The Ten Weirdest Moments in Food: 2012
|Ben and Jerry's|
It's been said the most sincerest form of flattery is imitation. The porn industry has taken that and run with it, making spoofs of everything from Forrest Hump to Chinny Chinny Gang Bang (no, we didn't make those up). But isn't ice cream sacred -- even when it's Ben & Jerry's, the company known for cheekiness with names like Schweddy Balls? While parodies are generally protected against trademark infringement lawsuits, the Ben & Jerry's company filed a lawsuit against Rodax Distributors and Caballero Video for their hard-core Ben & Cherry's DVDs. Instead of suing the porn company, Ben & Jerry's missed an opportunity by not turning these porn titles into ice-cream flavors. After all, who wouldn't buy Boston Cream Thigh, New York Fat & Chunky, and Peanut Butter D-Cup?
|Ben Siegel Reptiles|
It's no surprise that the most bizarre food-related story of 2012 comes from South Florida. When Edward Archbold entered a cockroach-eating contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach, he probably thought that a few minutes of being grossed-out would land him a free ball python. After all, we've seen extreme insect eating on Fear Factor, and the contestants usually just puke and take home some cash. Unfortunately for Archbold, things took a turn for the worse. Almost immediately after winning the contest, the unfortunate contestant threw up and then collapsed in front of the store. He was pronounced dead at Broward Health North. The official cause of death: According to the Broward Medical Examiner, Archbold died of "asphyxia due to choking and aspiration of gastric contents."
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