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10 Things You Eat All the Time That Could Poison You

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Some foods can totally transform you from a cold-addled snot monster to the picture of health. But there’s a surprising number of everyday foods that, if you’re not careful, could straight-up wreck your day. Or slightly worse, end your life! Don’t worry, getting poisoned by them is gonna take some effort. And most of them are veggies anyway, and we all know you don’t eat those.

Just to be on the safe side, however, tread lightly around these 10 foods:

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Cherries

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That cherry orchard your family used to go to during cherry season? Death trap! Well, not really, unless somebody manages to chew through a bunch of cherry pits and swallow them. And if anyone could do it, it’s your idiot cousin Stu. Like the worst cherry cordial ever, those pits are loaded with hydrogen cyanide. Yep, that cyanide. Luckily, the pits are so thick and hard you can swallow one and it’ll come out intact, which is its own punishment.

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Wild Almonds

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Scientists recently discovered that people who snack on almonds throughout the day eat less at mealtime. Probably because THEY’RE DEAD. Not really. We eat sweet almonds, not wild almonds, which are bitter. They’re also loaded with cyanide and could totally drop you. Luckily, you’re not gonna see them around. But if you find yourself in the wild and see some green almonds, maybe don’t eat them.

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Castor Beans

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That castor oil crap Granny gave you to make you puke back in the day is derived from the castor bean. Which, it turns out, is also an excellent source of ricin when it’s raw. Your Grandma is also a psychopath and, quite possibly, the mastermind behind an international meth operation.

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Apples

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It’s unlikely that you’re gonna do much damage to yourself if you eat the seeds out of an apple or two, but keep it up and you’re in trouble. Your body’s enzymes tend to morph compounds in the seeds into — yup — cyanide. That could explain why the old Johnny Appleseed story just kind of trails off. Kids would probably freak if they knew he was dead somewhere with a tree growing out of his greedy stomach.

While we’re on the topic, check out “How to Eat Apples Like a Boss.” Just remember to spit out the seeds.

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Tomatoes

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Until the 1800s, most people in the U.S. thought tomatoes were outright poisonous. They also thought powdered wigs looked good, but they were kind of right about the ‘maters. Tomatoes are part of the nightshade family, and that whole “poisoning people” thing apparently runs in the family, since their leaves are laced with toxic tomatine.

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Elderberries

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Popular in wine and as a medicinal tea, elderberries can be found and picked all over the place. Just don’t eat the green parts. They contain cyanogenic glycoside sambunigrin, which, in non-science-speak, roughly translates to “thing that will have you exploding from both ends until it’s all out of your system”

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Kidney Beans

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Wanna make some chili that’ll leave your guests resembling Left Eye (too soon?!?)? Well, T-Boz, the best way is to undercook your kidney beans, which’ll season your sauce with a toxin called phytohaemagglutinin. Vigorously boiling them will neutralize it, but just to be safe, get the canned ones.

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Lima Beans

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Not that you actually wanted to eat these nasty little bastards in the first place, but if you want to get your mom off your back, tell her you’re terrified of cyanide poisoning and point out that the uncooked legumes are loaded with it. Then request a side of Cheetos instead. For health.

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Potatoes

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You shouldn’t eat green potatoes. Mainly because they’re gross. But they’ll also seriously mess you up because they’re packed with solanine, which will make you puke and, if you for some reason just keep eating, will cause cardiac arrest. Which is also gross.

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Rhubarb

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Rhubarb’s stalks are the perfect way to add a little tartness to a strawberry pie. Its leaves, on the other hand, are the perfect way to add a little “Oh my God I can’t stop puking and when I puke it burns!” to your life. That’s because they contain oxalic acid, which is in bleach, which you also shouldn’t consume. Unless you want to go into shock and die.

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Celebrate 4/20 in Style: National Lima Bean Respect Day

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Nothing says 4/20 like coming home to a nice, fat bowl of green…lima beans?

That’s right, folks. April 20th might be the highlight of the month for stoners around the country, but it also happens to be National Lima Bean Respect Day. Because apparently lima beans just doesn’t get enough respect the rest of the year. We won’t make any assumptions about the people who first came up with the idea for a Lima Bean Respect Day…but there are a lot of stoner social justice vegetarians out there. Just saying.

Anyone looking to pay the dignified bean its proper share of respect while still celebrating 4/20 in style could always throw a handful of lima beans into the inevitable 4/20 munchies-motivated foodfest. We bet the lima beans won’t mind.

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Man Allegedly Stabs Son For Stealing Lima Beans

Stabbing your son multiple times is pretty reprehensible regardless of the context. But stabbing your own son over a can of lima beans? Lord know’s I’ve been inches away from stabbing my friends straight in the jaw for trying to nab some of my  french fries or bacon strips, but lima beans? That’s pretty messed up.

And that’s exactly what Donald Wynn allegedly did to his son Donald Gilley. Wynn allegedly admitted to authorities that he stabbed his son multiple times in the chest and abdomen with a pocket knife at their home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Wynn admitted that he was angry at his son for stealing some of his personal belongings which included a can of lima beans. Wynn’s landlord, Ramses Khan, divulged that Wynn may not have been in an altered state of mind when the stabbing occurred,

(via The Huffington Post)

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