1001 Gruesome Facts by Helen Otway

By Helen Otway

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Qxd 12/6/07 9:38 am Page 55 55 At least 16,000 children die around the world each day from hunger-related causes. British man Les Lailey celebrated his Golden Wedding anniversary with wife Beryl by opening… a 50-year-old can of chicken! The whole jellied chicken had been in their wedding day hamper. Camel meat has been eaten in some parts of the world for centuries – the hump is apparently the best part. Mould on decaying food can be white, green, brown, black, red or pink. Gruesome Food Facts Death Row prisoner Kenny Richey wrote his own cookbook based on his prison experiences.

Nearly death by chocolate! Raw red kidney beans contain a toxic enzyme called phytohaemagglutinin, which causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea. The beans are made safe to eat by hours of soaking and boiling. Tinned ones are fine! qxd 12/6/07 9:38 am Page 47 47 Fuqi feipian is a Chinese dish that translates as ‘married couple’s lung slices’ and is made of thin slices of spiced cow’s lung, served cold. If you refrigerate bananas, you’ll give them chill injury! As tropical fruits, they react badly to cold temperatures by going black and squishy.

Qxd 11/6/07 5:13 pm Page 37 37 You had more than 300 bones when you were born, but by the time you’re an adult you’ll have only 206! Don’t worry, you won’t lose them – some of your bones will just fuse together. 94 inches) long. 5 centimetres (9 inches) long! When British footballer Darius Vassell had a blood blister under his toenail, he tried to get rid of it… by drilling a hole in the nail himself! His DIY surgery led to an infection and the loss of half his toenail. Gruesome Body Facts A nasal polyp is a fleshy growth in the nostril that can be as big as a grape.

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