Eddie Izzard does a great routine in which he posits that if most strange meats taste like chicken, then babies probably do too. So, when trying an unusual meat, it makes some sense to say that it “tastes like babies”?
Although the Japanese eat poisonous puffer (among a host of other scary dishes), and the Koreans eat dogs (“only the stupid breeds” one friend once commented), the Taiwanese point out emphatically that they do not eat babies: that’s left to the mainlanders. Of course, people do eat people, especially during times of deprivation and war–a reminder, if one is needed, of how horrible war can be.
Now one might chalk this up to urban legend (snopes does), but those who interviewed the artist-cannibal for British television seem to think that his work is very much authentic. I thought, for a very long time, that eating monkey brains was an urban myth, but a Chinese student of mine has recently argued otherwise. Though eating people is a horrifying thought (it is, after all, intended to be), it could be worse, as Chinese are apparently tastier than others when it comes to this particular dish.
Hm. Time for lunch. Hope it doesn’t taste like babies. (via Boing)