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

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Qxd 12/6/07 9:38 am Page 46 46 1001 Gruesome Facts Korean fermented soya bean paste (doenjang) smells of rotten fish. The fingered citron or Buddha’s hand is a giant citrus fruit so scary-looking that it has also been named goblin fingers. Mould can grow between the yellow ‘fingers’ but when fresh, the fragrant fruit is used for its zest. Singaporean pig’s organ soup is a mixture of pig intestine, stomach, blood cubes and pork slices. There are vegetables in it too, but you probably wouldn’t notice those.

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.

Chakna is a spicy Indian stew made with goat stomach and a sprinkling of other tasty animal parts. You can have extra ants if you ask nicely. qxd 12/6/07 9:38 am Page 57 57 Filipino fermented fish bagoong terong smells like raw sewage! Chocolate is toxic to dogs, cats, horses and parrots, because their bodies cannot break down the chemical theobromine that comes from cocoa beans. If they eat too much, they can suffer from vomiting, diarrhoea and muscle spasms. Toxic mushrooms such as the pure white Destroying Angel contain poison that destroys the liver and kidneys.

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