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This Guy Ate SEVEN POUNDS Of Ketchup In 3 Minutes And Every Second Looked Painful

There’s actually an audience for watching people ingest massive amounts of ketchup on the Internet, and after watching this latest Freak Eating video, we can see why. It straddles the line of fascinating and nerve-wracking and you just can’t take your eyes off of it.

Our buddy Nadir, also known as competitive eater Freak Eating, is the type to evoke such fascination in us, especially in his latest eating endeavor when he set out to consume nearly seven pounds of pure ketchup. Freak Eating claims that this might actually be the most ketchup consumed in one sitting documented on the Internet.

The popular condiment typically consists of high fructose corn syrup, tomato paste, and vinegar. Usually, a few ounces is more than enough to get you through a large meal. Seven pounds, however, might as well be torture.

Watch the painful process as he shovels spoonful after spoonful of ketchup straight into his mouth without the aid of French Fries. And if he looks familiar, you may also remember Freak Eating as the dude who broke the world record for eating the In-N-Out 50×50.

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Culture Hit-Or-Miss

People Used To Believe Tomatoes Powered Witches’ Broomsticks

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There was a wildly fun time between 1300 and 1650 in Europe, where thousands of people were executed for being witches. A lot of us are aware of that bit of history, but the part that’s not often talked about, is the tomato’s role in this “witch craze.”

In these days, witch hunters believed that tomatoes were a main ingredient in the ointment witches used to power their flying broomsticks. Not even kidding.

The pope’s physician Andres Laguna in 1545, officially declared that the ingredients in this witch cream were hemlock, nightshade, henbane, and mandrake. Since nightshade, henbane and mandrake have some similar characteristics as tomatoes, and hunters really didn’t know the differences, they basically just said, “F*ck it, this ointment is made of tomatoes.”

Keep in mind, Tomatoes were a fairly new vegetable in Europe at the time, being imported there in 1540, so they had some trust issues with it.

 

It’s an honest mistake, but who needs sound information when you can just make wild accusations that affect the lives of thousands of people?

You’re probably wondering why any woman would even have such a specific ointment in their possession, and Atlas Obscura suggested it was either used as a painkiller, or they didn’t have it, and were accused of it anyway, which is perfectly reasonable.

This fear of tomatoes went on for a while, as in the 1700s, the tomato’s nickname was the “poison apple,” as people believed they poisoned and killed people upon eating it, according to Smithsonian.

Up until 1860, when the US Civil War started hyping up tomatoes as delicious, Europeans literally thought tomatoes were evil.

Thankfully, we have a better relationship with tomatoes now, giving us key, everyday uses such as ketchup, pizza sauce, and a movie rating system. No more tomato-powered broomsticks.

h/t atlas obscura

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Here’s How You Can Turn Pizza Into Lollipops

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Photos by Katherine Baker

Pizza is arguably the most fun and delicious food on earth. But what if it could be made even more fun? #challengeaccepted

We transformed pizza into lil’ lollipops, perfect for your football party platter.

#SpoonTip: You don’t have to like football to like these.

And these babies come together in no time at all. All you need is some store-bought pizza dough, Hunt’s diced tomatoes in sauce (which are peeled using steam from simple hot water, instead of *chemicals), a little cheese and a whole lot of enthusiasm (#goyourteam). Pizza lollipops are sure to be an epic touchdown on your Super Bowl party spread, so get rolling.

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Mini Pizza Roll Lollipops

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 10 pizza pops

EASY

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb premade or homemade pizza dough
  • 1 cup Hunt’s diced tomatoes in sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried or fresh basil
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup toppings of your choice (such as pepperoni, bell peppers or olives)

Directions:

1.   Preheat oven to 400º F.

2.   Roll out the pizza dough until it is approximately 10 inches x 14 inches (a little larger than a piece of printer paper).

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3.   In a blender or food processor, combine Hunt’s diced tomatoes in sauce, garlic, basil and oregano. Pulse until combined.

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4.   Spoon cheese over dough, leaving a one inch margin. Cover with cheese.

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5.   Add additional toppings. Fold over ends on both sides.

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6.   Roll into a long log (hot dog style, not hamburger).

7.   Cut log into slices, about 1 inch in thickness.

8.   Place slices onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

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9.   Remove from oven, and immediately stick with a clean lollipop stick or chopstick.

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10.   Serve and enjoy. Go team.

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*Lye peeling is generally recognized as safe by the FDA and has no adverse effects on the healthfulness of tomatoes.

Original post by Katherine Baker on Spoon University

 

 

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Recipe: Skinny Mom

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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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Science Takes It Back, Says Bacon Will Help You Live Longer

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Looks like those 3 extra pieces of bacon you had for breakfast this morning were actually saving your life. OK, that might be pushing it, but we’ve got good news for you pork lovers out there. Researchers at ETH Zurich just uncovered that foods packed with niacin – Vitamin B3 – are linked to a longer life. A team of researchers fed a selection of roundworms a good dose of niacin and the introduction of this new element increased their lifespan by one-tenth longer, in comparison to their Vitamin B3-deficient worm friends.

You can find niacin in paprika, sun-dried tomatoes, marmite (yech), peanuts but most importantly bacon. The study purports that niacin fools the body into thinking that it’s performing physical exercise, even if you might just be channel surfing on the couch. If you were thinking about scooping up that bacon-covered donut for dessert later today, you might as well, just consider that taking a tip in the fountain of youth.

Note, roundworms do not equal people. So, take this all with a grain of salt(ed bacon).

H/T GeekOSystem

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Supreme Court Verdict: Tomatoes are Vegetables, Foodbeast Verdict: Tomatoes are Food

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Those of us who were surprised when Congress decided that pizza was a vegetable in 2011 should’ve seen it coming. After all, the U.S. government has been making botanically incorrect rulings since 1893, when the Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes were classified as a vegetable under U.S. tariff law. The tomato is the ovary (and contains the seeds) of a flowering plant, meaning that it fits the botanical and scientific definition of a fruit. This didn’t matter much to Supreme Court Justice Gray, who presided over the case and decided that the tomato’s lower sugar content and use in vegetable-based dishes meant that (at least for taxation purposes) tomatoes were a vegetable.

We’ll admit that we find all the tomato-based controversy a little hilarious — just imagining a bunch of dudes in white wigs and black robes deliberating over a garden vegetable is enough to make our day — but it’s a relief to know that as far as the United States legal system is concerned, dietary customs trump scientific classification every time.

The Foodbeast tomato ruling is pretty heavily influenced by journalist Miles Kington, who once said “Knowledge is knowing the tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in your fruit salad.” Wise words we can all agree on. Case closed.

H/T Wiki