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10 Funny Food Myths

Published by Me Mimi in Food
February 10th, 2008

List of 10 myths I found most interesting and funny.

Chocolate, tea and cola beverages can be lethal

Chocolate contains theobromine, also called xantheose, a stimulant. This stimulant will only harm us human beings when we eat/drink too much of it, but a certain smaller amount of chocolate, tea and cola beverages are poisonous to animals, especially to cats, dogs, horses, parrots and voles.

For the appetite of the ones who have been eating recently or are still eating: do not read the following few sentences.

The first signs of theobromine poisoning are:

  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • an increase in urination

Do not blame the turkey for falling asleep during the Thanksgiving Dinner

An amino acid called tryptophan helps the body produce the B-vitamin “niacin”. Niacin (probably better known as nicotinic acid and vitamin B3 ) helps the body produce serotonin. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, has a role in the human mood and state of mind, and a role in consciousness. This is a chemical that acts as a calming agent in the brain and plays a key role in sleep. We rather not use tryptophan supplements though, because in 1989 it was a cause of the Eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS), a syndrome that can cause permanent disability and even death.

Anyways, the production of serotonin (with help of the turkey) works best on an empty stomach. But I don’t think you will start the day with eating turkey, besides only a little tryptophan will make it to the brain.

Use coffee to persuade anyone

Researchers in Australia said if you want to persuade anyone to agree with your line of thinking, serving coffee to that person may help. “Caffeine increases persuasion through instigating systematic processing of the message.” Furthermore, caffeine can help to put a person in a good mood.

Which chopping board is more hygienic: a wooden one or a plastic one?

Some manufacturers of plastic chopping boards would give the answer: “It’s the plastic one”. Sorry to say this, but most likely there is no difference at all, where hygiene is concerned. Besides, some biologists believe that wooden boards are actually better!

Ice Cream Is Chinese Food

It was the Chinese who invented the principle of the ice cream as we know it nowadays. The Chinese added some sugar to the ice and sold it as cool food in the summer. After this more varieties of liquids appeared, and I am glad they came on this strange idea of freezing milk as well.

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  1. Mimi
    Posted February 10, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Just so you know; Triond is fixing some stuff in this article, so this article is going change a bit. ;)

  2. Emily
    Posted March 9, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Nice work!

  3. guest #174925
    Posted March 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    mimi, nice work!

  4. Mimi!
    Posted March 12, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Thnx for the comment, both of you. These sorts of comments really encourage me, thank you =]

  5. baby boo
    Posted March 19, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    those are jokes, not myths

  6. Mimi!
    Posted March 20, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Yeah, you don’t have to believe all what’s said. But you can’t say they’re jokes, because that would mean you are offending a number of reseachers.
    But thank you for your comment. Now I finaly know what’s missing: the names of the researches and/or the researchers. Sorry for this.

  7. Coffee-addict
    Posted March 25, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Would be quite funny if coffee worked really well. Consider how many people drink coffee each day!

  8. Anthony
    Posted June 29, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    A common misconception is that microwave ovens cook food from the “inside out”. In reality, microwaves are absorbed in the outer layers of food in a manner somewhat similar to heat from other methods.

    From Wikiepdia, but its good stuff

    Posted September 1, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Ok Ok Ok Ok the japs or what ever dint invent ice cream it was stokesy the sexy beast
    if you agree eat your own bum fluff ENJOY!

  10. Pie man 65
    Posted September 1, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    I hell agree with stokesy that sexy beast
    and also bum fluff tastes great TRY IT1

  11. Me Mimi
    Posted September 6, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Thank you for your explanation, Anthony, I really appreciate your work. =]

    SEXY STOKESY and Pie man 65, please keep that unique dish for yourself. ;P Here’s an article about who invented ice cream. If you want to know more about ice creams, please try Google.


  12. Keto
    Posted September 11, 2008 at 11:42 am


  13. Joker360
    Posted October 17, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    how many hours of research did you do?

  14. Me Mimi
    Posted October 19, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Joker360, to answer your question: in total about 6 hours.

    But I don’t know this for sure. It’s not like I gained the information in one evening. It took three weeks to finish the article. Why so long? Well, because there were days I prefer playing MMORPG’s … ^^,

    When I was googling for food facts and myths I collected like 25 interesting subjects, this might have taken 4 hours. Four hours just reading and writing down the keywords.
    I chose 10 of them and did further research. I think the further research took like 2 hours in total? Google, copy and past. Google, copy and paste…

  15. hoy
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    the turkey myth is totallly cool but it really does seem like it makes you very tired

  16. Posted December 15, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Interesting collection..I enjoy my own conversation: “na…” on a certain thing, and “really?” on a certain part..Very cool..

  17. Posted December 18, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Hoy, dunno where I heard this, but you get a bit tired after eating (a lot), because your stomach needs energy. So I’m not sure how effective those chemicals really are. ;)
    But whooot! I’m glad you think it’s cool.

    BC Doan, first of all, thank you for your comment. And you sure have very interesting conversations, hehe. =p

  18. zacrumchic
    Posted December 25, 2008 at 6:06 am


  19. 13 *Audrey Allard*
    Posted June 1, 2009 at 3:44 am


  20. Posted June 9, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Myths are Myths!

  21. Posted October 30, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I love myths!!!!!

  22. Posted October 30, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    so if i ate ten carrots do u think i would turn green?

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