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Hard To Swallow: 8 Edible Urban Legends

Posted: 06/01/2012 2:22 pm

I lost my Urban Legend virginity to "Mikey", the picky pitch kid for Life cereal during the 70s. I can still vividly recall the first time I heard about his death on my middle school playground. For the two people who've never heard of this tall tale, Mikey perished after ingesting a deliciously deadly cocktail of Pop Rocks & Coca-Cola.

Of course access to the internet would have easily laid waste to this deliciously morbid Urban Legend in only a few seconds. However, back in the early 80s, you were lucky to have an Atari 2600 in your house.

Here are eight more food related urban legends, covering fact, fiction and the gray, "Google it" bits somewhere in-between.

Wendy's Chili Gives Patron The Finger
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Story: Have you heard the one about the lady who discovered a severed fingertip in her bowl of Wendy's chili?

Fact or Fiction? Although the story still makes the rounds, it does originate from a news story back in 2005, when a San Jose Wendy's became the epicenter of a food contamination shakedown. Although a digit did make it into a bowl of beef and beans, it was discovered that the "victim" had deliberately mixed it in after obtaining the finger from a friend of her husband, who had recently parted ways with it via an industrial workplace accident. A grand larceny charged ensued.
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