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2013-05-06 11:48:35 AM
Why not? Brains are extremely high in protein and fat, everything a body needs when you are living in harsh times.

Besides, it's not as if our appetites for brains have disappeared over the years. You can easily buy animal brains in markets today (just not in the US).

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2013-05-06 11:54:36 AM
Animal brains (and bone marrow) are rich in fat and protein that no animal can get at without the risk of breaking their teeth on the bone, but the hominins could get into easily by hitting the skull with a rock.

Let the big cats do the hard work of hunting and let them take the first pick of the carcass, then when the cats leave, walk in, grab the skull and long bones, and break them open for free food.  Pretty clever, when you think about it.

/this is not a new discovery.
 
2013-05-06 12:40:02 PM
enjoyed digging into the heads of antelope and wildebeests.

Enjoyed it, or did it out of necessity?
 
2013-05-06 12:41:47 PM

abhorrent1: enjoyed digging into the heads of antelope and wildebeests.

Enjoyed it, or did it out of necessity?


Enjoyed. You share enough of our DNA to make eating brains a pleasant experience.
 
2013-05-06 12:43:52 PM
The reason the zombie metaphor is so popular in America today is because we are a nation of shambling, single minded dumbasses. The zombie apocalypse is already upon us. Go to Walmart sometime. But just in case you do go...you might want to bring a shotgun.
 
2013-05-06 12:45:19 PM

bdub77: The reason the zombie metaphor is so popular in America today is because we are a nation of shambling, single minded dumbasses. The zombie apocalypse is already upon us. Go to Walmart sometime. But just in case you do go...you might want to bring a shotgun.




You will never make it to the nacho station.
 
2013-05-06 12:45:36 PM

Obama's Reptiloid Master: abhorrent1: enjoyed digging into the heads of antelope and wildebeests.

Enjoyed it, or did it out of necessity?

Enjoyed. You share enough of our DNA to make eating brains a pleasant experience.


What does this sentence mean?
 
2013-05-06 12:45:42 PM
Braaaains.  Need to buy & attempt to cook sometime. Feline Overlords & -Ladies might prefer raw tho, reckon We'll See.  or not --  have no suitable pic either.
 
2013-05-06 12:48:30 PM
Brains also tend to have Vitamin C reserves, which is one way to avoid scurvy.  Just don't over cook it and you're golden.  A lot of organ meats have Vitamin C, they say that's why Inuits didn't get scurvy.

Of course eating such things will send your cholesterol will be through the roof but when you are having to tackle gazelles so you can feast on the goo between their ears, cholesterol is probably the least of your worries.
 
2013-05-06 12:49:37 PM
Ugh... Really?

It's called Brain Tanning for a reason people...

/goes off to work on some leather
 
2013-05-06 12:50:35 PM

RexTalionis: Why not? Brains are extremely high in protein and fat, everything a body needs when you are living in harsh times.

Besides, it's not as if our appetites for brains have disappeared over the years. You can easily buy animal brains in markets today (just not in the US).

[farm3.staticflickr.com image 640x423]


I think you can get lamb's brains still in the US as specialty markets, just not cow's.

Not so CSB time.

One of the "heroes" of this new age hipster food movement Sally Fallon, has been advocating that people reintroduce brains into their diet precisely because they have a lot of nutrition, and completely dismisses fears of Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis with some magic handwaving.  I have the cookbook she wrote because I thought it was something other than what it was.  Never felt the need to look up citations from a cookbook to verify what they said before.  Come to think of it, it might be the first cookbook I've had with "scientific" citations.

It's not just her, but the Weston A. Price Foundation in general is all about eating cow brain, they even have a recipe for veal brains on their website

It explains a lot about those people, really.

I'd eat other animal brains, just not cow (or deer or human) brains.

I've heard squirrel brain is ok, just small.  People might think you're nuts if you eat one though... :P
 
2013-05-06 12:53:40 PM

BigLuca: Obama's Reptiloid Master: eating brains

What does this sentence mean?


What he did there. You see it.
 
2013-05-06 12:53:56 PM
thursdaynightsmackdown.com
 
2013-05-06 12:54:40 PM

BigLuca: Obama's Reptiloid Master: abhorrent1: enjoyed digging into the heads of antelope and wildebeests.

Enjoyed it, or did it out of necessity?

Enjoyed. You share enough of our DNA to make eating brains a pleasant experience.

What does this sentence mean?


You think of words random mean together I don't. Maybe.
 
2013-05-06 12:54:56 PM
funny.picturepie.com
 
2013-05-06 12:56:19 PM
Brain tacos are one of life's finest pleasures
 
2013-05-06 12:59:06 PM

meat0918: lamb's brains

I'd eat other animal brains, just not cow (or deer or human) brains.

squirrel brain


All mammals can get mad cow disease, and thorough cooking kills it. The problem is that "thoroughly" cooking your food is almost unheard of on this planet Earth.
 
2013-05-06 12:59:34 PM
Are the brains chilled?
 
2013-05-06 12:59:45 PM
Eyeballs were eaten like grapes.
 
2013-05-06 01:04:08 PM
meat0918:

I've heard squirrel brain is ok, just small.  People might think you're nuts if you eat one though... :P


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Pretty popular dish in some places.  Squirrel brains are actually pretty good, if prepared right, but there is a risk of  Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (spongiform encephalopathy), so I don't recommend it.  At least six people have died from it in Kentucky in the past few years.  There's no conclusive proof that they got it from the squirrel brains, but it's a pretty strong possibility.
 
2013-05-06 01:05:33 PM
Brains are delicious...

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2013-05-06 01:12:10 PM

FARK rebel soldier: meat0918: lamb's brains

I'd eat other animal brains, just not cow (or deer or human) brains.

squirrel brain

All mammals can get mad cow disease, and thorough cooking kills it. The problem is that "thoroughly" cooking your food is almost unheard of on this planet Earth.


Heat doesn't do much to prions unless it's absolutely charred. High heat plus pressure cooking "reduces the infectivity" of it ... slightly.
 
2013-05-06 01:12:29 PM

RexTalionis: Why not? Brains are extremely high in protein and fat, everything a body needs when you are living in harsh times.

Besides, it's not as if our appetites for brains have disappeared over the years. You can easily buy animal brains in markets today (just not in the US).

[farm3.staticflickr.com image 640x423]


Tacos de sesos. Also good with some eggs and some roasted chile de arbol.
 
2013-05-06 01:12:30 PM

RexTalionis: Why not? Brains are extremely high in protein and fat, everything a body needs when you are living in harsh times.

Besides, it's not as if our appetites for brains have disappeared over the years. You can easily buy animal brains in markets today (just not in the US).


Deregulate the animal brain market NOW!
 
2013-05-06 01:13:41 PM

uncleacid: Eyeballs were eaten like grapes.


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Indeed.

/hot like a sawblade yo-yo
 
2013-05-06 01:14:18 PM
Best. Taco. Ever.
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2013-05-06 01:15:21 PM

Agnes Gonxha's Confidant: Best. Taco. Ever.
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best taco ever isn't a taco at all
 
2013-05-06 01:16:19 PM

bdub77: The reason the zombie metaphor is so popular in America today is because we are a nation of shambling, single minded dumbasses. The zombie apocalypse is already upon us. Go to Walmart sometime. But just in case you do go...you might want to bring a shotgun.


thelovelyproject.org
 
2013-05-06 01:24:56 PM
see this is what happens when you use worchester sauce instead of emabling fluid
 
2013-05-06 01:25:15 PM

FARK rebel soldier: meat0918: lamb's brains

I'd eat other animal brains, just not cow (or deer or human) brains.

squirrel brain

All mammals can get mad cow disease, and thorough cooking kills it. The problem is that "thoroughly" cooking your food is almost unheard of on this planet Earth.


No, you can't destroy it by cooking.  It's a prion disease.  Not alive, then again neither are viruses, but the temperature needed to denature the protein entirely would be high enough to totally char the meat all the way through.  You see it's a misfolded protein that has the ability to fold healthy normal versions of itself into the misfolded, infectious, deadly version.  If even one gets in, that's it.
 
2013-05-06 01:26:50 PM

BigLuca: Heat doesn't do much to prions unless it's absolutely charred. High heat plus pressure cooking "reduces the infectivity" of it ... slightly.


What the hell. Wikipedia agrees with you but that's very different from what I've heard before - and the citations are actually pretty hard to apply to the human dietary question. i'm especially unconvinced by the study that found 600oF didn't kill prions since they injected it directly into the brain to test it.  Have any citations about cooking and then eating?
 
2013-05-06 01:28:01 PM

Agnes Gonxha's Confidant: Best. Taco. Ever.
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That looks like tongue or cheek...
 
2013-05-06 01:28:12 PM

FARK rebel soldier: All mammals can get mad cow disease, and thorough cooking kills it.


No.  Prions are resistant to denaturation.  You'd be unable to eat whatever you cooked thoroughly enough to denature the prion protein.
 
2013-05-06 01:28:15 PM

LrdPhoenix: No, you can't destroy it by cooking.


You also, this:

FARK rebel soldier: Have any citations about cooking and then eating?

 
2013-05-06 01:39:53 PM
For all those "I won't eat GMO due to genetic drift moving into my system", say hello to your little friend, the edible brain.

Or did you think genetic mutation and survival of the fittest were solely responsible for our brains becoming more powerful? Maybe it was something we ate...

/I'd say more but I gotta go meet a guy named Lysenko
 
2013-05-06 01:41:36 PM
Evolution is the something something something brainwaves.

Coincidence? I think not.

/Bevets lives!
 
2013-05-06 01:44:04 PM
Early man thought that eating an animals heart would give him courage, eating the liver would give him strength and drinking blood would give him stamina.

Did they think that eating brains would make them smarter?
 
2013-05-06 01:48:49 PM

Heraclitus: Early man thought that eating an animals heart would give him courage, eating the liver would give him strength and drinking blood would give him stamina.

Did they think that eating brains would make them smarter?


NO they thought the HEART held the key to ALL KNOWLEDGE
DIDNT YOU CONSULT THE NOSTRADAMUS FECES LIKE I ASKED U TOO
 
2013-05-06 01:49:41 PM

FARK rebel soldier: BigLuca: Heat doesn't do much to prions unless it's absolutely charred. High heat plus pressure cooking "reduces the infectivity" of it ... slightly.

What the hell. Wikipedia agrees with you but that's very different from what I've heard before - and the citations are actually pretty hard to apply to the human dietary question. i'm especially unconvinced by the study that found 600oF didn't kill prions since they injected it directly into the brain to test it.  Have any citations about cooking and then eating?


I have a better idea.  Cite your sources, since you seem to be the only person on earf that thinks that heating to well done kills prions.
 
2013-05-06 01:50:59 PM
Sexier
 
2013-05-06 01:52:13 PM

Heraclitus: Early man thought that eating an animals heart would give him courage, eating the liver would give him strength and drinking blood would give him stamina.

Did they think that eating brains would make them smarter?


Maybe, while we may imprint our own anatomical conceptions on to earlier humanity, their ideas of the functions of the organs were quite different than ours today.  However, who's to say they were ever all that wrong in the idea that incorporating something that gave function to another would not augment your own functions?
 
2013-05-06 01:54:22 PM

brap: Brains also tend to have Vitamin C reserves, which is one way to avoid scurvy.  Just don't over cook it and you're golden.  A lot of organ meats have Vitamin C, they say that's why Inuits didn't get scurvy.

Of course eating such things will send your cholesterol will be through the roof but when you are having to tackle gazelles so you can feast on the goo between their ears, cholesterol is probably the least of your worries.


They also got vitamin C from the gut contents of animals like caribou. And lichens.

Srsly
 
2013-05-06 01:55:03 PM

FARK rebel soldier: LrdPhoenix: No, you can't destroy it by cooking.

You also, this:

FARK rebel soldier: Have any citations about cooking and then eating?


It's just physics/chemistry.  A protein is an individual molecule, much more difficult to destroy entirely than the bonds between molecules that make up something like a virus or a long polymer like an RNA payload.  Not only that, but it's an individual molecule that can chemically force similar others to become exactly like it by interacting with them, so it grows exponentially, and there's nothing in your body to destroy it or pass it out or deal with it in any way, because it only has the machinery to deal with the normal ones.  In fact, that's what causes the actual disease, they just build up and build up and build up with no stopping, until there's just so many of them large numbers of cells just start popping from within and creating cavitations just filled with these proteins.
 
2013-05-06 01:58:39 PM

FARK rebel soldier: meat0918: lamb's brains

I'd eat other animal brains, just not cow (or deer or human) brains.

squirrel brain

All mammals can get mad cow disease, and thorough cooking kills it. The problem is that "thoroughly" cooking your food is almost unheard of on this planet Earth.


Um, no. Prions are highly resistant to heat degradation.

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/bovine_spongiform_encephalopathy_ m ad_cow_disease/index.asp#18

/the more you know...
 
2013-05-06 02:10:02 PM
I am not thinking that early humans liked brains so much as they liked not being hungry.  If they were smart enough to get to something edible that a wild predator left uneaten (e.g. brain) then all that means is they found another way to not go hungry.

I am thinking that most of the time spent by early humans was spent trying to find food.  Any food.
 
2013-05-06 02:13:36 PM
You can also destroy prions by soaking material in concentrated sodium hydroxide (lye) solution and boiling it for 15 minutes. Lower temperature, but unless you're making lutefisk I suspect the taste will suffer... lutefisk already tastes as bad as possible, but it may be the one meat absolutely certain never to have vCJD.
 
2013-05-06 02:16:08 PM

a_room_with_a_moose: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/bovine_spongiform_encephalopathy_ m ad_cow_disease/index.asp#18


Wow, thanks. Definitive. This thread is going to change what I eat.

Shazam999: Cite your sources


I didn't have any, I just had this vague "I've heard things years ago." Which is why this thread has me all freaked out, I could easily have been better informed and I've been putting myself in some danger without knowing it.
 
2013-05-06 02:16:40 PM

FARK rebel soldier: BigLuca: Heat doesn't do much to prions unless it's absolutely charred. High heat plus pressure cooking "reduces the infectivity" of it ... slightly.

What the hell. Wikipedia agrees with you but that's very different from what I've heard before - and the citations are actually pretty hard to apply to the human dietary question. i'm especially unconvinced by the study that found 600oF didn't kill prions since they injected it directly into the brain to test it.  Have any citations about cooking and then eating?


I don't at the moment.  In fact if you are specifically wondering about cooking and eating for HUMAN transmission, I'm pretty sure that hasn't been looked at because it's so rare.  Up until a few years ago, most people thought humans couldn't even get it through eating contaminated meat since prions aren't "alive" in the first place.  But enough cases popped up in Europe and then in the US around the contaminated Elk herds (and that deer herd in Wisconsin) that it's pretty clear you can get it through ingestion, but the exact mechanisms still isn't clear.  This is just from memory from research I did a few years ago, so the only thing I remember for sure is that cooking the meat doesn't make it safe.
 
2013-05-06 02:17:20 PM

FARK rebel soldier: a_room_with_a_moose: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/bovine_spongiform_encephalopathy_ m ad_cow_disease/index.asp#18

Wow, thanks. Definitive. This thread is going to change what I eat.

Shazam999: Cite your sources

I didn't have any, I just had this vague "I've heard things years ago." Which is why this thread has me all freaked out, I could easily have been better informed and I've been putting myself in some danger without knowing it.


Jebus, how much brain do you eat?
 
2013-05-06 02:21:09 PM

Shazam999: FARK rebel soldier: a_room_with_a_moose: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/bovine_spongiform_encephalopathy_ m ad_cow_disease/index.asp#18

Wow, thanks. Definitive. This thread is going to change what I eat.

Shazam999: Cite your sources

I didn't have any, I just had this vague "I've heard things years ago." Which is why this thread has me all freaked out, I could easily have been better informed and I've been putting myself in some danger without knowing it.

Jebus, how much brain do you eat?


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