1001 Gruesome Facts by Helen Otway

By Helen Otway

Caricature duo make studying a voyage via gruesomeness - extra fascinating than the common reference book.*Gruesome proof are renowned on radio, television and in e-book format.*Appeals to oldsters because it encourages kids to widen their reading.*Children will get pleasure from telling family and friends approximately their analyzing.

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You can have extra ants if you ask nicely. qxd 12/6/07 9:38 am Page 57 57 Filipino fermented fish bagoong terong smells like raw sewage! Chocolate is toxic to dogs, cats, horses and parrots, because their bodies cannot break down the chemical theobromine that comes from cocoa beans. If they eat too much, they can suffer from vomiting, diarrhoea and muscle spasms. Toxic mushrooms such as the pure white Destroying Angel contain poison that destroys the liver and kidneys. A British farmer added carrots to his cows’ diet, but their milk turned pink!

His arm was amputated in an attempt to save him, but he died a week later. The world’s most pierced woman, Elaine Davidson, can put her little finger through the hole in her tongue. qxd 11/6/07 5:13 pm Page 31 31 The rare but fatal brain disease kuru is also known as laughing sickness, as its victims go through a stage of bursting into laughter, before they develop ulcerations and eventually die. NASA aeroplanes used for training astronauts have the nickname ‘Vomit Comets’, as the weightlessness that passengers experience often makes them throw up.

Pets-de-nonne (nun’s farts) are delicate Canadian cinnamon rolls. Nuns don’t fart, surely? Red whelks can sometimes be mistaken for edible whelks, but their saliva is highly toxic. If eaten, they will cause blurred vision and paralysis. Around 50,000 horses are slaughtered each year in the US to be exported for meat. 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!

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