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10 Weird-but-true Food Facts


Ready for your first fact? Those people were wrestling in about 2 tons of tofu, liberally mixed with milk. The tofu-wrestling was part of a February 2015 celebration marking the beginning of spring in Guangdong, China. © Imaginechina/Corbis
Ready for your first fact? Those people were wrestling in about 2 tons of tofu, liberally mixed with milk. The tofu-wrestling was part of a February 2015 celebration marking the beginning of spring in Guangdong, China. © Imaginechina/Corbis

Food is the perfect metaphor for life. It can strike us as funny, as when British couples go in for some "toad-in-the-hole," enjoy the occasional "bubble and squeak" or gobble down some "spotted dick." It can also turn tragically bizarre, as when, in 1919, a Boston storage tank burst, letting loose a destructive 2.3-million-gallon (8.7-million-liter) wave of molasses that killed 21 people and demolished several structures [source: Schworm].

And, like life, food is also precious, often in surprising ways. Take the case of the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist of 2012, in which 6 million pounds (2.7 million kilograms) of syrup were stolen from the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve (yes, that's a thing). You might think that syrup stealing should be filed under funny, but there's nothing laughable about a commodity that at the time of the heist was trading at $1,800 per 620-pound (281-kilogram) barrel, or roughly 13 times crude oil's then-going rate [source: Borrell].

For our cornucopia of kooky comestibles, we've pulled from all three categories -- and then some. We have silly food names, cheeses both bankable and burning, and fare that sounds like a dare. Bon appétit!


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