One of the eating guidelines in Michael Pollan‘s Food Rules is to eat things that will eventually rot. Things like meat, fruits and vegetables, all eventually decompose, returning them to the organic cycle from which they came. Foods that don’t go bad, from Twinkies to Spam, have been highly processed. Not only are processed foods often full of synthetic chemicals, they’ve also been stripped of many of the nutrients that your body needs yet are still full of empty calories.
Most of us know about the entertaining world of strange language translation goofs, particularly from Asian languages into English. There are entire websites dedicated to the phenomenon, and I think they are generally done with good-natured humor and not condescension or racism.
But, can food concepts get lost in translation? Maybe you can just chalk it up to cultural differences, but either way, the following fast food items from around the globe are sure to raise a few eyebrows, if not turn a few stomachs.
(Note:the list is largely skewed towards McDonald’s food. It’s not a conspiracy on my part, just how the cards fell in my research on global fast food items.)
1. Winter Double King Pizza at Pizza Hut (Japan)
I’ve heard of some strange pizza topping, but this one from Pizza Hut Japan takes the cake. With the cryptically named Winter Double King Pizza, you get crab, shrimp, beef, broccoli, corn, onion, mayonnaise, and potato. What do you think? Did they leave anything out?
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The World Cup, one of the biggest sporting events worldwide, is kicking off this month. But one very famous player will not be on the field: David Beckham. Unfortunately, an injury is prohibiting Beckham from training and practicing, which means the British soccer player will not be representing his English team in South Africa when the World Cup tournament begins.
Instead of training with his teammates and flashing those abs we’ve all come to know on the field and off in Versace advertisements, David Beckham has been seen indulging in some of his favorite gut-busting foods. From L.A.’s In-and-Out Burger to chocolates, it seems perhaps missing the World Cup is driving this increase in snacking and leading to larger pant sizes.
The hamburger has gained so much popularity that it has actually earned its own annual holiday – May is “National Hamburger Month.” With an estimated 14 billion hamburgers eaten annually in the U.S. alone (roughly 45 burgers a person each year), the burger has become one of the most celebrated American foods to date.