Since very few of us grow and prepare all our food ourselves, we can never really be sure what is in the products we eat. A plethora of legends deal with ordinary foods that may contain some rather extraordinary ingredients.



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Bubble Yum chewing gum contains spider eggs.*


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McDonald’s hamburgers contain worm meat.*

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McDonald’s is the world’s largest purchaser of cow eyeballs.*

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McDonald’s shakes contain yucky non-food substances.*


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Chocolate milk is made from “regular” milk rejected for containing too much cow’s blood.*


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JELL-O brand gelatin is made from bones and hides.


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Sushi is always made with raw fish.


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Tim Hortons adds nicotine to their coffee to keep customers hooked on it.


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Food colorants cochineal and carmine are made from ground bugs.


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Hostess Twinkies have an indefinite shelf life.


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Eating turkey makes people especially sleepy.


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Eating carrots results in improved vision.


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The meat Arby’s uses is made from a paste, gel, liquid, or powder.


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Green potatoes are poisonous.


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Goldschlager liqueur contains gold flakes for the purpose of producing small cuts in the throats of imbibers, thereby speeding alcohol ingestion.


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Some Mexican vanilla contains coumarin, a substance that causes liver and kidney failure.


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Bartender’s wager led to the custom of adding a lime wedge to Corona beer.


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The impossible-to-win bet: Eat a quail a day for 30 days.


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Castoreum, a secretion produced by beavers, is used as a food additive.


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Red Bull and other brands of energy drink contain bull semen.


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Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte contains dangerous toxins.


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Common food additive trisodium phosphate poses a danger to consumers.


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Pepsi is developing Dewitos, a Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew.


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The Obama administration is banning sprinkles or “donut sprinkles.”


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Kraft cheese won’t melt even at high temperatures.


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The FDA recently announced that 70% of U.S. chickens contain arsenic.


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The gender of a bell pepper can be determined by flipping it over and counting the number of bumps.


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Walmart Great Value Ice Cream Sandwiches do not melt.


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Girl Scouts Thin Mints cookies contain crack.


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A study proved 69% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are probably fake.


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Chick-fil-A sandwiches contain the anti-foaming agent dimethylpolysiloxane, which is Silly Putty.


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The FDA has banned the sale of grape ice cream.