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(NPR)   Scientists say there might be an evolutionary reason why you don't want to eat a bright blue chicken. Photographer sets out to see if it's true   (npr.org) divider line 82
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2014-04-16 08:01:12 PM  
I do not like it, Sam I am.
 
2014-04-16 08:18:05 PM  
Food should not be blue.  Even blueberries are more purple than blue.
 
2014-04-16 08:36:43 PM  
Reminds me of Picasso in his cordon bleu period.
 
2014-04-16 08:40:48 PM  
That chicken doesn't look appetizing because it's raw and coated in paint.
 
2014-04-16 08:49:30 PM  

hb0mb: That chicken doesn't look appetizing because it's raw and coated in paint.


I thought it was a latex skinsuit.  But then I've been reading "50 Shades of Chicken".
 
2014-04-16 08:49:33 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Food should not be blue.  Even blueberries are more purple than blue.


What about waffles?

static.fjcdn.com
 
2014-04-16 08:51:02 PM  
As one who has studied color in college (illustration and photography) and use it to influence things in advertising today, I admire the photographers approach towards the subject.
 
2014-04-16 09:34:37 PM  

hb0mb: That chicken doesn't look appetizing because it's raw and coated in paint.


This is the truth.
 
2014-04-16 09:51:19 PM  
♫ I like the enchiladas and the teriyaki too
I even like the chicken
if the sauce is not too blue ♫

/Oh yeah!
 
2014-04-16 11:28:53 PM  
I ate a big red candle!
 
2014-04-16 11:30:40 PM  

you are a puppet: I ate a big red candle!


Thanks, Brick. And the weather?
 
2014-04-16 11:36:16 PM  
www.vitacost.com
 
2014-04-16 11:37:16 PM  
People eat chicken nuggets. I'm not sure they care whether their food-like substance resembles its namesake or not.
 
2014-04-16 11:37:34 PM  
Blue food?
pbs.twimg.com
 
2014-04-16 11:37:51 PM  
The cereal looks like Frankenberries in a bowl of lemon pudding.
 
2014-04-16 11:42:15 PM  
Not painted:
i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-16 11:42:36 PM  
inventorspot.com

"There's no blue food! Where is the blue food? We want the blue food!"
 
2014-04-16 11:43:39 PM  
Not sure about blue chicken but I definitely don't want that "whole cooked chicken in a can" stuff.
 
2014-04-16 11:45:31 PM  
0.tqn.com

Wonder why you can't buy this anymore....  thought it would be a HUGE seller!
 
2014-04-16 11:46:42 PM  
"by Linda Poon"

DNRTFA. I couldn't get past the byline.
 
2014-04-16 11:48:01 PM  
Are you saying all the fanboy lust after Mystique is misplaced?
 
2014-04-16 11:55:10 PM  
I'll have a blue chicken without you

/got nuthin'
 
2014-04-16 11:56:29 PM  
Was that a bunch of pseudoscience masquerading as art?
 
2014-04-16 11:56:50 PM  
When I was a youngster I used to make pancakes for breffis and started adding food coloring for kicks. Red was ok, green got me some glaring looks, blue was when dad yelled ENOUGH.
 
2014-04-16 11:57:15 PM  

sharphead: [0.tqn.com image 400x179]

Wonder why you can't buy this anymore....  thought it would be a HUGE seller!


I always bought the green Ketchup. I wish I could have some right now.... mmmm spoon-full of ketchup...mmmm
 
2014-04-16 11:59:58 PM  

jaytkay: "by Linda Poon"

DNRTFA. I couldn't get past the byline.


i.imgur.com


Its Comanche Indian.
 
2014-04-17 12:01:07 AM  

sharphead: Wonder why you can't buy this anymore....  thought it would be a HUGE seller!


we were in San Francisco one Saturday and Heinz had set up a test group for that product and we were asked to participate so we did. I think they also had green catsup as well. anyway my kid was 6 at the time and she thought it was paint and refused to eat it. they still gave us $50. it tasted about the same as regular catsup but the colors were off putting.
 
2014-04-17 12:01:50 AM  

meat0918: Was that a bunch of pseudoscience masquerading as art?


Yes.
 
2014-04-17 12:02:11 AM  
The food doesn't look unappetizing because it's colored, it looks unappetizing because the colors aren't even real colors and it doesn't look like food.

For instance, cereal in orange juice or lemonade wont look unappetizing, even though it's bright orange or yellow. That "milk" looks like paint, that's why it looks disgusting.

The chicken looks like it's wearing a rubber suit, not like someone crushed up blueberries and rubbed it all over the skin of the chicken.

The purple hot fudge looks like someone dripped paint on pistachio ice cream. Check out the maraschino cherries. They are artificially dyed. Look at how reflective they are when compared to the paint. They aren't a perfect mirror like that purple paint is. Here's a fake purple food:
wsinsanity.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com

It doesn't look nearly as un-appetizing as the paint on the ice cream, even though it's purple. That's because it's still ketchup, and ketchup looks like food, not like paint.
 
2014-04-17 12:02:56 AM  

hb0mb: That chicken doesn't look appetizing because it's raw and coated in paint.


i.imgur.com

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE COJIRO
 
2014-04-17 12:03:21 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: ♫ I like the enchiladas and the teriyaki too
I even like the chicken
if the sauce is not too blue ♫

/Oh yeah!


And it's mine, all mine!
 
2014-04-17 12:03:53 AM  

hb0mb: That chicken doesn't look appetizing because it's raw and coated in paint.


No, no, no, it's because we have an innate fear of food additives!

God save us from "Artists"
 
2014-04-17 12:06:16 AM  
This was cutting edge science circa 1950
 
2014-04-17 12:09:31 AM  
Food additives?  No, if anything it's because brightly colored things in nature are often poisonous.
 
2014-04-17 12:18:28 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Not painted:
[i.imgur.com image 540x356]


Those are Rosa Parks chickens
 
2014-04-17 12:19:08 AM  

lewismarktwo: Food additives?  No, if anything it's because brightly colored things in nature are often poisonous.


www.aqua.org

/agrees
 
2014-04-17 12:23:12 AM  
As a general rule, I don't eat anything that looks like a poison dart frog.
 
2014-04-17 12:24:23 AM  
I think we equate blue skin with cold chicken which is why KBC never held a candle to KFC.
 
2014-04-17 12:26:37 AM  
chewynathan: I think we equate blue skin with cold chicken which is why KBC never held a candle to KfarkBC is great
 
2014-04-17 12:26:56 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Not painted:


I have three extra males destined for the soup pot soon. They are just to small for much else. I don't have an issue with the dark meat.
 
2014-04-17 12:27:17 AM  
Not this food dye shiat again
 
2014-04-17 12:27:48 AM  
abeltasmanseashuttles.co.nz

Well... that's a relief.
 
2014-04-17 12:29:43 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: Not this food dye shiat again


I noticed they cited "health advocacy groups" and not scientists.
 
2014-04-17 12:34:15 AM  
I would eat the ice cream and cereals but not the rest. Breakfast (except eggs and pig meat etc...) and desert can be any color because they are already heavily processed even if 100% "natural", but "real almost unprocessed" (from the garden/animal to the fire to the plate) food should look real.
 
2014-04-17 12:41:02 AM  
informinspire.com
 
2014-04-17 12:42:12 AM  
Green tea ice cream is awesome. My problem is finding it around here.
 
2014-04-17 12:43:49 AM  

kidgenius: It doesn't look nearly as un-appetizing as the paint on the ice cream, even though it's purple. That's because it's still ketchup, and ketchup looks like food, not like paint.


Thing is, there are blue/purple tomatoes. Unlike blue corn or blue potatoes which you can find fairly easily they've never really taken off commercially, but they exist. So in principle at least, you could make purple ketchup that's that way naturally.
 
2014-04-17 12:54:04 AM  

kidgenius: The food doesn't look unappetizing because it's colored, it looks unappetizing because the colors aren't even real colors and it doesn't look like food.

For instance, cereal in orange juice or lemonade wont look unappetizing, even though it's bright orange or yellow. That "milk" looks like paint, that's why it looks disgusting.

The chicken looks like it's wearing a rubber suit, not like someone crushed up blueberries and rubbed it all over the skin of the chicken.

The purple hot fudge looks like someone dripped paint on pistachio ice cream. Check out the maraschino cherries. They are artificially dyed. Look at how reflective they are when compared to the paint. They aren't a perfect mirror like that purple paint is. Here's a fake purple food:
[wsinsanity.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com image 690x506]

It doesn't look nearly as un-appetizing as the paint on the ice cream, even though it's purple. That's because it's still ketchup, and ketchup looks like food, not like paint.


What in the hell is a real color?
 
2014-04-17 12:58:02 AM  
dirtyhorror.com
 
2014-04-17 01:06:21 AM  

kidgenius: The food doesn't look unappetizing because it's colored, it looks unappetizing because the colors aren't even real colors and it doesn't look like food.

For instance, cereal in orange juice or lemonade wont look unappetizing, even though it's bright orange or yellow. That "milk" looks like paint, that's why it looks disgusting.

The chicken looks like it's wearing a rubber suit, not like someone crushed up blueberries and rubbed it all over the skin of the chicken.

The purple hot fudge looks like someone dripped paint on pistachio ice cream. Check out the maraschino cherries. They are artificially dyed. Look at how reflective they are when compared to the paint. They aren't a perfect mirror like that purple paint is. Here's a fake purple food:
[wsinsanity.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com image 690x506]

It doesn't look nearly as un-appetizing as the paint on the ice cream, even though it's purple. That's because it's still ketchup, and ketchup looks like food, not like paint.


Except that looks nasty as fark.  I wouldn't eat it.
 
2014-04-17 01:12:58 AM  
I never really liked eating when I was tripping.
 
2014-04-17 01:13:22 AM  

whistleridge: Marcus Aurelius: Food should not be blue.  Even blueberries are more purple than blue.

What about waffles?

[static.fjcdn.com image 750x600]


Came to make a joke along these lines.
 
2014-04-17 01:15:23 AM  
To this day, I won't eat yellow snow.
 
2014-04-17 01:38:20 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: [informinspire.com image 300x297]


I'd eat that.
-J-
 
2014-04-17 02:04:43 AM  
Hmm.


Usually chicken turns blue when you choke it...
 
2014-04-17 02:22:51 AM  

Brainsick: Blue food?
[pbs.twimg.com image 499x459]


Gotta love that mania! That kid's got the manics real bad.
 
2014-04-17 02:41:58 AM  

bborchar: Green tea ice cream is awesome. My problem is finding it around here.


dude, spend the fifteen bucks on an icecream machine already. The web is FULL of good recipes.

Lychee, Lime and Gunpowder Green Tea sorbet is the shiznit. I serve that after my 'Szechuan' pork dish, and a winnar is me!
 
2014-04-17 02:48:12 AM  
img.fark.net

Why!? Why would we be pre-programmed to avoid blue food?  That pretty blue frog posted up thread sure looked tasty to me.

/for all you pendantic farkers, that's some kind of citrus that was treated with some fungi on both sides, the right side got a penicillin injection.
//pedantic farkers is redundant
 
2014-04-17 02:49:35 AM  
www.carrotmuseum.co.uk

www.farmgirlbloggers.com

i0.wp.com
 
2014-04-17 02:58:16 AM  
What the hell is "roast chicken food porn" (FTFA second paragraph)?
 
2014-04-17 03:02:16 AM  

fusillade762: [www.carrotmuseum.co.uk image 250x250]

[www.farmgirlbloggers.com image 400x300]

[i0.wp.com image 463x400]


Those potatoes would be fun to serve mashed to my unwitting family on Thanksgiving.
 
2014-04-17 03:06:48 AM  
My problem is more with foods in overly bright, overly uniform colors. All three of these photos involve such bright, uniform colors just look like they contain paint, and paint rarely tastes good.

That and the clearly raw chicken. Why didn't the photographer cook that thing before painting it?
 
2014-04-17 03:08:30 AM  
I immediately want to eat a bright blue chicken. Does that mean evolution is false? Were the fundies right all along? I'm so confused.

/oh wait, I'm just drunk
//whiskey and rye ftw
///I'm given to understand three slashies is the protocol
 
2014-04-17 03:17:36 AM  
I have a feeling this guy would probably like the concept of blue food.

encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
 
2014-04-17 03:29:00 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Not painted:


I cooked one of those once. Nobody would eat it. The color aside, the tecture seemed off as well.
 
2014-04-17 03:35:31 AM  
Been there, done that:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-04-17 04:26:42 AM  
I need to buy a bag of pan de tube now. The purple ube potatoes are common in philipino baked goods and desserts. Absolutely loaded with sugars, too.
 
2014-04-17 05:00:36 AM  
Blue?
thinkofthat.net
 
2014-04-17 05:15:12 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Not painted:
[i.imgur.com image 540x356]


Tastes like Silkies!
 
2014-04-17 06:21:45 AM  
The chicken in TFA would look a lot better if they had not used blue gloss paint on it...
 
2014-04-17 06:24:03 AM  
Also it is raw. I find raw chicken, even the right colour, not appealing to eat.

Show me a blue chicken that is then cooked and then we can judge.

Raw chicken? Salmonella anyone?
 
2014-04-17 07:38:47 AM  

kidgenius: The food doesn't look unappetizing because it's colored, it looks unappetizing because the colors aren't even real colors and it doesn't look like food.

For instance, cereal in orange juice or lemonade wont look unappetizing, even though it's bright orange or yellow. That "milk" looks like paint, that's why it looks disgusting.

The chicken looks like it's wearing a rubber suit, not like someone crushed up blueberries and rubbed it all over the skin of the chicken.

The purple hot fudge looks like someone dripped paint on pistachio ice cream. Check out the maraschino cherries. They are artificially dyed. Look at how reflective they are when compared to the paint. They aren't a perfect mirror like that purple paint is. Here's a fake purple food:
[wsinsanity.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com image 690x506]

It doesn't look nearly as un-appetizing as the paint on the ice cream, even though it's purple. That's because it's still ketchup, and ketchup looks like food, not like paint.


All this.  The "artist" in questions was obviously using paint, not food coloring.  The red "creamer" by the sugar cubes was obviously paint, as was the pasta "sauce", and the chicken coating, very likely others too.  That's what's unappatizing, they look like they've been dipped in DuPont's most viscous(or poured over them, whatever).
 
2014-04-17 07:57:12 AM  
I was told there would be no sciences.
 
2014-04-17 09:05:53 AM  

Jeeemz: What the hell is "roast chicken food porn" (FTFA second paragraph)?


Why don't you google it? Unless you're...
*sunglasses*

Chicken.


YEEEAAAAHHHHHHH!
 
2014-04-17 09:09:13 AM  
The cereal floating in paint got me. Euugh. No, that is not 'yellow milk'. If I pour cereal into a bowl of liquid and it has that much buoyancy, I'm throwing it down the drain no matter what color it is.

I seriously don't think color is as much of a factor as the "artist" is saying. As with everyone else in here, the viscous texture + odd color means it's FARKING PAINT. Fudge is not normally blue, ketchup is not normally purple, chicken does not have a perfectly uniform coloration, milk does not have that kind of density. But paint does match those properties, so when your brain goes to identify wtf you're looking at, it's going to grab those known parameters and tell you that you're not looking at food.
 
2014-04-17 09:11:57 AM  
Dang, I just realized- It's the Uncanny Valley of food. Meticulously carve a chicken out of silly putty and it will have the exact same gross-out.
 
2014-04-17 11:21:01 AM  
plasticbunnies.files.wordpress.com

\seriously? No love for the hyper-chicken?
 
2014-04-17 12:23:09 PM  
uakino.net

Blue food is the future.
 
2014-04-17 01:08:49 PM  
guyism.com

It's a single-celled protein combined with synthetic aminos, vitamins and minerals.
Everything the body needs.
 
2014-04-17 01:10:04 PM  

fugeeface: [uakino.net image 720x544]

Blue food is the future.


ih0.redbubble.net
 
2014-04-17 03:08:46 PM  

fugeeface: Blue food is the future.


www.american-buddha.com
www.american-buddha.com

Just make sure it's not prepared by people who really hate the people they're working for...

www.american-buddha.com
 
2014-04-17 05:38:35 PM  

uttertosh: bborchar: Green tea ice cream is awesome. My problem is finding it around here.

dude, spend the fifteen bucks on an icecream machine already. The web is FULL of good recipes.

Lychee, Lime and Gunpowder Green Tea sorbet is the shiznit. I serve that after my 'Szechuan' pork dish, and a winnar is me!


We have a great ice cream maker...but I fell in love with the Haagen Daas version in Japan, and while I can make it myself, it's never quite the same.
 
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