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7 Weird Instances of Food That Looks Like Something Else

A chicken nugget that looks like a U.S. President? Meat resembling a certain Sith Lord? Sometimes the eye plays tricks on you, and things get weird.

Can Spicy Food Really Burn Out Taste Buds?

You may love the burn of food that's triple Thai hot, but do your poor taste buds?

Different Cuisines in One Meal Ups Enjoyment, Study Finds

Research shows that weaving courses of different culinary traditions into the same meal could increase overall satisfaction.

Happy Hour Alert: Cheese Really Improves the Taste of Wine

It's not just in your mind – a study showed that pairing cheese with wine made wine taste better. Here's why.

Would You Pay $56 for Five Potato Chips?

Because that's how much these exclusive Swedish crisps cost. At more than $11 each, they're the world's most expensive. The money's going to charity, but still …

New Aerosol Tea = #TeaHeresy

Yes, folks, tea has now joined the dubious list of products available in a spray can. Who's clamoring for this?

Cows Need Not Apply: Synthetic Vegan Lab Milk on the Horizon

By cutting cows out of the equation entirely, the company Perfect Day looks to create animal-free milk in a lab, benefiting the environment, cows — and the bottom line.

Artificial Sweeteners Makes Real Sugar Taste Even Better

And that can be bad news for your waistline.

That Green Stuff at the Sushi Restaurant? Not Really Wasabi

Come again? Here's what's really inside the typical restaurant 'wasabi'.

Carbon Foam From Burnt Bread Could Save Lots of Dough

That loaf of bread could help to reduce the overall cost of space travel. Really.

What's the Deal With Bubblegum Flavor?

Or is the famous flavor simply made up?

One Man, 10 Minutes, 70 Hot Dogs — One New World Record

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut reclaimed the throne at the 2016 Coney Island competitive eating contest, while Miki Sudo defended her crown for the third year.

Mad Scientists Improve Chocolate With Electricity, Defy Nature

What if chocolate could be more delicious and healthier? Sound impossible? Researchers have managed to make the stuff of chocolate dreams a reality.

New Zealanders Deal With Avocado Crime Wave

And this isn't the first time people have committed crimes for "green gold."

Diagnosing Chocolate's Quality with Ultrasound

Scientists have discovered a delicious way to use ultrasound to determine the best chocolate.

Climate Change Is Affecting French Wines — For Good and Bad

Might we one day see a Burgundy region sans pinot noir or a Bordeaux without cabernets? A new study shows how global warming temperatures affect grape harvests.

Texas Wants You to Eat More Deer

The Lone Star state has a small problem with white-tailed deer. Who's hungry for venison?

Should We Be Eating Kudzu?

How does a kudzu salad sound? Or maybe a roasted guinea pig? Both are plentiful, and both don't often appear on U.S. restaurant menus. Should they?

Some Chinese Restaurants Laced Food With Opium—What Would Happen if You Ate It?

Were dozens of restaurant owners in China wasting time trying to get diners to ride General Tso's white horse ? What would really happen if you ate opium-laced food?

We Have Italian, Blue Cheese, Ranch … Roach? Insect Oil's Rich in Omega-3 Acids!

Insect oil is going to waste. It's clean, it's healthy, and we should be using it. Oh, except for roach oil. Apparently that smells disgusting. No surprise there.

Why Fears of an Impending Coffee Shortage May Be Justified

Increased production in Asia and Central America may not be enough to offset Brazil's coffee losses due to drought. What does the future hold?

Ranch Dressing: Delicious, Ubiquitous and Slightly Mysterious

Part salad dressing and part condiment, ranch is so popular in the U.S. that some people might consider it a food group. What in the world is ranch dressing actually?

Study: Cows Grow Bigger, Give More Milk After Early Positive Human Interaction

A recent Austrian study has shown that stroking a calf on its neck during the first two weeks of its life has a positive impact on future growth and milk production.

Ridiculous History: Land O' Fakes — Margarine Bootlegging in Canada

Bootlegging alcohol? Sure, we've heard of that, but butter substitutes?

Tree Hot Dogs Are a Real Thing

Pass the cellulose! A Norwegian company is using renewable logging waste to replace saturated fat in hot dogs. It could help your health and the planet.


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