The FDA considers chocolate acceptable for public consumption as long as there are less than 60 microscopic insect fragments per 100 grams (four ounces, or approximately one candy bar).
Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs. If they eat as little as four ounces, they become so hyperactive that they may suffer a fatal heart attack.
If you are typical, four percent of the food you eat will be eaten in front of a refrigerator with its door open.
Worlds worst meal: eating a bicycle. A man did this by grinding it into powder.
In 1743 a teen-age boy was observed to have eaten 384 pounds of food in one week. There was another boy (or perhaps another report on this same boy) whose weight increased by 179 pounds in one year from 105 to 284. Like a cow, he ate fifteen hours every day yet was still hungry.
In 1963 a man ate a single meal weighing 54 pounds.
There was an olympic hammer thrower who used to eat a dozen raw eggs for breakfast, complete with shells.
Perhaps the most exotic annual culinary affair was hosted by Clodius, a rich Roman actor who had one hundred birds given voice lessons at a cost of approximately $250 per bird. He then had these birds made into a pie for his guests. He then offered a drink which contained a dissolved pearl worth about one-half million dollars.
Historians tell us that a sweet onion was the favorite dessert of the Romans.
In Africa, roasted termites are considered delicious.
People in Laos would think you were crazy if you refused to eat giant waterbugs.
In Japan, if you have enough money, you can order gourmet beef from cattle that have been raised in darkness, fed beer, and given custom massages by special masseurs.
An English king used to like eating rotten oysters.
When a pineapple was first shown to the infamous glutton King Louis XIV, he immediately grabbed it and took a giant bite. He cut his lips and thereafter outlawed pineapples in France.
Professor William Buckland acquired the dried out heart of King Louis XIV, provided by grave robbers. He ate it!
Bites From The History of Food
In the Bible, the fruit that Eve ate in the Garden of Eden was not specifically an apple. In the Koran, the sacred book of Islam, it is called a banana. Some scientists believe the fruit may have been a lemon, because edible apples did not yet exist in the time and place of Eden.
The word salary came from the word salt in Roman times. Salt was used as a trading medium - money.
It's hard to imagine that until about four hundred years ago, European people ate everything with their fingers. When a few people started using forks in England, everyone else thought the idea of using tools to eat was totally strange.
The original reason for tablecloths was as a towel to wipe one's fingers and hands on after eating.
In the eighteenth century, John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich invented a small meal that could be eaten with one hand while he continued his non-stop gambling.
Coca-Cola, Hires Root Beer and Dr. Pepper were all introduced in the same year, 1886. John Pemberton, the inventor of Coca-Cola referred to it as, "Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage." 7-Up was originally called Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda when it was invented in 1929. The 7 is for the original size - 7 ounces - and the Up was for "bottoms up." The first advertising slogan for 7-Up was, "It takes the ouch out of grouch."
When popsicles first appeared in 1905, they were called Epsicles, after Frank Epperson, their inventor.
Ketchup was originally made from fish broth and mushrooms. Tomatoes were added later. Today, ketchup must contain sugar, otherwise it must be called imitation ketchup.
Ninety to one hundred years ago, the average American worked about 13 minutes to earn enough money for a quart of milk. Now, it takes about 4 minutes.
M&M candies are named for Forrest Mars and Bruce Murries, the inventors. They were first made as a high-energy field snack for American soldiers because "they melt in your mouth, not in you hand."
Fruits and Vegetables
Cherries taste great, but if you eat the leaves or twigs of a cherry tree, you could die.
Strawberries are unique among fruits because they carry their seeds on the outside.
People have grown tomatoes with a strawberry growing inside.
Americans eat 5681 miles of carrots per day.
A genetic engineer in Japan has created cube-shaped watermelons. These stack more efficiently than round ones.
Celery has the unusual effect that the more you eat, the skinnier you will become. It takes more energy to eat celery than the calories it contains.
If you eat eleven pounds of potatoes, you will gain one pound of weight. Until the eighteenth century, many Americans believed that potatoes were bad for your health.
Nine-tenths of cabbage is plain water.
If you store carrots and apples together in your fridge, the carrots will become bitter because they are affected by the ethylene fumes (natural) given off by the apples.
There is a wild edible plant called Hernandulcin which is 1000 times sweeter than sugar.
If you filled trucks with all the candy American kids eat in one year, they would line up bumper to bumper from San Diego to San Francisco.
When the diets of inmates of a Virginia juvenile detention center were changed from typical American junk food to natural foods - cereal without sugar, fruit juice instead of soda, etc, - kids who were chronic offenders decreased by 56 percent and kids who were well-mannered increased by 71 percent.
When you go to a fast-food restaurant and ask for white chicken meat, you might actually get bleached dark meat.
The largest Kentucky Fried Chicken store is in Beijing, China.
Americans eat 127 chickens per second.
Just before a game, Babe Ruth had to be taken to a hospital due to extreme stomach pain. He had eaten twelve hot dogs in a row!
Most people don't realize that a hot dog may contain cow brains, lips, eyes, stomachs or tails. Americans eat an average of forty of these things per year, at a cost of six hundred million dollars. If you lined them all up, that line would be about a half million miles long.
If the water used by the cattle business was not paid for by American taxpayers, beef would cost $35 per pound.
These people were vegetarians: Albert Einstein George Bernard Shaw Leo Tolstoy Clara Barton Mahatma Ghandi Mr. Rogers Leonardo da Vinci Jeff Juliano, the original Ronald McDonald
All members of the Roman empire were vegetarians until Julias Caesar.
There is no known case of a vegetarian dying of snakebite in America.
In America, some people put sugar in their tea or coffee. In parts of China, people put salt into their tea.
Voltaire drank between 50 and 65 cups of coffee every day.
In France the average person drinks over 25 gallons of wine per year.
We Americans drink three million gallons of orange juice per day. We drink over fifteen million gallons of beer daily. This means that on average, Americans drink five times more beer than orange juice.
In Old England, people drank beer at breakfast.
In the old days, people did not buy beer in bottles or cans at the 7-11 store. They went to the tavern and carried the beer home in a bucket.
In Japan there is a liquor made from the fermented bodies of venomous snakes.
If everyone quit drinking alcoholic beverages, twenty million starving people could be fed on the grain saved.
Miscellaneous Food Facts
According to the makers of Hellman's Mayonnaise, contrary to popular belief, you can't get sick from their product. They have never had a case of a sick customer. The acid and salt in the product would kill harmful bacteria.
Nine people per day die in America from accidentally drinking, eating or inhaling something other than food.
If you lined up all the eggs that Americans eat in one day, they would reach from Chicago to Waikiki. (4142 miles)
We each eat approximately ten pounds of chemical food additives per year.
To grow the wheat for a single loaf of bread requires two tons of water.
You can harvest one-half ton of wheat from an acre, but if you grow potatoes instead, that same acre will give you five tons.
A scientist is working on a new soft drink that will help you lose weight in a new way. When you sip this drink, it coats your intestines with a fluorocarbon that reduces the ability to absorb nutrition. When you eat, the stuff will just go right through you without benefit.
Americans are 2,300,000,000 (over 2 billion) pounds overweight. We average about nine and a half pounds overweight. Overweight Americans cost about a billion extra gallons of gasoline per year.
If you occasionally water your plants with Club Soda, they will increase in color and vitality.
Food takes 24 hours to complete its 30-foot path through your body.
Chop suey was invented in America.
Honey does not spoil.
If you like exotic foods, perhaps you would like Haggis, from Scotland. It contains oatmeal, suet, onions, and sheep heart, lungs, liver and stomach.
If you spin two eggs on a flat, hard surface, one raw, and the other hard-boiled, the hard-boiled one will spin much longer.
There used to be a custom of putting a small piece of toast into wine to enhance its flavor by absorbing particles. This is where the term "to toast" came from.
Potato chips cost 200 times more per pound than potatoes.
The high cost of medical insurance would be reduced by about 33 percent if we all had a proper diet, according to a study by the Senate Committee of Nutrition and Human Needs.
If we all had a proper diet, 98 percent of the people who die of heart attacks would still be around.
Some scientists in Tucson, Arizona studied peoples' garbage cans and discovered that Americans waste ten percent of the food we buy. We throw away 81 billion dollars worth of good food every year.
Perhaps you have seen the trick done by jugglers where they juggle three items, one of which is an apple, and as they juggle, they eat the apple. This can be done fast and messy, and brings great laughter as apple juice and bits of apple end up flying all over the stage as the juggler finishes. John, a juggler working in Chicago, had performed the apple trick hundreds of times, but he never really ate the apple. He didn't swallow it, he merely filled his mouth with bites of apple, then spit them out back stage afterwards. On one occasion, John was near the end of the apple routine, and the crowd was loving it, so he went a bit (or rather a bite) farther than usual. This proved to be too much, that last bite shoved some apple into his throat which resulted in John throwing up all over the stage!
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