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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Cannibal

A few centuries ago, cannibalism between warring tribes in Fiji was very much part of everyday life.  Eat me!' was a proper ritual greeting from a commoner to a chief. The ferocity of the cannibal lifestyle deterred European sailors from going near Fijian waters, giving the island the name Cannibal Isles; as a result, Fiji remained unknown to the rest of the world.

James 'Sligo' Jameson of the famous whiskey-distilling family was one of most famous naturalists of the late-nineteenth-century. He once bought a 10-year-old girl for six handkerchiefs during an African expedition and gave her to cannibals so he could witness and sketch her being eaten.

2,500 people were arrested for cannibalism in the 1930's during the Holodomor Famine in Ukraine.

After the the 1941-42 Siege of Leningrad was broken, the Soviets wanted to prosecute those who had resorted to cannibalism. However, so many were accused (over two thousand) that the NKVD had to divide them into two groups; 'corpse-eating' and 'person-eating'. The former were jailed, and the latter (586 people) were shot.

The cannibalism depicted in the 1980 horror movie Cannibal Holocaust was so realistic, the director Ruggero Deodato was brought to court and had to prove he didn't actually kill his actors.

Notorious 1990s Venezuelan cannibal Dorangel Vargas wouldn't eat people who were too fat as he was concerned about cholesterol.

Sewing machine inventor Elias Howe said he got the idea for the sewing machine needle from dreams of cannibals chasing him with spears.

Eating one human body would provide about 81,500 calories. An arm would offer 1,800 calories and a leg 7,150.

So what does human flesh taste like? Apparently, you cannot distinguish it from veal...

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