1001 Gruesome Facts: The Gross, the Ghoulish and the by Helen Otway

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Wine was sweetened with toxic lead sugar until the 17th century, giving those who drank it gradual lead poisoning. British pensioner Margaret Haste keeps a hot cross bun as a reminder of her aunt, who died in 1899. The 108-year-old heirloom is kept wrapped in tissue inside a box. They found that the hatched worms eased symptoms of bowel disorders in people taking part. Fancy a slice of pig’s blood sausage, studded with chunks of pickled pig’s tongue? Just ask for zungenwurst next time you’re in Germany!

Hair cannot turn white with fright, but shock can make pigmented hair suddenly fall out. An older person whose hair is a mixture of colour and grey would then be left with only grey hairs, appearing to turn white overnight. qxd 11/6/07 5:13 pm Page 32 32 1001 Gruesome Facts Indian man Dharmendra Singh can make cigarette smoke come out of his ears. He can whistle through his nose too! The ring had to be sawn off so that it could be passed to the heir to the throne, James VI of Scotland. Sufferers of blackwater fever pass black urine, hence the name.

Qxd 12/6/07 9:38 am Page 55 55 At least 16,000 children die around the world each day from hunger-related causes. British man Les Lailey celebrated his Golden Wedding anniversary with wife Beryl by opening… a 50-year-old can of chicken! The whole jellied chicken had been in their wedding day hamper. Camel meat has been eaten in some parts of the world for centuries – the hump is apparently the best part. Mould on decaying food can be white, green, brown, black, red or pink. Gruesome Food Facts Death Row prisoner Kenny Richey wrote his own cookbook based on his prison experiences.

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