14 SHOCKING Ingredients Your Food Labels Are Hiding [INFOGRAPHIC]


Sometimes, it’s hard enough trying to decide what to get at the grocery store. According to Food Packaging Labels, that decision just got a little harder. The packaging site revealed a very eye-opening infographic that lists 14 ingredients that aren’t commonly found in food labels.

From human hair to rodent hair, these are definitely not what  you’d expect to find in your everyday shopping list. Yet, there they are.

Definitely going to make us second guess the stuff we eat now. At least until the weekend.


Photo: Food Packaging Labels


Woman Orders Tuna Salad Gets Dead Frog Over Leafy Greens Instead


We’ve all had that moment of sheer terror when you find something that doesn’t belong in your dish. Usually these appetite killing infractions range from flies to rogue hairs but apparently we can now add amphibians to the list.

A Wall Street Journal staffer thought she’d enjoy a nice Albacore Tuna Nicoise Salad from Manhattan based Pret-a-Manger but instead she was greeted by the not-so-smiling face of a dead frog atop her leafy greens. Yes. A freaking frog was in her salad.

Though the diner was understandably not thrilled about the free frog in her lunch the restaurant has offered a statement apologizing for the mishap:

At Pret A Manger, we take issues like this very seriously. Our lettuce is sourced from farms that do not use any pesticides on its produce, therefore organic matter does very rarely manage to pass through our production process. We are currently looking into this issue to make every effort that this does not happen again.

This isn’t the first time a frog has found its way into produce meant for consumption. Back in 2008 a live frog was found in a bag of organic lettuce in Brooklyn. Where the hell is New York getting their greens?!

See, this is why Foodbeast doesn’t do salads.

H/T + PicThx Consumerist


Bugs, Butt, and Other Weird Food Additives You’ve Probably Eaten Today


People are willing to eat all kinds of weird stuff, but often we’re eating all kinds of weird stuff when we think we’re eating something totally normal. Like gum. Or Jell-O. But hey, if it tastes delicious, what’s the harm in a little secretion from a pig’s anus? Here are 10 very weird things manufacturers put in very normal-seeming food. Now pass the anus candy.



Artificial Raspberry Flavoring Comes From Beaver Butt Juice


Yes, it’s pretty effin’ weird that one of the things that makes artificial raspberry flavoring in sodas and candy taste raspberry-y is castoreum, something that is exuded from a beaver’s anal glands. What’s even weirder is that this discovery was the result of somebody venturing to taste a beaver’s anal gland secretions.


 Crushed Beetles: Tons of Red Food Products


One of the most commonly used ingredients in red food coloring is flakes of mashed-up beetles, and not the kind of mashed-up Beatles Danger Mouse did when he combined The White Album with Jay-Z’s Black Album. Still, we’re willing to bet that Ringo loves him some red velvet cake.



Dog Vagina Pheromones: Beer and Wine


Ever wonder why Spuds McKenzie loved beer so much? Beer and wine often contain a preservative called methylparaben, which, in addition to keeping booze fresh, is also a pheromone found in dog’s vaginas. Does that make us all Eskimo brothers with Spuds?



Sheep Juice: Gumballs


Often referred to as “gum base”, the stuff that makes your favorite gumball so gummy is actually a substance known as lanolin, which is an oil found in sheep’s wool. Interestingly, that makes gum yet another instance of lamb going great with mint.


Shellac: Jellybeans


More bug secretions! This one begs a very important question: would you rather be cool with eating something coated with a resin often used in furniture polish, or would you rather eat not-shiny jellybeans? We know you know the answer to that.


Hair: Bread


Bread, like the glorious mane of one Carrot Top, needs to be bouncy and moist. So it should be no surprise that mass-produced bread products are baked with hair… more specifically, through an amino acid called L-cysteine, which is most commonly extracted from hair, but can also be found in feathers. Carrot cake, anyone?


Polydimethylsiloxane: Chicken Nuggets


This silicone product is pure magic, showing up in everything from Silly Putty to Pamela Anderson’s boobs. It also shows up in chicken nuggets, where it acts as a bonding agent for those chicken parts. Sadly, it fails to explain why you can’t copy newsprint by pressing a McNugget against it.


Sand: Chili


You ever eat a cake made of sand? Hell no, you say!? That’s because sand is an anti-caking agent. It’s also used in mass-produced chili, kind of like the stuff sold by a certain fast-food chain with a red-headed mascot who looks like she’s never set food on a beach in her life.


Bones: Jell-O


Ever see Bill Cosby hanging out with hardcore vegans? Let’s wildly speculate that it’s because the Cos shills a delicious treat that has ground bones and skin as one of its ingredients. So, technically and despite its jiggly nature, Jell-O kinda has a bone structure. Oh, and you might wanna avoid non-vegan sugar, as well.


Beef Fat: Twinkies


Beef: it’s what’s for dinner. And apparently dessert, because one of the things that makes Twinkies one of the most enduring (hell, they even resurrected them) and delicious snacks is beef fat. Which explains why you never see vegans eating Twinkies with Bill Cosby, actually. This conspiracy runs DEEP.


Andy Kryza is Thrillist’s National Eat/Drink Senior Editor, and has proudly lived vegetable-free since 2001. Follow his adventures/slow decline via Twitter at @apkryza.


Ripe Tomato Hairstyle is More Hipster Than Thou


Tomatoes are delicious and go great with everything from bacon weave bowls to eggy Spanglish sandwiches. (What did you think we were going to say, “Arugula salads”? Get outta here!) They also protect you from dick cancer, which is always awesome. So, it only makes sense that these mouthwatering  fruits finally get the credit they deserve via . . . hair. Hey, baby steps.

While this “Ripe Tomato” hairstyle is created by hipster-central Hiro of Osaka-based salon Trick Store, Brian of Kotaku notes that the ‘do hasn’t gone mainstream, yet. Japan has been on the forefront of reality-bending hair trends for eons, so this little tomato is actually on the tamer side. Although, if it was edible, that would be some next level sh*t.

H/T Laughing Squid + PicThx Kotaku


H/T Laughing Squid + PicThx Kotaku


These Effie Trinket Face Cupcakes Probably Taste Like Sugar and Lies

Admit it, the first time you saw the Capitol, you had a little trouble deciding whether Katniss was walking around a city or a living bakery. Maybe it’s because they’re actually one and the same!

Taking scenes from last year’s Hunger Games film, Crystal from Fictional Foods has created a set of Effie-inspired cupcakes that make it look like you’re eating right out of the bubbly escort’s silly little head. From the fondant flowers to the pink cake to the kaleidoscopic cream cheese hair, everything about these darlings just screams how lucky you are to live in a dystopian society and have to fight for your life on live television.

Just remember to eat them properly so you don’t end up with a faceful of Effie hair. Manners!

via Fictional Foods


This Beer Has Human Beard Hair in it, On Purpose

From a brewing company whose flavor folio includes “Good Chit Pilsner” and “OREgasmic Ale,” a beer made with yeast pulled from nine strands of human beard hair probably shouldn’t be too surprising — but it is a little gross.

The hairs in question belong to a one John Maier, brew master of Rogue Ales in Newport, Ore., which – in search of its next signature yeast – decided “for fun” to toss the strands of Maier’s 34 year old beard into a culture plate, and found the resulting yeast produced a beer whose aroma was “mild” and “fruity” and “lacked any harsh, medicinal flavors that sometimes result from using wild yeast.” Never mind the teensy-weensy molecules of dead human skin.

According to yeast ecologist Kyria Boundy-Mills, the surprising yeast probably got deposited on the 57 year old Maier’s beard sometime during his 20 years of brewing experience – possibly even being a hybrid of Rogue’s own house yeast (called “Pacman” yeast) and a wild strain.

The result? A beer with a spicy flavor profile which Rogue president Brett Joyce says they don’t want to mask, and in fact, intend to make into a new beer for next spring: the New Crustacean, the more hirsute companion to the brand’s existing Old Crustacean Barleywine.

I don’t know about you, but I foresee this being a pretty hard one to sell at parties. “Oh don’t worry, it doesn’t have any actual human beard in it. No, no just beard yeast.”

I think I’ll keep my Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, thanks.

H/T: The Scientist, Tim Bulone


Conan O’Brien spoofs Paris Hilton’s Carl’s Jr. commercial

For the upcoming season of his show Conan O’Brien has remade his own version of Paris Hilton’s Carl’s Jr car wash commercial. Conan’s is sexier, no homo. Check the video after the jump, it’s awesome! (Thx FFM)