Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Did you know?

Romania leads the European Union in total sales of baby broth. This local gastronomic specialty, originally developed as a way to help crowded orphanages make ends meet after the collapse of communism in 1989, involves placing infants into a pot or basin of water heated to 32°C and containing a mixture of salt and oregano, in order to harvest their shedding epidermis.

"Stewing" the babies for about half an hour allows for dead cells in the outer layers of their skin to slough off into the watery mixture. Local legend has it that the sebum and keratinocytes of newborns are an effective remedy for curing glaucoma, erectile dysfunction, and the common cold.

The babies, who are in no way harmed by the process, reportedly love it, especially since it's their only chance all week to be warm.

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