1001 Gruesome Facts: The Gross, the Ghoulish and the by Helen Otway

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They were later hanged for doing so. qxd 12/6/07 9:38 am Page 54 54 1001 Gruesome Facts Popular British bar snack pork scratchings are bits of deep fried pig skin… some with hair still attached. Gelatine (also known as E441) is made by boiling up animal skin, cartilage and bone for hours on end. It is added to a range of foods such as gummy sweets and jelly. New York Times journalist William Buehler Seabrook obtained a chunk of fresh human meat from a hospital so that he could cook and eat it for research.

Because it looks similar to edible mushrooms, it accounts for 50 per cent of all mushroom-poisoning cases. Symptoms include coma, jaundice and even death. The edible part of a jackfruit is surrounded with sticky, white latex goo that clings to the fingers. Those in the know oil their hands before preparing one! qxd 12/6/07 9:38 am Page 53 53 Indian delicacy Bombay duck is, in fact, dried lizardfish. It’s also known as bummalo and is so pongy that it has to be transported in airtight containers!

Livermush is a popular product in the southern United States, made from pig’s liver, pig’s head and cornmeal. Brendan Brockbank won the World Pie-Eating Contest in Wigan, England, by wolfing down a humungous pie in just 37 seconds! qxd 12/6/07 9:37 am Page 43 43 Used chewing gum was auctioned online in 2004. Pieces chomped by Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Eminem and Jessica Simpson were available to interested bidders. Black moss or hair moss is a freshwater algae used in Chinese cooking.

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