplies. This was the first flagged and uniformed deployment of Mexican military personnel in the USA in 150 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
That, while the U.S. government pays for State dinners, the President pays for his own meals and snacks. The First Family is billed at the end of each month. thedailymeal.com/entertai…
In ancient HawaiΚ»i, men and women ate meals separately and women weren't allowed to eat certain foods. King Kamehameha II removed all religious laws that and performed a symbolic act by eating with the women in 1819. This is when the lΕ«Κ»au parties were first created. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lua…
HΓ‘karl, is a traditional meal in Iceland made of fermented Greenland shark, that is poisonous when fresh. After the fermentation process meat acquires a smell similar to many cleaning products, because of the high amount of ammonia of the shark body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C…
The Oakland County Child Killer, an uncaught serial killer who killed 4 children in Michigan. After he abducted his final victim, the victim’s mother published a letter, begging her son to return for his favourite meal; KFC. His body was found soon after. His last meal had been fried chicken. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak…
Along a lonely stretch of highway in Awa-shi, Japan, a rare vending machine sells homemade meals of fresh curry over rice. The vending machine owner, Tadashi Yoshimoto, grows the rice in every meal just down the road on his own farm! youtu.be/O_CSLU28hCI
The food in Alcatraz Prison was so good that the guards and prison staff ate the same exact meals as the prisoners. This was because the warden believed most trouble in prison is caused by bad food. bonappetit.com/entertaini…
The IRS allows you to deduct 50 percent of meal and beverage costs as a business expense. This applies if the meals are β€œordinary and necessary” and incurred in the course of business. microsoft.com/en-us/micro…
Breakfast wasn’t regarded as the most important meal of the day until an aggressive marketing campaign by General Mills in 1944. They would hand out leaflets to grocery store shoppers urging them to eat breakfast, while similar ads would play on the radio. theatlantic.com/business/…
Ticks need to have one blood-meal at each of their four stages of life to survive and most ticks never make it to adulthood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tic…
Coffee and tea can prevent your body from absorbing iron if drank during a meal. This can lead to iron deficient anemia. healthline.com/nutrition/…
Hugh Hefner did not own the Playboy Mansion. It was owned by Playboy Enterprises and Hefner had to pay rent for his accommodation and for meals. In 2004 his rent was $1.3 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Today I learned of LeBron James' "Promise School" where at-risk students have 8 hour days, a longer school year and receive free meals, bikes, and tuition time.com/money/5354265/le…
Synecdoche is a figure of speech in which a term for a part of something refers to the whole of something or vice versa. For example, describing a meal as a "bite to eat", "John Hancock" used in the United States, for the signature of any person, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syn…
, Calvin Klein's cologne 'Obsession' can draw big cats like Tigers, Jaguars etc from as far as half a mile, who then proceed to taking long sniffs and cuddling against the source, savouring the smell much longer than they savour even their meals blogs.discovermagazine.co…
Chewing sugar free gum after a meal is actually good for your teeth as it increases salivary flow in the mouth, helping neutralize and wash away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on teeth. ada.org/en/member-center/…
Today i learned the β€œsiesta,” or early afternoon nap, is a widely-known tradition. A siesta is a nap following a midday meal. It can vary in duration. Some people will indulge in only a brief 10-20-minute siesta, while others go all out and enjoy a two-hour snooze. triptrivia.com/why-do-som…
One medium McDonald's milk shake contains 630 calories, the same as a whole average dinner meal. One milkshake also contains 90g sugar which is more than your daily maximum recommended sugar intake of around 75g. fastfoodnutrition.org/mcd…
Breakfast being β€œthe most important meal of the day” originated in a 1944 marketing campaign launched by General Foods, the manufacturer of Grape Nuts, to sell more cereal. During the campaign, grocery stores and radio ads promoted the importance of breakfast. theatlantic.com/business/…
Today I learned of Stone Soup, a European folk story in which hungry strangers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys, and exists as a moral regarding the value of sharing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
James Richardson spent 21 years in jail for murdering his 7 children who died after eating a poisoned lunch. Among the facts concealed by the prosecution; the babysitter had who served the poisoned meal was a convicted murderer on parole for poisoning her husband. He was exonerated in 1989. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The original Ketogenic diet called for 90% of calories from fat. That means bacon or full-fat cheese would need to be mixed with roughly equal amounts of butter to make Keto meals. charliefoundation.org/cla…
β€œbreakfast is the most important meal of the day” was an ad slogan invented in the 19th century by Seventh Day Adventists James Caleb Jackson and John Harvey Kellogg to sell their newly invented breakfast cereal. daytwo.com/blog/nutrition…
Wendy's chocolate Frosty is actually half chocolate and half vanilla because owner Dave Thomas thought full chocolate would be too overpowering a flavor paired with their burger and fries meal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fro…
When Socrates was found guilty of impiety and corruption of the youth, his punishment was put to a vote. He had the choice to suggest an alternative to death, but instead nominated that Athens provide him free meals for the rest of his life. arcdigital.media/the-deat…
Ted Bundy declined the offer of a special last meal and was instead served a "standard" last meal of steak and eggs, which he ended up not eating. delish.com/food-news/a274…
At Jon Bon Jovi's restaurant, JBJ Soul Kitchen, you can pay for your meal with either a donation or one hour of volunteer work in the kitchen. In 2014, JBJ served 11,500 meals, and half of them were paid for with a donation, and the other half were paid for with volunteer work. mnn.com/lifestyle/respons…
During WWII, there was a unit of Japanese schoolgirls who looked after Kamikaze pilots before they went on suicide missions. Called the Nadeshiko, they were aged between 14-15 and lived and worked on a military base with the men, preparing meals and befriending them before they went to die. japantimes.co.jp/culture/…
Walter Breuning, once the world's oldest man at age 114, never took anything more than aspirin. It is thought his two meal a day diet, his active life, and his strong social bonds were enough to sustain him singularityhub.com/2011/0…
Most airline forbid their pilots from eating the same meal on a flight. That way, in the event that one type of meal is contaminated, both of the pilots won't succumb to food poisoning youtube.com/watch?v=YGDUx…
Second breakfast is a traditional meal in Poland and Bavaria. Special dishes exist exclusively for this breakfast. myrecipes.com/extracrispy…
Today I learned about β€œThe King who ate himself to death”- King Adolf Frederick of Sweden died after eating a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, kippers and champagne, which was topped off with 14 servings of his favourite dessert: hetvΓ€gg made of semla and served in a bowl of hot milk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
When you are full after a meal, you may feel like there is still space for dessert because sweet foods stimulate a reflex which expands the stomach sciencenorway.no/foods-fo…
Tarrare, a man living in the 1700s, had an endless appetite due to unknown causes. In one case, he ate 15 meals in a single sitting, and his endless hunger led him, while in a hospital, to eat piles of garbage, as well as trying to drink other patients blood and eat corpses from the morgue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Buddha's last meal was pork en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gau…
In 2017, Lifestyle writer Oobah Butler punked TripAdvisor in the most extreme way possible, creating a fictional eatery that became the city's top rated restaurant. And then served customers ready meals on its opening night. vice.com/en_uk/article/43…
Today I learned of tree pod dining. In Thailand, there exists a unique resort restaurant where diners dine on top of a wooden pod structure 36 feet on top of trees while their meals are delivered by servers using zip lines. The meals are locally sourced and the pods offer extraordinary views of the forests. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
During the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, the Girl Scouts helped by cooking and delivering meals to patients throughout the city. They are credited with saving the lives of people too poor to afford doctors and preventing malnourished children from succumbing to influenza. gshistory.com/tag/influen…
Around 1 in every 10,000 people have 'Perfect Pitch', an ability to tell notes and chords similar to being able to know every ingredient just by tasting a meal. If you don't develop it before the age of 6, you'll never have it, but if you do, you can never lose it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abs…
Today I learned about Abu l-Hasan 'Ali Ibn Nafi' aka Ziryab, the blackbird of Cordoba. He introduced the three-course meal, consisting of soup, the main course, and dessert. He is thought to have invented an early toothpaste. He also started a vogue by changing clothes according to the weather and season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zir…
Anybody can walk into a Sikh temple after prayers and partake of the free communal meal called langar. The meal, a symbol of equality and community is given to anybody who wishes to partake, without any expectation of payment. pluralism.org/religions/s…
An Izakaya is the Japanese equivalent of a pub, but with a greater emphasis on group meals, structured like tapas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iza…
A Box Social is a tradition where women fill a box with a meal and men bid on the box with the expectation to share the meal with the woman whose box it is. It is typically used as a fundraiser. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box…
The traditional "last meal" on a death row didn't begin as a compassionate act but as a way to bribe their ghost not to haunt the executioners historyisnowmagazine.com/…
Americanitis - a β€œcondition” caused by too much stress, too little sleep, rushed meals and the fast paced advance of technology - was β€œcured” by the Great Depression. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The Indiana State Prison system usually gives condemned inmates their last meal about two days early because "they typically aren't as hungry on the day they are to die" theindychannel.com/news/w…
A man from China bought a first class ticket which came with access to a VIP lounge that had free food. He rescheduled over 300 times in a year to enjoy over 300 free meals. When investigated, he canceled the ticket and got a full refund. sploid.gizmodo.com/genius…
Today I learned of Mildred Day, who invented the Rice Krispie Treat and was also the first person to serve a meal on an airplane desmoinesregister.com/sto…
Empress Dowager Cixi would be served 120 different dishes for each meal. However, she would eat only two or three bites of some of the dishes because of fears that would be poisoned. Cixi usually gave permission for the other concubines, officials and eunuchs to eat the unfinished dishes scmp.com/magazines/style/…
Leftover Thanksgiving meal gave birth to the TV dinner idea. recipes.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned of Siesta, which is a nap taken in the early afternoon, often after the midday meal. Such a period of sleep is a common tradition in some countries, particularly those where the weather is warm. Benefits of siesta include boost in cognitive function and stress reduction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bip…
Oklahoma's state meal is chicken-fried steak, barbecued pork, fried okra, squash, cornbread, grits, corn, sausage with biscuits and gravy, black-eyed peas, strawberries, and pecans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In the early days, Indian Thali's were only reserved for Royalty. Emperors would feast on the bountiful meal that was offered to them by the villagers and servants. Thali's were known as the β€œrich mans” food and only the elite and rich would feast en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
The Tasmanian Devil will fly into a maniacal rage when threatened by a predator, fighting for a mate, or defending a meal. Early European settlers dubbed it a β€œdevil” after witnessing such displays, which include teeth-baring, lunging, and an array of spine-chilling guttural growls. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Finnish police found a dead mosquito while searching a stolen car. They tested the blood from the mosquito's last meal and used it to identify the thief. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europ…
Thomas Grasso's last meal before his execution was 24 mussels, 24 clams, a double cheeseburger, 6 ribs, 2 strawberry milkshakes, half a pumpkin pie, strawberries, and a can of SpaghettiOs. His final statement was, "I did not get my SpaghettiOs. I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Most airlines have a rule stating that pilots and copilots cannot eat the same meal to avoid food poisoning. businessinsider.com/why-p…

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