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Updated on Nov 11, 2018. Posted on Apr 22, 2018

Are These Food Facts, Or Am I Just Messing With You?

Let's see if you can get at least six questions right in this little "true or false" test.

  1. Is it true that those six-foot party sub sandwiches are actually made of several loaves cut to appear like one continuous loaf of bread?

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    FALSE

    The bread used to make a party sub is in fact one big loaf. They are made in batches by commercial bakeries with industrial-sized ovens.

  2. Is it true that you're only supposed to eat raw oysters if they're still alive?

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    TRUE

    It is generally safe to eat live raw oysters, but if the animal is dead in its shell, the corpse is very likely to contain bacteria that will make you sick. Even still, people with diabetes, cancer, or liver, stomach, and blood disorders should avoid eating uncooked oysters.

  3. Is it true that Buffalo wings were originally created as part of a prank?

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    FALSE

    Nah, I'm just screwing with you. It is true that Nashville hot chicken was originally created as a prank to punish a cheating husband.

  4. Is it true that ham sandwiches were once the most popular fast food item in the United States?

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    TRUE

    Ham sandwiches were widely available and incredibly popular in the United States going back to the colonial era, largely because cured ham can keep for months at room temperature before going bad. Ham sandwiches were a staple menu item of taverns, inns, depots, and lunch wagons, but were eventually eclipsed in popularity by hamburgers by the early 20th century.

  5. Is it true that baby carrots are genetically modified to be miniature versions of regular carrots?

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    FALSE

    Baby carrots are a total sham! They are just regular carrots that have chopped into pieces and then shaved down into smooth nubbins.

  6. Is it true that it was once very popular for men to gather in cellars to drink and eat large quantities of sliced steak with their bare hands?

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    TRUE

    Of course this is true! This tradition, known as a beefsteak banquet, was very popular in New York City in the late 1800s through the early 20th century. It is not a big coincidence that this extremely bro-tastic dining experience died out around the time women became legally allowed to join in on the festivities.

  7. Is it true that shrimp cocktail was among the most popular foods in America prior to the Civil War?

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    FALSE

    Shrimp did not actually become a widely eaten food in the United States until after the Civil War, when it was common for it to be sold as a canned good. Shrimp cocktail specifically did not become a popular dish until the early 20th century.

  8. Is it true that the Cuban sandwich was actually invented by Italian Americans in New York City?

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    FALSE

    Nope, I just made this up as a lie to trick you. However, it is true that the Cuban sandwich was invented in the United States and not in Cuba. The sandwich was originally made for immigrant workers working at cigar factories in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, Florida. The composition of the classic Cuban reflects the variety of immigrants working in the factories, with elements of Cuban, Spanish, Italian, German, and Jewish cuisine.

  9. Is it true that figs almost always contain dead wasps?

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    TRUE

    Sad but true! Figs are essentially an inverted flower, and are pollinated by female wasps. The catch is that the wasps lose their wings in the process of pollination and get stuck in the fig and die. The fig’s enzymes break down and dissolve the wasp, so if you eat a fig, you’re unlikely to be eating full-on wasp chunks.