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Slime oozes from the inside of your stomach to stop the acid in the stomach dissolving its walls and eating into your body – digesting you from the inside. ECA6087C-5717-411F-85E9-72349DFE15C2 A gut parasite carried in water infested half a million people in Wisconsin in 1993 when it got into the water supply. A hundred people died. Stomach gurgling – called borborygmus by scientists – is the sound of half-digested food, gas and stomach acid churning around. After you die, your body starts to dry out and shrink, creating the illusion that your hair and nails are still growing after death.
If you laid out the airways in your lungs in a long line they would stretch over 2,400 kilometres (1,500 miles). If too much wax builds up in your ears, a doctor can soften it and then scoop it out with a special spoon called a curette. Danish astronomer Tyco Brahe wore a metal nose because his own fell off after he suffered from the disease syphilis. ECA6087C-5717-411F-85E9-72349DFE15C2 Sometimes, if a person’s eye comes out of its socket in an accident and dangles on their cheek, they can push it back in with no lasting ill effects – don’t try it at home!
Also in Brunei, the sago worm which lives inside rotting sago palms is often cooked and eaten. In Northern Australia, children often eat green ants. Pick them up, squish the head so they don’t nibble you, and bite off the body. ECA6087C-5717-411F-85E9-72349DFE15C2 In Madagascar, people make a stew from tomatoes and zebras. Horrible Food Facts P’tcha is an east European Jewish food made by stewing calves’ feet until they turn to jelly. Raake orret is eaten in Norway. Trout caught in a fresh water stream are stored in salted water with a little sugar and kept in a cool place, such as the garage, for months before eating.
1001 Horrible Facts by Anne Rooney