Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Hungry?

Pica is the eating of non-food substances, its seen more in young children than adults. Pica is fairly common in people with developmental disabilities. (C in his time has eaten many unusual things) It can also occur during pregnancy.
In some cases, pica is related not to dietary deficiencies but to folk traditions passed on in families or ethnic groups.
Some people treat clay or dirt eating as a part of daily routine, somewhat like smoking.
Others believe that eating dirt will help them incorporate magical spirits from the Earth into their bodies.
There are other strange eating habits; (Hope you have eaten before you read this!!)
Xylophagia is a condition involving the consumption of wood.
Trichophagia is the compulsive eating of hair.
The hair eventually collects in the gastrointestinal tract causing symptoms such as indigestion and stomach pain.
Hyalophagia is the eating of glass.
Urophagia is the consumption of urine.
Geophagy is a practice of eating earthy substances such as clay, and chalk.
Cannibalism
Self-cannibalism among humans. A certain amount of self-cannibalism occurs unwittingly, as the body consumes dead cells from the tongue and cheeks.
Some people drink their own blood, a practice called autovampirism.
Coprophagia is the practice of the consumption of feces.
Necrophagia is the act of a human eating dead human flesh.
Some unusual food facts;
The first soup was made of hippopotamus.
The largest food item on a menu is roast camel. The camel is stuffed with a sheep’s carcass, which is stuffed with chickens, which are stuffed with fish, which are stuffed with eggs. This feast is sometimes featured in Bedouin weddings.
Dynamite can be made with peanuts.
Coconut water can be used (in emergencies) as a substitute for blood plasma. Bee Larvae is eaten in China and Japan (where it is called hachinoko).
Spiders from Skuon in Cambodia are similar to North American Tarantulas. They are bred in holes in the ground especially for eating and are deep fried.

Whats the strangest thing you have eaten?

59 comments:

Chris H said...

Hells Bells, I must be so boring cos I don't think I have ever eaten anything 'unusual'... except worms as a toddler! I recently had a passion for ice due to chronic anemia, but it's gone now... thank god cos it was killing me teeth!

motherx said...

As far as I am aware I havent eaten anything that strange, unless eating the skin around my nails counts, in which case Im a cannibal! W has eaten mud, cat hair, stones, paint, felt pen, sand...the list is really endless! Z was pretty good actually and just getting him to eat anything was a problem. My sister has eaten snake..GROSS! oh yes! I remember being in a steak house in Belgium and I thought Id eaten steak but was told later it was horse meat! felt as sick as anything!!

UN PEU LOUFOQUE said...

Nothing too bizzarre, ostrich, camel, crocodile, kangaroo fried crickets but nothting very odd. In agriculture fames will taste the soil to see if its good for palnting, Ive seen farmers do it here and in the Uk but we are talking about a taste not an entire meal!

Hammer said...

I used to eat scraps of paper. I think it was a nervous habit.

Inthemud said...

Fascinating facts!

I was found as a child in the coal shed sucking on coal.

But my food intake tends to be rather conservative these days, casn't think i've eaten anything untoward, except that fly i swallowed as I was biking along with my mouth open.......Oh dear Do you think i'll die?

Wanna_B_slimmer said...

Oh well... I guess i will be the first to admit it... I am 99% sure I was a fairly normal child and would have eaten snot!!!
That would have to be the worst I would say... but if you are talking recently... raw oysters.... that was friggin aweful....
I chewed the little suckers and swallowed them... but they just kept trying to come back out.... *shudder* wont go there again...

Elissa - Managing Autism said...

Well I'm definitely BORING after that list..
Jack once drank from a dirty puddle of water on the street - the natural consequences of this for the next 48 hours were enough to stop him from doing it again!!

KAREN CLARKE said...

I had this during both pregnancies, though I didn't give in to the urge as it could have proved a tad dangerous! I desperately craved emulsion paint, tarmac and pan scourers. Never before or since, I hasten to add :o)

the mother of this lot said...

Never eaten anything strange, but casting my mind back (an awfully long way) to Latin lessons, I'm sure pica means magpie. Can't think of a connection to eating coal though!

buffalodickdy said...

Every elementary school kid in America has eaten that white paste glue! Alligator, buffalo, snails, a few bugs by accident- the usual...

Stinking Billy said...

All of the aforementioned are as nothing compared to the indignity of having to eat one's own words. I should know.

CrackerLilo said...

Aw, *man*! Now you've got me all hungry! ;-)

I'd say the strangest thing would be a squirt of Simple Green cleaner, which said it was non-toxic and all-natural. I made my best friend "Milhouse" drink some, too.

Mima said...

I have eaten snails in France which were delicious, and as a child I had a real thing for dog biscuits - heaven knows why!

psychicgeek.com said...

I ate dulse as a child, and still do when I get some fresh. Also fiddleheads (unfurled ferns)

bullet said...

Nowt really strange. Just paper and also bananas and mustard.

LittleBrownDog said...

As a child, I used to like eating coal, apparently - although I gather that's not uncommon. Also earth, and once my brother bribed me with his pocket money to eat a pansy, and then went and told my mum (also refusing to give up said pocket money). I also once ate a cicada for a dare - it was surprisingly tasty.

mommy~dearest said...

When I was a child, my grandmother used to feed me cow tongue. I never put it together that "tongue" was actual tongue, and I guess I was quite fond of it. Gross.

Ashley's Mom said...

I'm rather boring also. My favorite sandwich is peanut butter and my German Aunt's homemade sweet pickles!

moooooog35 said...

How big was the bowl of hippopotamus soup?

The strangest thing I've eaten was a chicken heart at a Brazilian steakhouse.

The group I was with had a bunch of hot Brazilian chicks...who were all like, "OOoooooh!! More chicken hearts!! More!!" when the guys with the skewers came around.

Creepy.

Hot...but creepy.

nitebyrd said...

As a child, I chewed road tar on a regular basis.

Musical Midnight said...

In the non-food category, I had a habit of eating paper when I was in middle school. Not just paper scraps, like the bits left in a notebook after tearing a page out. At least once a day I'd tear a page into little pieces and devour the bits one by one.

Local delicacies include alligator on occasion, and crawfish when they are in season.

Monique said...

I bite my nails. Does that count?

Vi said...

Live monkeys brain. At a wedding in malaysia when I was a toddler. My mum stopped the maid from taking me when she found out what I was being fed!

Teachin' this mommy new tricks! said...

That tarantula pic is sooo icky! ahhH! I see those reality shows that have people eatting heaven knows....I could never never NEVER do it :)

Jennifer said...

well i'm not sure i can top any of these... or that i would want to. i could NEVER eat a spider, although i'm sure in my sleep i have. uh! i HATE spiders. i'm not totally freaked out by them, but the thought of eating them, just kills me.
i have eaten snails... LOVE them!! Squid... love it! and I have eaten fish cheeks, they are DELICIOUS!! so yummy! they are tender and just so good! and i also ate fish eyes one time... well actually fish eye. only one. it was okay. crunchy and not much taste. not sure i would do it again, but it wasn't bad at all.
so there you have it.
this was a good topic. great post! hugs, Jenn

Ian Lidster said...

Don't you find it odd that we'll eat crabs and lobsters, but would balk at spiders; we'll eat snails, but not slugs. And we'll consume honey which is excreted by insects.
I once ate whale, and still feel ashamed about it. I have also eaten cougar sausage and found it delicious.

buffalodickdy said...

Really a cool question to ask! Your skills as a writer are growing beau-ti-fully!!! Look at the wonderful responses....

Kellan said...

I'm going to stick with my Little Debbies and Campbells soup - thankyouverymuch! See you soon. Kellan

Tom Foolery (TF) said...

Dog biscuits, I was only 10! TFX

Angela said...

I craved, but did not eat, Bounce fabric softener sheets when I was pregnant. I have eaten kangaroo, rattlesnake...

Melissa said...

I haven't eaten anything to strange, my gag reflex will not let me eat weird stuff without throwing it up.

Annieye said...

I can't eat anything unless I know what it is. I remember eating doggy chocolate drops when I was a teenager. They were quite nice actually!

J said...

I have a recipe for Oxtail soup that is featured as a delicacy from midwestern part of the U.S. I have never been tempted to try it though...

Mrs. Fox said...

Very cool post. In the Southern U.S.A., eating clay or chalk during pregnancy was a folk remedy for iron and mineral deficiency.

The strangest thing I ever ate was pickled jellyfish. It was quite good.

katy said...

was hungry, certainly no now thanks for the kick start to the diet LOL.
i not eaten owt strange, my friends might disagree with ne though!

leslie said...

Like other little kids I guess I consumed a bit of paste and bits of paper. Now I think the weirdest thing I would eat is peanut butter with dill pickles in bread with some mayo - or peanut butter on toast with ketchup on top.

slouching mom said...

When I was in fifth grade, we spent some time learning about Alaska. Apparently, fish eyes are a delicacy, a dessert that Eskimo children love.

I tried some, but I didn't chew them, just gulp them, so I've never been entirely sure that it *counted*, LOL!

Jennie said...

In both of my pregnancies I would go and buy bags of potatoes (the ones with dirt on) and eat potato raw and usually with the dirt still on, I also chewed on nail files (the gritty sandpaper type). As a child I constantly chewed on bits of tissue and I was a hair chewer although I never intentionally ingested it.
mmm nice.

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Squid, which really isn't all that strange.

Moondreamer said...

Another excellent post, Casdok!

I expect Hippopotamus soup would be rather tasty!

There's an award at mine for you!

(Am going to pinch your photo meme ... what a fab idea!)

:o)

Mushy said...

Well aren't you just a cesspool of information!? Very interesting and sometimes disgusting stuff.

Great post!

grit said...

i ate snake to be polite but wouldn't eat the slugs, which caused a fuss... dig recalls crispy fried scorpion. Yesterday Shark cooked potato and mashed it with vanilla to find out what it tasted like. pretty awful, actually.

MamaGeek said...

Wow now THAT is interesting. I haven't eaten anything that entertaining. Having said that, I did eat McDonalds so who knows what was in THAT! :)

Patti said...

I've eaten squid, snails, wild boar, alligator.

On the non-food side, I also ate the white paste at school!

When I was really little my friends and I used to pull up blades grass and eat them. A sweet and sour taste, as I recall!

Great post, Casdok.

Kelley said...

Boo is the king. I think the thing I say most in my life is:

'Is that food?'

He puts EVERYTHING in his mouth. Chews on furniture, toys, plastic, paper..... but the weirdest THIS WEEK would be sweaty pressure bandage from his foot.

Cooper said...

I'm not the bravest consumer, it took years to belly up to the sushi bar - which is a favorite of mine now. I get fairly odd looks from people when I but PBJ on rye...but I know I'm way off the mark here..

LAA and Family said...

Let's see.. I ate white paste as a child at school. I also used to pick up pieces of salt that were thrown on the ground to melt ice at school. I'd save them in my desk for when I was bored and then I'd "snack" on them.

I find the spider picture freaky also! I agree, how strange that we eat things like shrimp yet we often are turned off knowing that people in other cultures eat beetles and grasshoppers. There's really not a lot of difference between them, is there!

TheBirdman33 said...

If you bite and swallow your own fingernails, does that count as self canibalism?

TheBirdman33 said...

Sea Turtle is definately the most interesting and unique food I've ever eaten. It was served to me by aboriginies in Australia and they are the only ones that can legally kill and eat sea turtles in that area because it is part of their culture. It was...interesting...

Mrs. C said...

Look up L-cysteine in wikipedia. You're probably eating Chinese hair and don't even know it!!

*barf*

Merelyme said...

ummm something that tastes like chicken. :>)

~Miss Nelson said...

I chew ice obsessively. I know it is a bad habit, but I crave it (some say it is because of anemia).
As a child, the worse thing I ever ate was glue.

Meredith said...

My strangest meal was roasted dog. But mmmmm, how tasty it was!

"Dynamite can be made with peanuts."
OMG how?! I *have to* try this one.

Melinda said...

wow that pic of the girl eating the tarantula totally freaks me out! I KNOW it is fake....but it still is creepy!

Noah likes to eat some NON-food things from time to time. When we apply lotion to his skin after a bath he is ALWAYS wanting to lick it off as fast as I put it on......I mean big smears of it. I tell him he is not supposed to eat it....he says it tastes good!??

vivavavoom said...

has to be some of the more bizarre chinese herbs we learned in school. so maybe scorpion or deer antler. but foodwise, there was this thing in Chinatown in San Fran and I still do not know what it was but it looked like a pastry with an egg yolk on top but tasted horrid!!

kristi said...

TC used to eat hair a lot! Gross, I know. Now he eats boogers, still gross!

aspiemom said...

Strangest thing that I ever ate was crocodile medallions; had the consistency of pork and was very good.

My mom, a Filipina, eats the eyes of her cooked fish and so do her sisters.

Not as gross as the camel thing or the spider thing.

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Crocodile tail . . . then I went vegetarian for a while and still would be except I get sick if I don't eat meat . .

Maddy said...

Well of course it would depend upon your definition of strange, but I used to eat an awful lot of paper when I was littler than I am now.

I was at boarding school for a goodly time and the meals were both few and far between and generally vile.

I also have a very noisy tummy during our very silent classes. To quieten the beast and curb the hunger pangs I would tear off a little strip of paper from the bottom of the page and eat it.

I cannot tell you how many Hail Mary's I have had to say just for that one daily sin!

Cheers