The world is a strange place. And we have the proof right here…
From 30 second cheeseburger chomping, genitalia and brain eating and a self-stirring pot created by a dentist – take a look at our pick of best (and most bizarre) food news from around the globe.
But if this isn’t enough weirdness for you, take a look at these:
Japanese Man Cooks, Serves Own Genitals
Well, this chef certainly has 'balls'. Self-described 'asexual' (a person who neither a man or a woman) Mao Sugiyama from Tokyo shopped off, cooked and served up his own genitals to selected diners, reports the <a href="http://calorielab.com/news/2012/05/17/tokyo-ham-cybele-human-genital-banquet-not-illegal/" target="_hplink"><strong>Calorie Lab</strong></a>. Sugiyama caused a stir on Twitter, <a href="https://twitter.com/ho_ch/status/188931954777919489" target="_hplink">saying</a>: '"Please retweet. I am offering my male genitals (full penis, testes, scrotum) as a meal for 100,000 yen ...Will prepare and cook as the buyer requests, at his chosen location." Just days later, Sugiyama underwent surgery to remove his penis and testicles, which were then cooked, seasoned and served to five 'lucky' people at a posh banquet. Unsurprisingly, the sixth person penciled in for the meal was a no-show...
Man 'Eats' His Own Brain
A man has eaten a reproduction of his own brain using an MRI scan. Thankfully, it was made out of chocolate... London-based Andy Millns used the cutting edge 3D scanning technology to create an edible version of his brain by making a latex mould and filling it with liquid chocolate. "They say these things taste of chicken... I thought it tasted nutty," he quips in the video.
Drinks brand, 'Five Wives Vodka' has <a href="http://www.inquisitr.com/245141/5-wives-vodka-banned-in-idaho/" target="_hplink">been banned</a> in Idaho, Utah as it apparently 'offends Mormons'. The vodka has caused a bad taste among Mormons, who claim it mocks their age-old polygamy practice (of having more than one wife), despite the practice being abandoned by the church more than a century ago.
Salt Harvested From Human Tears - On Sale Now
A range of salts said to have been harvested from real human tears, have gone on sale in London. The salts, derived from tears caused by chopping onions, sneezing, laughter and sorrow, are sold in the <a href="http://www.monstersupplies.org/" target="_hplink">Hoxton Street Monster Supplies</a>. "Salt Made From Tears combines centuries-old craft with the freshest human tears which are gently boiled, released into shallow crystallisation tanks, then harvested by hand and finally rinsed in brine," says a company spokesperson.
Greedy Man Eats Burger (And Wrapper) In 30 Seconds
A video has emerged featuring a greedy man (Chris Schewe) devouring a cheeseburger (still in the wrapper) in 30 seconds. Gross. This is the same man made famous for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/01/16/shoenice22-chris-schewe-three-bottles-beer_n_1208433.html#s615762&title=SHOENICE22_DRINKS_A" target="_hplink">drinking three unopened bottles of beer with his hands behind his back</a>, eight cups of coffee in 18 seconds and a bottle of vinegar in 15 seconds. Yes, really.
Self-Stirring Pot Causes A, Erm, Stir...
A Japanese dentist has potentially saved us all pot-stirring laboring time by creating a pot that stirs itself. The <a href="http://www.kurukurunabe.jp/" target="_hplink">Kuru-Kuru Nabe</a> (or the 'Pot Round and Round') relies on thermodynamics to create a whirpool motion as the liquid warms. Not only does it cut your stirring time, it also controls the heat and stops the pot boiling over.
Bigger Forks Aid Weight-Loss
If you want to lose weight but eating smaller meals just doesn't cut it - chow down using an extra large fork, scientists have claimed. According to a report published in the <a href="http://ejcr.org/" target="_hplink"><em>Journal of Consumer Research</em></a>, people who used a fork 20% bigger than usual ate less food on their plate. "Diners focus on the visual cue of whether they are making any dent in the amount of food on their plates..." explains a study spokesperson, reports <a href="http://healthland.time.com/2011/07/15/using-a-big-fork-may-help-you-eat-less/" target="_hplink"><em>TIME</em></a>. "The smaller fork (compared to the larger fork) appears to provide less satisfactory goal progress; that is, diners feel they are not making much of a dent in consuming their food and, hence, satisfying their hunger. "This, in turn, focuses diners to put in more effort (e.g., more forkfuls) toward satiating their hunger. As a result, diners with smaller forks consume more food than those using larger forks."
Researchers believe that we will soon be able to eat a bag of crisps - and the nibble on the packet, too. US company Monosol claim that within two years, edible packaging for food items like chocolate, certain drinks and oatmeal will be available for hungry consumers. The packaging in question - WikiCells - are made from natural food membranes, which are held together by electrostatic forces and contain solid food substances within an edible shell. "The packaging offers a solution to managing urban waste: it will help reduce dependency on plastic as well as the overall amount of food waste," says a spokesperson, reports <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/04/edible-packaging-eat-the-chips-and-the-bag/" target="_hplink">ABC News</a>.