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16 WTF Moments In Food History That Are Creepy, Weird, Or Both

Some people like to watch the world and their steaks burn.

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2. On June 17, 1994, in the midst of the infamous O.J. Simpson Bronco chase, Domino's Pizza had their busiest day on record up until that point, rivaling a typical Super Bowl Sunday.

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"People were so enthralled by the bizarre nature of what was happening, they didn’t want to miss a moment, so instead of going out to dinner or making dinner, many people ordered pizza," said Tim McIntyre, vice president of corporate communications for Domino's.


6. In order to disprove a man's claim in court, PepsiCo's lawyers brought in experts who said that a dead mouse would dissolve into a jelly-like substance inside a can of Mountain Dew within 15 months of bottling.

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The man had taken PepsiCo to court after claiming to find a dead mouse inside a can of Mountain Dew.

8. McDonald's had to redesign their coffee spoons in the late- '70s because people were using them to snort cocaine.

At congressional hearings in Baltimore, a member of the Paraphernalia Trade Association (PTA) brought a spoon and said, "Look at this. This is the best cocaine spoon in town and it's free with every cup of coffee at McDonald's."


9. Actress Mercedes McCambridge swallowed raw eggs, drank whiskey, and smoked copious amounts of cigarettes in order to produce the demon voice in The Exorcist.

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She had been living sober before taking on the role, and required her priest to be present to help counsel her. She was also tied to a chair.

She received no credit at the film's premiere.

12. In the early 1900s, a lick-full of ice cream was served in a small glass container called "penny licks." The customer would lick the glass clean and return it to the vendor, who would then re-use the glass for the next customer.

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Vendors stopped selling "penny licks" due to its unhygienic nature, and the spread of tuberculosis and other diseases. So, they started selling them in cones.


14. The owners of Ray's Sausage in Cleveland spent nearly $30,000 to combat a foul odor their shop was accused of emitting throughout the neighborhood. After an investigation, it was discovered that the smell was actually coming from next door, where a serial killer was keeping his victim's decomposing bodies.

15. During the Winter War of 1939, a Russian battalion had taken the Finns by surprise, but the hungry Russians were stopped by vats of freshly cooked sausage stew. The Russians stopped to eat, giving the Finns enough time to regroup and counterattack.

16. And finally, Texas dropped special last meals for death row inmates after a man ordered two fried steaks smothered in gravy, a cheese omelet, a triple bacon cheeseburger, a large bowl of fried okra, three fajitas, a pound of barbecue with half a loaf of bread, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream, a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts, a pizza, and three root beers...and refused to eat any of it.

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Senator John Whitmire, who opposed the practice, said this: "It is extremely inappropriate to give a person sentenced to death such a privilege. One which the perpetrator did not provide to their victim."