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The Terrifying Complications That Eating Moldy Bread Can Cause

I probably don’t have to do much to convince you to stay away from moldy bread, but if you did somehow get into the habit of being “OK” with eating that spotty, green and white bagel, there are some pretty scary effects.

Digg consulted with Professor of microbiology Randy Worobo, and he said that there are different types of mold that can latch on to your bread, and unless you’re a microbiologist, you can’t really tell which type is on your bread.

In some instances, the mold could be toxic enough to screw up your respiratory system. There is a house mold called stachybotrys that can stick to your bread, and if you ingest enough of it, your mouth, throat and nose can get irritated and can even make you go into shock.

Even sniffing the mold can lead you to inhale mold spores and screw up your respiratory system, according to NY Times.

Another terrible occurrence, if you decided to eat moldy bread on a regular basis, is cancer. There are certain molds that create mycotoxins which carry cancer-causing carcinogens. But don’t get too scared because that’s one of the least likely scenarios.

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Those are the absolute worst-case scenarios, though, and  Professor Worobo said that most of the time, the “risks are minimal.”

While you’re probably fine if you accidentally eat some moldy bread, keep an eye on it, and throw it the hell out if it looks remotely sketchy.

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This Is The Nasty Crap The FDA Allows In Your Food

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Opening a bag of pretzels can be harmless enough. You’d never think to find rat droppings, maggots, or mold in your salted snack. Turns out, no matter how disgusting these things sound, the Food and Drug Administration says it’s safe to eat.

Live Science found a booklet published by the FDA titled the Defect Levels Handbook. In it, the book lists more than 100 different foods and foreign things found in those foods. Among them include: rodent filth, maggots, fly eggs, grit, sand, cigarette butts, mold and grit.

Of course, the FDA doesn’t approve noticeable chunks of these nasty things in your food. Rather, the booklet lists acceptable levels of each item that’s allowed to be present in food. For example, wheat flour might contain microscopic amounts of rodent hair and excrement.

According to the FDA, it’s economically impractical to think you can grow or produce any kinds of foods without some bits of these “defect.” Yes, they’re officially referring to them as defects rather than hazardous waste materials.

Photo: The Lonely Island

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Gamer Mold Lets You Make Sweets in the Shape of Classic Controllers

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Every time we see a classic controller, the nostalgia feelings kick in. We remember waking up early on a Saturday morning, finishing the latest quest in Final Fantasy VII and spending our hard-earned GP at the Golden Saucer. The only thing better than recreating those memories would be doing so in cake form. Queue controller molds.

The silicone mold features three different controllers based off the classic Nintendo, Sony and Sega systems. It allows for two of each controller to be made at a single time. One can either create cakes with the molds, ice displays, or even pure melted chocolate ready to harden. The molds are yours to do with as you please.

The Classic Controller molds can be purchased at Think Geek for $10. They’re also dishwasher safe for you lazys.

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These Pop-Up Bread Cutters Will Turn Your Toast Into Cute 3D Animals

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Sandwiches bringing you down lately? As delicious as they can be, and trust us, we know, sometimes staring at a slab of bread before you bite into your lunch just doesn’t cut it. Lucky for you, and us, a Japanese company called Torune has decided to elevate the sandwich to new levels of cute and squee.

They created a series of bread cutters and molds, in panda, frog, and little bear face shapes. But this isn’t your regular old cool sandwich shape story. Nope, these cutters turn sandwiches into adorable pop-up figurines.

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After you cut your bread, using a little mold that’s literally as simple as a cookie cutter, you can tuck your sandwich to make its body stand up. It’s like the cutest little sandwich watchdog you never realized you needed. Or if you like, you can just cut out the mold and make tiny, animal shaped sandwiches. We won’t judge.

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Sandwich Molds, $13.50.
H/T + PicThx First We Feast

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Capri Sun’s New ‘Clear Bottom’ Pouches Help You Spot Mold Before You Drink

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Capri Sun, the everykid’s go-to spirit in the metallic blue pouch, also happens to be free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. And while this would normally be a good thing, it also means the drink is notoriously susceptible to mold. Thanks to a nifty new packaging update, however, both kids and parents will be able to see the contents of the space-age juice bags before they come anywhere near their or their children’s precious mouths.

Beginning this month, Capri Sun is introducing a new clear-bottomed juice pack, along with a new tagline that lets folks know they can “See the goodness before it’s gulped.” According to Ad Age, the update came after about a year of development and plenty of concern from parents on social media over the safety of their children’s juice drinks.

“The level to which things are accentuated in social media, it really changed the way we wanted to engage with moms,” Greg Guidotti, a senior director at Kraft Foods, told Ad Age, “We’ve spent a lot of time speaking to the consumer-response groups. We want to offer empathy and offer it with transparency.”

Of course the mold, which develops from the normal process of fermentation due to Capri Sun’s preservative-free formula, is said to present little to no health risks if consumed. Still, better safe (and not totally grossed out) than sorry.

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Here’s an Unbelievably Easy Way to Make Ice Spheres

Finally, a fool-proof way to make giant ice balls, pause, in your freezer. Dreamed up by SuckUK (oh, come on, that’s just not fair), the silicone Frozen Pea mold features a simple design that captures water in sphere-shaped pods. Water is poured into an open seam along one side of the mold and from there, you can just pop the ice spheres into your drink.

Well, theoretically. The hope is that these frozen beauts will slide out of their pod unbroken, but hey, for $15 bucks, it’s worth a shot. 

Especially if that means you can end up doing this:

H/T Gizmodo

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These Geometric Molds Enhance Your Muffin Top

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I might be in the minority here, but I’m a full-fledged muffin top lover. They’re the best part of any muffin and if we’re all being honest here, the only part worth eating. Luckily, the folks behind these Bakeshape muffin toppers agree and created molds that enhance the treat’s extra spillage.

The quirky muffin molds come with six silicone tops, each in a fun shape to make your dessert look extra suave. The molds are easy to use: simply fill the bottom tin with batter, pop on a silicone top and let that sucker bake!

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The shapes also give your muffins little craters in the middle, making for the perfect spot to put jelly, icing or any other toppings you might fancy.

Bakeshapes Muffin Tin and Toppers, $21.99 @ThinkGeek

H/T Nerdalicious  + Picthx ThinkGeek

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Japanese ‘Twerk’ Pudding Is Confounding, Mesmerizing

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Guys, I just – I can’t – WHAT.

For as long as we can remember, Japan has dominated the market for making weird sh*t for no apparent reason, so we can’t say we’re too surprised something like this exists. From Pepsi-Flavored Cheetos to Sailor Moon Bibs, it seems like nothing that anyone anywhere has even the faintest fascination in is safe from the Japan’s ever-vigilant merchandising machine — not even Miley Cyrus.

Behold, internet: twerking. f@#king. pudding.

Actually a DIY-mold featuring the anime character Shin-Chan — of Crayon Shin-Chan, a show known for its lightly inappropriate/potty humor — and not everyone’s favorite wrecking ball, this “butt-pudding” was discovered by youtuber bonobos25 earlier this month. It’s also available on Amazon for only ¥1,191 ($12 USD).

Or you could just enjoy these gifs, courtesy of tumblr user kinokorin. Can’t. Look. Away.

  

H/T Laughing Squid + PicThx kinokorin