Jelly Belly once tried to make a cheese-pizza flavored jelly bean. The taste was so bad that they used it as the vomit flavored Bertie Bott’s jelly bean instead. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Some people don't like vegetables like cabbage and broccoli due to genes that make their taste buds super sensitive to having more of a protein that interlocks with phenylthiocarbamide, causing the sensation of bitterness. A very similar compound is found in brassicas, causing a similar reaction learn.genetics.utah.edu/c…
There are 7,500 varieties of apples and this one is called the Pink Pearl. Known to taste like raspberry and smell like grapefruit. atlasobscura.com/foods/pi…
The taste map of the tongue that many people learned in school is nonsense. Taste receptors for salty, sweet, bitter and sour are found all over the tongue. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Sodium laureth sulfate, an ingredient in toothpaste, makes it hard to taste sweetness, and that's why drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth tastes weird. southspringsdentalgroup.c…
The popular Sriracha sauce in the US (in the green-capped bottle) tastes different because they have a different supplier of chile peppers. The owner sued the original supplier for $1 million claiming he overpaid. The farmer countersued and won $23.3 million and now makes his own sriracha. latimes.com/local/lanow/l…
If you rub a piece of garlic on your foot, you will taste it in your mouth about an hour later. mentalfloss.com/article/9…
When a male giraffe is looking to impregnate a female, it brushes her read end with his nose to prompt urination. When she starts to pee, the male tastes the urine so he can the detect hormones that confirm whether she is ready to mate. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Sharks are called "swimming noses" because 2/3 of their brains are olfactory lobes. They can smell blood in water at 1 part per million from hundreds of meters away. But their sense of taste isn't linked to their nose and is not as developed, so often they bite once then decide not to kill. animals.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned that IRN-BRU, a scottish drink that "tastes like liquid bubblegum," has it's own tartan. tartanregister.gov.uk/tar…
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-…
Some people dislike coriander and tell it tastes like soap. This is an genetic predisposition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Spicy foods are spicy because they trigger certain cells inside the tongue that are the same type of cell that detect extreme heat, and it has nothing to do with taste. sciencefocus.com/the-huma…
Paris holds an annual contest to find the city’s best baguette. Around 200 bakers each submit two baguettes (must be eligible) to be graded on quality, look, smell, taste, and crunch. The winner wins €4000 and a contract to supply the French president fresh baguettes every day for 1 year. bbc.com/travel/story/2019…
During the American Civil War coffee became so scarce and expensive in the South that okra seeds were used as a replacement. Apparently the taste is almost identical to coffee. blogs.lib.unc.edu/civilwa…
Thailand’s Spirits Have a Taste for Red Fanta. The gods and spirits are offered the strawberry flavored drink which is a mainstay at most shrines and spirit-houses. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The use of hops was unknown to Ancient Egyptians as was the process of carbonation. To a modern-day beer drinker, an Egyptian brew would taste more like a fruit drink ancient.eu/article/1033/b…
Boar Taint is a foul odor/taste in Pork products that affects 1 in 5 male pigs. Most people can sense it when present and it puts some eaters off Pork forever. It derives from uncastrated male pigs hitting puberty. Smelly pig. kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge…
, different types of music affected the taste of wine. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
How India Pale Ale (IPA) got its name and taste. It's a beer that was invented in Britain in the 19th century for the Indian market, with extra hops added to survive the 6 month travel. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
A bad grape harvest in 1985 led to Austrian wine producers adding antifreeze to their wines in order to lessen the sour taste, collapsing the Austrian wine market. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Quinine is a historic treatment of malaria and babesiosis that is a flavor component of tonic water and bitter lemon drink mixers. Tonic water was given to soldiers, who often mixed jin to mask the bitter taste. The quinine content of tonic water causes it to fluoresce under black light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
We can’t taste as well at high altitude. nbcnews.com/healthmain/on…
Spiciness is not an actual taste, but it's a type of pain! owlcation.com/stem/Did-yo…
The full-length version of "Miracles" (Jefferson Starship) was cut by more than half its length for the single. This edit was done not only for length, but to remove the sexual reference in the line "I had a taste of the real world when I went down on you, girl" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
There is no such thing as premium vodka, at least in the USA. Title 27, Section 5.22 of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Code says that vodka must be distilled or treated until it is, quote, "without distinctive character, aroma, taste or color." If it has any distinction, its not Vodka. npr.org/2018/03/01/590022…
Hitler was so paranoid that the British would poison him so he had 15 girls taste the food before he ate it himself. ""The food was delicious, only the best vegetables, asparagus, bell peppers, everything you can imagine", food taster Margot Woelk recalled cbc.ca/news/world/hitler-…
In Japan there is a therapy called Forest Bathing. It is not taking a bath in the forest, or exercise, or hiking, or jogging. It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Look for a place where there are trees, and off you go. time.com/5259602/japanese…
An Australian restaurant called Pablo's Escoburgers came under fire for their burger called "The Patron," a double patty with candied bacon topped with a line of white powder (garlic flour) and a rolled up fake $100 bank note. They announced that people were "lining up for a taste." insider.com/pablos-escobu…
Today I learned of Von Steuben, a central figure in forming the US army. His career in Prussia was cut short due to being openly gay, he moved to America and joined the revolution with B.Franklin's aid who knew of but ignored his sexual tastes. He lived with 2 lovers who inherited his estate after his death history.com/news/openly-g…
Before mating, a male giraffe will apply pressure to a female giraffe's rear in order to make her pee. He then tastes the pee to determine if the giraffe is fertile. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
Altitude can effect how we perceive taste. Thus airlines alter food pallets specifically for high altitude enjoyment. cnn.com/travel/article/wh…
Today I learned about the Black Sapote or Chocolate Pudding Fruit. When ripe, the fruit has the texture and taste of chocolate, and can be used as a substitute in recipes or milkshakes. It also contains 4 times as much vitamin C as an orange. messynessychic.com/2014/0…
Drinking OJ after brushing your teeth tastes bad because of a foaming ingredient in toothpaste which blocks your ability to taste sweetness, and you're left with the pure acidity and bitterness of the fruit. colgate.com/en-us/oral-he…
Though dogs are known for their powerful sense of smell compared to humans, we beat dogs in sense of taste. A human tongue contains 9,000 taste buds, dogs have only around 1,700. akc.org/expert-advice/lif…
There are over 7,500 cultivars (varieties) of apples, meaning if you ate one every day, it would take over 20 years to taste them all en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
Lots of people order Bloody Marys on aeroplanes but never drink them on the ground. This is because rich umami flavours - like those found in tomato juice - are one of the few tastes that aren't dulled by loud engine noise. edition.cnn.com/travel/ar…
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…
Lithium Chloride is the only other Chloride salt that tastes good. youtube.com/watch?v=RJh9y…
Cats lack the ability to taste sweet things, as they're missing the gene for a sweet taste receptor. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Dogs have musical tastes. The Scottish SPCA and University of Glasgow monitored dogs' heartrates while playing different kinds of music and found that most dogs "prefer reggae and soft rock," though each individual dog also had its own preferences. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
If you put garlic on your foot and wait an hour, you’ll be able to taste and smell the garlic. This is due to a molecule called Allicin, which can permeate the skin in your feet and travel through your blood all the way to your mouth and nose. popsci.com/you-can-taste-…
Today I learned that testing to qualify an n95 is done by putting a persons head in a hood and then spraying something sweet or bitter into the hood and using the senses of smell and taste to verify a proper seal. osha.gov/video/respirator…
How 1968’s deadly Hong Kong flu left more than one million dead worldwide, and how doctors recommended those ill to stay at home and take aspirin, tea, lemon drinks, whisky or brandy according to taste. scmp.com/lifestyle/health…
Although widely taught in schools, Tongue Map or Taste Map has been scientifically disproven by later research; all taste sensations come from all regions of the tongue, although different parts are more sensitive to certain tastes. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongue…
Today I learned of Poundbury in Dorset. Due for completion in 2025, the new town is designed to the personal tastes of Prince Charles and includes a replica of Buckingham Palace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pou…
If you feed a chicken a diet of spicy red peppers, its egg yolk will turn red. This is harmless for the chicken as all birds are immune to capsaicin (the substance that makes food taste spicy). newworlder.com/article/39…
Today I learned about Kermit Washington. LA Lakers player that in a game in 1977 sucker punched another player, Rudy Tomjanovich and nearly killed him. Punched him so hard he shattered his face, gave him spinal injuries effectively ending his career. Rudy said he could taste his own spinal fluid when he got up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ker…
One evening, while rushing for dinner after a long day at the lab, Constantin Fahlberg, a chemist at Johns Hopkins, forgot to wash his hands that had traces of benzoic sulfimide. This compound made his dinner taste sweet, and that’s how he discovered the artificial sweetener Saccharin. todayinsci.com/F/Fahlberg…
Why Cilantro Tastes Like Soap. People who report that "cilantro tastes bad" have a variation of olfactory-receptor genes that allows them to detect aldehydesβ€”a compound found in cilantro that is also a by-product of soap and part of the chemical makeup of fluids sprayed by some bugs. delishably.com/spices-sea…
In order 'to satisfy every European's musical taste', Ode to Joy from Beethoven's 9th Symphony, the EU anthem, has been officially adapted into other genres such as jazz, hip-hop, trance, techno, and Romani folk. All of those versions are free to listen to on the Council of Europe's page. coe.int/en/web/about-us/t…
Today I learned about cotton candy grapes; a type of grape that tastes like cotton candy. Created by David Cain, the cotton candy grape was made by breeding plants. He grew 100,000 test tube plants before getting the perfect cotton candy grape. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
375 goats were airlifted from Olympic National Park in Washington state after trampling tourists because they had developed a taste for human urine telegraph.co.uk/news/2018…
Today I learned about Moroccan tree climbing goats. Argan trees produce a fruit that looks like a shriveled olive and ripens each year around June. The resourceful goats crave the bitter taste and aroma, climbing up to 30 feet above ground to get the fruit. nationalgeographic.com/tr…
Several studies compiled by the US Department of Education, Commerce, Labor, and various colleges from 2009-2016 found a large correlation between SAT scores and taste in music by genre and artist. Beethoven, Rock, Indie has above average and Lil Wayne, Rap, Punk has below average. ledgernote.com/features/h…
There is poison garden in Alnwick garden where it house poisonous plants that could kill. Visitors are advised to not smell, touch or taste the plants given their nature. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
Testicles have taste buds and studies in mice have shown that they are necessary for reproduction. huffingtonpost.co.uk/entr…
Today I learned of "Jewish Housewives' Disease," a fish tapeworm. It got its name because Jewish women making gefilte fish would taste it before it was fully cooked, exposing them to the parasite. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dip…
Bee larvae taste like bacon abc.net.au/local/stories/…
Taste and flavor are not the same. Flavor consists of taste, aroma, and texture. Taste is a component of flavor that is determined by taste buds on our tongue and soft palate. cst.ufl.edu/taste-vs-flav…
Despite Orange juice being marketed as 100% juice, with no water or sugar added, flavour packs are added provided by fragrance companies giving its distinctive processed orange taste and smell. newyorker.com/books/page-…
Today I learned of Krista and Tatiana Hogan, conjoined twins at the head. The twins β€œshare senses of touch and taste, and can even control one another’s limbs.” They can also hear each other’s thoughts without having to speak and see through one another’s eyes. cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/m/featu…
Our knowledge of what Potassium Cyanide tastes like comes from one man's suicide note, which he meant for doctors to read. He noted it tasted acrid and burned his tongue. archive.indianexpress.com…
Taste receptors are found not only on the human tongue but in our stomach, intestines, pancreas, lungs, brain, and testicles where receptors can sense sweet and umami flavors. businessinsider.com/taste…
Splenda has been named in multiple lawsuits in the U.S. and France claiming its slogan β€œMade from sugar so tastes like sugar” is misleading. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spl…
The fruit Monstera Deliciosa causes severe throat and skin irritation due to oxalic acid (aka rust cleaner!) unless 100% ripe. Once the green outer scales fall off it's safe to eat and tastes like a mix of pineapple, banana and coconut. The scientific name literally means Delicious Monster. atlasobscura.com/foods/mo…
An Egg Producer In Japan Developed a Feed That Makes Eggs Smell & Taste Like Yuzu Fruit. soranews24.com/2015/02/20…
The reason airline food tastes "bad" to many people is that conditions on an airplane, including low air pressure, dry air, and background noise, affect one's senses of smell and taste. time.com/4862996/airplane…
Great white sharks do not mistake humans for seals, and often attack humans simply due to low visibility. Most importantly, they don't like the taste of humans as they are bony and low in fat and protein, unlike they're preferred food: seals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The only document with the taste of Cyanide written is the Suicide Note of an Indian Goldsmith who killed himself in 2006 by mixing a pinch of it in his liquor. He wrote β€œDoctors, potassium cyanide. I have tasted it. It burns the tongue and tastes acrid." hindustantimes.com/india/…
, nopales picked from a prickly pear cactus taste better if harvested in the morning. Acid content is lower in the morning, but builds with sunlight, so nopales harvested at the end of the day is more bitter. I guess, the early bird catches the sweeter nopales. gardeningknowhow.com/orna…
Pill bugs aka Roly polies aren't insects. They are terrestrial crustaceans and they are edible; they taste similar to shrimps. eattheplanet.org/land-shr…
Major orange juice producers add chemical fragrances called "flavor packs" to their juice to provide the signature taste of their brand because OJ loses its flavor during pasteurization and de-oxygenation. civileats.com/2009/05/06/…
There is such thing as Cotton Candy grapes that legitimately taste like cotton candy and involves no genetic engineering or artificial flavors npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Most of the fish we eat die by asphyxiation. "Ike Jime" is a Japanese humane technique to kill & preserver the fish’s flavor, texture & also removes the nasty tastes caused by suffocation, like adrenaline, lactic-acid, & the cortisol that spikes in the blood. guide.michelin.com/sg/din…
In 1937 the Hershey Company made a high calorie chocolate bar designed to taste "a little better than a baked potato" for the US Army so that soldiers would only eat it in case of real emergency en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Cocktails became popular during Prohibition as juices were added to bootleg liquor to disguise the taste of ingredients like dead rat and wood tar smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned about Hayleigh Curtis, one of Cadbury's 10 taste testers. Her taste buds are so important that Cadbury got her tongue insured for 1.25 million dollars. nypost.com/2016/10/10/my-…
The gin and tonic was invented as a result of the British being unable to stomach the taste of bitter malaria medication in India flaviar.com/blog/gin-toni…
Children's musician Raffi and The New Pornographers once got into a twitter tiff about whether the band's name was in poor taste and ended with Raffi apologizing pitchfork.com/news/71162-…
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…
Beer bottles used to be kept in clear glass bottles in the 19th century until brewers realized UV rays from the sun were altering the flavor and making the beer smell "skunky". This is why most beers are kept in brown glass bottles now, it blocks the UV rays from the sun; preserving taste. businessinsider.com/why-b…
Thanks to 2 protein receptors called T1R and T2R certain tastes such as sour, bitter, and umami, the savory flavor found in soy sauce can be recognized in cells throughout the body. These special taste receptors have been discovered in the bladder, pancreas, brain and yes, even your testies medicinenet.com/script/ma…
KFC makes a nail polish that tastes like fried chicken fortune.com/2016/05/05/kf…
Bees create different types of honey using pollen from different plants, like Blueberry, Avocado, Sage, and over 300 more in the US alone. The different honeys can vary in scent, taste, and color greatly. naturenates.com/best-colo…
Today I learned of black garlic, where garlic bulbs are aged for three weeks or more at a strictly regulated temperature and humidity, typically aged in something like a rice cooker. As weird as it sounds, it actually does not taste much like garlic, but has a rather mild and sweeter flavor. thespruceeats.com/black-g…
Sucralose, the artificial sweetener in Splenda, was discovered on accident in 1976 when a researcher was told to "test" a chemically modified sucrose molecule they had made. He thought he had been asked to "taste" it, so he did, and he found it to be exceptionally sweet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suc…
Human Flesh Tastes Like Pork spiegel.de/international/…
Today I learned about the Kentucky meat shower of 1876, where pieces of meat appeared to fall on Bath County. One theory is that a flock of vultures vomited in the area; the meat was said to taste like lamb or deer. Another is that the meat was a cyanobacteria which expands to a jelly-like mass when wet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Dogs only have about 1/6th as many taste buds as humans, but they can still taste salty, sweet, and bitter things in their food. akc.org/expert-advice/lif…
Cactus flesh will taste sour in the morning and sweet in the afternoon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
The original Windows XP commercial was abandoned less than 2 months before launch. The commercial had flying people, which was deemed in bad taste after September 11, 2001 devblogs.microsoft.com/ol…
Today I learned of Black Sapote, a fruit that tastes like chocolate pudding messynessychic.com/2014/0…
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) taproots can penetrate soil up to 3 to 6 meters (10 to 15 ft). All parts of the plant can be eaten and are found in salads, roasted, fried, or made into wine, tea, or a coffee-like drink. Dandelions have a taste similar to chicory or endive with a bitter tinge. columbia.edu/itc/cerc/dan…
According to OK Cupid, asking "do you like the taste of beer" is the single best predictor among men and women if he or she has sex on the first date. theblog.okcupid.com/the-b…
The real reason peppers are hot is to discourage mold growth, the fact that birds can't taste capsicum is secondary at best. Its NOT only about the seed dispersal. References SciShow with pictures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE_OlyBhr1A&app=desktop# and the source text below. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Nintendo has intentionally made the switch game cartridges taste disgusting to stop children (and presumably, pets) from accidentally swallowing them. standard.co.uk/stayingin/…
Apples originated in Kazakhstan and wild apples can taste like roses, strawberries, popcorn, anise, and many other flavors. 90% of modern apples can be traced back to 2 trees. davesgarden.com/guides/ar…
The reason we know what cyanide tastes like is because an Indian man, MP Prasad who committed suicide left a hastily scrawled note describing the taste. "Doctors, potassium cyanide. I have tasted it. It burns the tongue and tastes acrid," he wrote, solving a long unanswered question. smh.com.au/world/suicide-…
Cats do not have the ability to taste sweetness due to their lack of 247 base pairs of amino acids that make up the DNA of the Tas1r2 gene. scientificamerican.com/ar…

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