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7 Of The Craziest Things Bear Grylls Has Made Celebrities Eat

I’ll be frank with you guys: It’s almost impossible for me to watch Bear Grylls shows. The grotesque “foods,” like raw yak’s eyeballs and dung, that he puts in his body make me wanna upchuck just watching him eat them. That’s all in a day’s work for Grylls, but getting his celebrity guests on Running Wild to do the same thing is a whole other story.

The stars that have dined with Grylls have been treated to some pretty outlandish eats, at least by our standards. Below are just some of the more insane ones that they were somehow able to get through without puking all over the place. I know that that would’ve been my reaction to having to eat any of the “foods” below.

Drew Brees – Crocodile

When you’ve got an NFL quarterback on the trek with you, make the most of him. Grylls certainly did that, getting Drew Brees to tackle a crocodile from behind so they could catch and kill it in a single shot. At least gator’s kinda popular in New Orleans, so maybe Brees had some prior experience of eating the reptile?

Vanessa Hudgens – Maggots and Rattlesnake

Admittedly, Bear Grylls makes for a much better counterpart to Vanessa Hudgens than Zac Efron. At least the two of them can get through eating “live maggots,” slitting rattlesnakes’ throats, and eating it nearly straight afterward. I don’t know if teenage Zac would’ve had his head in the game enough to accomplish any of that.

Channing Tatum – Rattlesnake and Scorpion

Tatum showed off his intestinal fortitude by helping Grylls gut a rattlesnake in one smooth stroke. That didn’t put him off at all, but the writhing pieces of chopped-up snake left afterward definitely had him feeling some type of way.

Sterling K. Brown – Raccoon

Raccoon is one of the more common animals you might find in the wilderness, so sure, it would make sense for Sterling K. Brown and Bear Grylls to dine on one. Apparently, Brown is not a fan of these creatures, though, so the thought of digging one up from a frozen grave left him as wide-mouthed as he probably was watching that slow cooker scene from This Is Us for the first time.

Barack Obama – Half-Eaten Salmon

A far cry from the presidential meals he was probably used to, former Presiden Barack Obama was instead treated to a feast of half-eaten salmon by Bear Grylls. Fortunately, the previous owner of that carcass, a bear, had just eaten all the fatty bits. That meant that Obama and Grylls could keep their protein game on point to power them through their journey.

Courteney Cox – Maggots From A Sheep’s Testicle

When Courteney Cox and Bear Grylls pulled a sheep’s carcass out of the river, you’d probably figure that some mutton would be on the menu that night. If you consider using the sheep’s testicles as a sack to cook the maggots feasting on it in, then sure, that was the case. I bet that Rachel’s trifle looked like a delicacy to Cox at that point.

Michelle Rodriguez – Mouse and Urine Soup

You know the food is awful when even Bear Grylls struggles to get it down. Making this piss-and-mouse soup for Michelle Rodriguez elicited that reaction, so how she even managed to stomach a bite of mouse shows just how Tonka tough she’s built.

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Barack Obama And Guy Fieri Are Saving American Food [The Katchup Podcast]

What does it mean for something — or someone – to be basic, honestly? We throw the term around when it comes to things like Starbucks, avocados, and many other food items, but do we have a complete understanding of what it means?

That’s what we dive into on this week’s episode of Foodbeast’s podcast, The Katchup. After a deep discussion on ancient bacteria waking up and making people sick, climate change, food systems, and an important speech given by Barack Obama on the future of food, Editor-In-Chief Elie Ayrouth brought up some of his experiences at a Guy Fieri restaurant in Cancun to myself and Managing Editor Reach Guinto. That led to me making the comment that “Guy Fieri is basic,” triggering some passionate debate and discussion into Guy Fieri, Barack Obama, and the entire notion of what it means to be basic. Video producer Michael Priestley also jumped into the discussion with some good points about the entire thing.

Eventually, we do come to a conclusion as to what it means to be basic and whether someone like Guy Fieri, Barack Obama, or even Gordon Ramsay can be classified as basic. You’ll have to listen to our podcast to get the answer to that question.

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Barack Obama Just Gave 2017’s Most Important Speech On The Future Of Food

“Now is the time for us to act.”

The 2050 benchmark of us losing the capacity to produce food the way we currently do is growing closer and closer. And while it’s hard to enact policies to change the future of food, former United States President Barack Obama just delivered a powerful message on how we can all shape the future of food, and what that future needs to look like.

At the Seeds and Chips Conference in Milan, Italy, President Obama emphasized a dire need to begin acting to create a better future for food, declaring that “now is the time for us to act.”

His 90-minute speech and discussion with former White House food policy advisor Sam Kass highlighted the need to associate climate change with our food systems, since its impact is already beginning to be felt around the world.

For all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century, more dramatically perhaps than any other. No nation […] will be immune from the impacts of climate change.”

Obama also looks to technology and more traditional agricultural practices combining with science and entrepreneurship to shape the future of food in big ways. To him, the future of food is this:

“The path to a sustainable food future will require unleashing the creative power of our best scientists and engineers and entrepreneurs, backed by public investment and private investment to deploy new innovations and climate-smart agriculture. Better seeds, better storage. Crops that grow with less water. Crops that grow in harsher climates. Mobile technologies that put more agriculture data […] into the hands of farmers so they know what to plant and where to plant, how to plant and how it will sell.”

That future ensures that we can produce the food needed to feed the billions on this planet along with those to come without trashing our environment beyond repair.

Along with that innovation, Obama called for the creation of a “food culture that introduces a demand for more healthier, more sustainable food,” since healthier food can lead to healthier lives and reductions in healthcare costs — a major issue of concern for the United States right now. 

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McDonald’s Just Hired Obama’s Former Press Secretary To Help Improve Its Image

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Despite the company’s big restructuring initiative, McDonald’s still isn’t doing so great. As of May, same-store sales are still falling as the company struggles to maintain a steady trend. Because of this, they have announced a new global chief of communications: Robert Gibbs.

Gibbs previously worked for President Barack Obama as his former press secretary. Gibbs’ recent appointment came after his predecessor, Bridget Coffing, announced her retirement after with the company. Coffing had been with McDonald’s for the past 30 years.

McDonald’s announced Monday that global same-store sales fell 0.3 percent in May and 2.2. percent in the US.

In his new role, Gibbs, will report only to current CEO Steve Easterbrook.

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Obama’s Credit Card Was Declined at a Fancy NYC Restaurant During Dinner with the First Lady

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Most people have experienced having their credit card declined during a purchase — some of us have even suffered the embarrassment of experiencing it during a date. It seems our beloved president is not immune to this either.

Last month, President Obama was dinning with the first lady at a fancy restaurant in downtown Manhattan when his credit card was declined.

“I guess I don’t use it enough, so they thought there was some fraud going on,” he told CNN. “Luckily, Michelle had hers.

Obama then defended himself to the waitress.

“I was trying to explain to the waitress, you know, I really think that I’ve been paying my bills,” Obama said. “Even I’m affected by this.”

Sound familiar? Start the video at 3:00.

On Friday, Obama signed an executive order to help protect consumers from identity theft.

Article written by Sebastian Dillon for NextShark

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Obama Bets Beer in US-Canada Olympic Hockey Game

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“For a very brief period of time, I may not feel as warm towards Canadians as I normally do, at least until those matches are over,” Obama joked with Canadian Prime Minister Stephan Harper during the North American Leaders Summit.

In what has become an Olympic tradition between the two leaders (Obama sent a case of Yuengling to Canada in 2010), the President and Canadian PM bet cases of beer on the US vs Canada hockey matches.

Of course, the leaders wagered the bet via Twitter:

 

At the moment, Harper is one case richer as Canada’s women’s hockey won the gold in Sochi after scoring in overtime for a 3-2 victory. Still, there’s room for redemption as the Canada and US men’s teams face off in the Olympic semi-finals on Friday.

Although, they should raise the stakes: Losing country keeps Justin Bieber.

Picthx @barackobama

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Artist Uses 1000 Cheetos to Create Portrait of ‘Carl the Minion’ from Despicable Me

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What’s better than having Cheetos residue on your hands? Having it on your wall.

Jason Baalman, a greasy-fingered artist from Colorado Springs, Colo., immortalizes famous people with everyone’s favorite pseudo-cheese snack. He’s created Cheeto portraits of Rachael Ray, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Conan O’Brien and Cee Lo Green’s cat. His most recent venture is a 3’x4’ depiction of the Despicable Me minion named Carl, one of the movie’s most beloved characters.

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The $500 masterpiece was completed in 50 hours using a hefty amount of glue and more than 1,000 crunchy orange larvae. Now, Frito-Lay North America is giving it away.

Last Monday, the Cheetos giveaway began, inviting fans to tweet #CheetosDM2 at @ChesterCheetah on Twitter. On July 3, one lucky cheese fiend with orange fingers and a greasy iPhone will be announced the winner of the Cheeto-fied Carl. Get the official rules here.

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The Obama Butter Bust, In Case You Missed It

Is it just me, or is there something weirdly ominous about a presidential butter sculpture entitled “The Harvest” getting wheeled around Chicago during the “Frankenstorm”?

Conspiracy theories aside, the BBB (‘Bama Butter Bust) has been in the works since 2008 and is meant to represent “his historical significance and the way his presidency has been seen in America—what it may have changed about America or failed to change.”

Which, all things considered, still sounds a little too dark and cryptic for my taste. In fact the bust, which the sculptors say they hope will spark a discussion from onlookers, in many ways raises more questions than it answers.

Wait, so you’re saying our 44th president is an unsalted fermented cream product used on toast? Why is it called “The Harvest”? Why in the world isn’t he wearing a tie?

For those looking to solve a few of these mysteries for themselves, the bust will be on display at the group’s ongoing exhibit “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi: Industry of the Ordinary” at the Chicago Cultural Center until February 17.

Good luck trying to figure it out though. Ominous title aside, I for one think the BBB is just plain creepy looking — mystical dairy voodoo be damned.

[Via Chicagoist]