When Upton Sinclair published his landmark 1906 work "The Jungle” about the lives of meatpacking factory workers, he hoped it would lead to worker protection reforms. Instead, it lead to sanitation reforms, as middle class readers were horrified their meat came from somewhere so unsanitary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The majority of coconuts are picked by trained monkeys. Most coconut oil and meat comes from Thailand where monkeys are used to climb trees and retrieve coconuts. Male monkeys on average get 1,600 coconuts a day, humans only get about 80. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
North Koreans are especially proud of Kim Jong Il for his "inventions". One of them is the Gogigyeopbbang or double breaded meat, which is essentially a hamburger. theguardian.com/world/sho…
Although pandas have switched to a bamboo only diet for 2.4 million years, they have experienced little to no changes in their digestive system and are completely able to eat and digest meat. blogs.unimelb.edu.au/scie…
Guinea pigs "were originally domesticated as... a source of meat" and are important in traditional cooking of Peru --where they're called cuy. (Cuy asado is broiled Guinea pig.) A cathedral in Peru has a painting that "shows Christ and the 12 disciples dining on guinea pig" at The Last Supper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Weird Al wanted to make a parody of β€œLive and Let Die” titled β€œChicken Pot Pie”; but Paul McCartney refused because he is vegetarian, and couldn’t condone a song about eating meat. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The Grasshopper Mouse survives on a meat-based diet and is not only immune to scorpion venom, but converts it into a pain killer. It is also known as the Werewolf Mouse because it howls to mark its territory. youtube.com/watch?v=1K9mO…
Due to dark chicken meat being disliked in the US, they export it to other countries that do prefer it such as Russia. Their trade with Russia began in 1991 after the fall of the USSR. The chicken legs became so popular that they're nicknamed "Bush legs" after then President Bush Sr. slate.com/human-interest/…
Just one serving of processed meat per day increases risk of developing diabetes by 51% ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Sausages have been commonly referred to as "dogs" since the 1800s due to a belief that sausage makers used dog meat in their sausages. Consumption of dog meat was common in Germany up to the early 1900s so these suspicion was "occasionally justified". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
Today I learned about the Turnspit dog. The Turnspit dog was a short-legged, long-bodied dog bred to run on a wheel, called a turnspit or dog wheel, to turn meat. The Turnspit tragically went extinct in the 1800’s. foodnonfiction.com/episod…
Today I learned about Chronic Wasting Disease in deer/elk, a prion disease causing lesions in the brain and eventual death (always fatal). It can spread to other species that consume deer meat, though it hasn’t yet spread to humans, it’s a serious potential threat as it has been spread to primates. qdma.com/cwd/
American Rapper Pusha T wrote the famous McDonald's jingle "I'm lovin it" in 2003 but does not own any of the publishing rights for it. He learned from his multi-million dollar mistake and now owns 40% of the publishing rights of the β€œWe have the meats" campaign from Arby's. genius.com/a/pusha-t-says…
The United States Department of Agriculture says the official definition of a sandwich is: β€œat least 35% cooked meat and no more than 50 percent bread”. hot-dog.org/press/nationa…
When the medieval scholar Rhazes was tasked with choosing the location of a new hospital in Baghdad, he hung meat at points around the city, and chose the location where it rotted the slowest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
Bees that make meat honey exist. The Vulture bee collects and processes meat into 'honey'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
According to the testimony of people who have eaten other people, the taste of human meat does not reflect its beef-like appearance. Serial killers and Polynesian cannibals have described human as being most akin to pork. The taste also depends on how it is prepared and what cut is sampled. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Kangatarianism is a vegetarian diet with the addition of kangaroo meat as a choice. It has environmental benefits because indigenous wild kangaroos require no extra land or water for farming and produce little methane. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Monks in Westminster Abbey would eat 6,000 calories a day normally and 4,500 a day when "fasting". They drank a gallon of beer and 10 oz of wine and ate 2.25 lbs of bread, 5 eggs, and 2 lbs of meat or fish a day. Many monks became obese and suffered related conditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
Lone Star ticks can give you meat allergy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp…
Vulpinic acid is poisonous to all meat-eaters but not to mice and rabbits en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let…
The Dorobo tribe of Kenya steal fresh meat from the mouths of lions. The method is thousands of years old; they find a pride that has had a fresh kill during daytime, then walk up to them while they’re feeding and cut off some meat. The lions are too startled to react and usually run away. youtube.com/watch?v=y3MTD…
A 2015 study by Clear Labs found that 10% of vegetarian hot dogs sold in the US had meat in them. An additional 2% contained human DNA edition.cnn.com/2015/10/2…
Zoologist Francis Buckland kept the remains of a cat under his bed at Winchester College, dug up and ate a dead panther from a zoo (declaring the meat "not very good"), and took his pet bear Tigleth Pileser to a meeting at Oxford University dressed in a cap and gown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned about Chronic Wasting Disease, a contagious disease that infects the brains of deer, elk, and other ruminants. It causes weight loss, confusion, tremors, and is always fatal. Found in at least 24 states, scientists are unsure whether it can transfer to humans via contact or meat consumption. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
There's a chain in New Zealand called "The Mad Butcher" whose catch phrase is "you just can't beat the Mad Butcher's meat". stoppress.co.nz/tag/mad-b…
That ostrich meat is red meat unlike other poultry. It is closer too beef than it is chicken. animals.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned of Vissarion, a Russian mystic and spiritual leader who claims to be a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. His church has over 10000 followers, of which 4000 live together deep in Siberia. Members are forbidden from using money, eating meat, and vices, all done to prepare for an apocalyptic flood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis…
Winston Churchill predicted lab-grown meat 89 years ago. "We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium." smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The legal definition of a 'sandwich' differs across the USA. In California, a hot dog is a sandwich. In Massachusetts, a burrito is not a sandwich. The USDA defines a sandwich as meat between two slices of bread and says a burrito is a 'sandwich like product.' New York has another definition. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Dogs were once used in kitchens to turn spits for roasting meats. The Canis vertigus, or turnspit, was an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain in the 16th century. The small cooking canine was bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit in cavernous kitchen fireplaces. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
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…
In 1920s, a famine struck Russia and forced people to eat raw seeds, grass, dirt, dogs, cats and leather horse harnesses. At its peak, people eat and sell human body parts as meat. Despite reports of cannibalism, the police took no action as it was deemed a legitimate method of survival. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
Lab-grown meat has been made from living animal biopsies, fresh meat, cell banks, or feather roots & has been made from muscle, fat, or stem cells. Cells go into a vat of culture medium to proliferate into meat cell mush; patties & sausages have been created but fillets have not yet been made. theguardian.com/food/2020…
Vindaloo (curry) originated from Portuguese sailors, carne de vinha d'alhos ("meat in garlic wine marinade"). The basic structure of the dish was "preserved" raw ingredients, packed in wooden barrels of layers of pork & garlic, soaked in red wine. This was "Indianized" by the local Goan cooks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Reindeer meat is actually some of the healthiest meat out there. It contains way less fat than beef, and Norwegians are known to eat smoked reindeer, grilled reindeer, reindeer pizza and reindeer tartare melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
Today I learned that dry cat food wasn't invented un WW2 because of meat rations. youtu.be/LJGu_3DgKNQ
Mongols used Wicker shields which means the cuisine legend of β€œmongols grilling meat on their shields” has been debunked by this SCA article. viahistoria.com/SilverHor…
84 percent of vegetarians go back to eating meat thecut.com/2014/12/84-per…
After the Battle of Aspern-Essling (1809), the surgeon of the Napoleonic Army Larrey, lacking salt, seasoned a horse meat bouillon for the wounded under his care with gunpowder. It was also used for sterilization in ships when there was no alcohol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
Jimmy Dean, country singer, TV host, and entrepreneur introduced The Muppet's to mainstream audiences. He turned down a large stake of Jim Henson's company stating he hadn't "earned it". He also believed he was a terrible actor and musician, and went on to create The Jimmy Dean Meat Co. biography.com/personality…
Today I learned about Zhang Yongming, a serial killer in China. After killing some of his eleven victims he butchered them and sold their flesh at markets calling it "Ostrich meat." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zha…
Today I learned about the "Kentucky Meat Shower," an incident in 1876 wherein chunks of meat fell from the sky, sparking lots of wild theories about how it happened. To this day, there's no 100% certain explanation courier-journal.com/story…
Today I learned of the Dracula parrot found only in New Guinea. Despite its name, the parrot eats no meat but rather feeds almost exclusively on figs. Just as vultures adapted a featherless head to feed cleanly on bloody carcasses, a Dracula parrot's lack of face feathers keeps its face clean of sticky figs. australiangeographic.com.…
Today I learned about Nigel the three legged African Wild Dog. African Wild Dogs take care of each other a d Nigel often gets the biggest piece of meat at feeding time. Other pack animals kill weaker members but African Wild Dogs do not. denverzoo.org/zootales/ni…
Today I learned of the Beefalo, a 3/8 bison and 5/8 domestic cattle hybrid designed to mix the flavor and characteristics of beef and bison meat. americanbeefaloassociatio…
Rabbits breed and grow so quickly that one pair of healthy does (females) can produce more than 600 pounds of meat in a year. motherearthnews.com/homes…
Lunchables were created over 30 years ago because bologna was losing popularity. Their goal was to β€œdream up something that was livelier than sliced, sandwich-ready meat sealed in plastic.” theatlantic.com/family/ar…
The reason large cuts of meat like port and brisket "stall" (stay at the same temperature, sometimes for hours) while being smoked is because they are "sweating" and water evaporation is cooling them as fast as heat is being added. smokedbbqsource.com/the-b…
Hitler was a vegetarian and would give vivid and gruesome descriptions of animal slaughter to dissuade his colleagues from eating meat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
There's an extinct breed of dog that was bred to run on a wheel in order to turn meat on a cooking spit in kitchens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Genital Herpes (HSV2) dates back millions of years. Scientists found that early ancestors (Homo Erectus) most likely contracted it from another early hominin (Parathropus Boisei). Probably likely through scavenging ancestral chimp meat. phys.org/news/2017-10-hom…
Today I learned of milk sickness which is a poisoning that affects individuals who ingest milk, other dairy products, or meat from a cow that has fed on the white snakeroot plant, which contains the poison tremetol. wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_s…
Spectacled bears are the only bears native to South America. Also called Andean bears, they are one of four extant bear species that are habitually arboreal. Their diet is mainly herbivorous with 5-7% composed of meat. This bear species was the inspiration for the documentary Paddington Bear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Before becoming the face of MAD Magazine in 1956, the likeness of Alfred E Neumann kept popping up in ads dating back to 1894. He has advertised mince meat plum pudding, β€œpainless dentistry” and made fun of the Roosevelt re-election campaign. He even said β€œWhat, me worry?” long before MAD. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about the Kentucky Meat Shower. On March 3rd, 1876 unidentifiable flakes of meat fell from the sky over Bath County, Kentucky. The cause is still unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Ants eat more meat than lions, tigers and wolves combined time.com/3955673/ant-man-…
In Anchorage, Alaska, many large animals, such as moose, are hit by vehicles. While Motorists get first rights to roadkill; Charity groups sign up to collect large roadkill and the meat is donated to the needy. smh.com.au/entertainment/…
Besides humans, Formosan rock macaques are the only native primates living in Taiwan. Formosan rock macaques are hunted for their meat and for the damage they allegedly do to crops en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Curry in Japan was introduced in the 1870 through the UK Navy to the Japan Maritime self-defense force base. In those days eating meat was rare in Japan and the curry masked the scent. In the 1920's curry was made available to the public through restaurants and became a staple food in Japan. youtu.be/KdZNdx_lFBU
An Israeli company, (Aleph Farms) 3D printed meat in space from cells extracted from a cow. businessinsider.com/meat-…
In 1976 Matthew Adam Garber, the boy who played Micheal in Mary Poppins, died at the age of 21, from hepatitis that spread to his pancreas. There have always been rumors that Garber contracted the disease after unsafe drug use, but his family says it was from eating bad meat. gosocial.co/facts-marythe…
Originally, the Yorkshire pudding was served as a first course with thick gravy to dull the appetite with the low-cost ingredients so that the diners would not eat so much of the more expensive meat in the next course en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yor…
Today I learned about the β€œfifth basic taste”, umami. It is described as the deep, meaty, savory flavor found in cooked meats, tomatoes, and mushrooms. The only form of pure, isolated umami is MSG. vox.com/the-goods/2018/12…
Jackfruit is one of the biggest food trends among vegetarians, vegans and even meat lovers. While it is technically a fruit, its consistency is similar to that of chicken or pork today.com/food/what-jackf…
Roman soldiers were given one pound of meat daily. For an army 120 sheep were killed a day just for the meat ration. Or 60 hogs. Huge flocks of livestock were herded and grazing alongside an army. Roman soldiers were a mule more than anything else. They carried very heavy gear, on bad roads. history.com/news/soldier-…
In Iranian Cuisine (Chabahar, Balochi style BBQ), they use pomegranate rub to preserve meat up to 2 years in the sun before consuming it. youtu.be/a4AnLUhO5QA
Today I learned about how poor people in the Philippines survive eating Pagpag, fast food meat found in trash. The meat is washed in water then recooked. For many families this is the only source of food. youtube.com/watch?v=y8k3N…
Modern human meat isn't nearly as nutritious as other animals. Human meat is roughly 1300 calories per kg, where as boars are 4000 calories per kg. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Today I learned of Iron Age pigs, a cross between wild boar and domestic pig, first developed for a BBC documentary to mirror the type of pig represented by prehistoric art works of the Iron Age in ancient Europe. They are now raised for their meat with a distinctive gamey pork flavour. pocketfarm.co.uk/iron-age…
Locals in North Carolina raise ostriches and emus for meat, eggs and leather, along with emu oil, which is a natural moisturizer with anti-inflammatory properties. gastongazette.com/article…
Pozole, a traditional soup with hominy, used to be prepared with human meat. After the Conquest cannibalism was banned and pork was used instead because of its similarities to human meat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poz…
Neanderthal dental plaque shows that there was no such thing as a typical Paleo diet. Some ate mostly meat, and some others are entirely vegetarian. theatlantic.com/science/a…
Hedgehogs are a food source in many cultures. Hedgehogs were eaten in Ancient Egypt and some recipes of the Late Middle Ages call for hedgehog meat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hed…
Dimethyl sulfide creates the rotten meat smell. One smell created by phytoplankton causes the smell of the ocean. "The largest single commercial producer of DMS in the world is Gaylord Chemical Corporation." "DMS is highly flammable and an eye and skin irritant." DMS is VERY potent in smell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dim…
Tits can be vicious and eat meat dailylobo.com/article/201…
Today I learned of the Kentucky meat shower where meat fell down from the sky. People who tasted it said it tasted like lamb or deer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Cassowary meat is so tough that people were told to cook it with a stone in the pot. "When the stone is ready to eat, so is the Cassowary." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Today I learned of 'Taco Rice' an Tex-Mex inspired Okinawan dish consisting of taco flavored hamburger meat on top of white rice along with cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
It is thought that Henry VIII suffered from malnutrition. Even though he ate about 5,000 calories a day, the menu was dominated by meat and bread, and since vegetables were considered β€œpeasant food” they weren’t used very much picturebritain.com/2012/1…
The Laotian rock rat, deemed extinct for 11 million years, was rediscovered in Laos along the Mekong river being sold as meat at a local street market in 2005 content.time.com/time/spe…
Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia. This is because their own camels are bred for domestic purposes and racing, with the camels from Australia being used for the meat, which is considered a delicacy. commodity.com/saudi-arabi…
Actor George C. Scott declined his best actor nomination for "Patton" in 1970, and had the decency to let the Academy know that he would refuse the award if he won. He won anyway, and reportedly called the Oscars a "two-hour meat parade." businessinsider.com/stars…
During the Middle Ages the Church prohibited the eating of meat on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturdays, as well as dairy and eggs during Advent and Lent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
Deer meat isn't popular in the US because captive deer are a ticking time bomb for chronic wasting disease, a variant of mad-cow, which could spread to other species. cityweekly.net/utah/why-i…
Despite movies and television, never put a raw steak or other raw meat on a black eye. The bacteria on raw meat poses a high risk of infection, and this method of treating a black eye has no scientific basis. aao.org/eye-health/diseas…
The Greenland shark has extremely toxic meat. If the meat is eaten without being treated, the effects on the body are very similar to drunkenness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The seared meat does not "seal in flavor" and it actually loses the same amount or more of moisture than non seared meat. Searing simply saved flavor through the maillard reaction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Henry Ford used the meat-packing "dis-assembly" lines as a model for his own moving assembly line, realising that he could put together a car in the same way slaughterhouse workers took apart a cow. science.jrank.org/pages/5…
The original pet food was a biscuit made of mystery meat. Brands that followed after made wet dog food of horse meat until WWII when cereal companies finally invented and perfected the process to make kibble that is still used today. thefarmersdog.com/digest/…
Today I learned of the Dragon tiger phoenix dish which contains snake, cat and chicken meat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Salt-cured capybara (the largest living rodent) is consumed during Lent in Venezuela, where the popularity of the dish prompted the Vatican to declare that capybara isn’t meat but fish. people.com/pets/5-things-…
Today I learned that McDonalds tried to release a burger known as the Hula Burger. It consisted of pineapple, two slices of cheese, and a bun. No meat. I also learned that McDonalds has a fandom wiki. mcdonalds.fandom.com/wiki…
A serial killer in Canada was disposing of his victims’ bodies in a meat processing factory he owned and sold the remains to the community as food. theglobeandmail.com/amp/n…
In 2019, Australian meat producers voted on guidelines for speaking to the public: "The word slaughter is not appropriate for our industry as we are processing animals through the various stages that end up for food." theland.com.au/story/6291…
Today I learned about Italian scientist Francesco Redi who, in 1668, proved that maggots come from the eggs of flies. At the time, prevailing wisdom was that maggots arose spontaneously from rotting meat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Part of what makes Impposible Foods meatless burgers tastes like meat because they genetically modified yeast to produce the plant version of hemoglobin, Leghemoglobin. pri.org/stories/2016-09-2…
In a study of individuals who follow vegan lifestyles, 73 percent were female, and only 27 percent male. The researcher found "vegan men are more likely to espouse a view of gender identity as changeable and refuse the notion equating meat with muscularity and masculinity" plantbasednews.org/opinio…
:According to Hitler's last surviving food taster, Hitler converted to vegetarianism and in 1942 he said to Joseph Goebbels that after the war he planned to convert Germany, wanting Aryan body purity. A Hitler's Youth manual suggests "Nazi beans" as a substitute for meat. telegraph.co.uk/history/w…

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