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Woman Accidentally Eats Potato Chips Covered In Dead Ants Thinking They Were Black Pepper

Don’t you hate it when you accidentally mistake ants for black pepper? Yeah, me too.

While eating at a Pita Pit in Beaverton, Oregon, Emily Wagoner made this crucial mistake, buying a bag of Miss Vickie’s Sea Salt and Vinegar chips, and being under the impression that it had some added black pepper to the mix.

Well actually, those sea salt and vinegar chips don’t come with pepper, and halfway into the bag, Wagoner eventually realized that her chips were covered in dead ants.

Disgusted and horrified, she tweeted out this photo to the world:

Emily then said she complained about it, and without even apologizing, the Pita Pit employee just asked if she wanted a new bag, because she surely wanted more of the food that just made her consume dead ants.

According to Cosmo, Pita Pit tried to make things square by giving her a $50 gift certificate, but Emily was so upset at the way she was treated at the restaurant, she just spit on the offer.

I’m willing to go out on a limb here and say that there’s a 100 percent chance that after this story, you will double check the black pepper in your meals.

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This Rare Hot Sauce Is Made From RED ANTS And TERMITES

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Are you a hot sauce fanatic?

Most people go all over the world to try as many different kinds of hot sauce they can get their hands on. Whether it’s spicy, tangy, sweet, or savory, half the fun is in trying a completely new flavor. So how about one made from ants and termites?

According to National Geographic, there’s a hot sauce made in a remote Venezuelan visage that features just that.

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In Kumarakapay, villagers make a special hot sauce they call kumache. While the base of kumache is made from yucca and hot peppers, what makes it special is the finishing ingredient of red ants and termites.

Before finishing the sauce, natives go out and break up ant hills to harvest the insects by hand so that they’re as fresh as possible.

The villagers have been making the special hot sauce for years, selling it to tourists looking to try something new and bold. However, the production of kumache is very limited, because yucca too expensive to harvest.

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9 Genius Ways to Repel Ants Using Common Ingredients in Your Kitchen

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Summer arrived sooner than we expected and while we’re all out there kidding ourselves about getting beach bodies, those curious little critters known as ants have planned their summertime assault. Specifically, they’re targeting our kitchens.

While it’s probably the easy way out, I’d have to say most people wouldn’t want to use bug spray in the middle of their cooking and food storage space. Toxicity aside, it’s just gross. Plus, you’d have to throw out any unsealed foods the ant spray gets on.

Foodbeast dug around and found a few natural food remedies to prevent that dreaded insect epidemic. Since ants are really receptive to smells, there are a number of foods that can naturally repel them. If you can get your hands on a few of these everyday food items, you can easily create an ant-free zone in your kitchen. Just place a few from the list around cracks and holes in your house, and they’ll work as a powerful scent barrier preventing ants from entering.

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Cinnamon

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You can easily get your hands on powdered cinnamon. This spice is an amazing ant repellant that not only blocks ants from your home but can kill them as well. Just don’t be stingy.

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Coffee Grounds

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Made some extra coffee in the morning? Save those grounds and sprinkle. The nitrogen in the coffee burns ants when they walk across. They’ll definitely try to avoid it if they can help it.

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Garlic Cloves

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Garlic isn’t only a ward for vampires. It also works for those pesky monsters. Just leave a few cloves of garlic lying around here and there and they’ll do their thing. The only downside is smelling garlic. Which I don’t mind.

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Pepper

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Add either black pepper or cayenne to some water and spray over ants. It’s probably the easiest spice to get your hands on. They’ll quickly disappear.

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Citrus Peels

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When you’re done garnishing your booze, don’t throw out the citrus pieces. Hang onto the citrus peels and throw them into a blender with some hot water and spray onto lines of ants. Should do the trick.

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Mint

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Bundle fresh mint together and place it around your kitchen to keep the ants out. Sidenote: Mint is incredibly easy to grow.

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Chili Peppers

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Like coffee, ants will not walk through a line of chili pepper flakes. Either buy them dried in bulk and grind them yourselves, your save a few red chili pepper flakes from your next pizza outing and have them handy for ants.

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Basil

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Dried basil leaves sprinkled around the kitchen in cracks and crevices should keep ants at bay. All you have to do is remember to replace them every now and then.

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Cucumber

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Cucumbers aren’t just for leveling up your water and removing bags from your eyes. Just skin the cucumbers with a peeler and leave them in cracks and openings. Though, like the basil, remember to change them out daily.

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Note:  While some of these methods won’t directly kill ants, they will keep them at bay in a safe and natural way that’s chemical-free.

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These Dishes and Cups Are Permanently Covered in Ants

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Ants on your dishware usually aren’t something you want to see.  For many people, it’s a surefire way to ruin a lunch. Yet Evelyn Bracklow, a German artist, wants to put ants on your dishes, permanently. She’s created a set of porcelain plates covered with tiny hand-painted ants and it’s a mix of intriguing, horrifying and strangely beautiful.

The plates are classic white porcelain, with borders of gold paint varying in width. Yes they’re a little creepy, and yes, the thought of drinking your coffee while tiny ants stare at you from the bottom of your cup is a tad disconcerting, but alas, art! Apparently, Bracklow was inspired to create the unique dishware after seeing a real ants descend upon a real plate of food. ” The ants symbolize all the stories that any formerly discarded piece of porcelain carries with it. Where one once dined and drank, today ants bustle in ever new formations, every single one applied with a great love for detail,” she explained to Demilk.

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You can find Bracklow’s work on Etsy.

Picthx Evelyn Bracklow

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Gratuitous Food Porn: Insect Edition

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Andrew Zimmern pops them like candy and they have an entire cookbook designed around them but they’re considered taboo for modern day consumption. We’re talking insects. Yes, those creepy crawlies out in your backyard are indeed edible but chances are after the age of five you stopped trying to eat them willingly. Insects are actually eaten pretty frequently around the world but here in the US we get freaked out at the idea. There’s a high nutritional value to these little buggers but the only time we ever see these pests is at the bottom of a tequila bottle or immortalized in a lollipop. Besides gag gifts, insects can actually be transformed into some odd yet palatable dishes.

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Three Bee Salad

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Recipe: National Geographic

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Insect Sushi

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Via: Tony McNicol

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Fried Grasshoppers

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Via: Green Prophet

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Sheesh Kabobs

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Recipe: National Geographic

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Fried Scorpion on a Stick

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Via: Village Joy

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Chocolate Covered Crickets

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Via: Cafe Mom

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Deep Fried Tarantula Spider

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Recipe: National Geographic

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Ginger Dusted Beetle

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Via: Good Food Revolution

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Mealworm and Pigeon Burger

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Via: The Independent

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Locust Pizza

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Via: ABC Net AU

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Insect Chocolates

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Honey Spiced Locusts

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Recipe: Inn at the Crossroads

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Escamoles a.k.a. Ant Eggs

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Via: I Bizarre Foods

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Banana Worm Bread

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Recipe: The Guardian

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Crunchy Cricket Stir Fry

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Recipe: The New Protein Blog

 

Header image via National Geographic

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Actual Franken-Foods: The Top Five Things We Love to Eat While Still Alive

I’m not evolved enough to say I can watch a whole episode of Bizzare Foods without squirming. But plenty of people love eating fried ants like popcorn, with the more adventurous eating them while still alive and slightly “chilled.” There’s definitely something to be said of those of us who can devour a a plate of squirming maggots without blinking an eye. That being said, I’d er, definitely recommend giving “living food” a shot. Maybe you could even start with one of these LFs compiled by the guys at Thrillist. Just don’t be surprised if your dinner tries to fight back.

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There’s a restaurant in Denmark that serves a $300 salad topped with chilled ants and crème fraîche, because apparently the labor of going outside and digging some up yourself is worth the extra $299.99.

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Casu Marzu

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AKA the maggot cheese, made by allowing flies to land and hatch eggs inside it as the cheese ages. Yummy?

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Oyster

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Apparently these guys die once you pop the shell open, so I’m not entirely sure how you can eat a living one. You can, however, get a pretty damn recently-dead or dying one, you sick sadist you.

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Sannakji

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Try not to choke while you’re sucking down this Korean dish of still-squirming octopus tentacles. Sh*t is killer.

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Ikizukuri

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Lastly, let’s never mind the fact that this thing looks creepy AF and focus on its being “live sashimi.” As in, you chop it up while it’s still flapping around. Poor Nemo.

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Check out the rest of the list at Thrillist.

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Edible Giant Toasted Leafcutter Ants

Yes, these are really ants, and yes, they have been toasted and are completely edible. Edible Giant Toasted Leafcutter Ants measure approximately 1″ long and are apparently a delicacy from Colombia and among the biggest ants in the world. They tout the scientific name Atta laevigata, these bad boys are advertised to be a unique snack food ready to throw some spice into a party or small gathering. While we have yet to try them, the bottle reads that they have a “nutty bacon like taste“. ($24.99 @ ThinkGeek)

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BBQ Marshmallows

The best desert for a barbecue! Everything that you just ate on what your about to eat for desert, hamburgers smothered with ketchup and mustard, refreshing lemonade, juicy watermelon and the occasional pesky little ant hill! All of these cute little pictures on bite size marshmallows. These pieces of art were drawn on with Americolor Gourmet Writers and are way too cute to eat… Not! (Thx TDC)