By Helen Otway

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A family in Virginia opened their box of fried chicken to find a whole battered chicken’s head inside! A Florida jogger survived for four days on swamp water and leaves when he was trapped waist-deep in mud after taking a shortcut while out running. The farmer helpfully says that the meat ‘tastes like crocodile’. The main ingredient in pepper spray is capsaicin, which comes from fiery chilli peppers. The spray causes tears, pain, coughing and temporary blindness. qxd 12/6/07 9:38 am Page 59 59 65 million guinea pigs are eaten in Peru each year!

Don’t panic if you swallow one – you’d need large amounts to be poisoned. The Burnt Food Museum in Arlington, Massachusetts, showcases black, charred food. The museum had to close down temporarily… due to fire damage! Gruesome Food Facts The fatass ant – guess what it looks like – has been a traditional Columbian food for hundreds of years and is often given as a wedding gift. Only the queen ants are edible and harvesting them is a painful business. qxd 28/6/07 12:27 pm Page 44 44 1001 Gruesome Facts Tiny, fiery hot chillies used in Thai cooking are known as phrik khii nuu – mouse-dropping chillies.

You have been warned! 3 metres (34 feet) of raw stinging nettles to win the World Stinging Nettle-Eating Championship in 2006. Gruesome Food Facts Dead insects go off quickly so should be eaten alive or immediately after being killed. Hopping insects need to be chilled or frozen before cooking so they don’t jump out of the pan! qxd 12/6/07 9:38 am Page 50 50 1001 Gruesome Facts Rhubarb leaves contain a poison called oxalic acid that irritates the gut and causes kidney damage. Luckily, they taste pretty foul so it’s unlikely anyone would eat enough to poison themselves.

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