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The bacteria feed on the dead skin and sweat making smelly gases. If you have a spitting contest, you’ll do better if you can see some food, or even a picture of food. If you can’t manage that, just thinking about your favourite food will help to make your mouth water. ECA6087C-5717-411F-85E9-72349DFE15C2 If you throw up and your vomit is greenish, it contains bile from further down in your intestine than just your stomach. The bile and stomach acid make vomit taste awful. 5 litres (8 pints) of tears a year – they keep your eyes wet even if you’re not crying.
ECA6087C-5717-411F-85E9-72349DFE15C2 You will produce about 33,000 litres (8,700 gallons) of urine in your life. qxd 20/2/07 11:14 am Page 42 42 1001 Horrible Facts Bedouin wedding feasts sometimes include a roast camel, stuffed with a sheep, stuffed with chickens, stuffed with fish, stuffed with eggs. In the 1800s, it was common to mix ground bones into flour to make it go further. Henry V of England once held a Christmas feast at which the menu included carps’ tongues, roasted dolphin and flowers set in jelly.
And in the Gilbert Islands, jellyfish ovaries are served fried. ECA6087C-5717-411F-85E9-72349DFE15C2 Aztecs gave people who were to be human sacrifices many last meals – they fattened them up for up to a year. qxd 20/2/07 11:14 am Page 57 57 In China and Japan, sheets of dried jellyfish are sold for soaking and turning back into slimy jellyfish ready for cooking. Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans all gave condemned prisoners a last meal. The Chinese eat monster barnacles the size of an adult’s fist.