Q: Do you ever eat (or feel compelled to eat) something that "isn't food"?responses to Fujichia Questionnaire #1
Personally I have an urge to chew on weird stuff (sticks) and taste weird stuff (rocks) but no pressing desire to eat weird stuff. That said I licked a little bit of battery acid once because I thought it was Sprite (that somehow got spilled inside a Casio keyboard).
Yes, absolutely. I want to eat foam, leaves (esp when they have that juicy Land Before Time look about them), books, and candles. Besides leaves I have not indulged this fancy.
I regularly eat the cupcake/muffin paper post-cupcake/muffin.
- Chris Brown
most recently a strong, strong desire to drink ink water after using opaque white ink. the center of the brain that fires "eat it" messages when prompted by things that look good is wrestled by the equally strong center of the brain that says "it's gonna be terrible". in the meantime, i enjoy the back and forth.
texted a friend the other day if they knew anyone who had eaten a battery, to which they replied in the negative. i was hoping for an anecdote of someone feeling a strange new kind of energy before ejecting it back up or something. not much of a desire to try it myself.
Gum sometimes. Package said it is not a low calorie food. :)
- Cobra Stepdad
The only thing i can think of right now is the stem of an apple, i like to chew on it until it’s gone. Some people say it’s not edible (yes it is?)
Nick Curtin and I tasted antifreeze one time. Ive eaten too many weird non food things to really list. Lots of dog food when I worked at the dog food factory.
- Dan Wars
Constant desire to bite down on/lick red bricks. Intrigued by the earthy taste and the possibility of absorbing trace minerals and feeling the fragility of my teeth, otherwise one of my sturdiest external parts.
Ate some dirt from Sun Ra's grave once. that was memorable. With my long time pal Brian Blomerth. His grave is just a little plaque that's hard to miss. Sonny something was his earth name. Now I live in the place he came to save the world "death's headquarters." Human life seems to have some resonance now and again.
- Dork Morph
the only thing i can think of is that wood shavings always smell really delicious to me but then i remembered that i like drinking pine tea so i guess it is kind of food? although not as a wood shaving! although i have read that people in various points of desperation have added wood shavings to bread dough to make up the difference if they didn’t access to a satisfactory amount of flour.
Cotton plants look pretty good
- Dylan Going
years ago had a job working at a company that manufactured haunted house props. the owner was showing me around on my first day and when we got to the shipping & packing area he showed me these 6 ft high bags of packing peanuts. He picked one and quite gleefully said "check it out", then he ate one. he then said "it's cellulose! can you believe it? ha!" I didn't know why this was supposed to be funny or impressive but I politely laughed. now and again if I get a package in the mail and it's packed in those types of peanuts I have been known to try one and think to myself.. "it's cellulose, ha!"
- Fiendish Clutches
Sure yeah, the first flowers of springs, little grasses, pieces of crud mistaken for food.
I've had serious issues in my life of picking things up off of the ground or off of a floor and just eating it without thinking about it. Only seconds later, I think "Why did I do that?" and either continue to eat it or spit it out. I think the pandemic cured me of this. I've often wanted to bite into records but never have.
- G Harvester
i had a haribo thing, full bag every day after lunch break at work, keep it in my jacket pocket and eat it while i worked. i think that's definitely not food. I made myself quit cold turkey, no candy allowed. I can't eat a little bit of candy like that, whatever comes in the bag that's what i'm having. But I went to the dentist last week for the first time in 7 years last week and they told me i had very healthy teeth and no cavities and I celebrated with sour straws. but mostly candy ban has been in effect for a year or 2
- Jack Reese
i feel like i've only done this w/ paper, on occasion
Erasers, Chalk, Rubber bike-handles, Wood
- Jesse McManus
Sometimes when I'm feeding my neighbors cat I am compelled to try the wet food because it honestly smells really tasty.
- Julia G
Yes. I went through a weird time when mushy rained on newspaper seemed like it would be good. I’m not sure why because generally speaking I don’t like mushy or slimy things. Also anything that smells like peaches.
Resounding no. I was cutting pencil cactus with Jung once and I decided to taste the milky sap running from the cuts. It made my throat swell shut and sent me into a considerable panic. So no more fucking around for me.
- Mike Taylor
i love to chew on the melted wax from beeswax candles. sometimes it gets swallowed, can't help it!
Chalk? but that's what candy cigarettes and those Fun Dip sticks are for.
I nibble on grass and pine needles pretty regularly; yew needles are the real forbidden treat that I have tried enough to know that they're delicious but know they are toxic in large quantities and have accordingly sworn off. I'm often pretty tempted to take bites out of cups, especially very dainty teacups, and I also am weirdly drawn to different kinds of mineral samples, especially those thin slices of geode that you often see at fancy rock shops.
- Motel Chronicler
Grass, although I guess it is food to some.
I mean do twizzlers count?
NB: that's still food but "compelled to eat twizzlers" is nonetheless pretty perverse. -ed
I've been a paper eater all my life and got into lots of trouble for it. then i worked in a paper store for like 5years and became a printmaker and i believe my paper mouthfeel knowledge helped
Big fan of densely-rolled paper or cardstock. If I get a tootsie pop, I'm for sure going to consume the stick too, probably even if someone else is watching. As a kid I'd pull the subscription cards out of magazines and chew on the corners while I read. I also like to eat the tender part of a stalk of grass, hosta flowers (the end with the nectar), fresh tendrils on a wild grape vine, and any four (or more) leaf clovers I find.
I guess I chew on my toothbrush sometimes
when outside in the summer if there're wild chives growing I'm guaranteed gonna start eating them
good for eating an orange peel once in a while too
links / misc
- The best "eater of weird things" of the modern age is probably Michel Lotito, aka "Monsieur Mangetout" ("Mr Eat-It-All"). Born in 1950, he made a career out of consuming indigestible objects like shopping carts, bicycles, coffins, chandeliers, and in one notable instance, an entire plane (a Cessna 150), which he broke into small pieces and ate over the course of two years (1978 to 1980). Though his unusually powerful digestive juices made it possible for him to digest these things, they also caused him to get sick if he ate soft foods, like bananas or hard boiled eggs. [wikipedia]
- The best eater in the real-life monsters category is easily Tarrare, who ate terrifying quantities of nearly anything, in the 18th century. After years of work in a travelling sideshow, he sought medical help for his bizarre condition, but was kicked out of the hospital due to his positively ghoulish hunger. If this seems like something you want to read about, please go forth without delay-- with few exceptions each paragraph of this wikipedia entry is more shocking than the last. [wikipedia]
- The best eater in literature is certainly Pantagruel, or possibly Gargantua, from "Gargantua & Pantagruel" by François Rabelais. There's a lot of eating in this book, but that's not all, there's also shitting, farting, boasting, and making long lists of the best thing to wipe your butt with (spoiler alert- it's a live goose). Also this is the book that Crowley got the name "Thelema" from, and where the Smurfs character "Gargamel" got his name. I find this book extremely fun though to be honest at various points I become fatigued, as if from an interminable feast. It's readily available used in a handsome paperback edition, here's one for $4 with free shipping: [ebay]. Or you can get the e-book via Project Gutenberg: [gutenberg].
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