36 thoughts on “Food and Age

  1. It had me well over a decade older than I am…. I think it’s because for some the sweetest option seemed the worst and I like very salty/sour flavors (like sauerkraut or anchovies)
    For a few I just kind of guessed because none of them seemed that bad (celery, radish and hard boiled eggs were all chosen that way).

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  2. This was nice. I used to be an incredibly picky eater as a child, a true tongue demon accepting nothing but meat and sweet. So it was surprising to see myself being okay with most options presented in a quiz all about the most divisive foods. My taste palette has grown ridiculously to the point I now had to interpret “most disgusting” as “prefer it less than the alternatives.” Feels good!

    I also doubt that the quiz has all possible ages as answers, so I think you’re now of an age that exactly identifies a generation in the public consciousness.

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    1. When I was a kid, I’d eat nothing except apples and oranges. I hated even candy and ice-cream, let alone anything with meat in it. I’d routinely throw up at mealtimes because all food looked and tasted disgusting.

      Then during puberty, I actually experienced the desire to eat for the first time in my life. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop compensating for my self-inflicted childhood starvation. πŸ™‚

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  3. I’m in my mid-thirties and have the taste buds of a 76-year-old. Didn’t realize I was such an old fart. I also had to force myself to pick one for a few questions because I liked all the options. Celery being one example.

    But I refuse to eat any weird protein bars, but especially one made out of insects. That’s not food.

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    1. I also had to pick celery because the rest of the options were nice. I love celery but only when it’s raw. In soup or stew, i don’t get it because it tastes like nothing.

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      1. “love celery but only when it’s raw”

        I like it as a flavoring more than an ingredient and have never liked it raw (too stringy). In soup (or meatballs, meatloaf) it doesn’t have it’s own identity but adds to the overall flavor (you tell when it’s not there more than when it’s there if you get my meaning).

        I automatically picked the most processed crap. I also picked tofu cheese (blech) though I like plain (hard) tofu just fine.

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        1. I wonder who they think is going to like insect food? The young? The survivors of the Great Depression? Or the aging Millennials who want to be cool?

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          1. As a classic said,

            ‘Celery, raw, develops the jaw;
            But celery, stewed, is more quietly chewed.’

            Truer words were never spoken.

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            1. In my head, that Nash piece is forever connected by this Belloc bit:

              The Vulture eats between his meals
              And that’s the reason why
              He very, very rarely feels
              As well as you and I.

              His eye is dull, his head is bald,
              His neck is growing thinner.
              Oh! what a lesson for us all
              To only eat at dinner!

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        1. “eating sweets. That seems to be what most of the choices boiled down to”

          I noticed that but all the sweet things were horrible processed or commercial crap. I love good sweet food but twinkies? I’d rather gargle chlorox (the aftertaste surely wouldn’t last as long).

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          1. I ate Twinkies once, after watching a documentary on the Twinkie defense. The experience convinced me that the defense wasn’t complete crap as I was ready to commit mass murder after the first bite.

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            1. “ate Twinkies once”

              Some years ago a colleague at the time (with access to US military stores) gave me a couple of mini-twinkies.
              I passed one on to a Polish friend who was curious about them due to frequent mentions in US series and movies. One bite and his face contorted in purest disgust
              “I thought you said they were good?!”
              “Nope, I never said anything of the kind, I may have said they were…. unique.”
              I couldn’t take more than one bit of the one I had either and the plasticky artificial chemical aftertaste that attacked my entire oral cavity took hours to fade away…
              I had never been a fan but didn’t remember the horrible aftertaste which means that at one point I was… used to it…. which is kind of frightening….

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              1. We often had those Little Debbie oatmeal cream pies in our packed lunches as kids. I remember liking the things.

                Also very clearly remember the last time I tasted one, as an adult, and nearly puked– what is this greasy, grainy, chemical monstrosity? Not at all sure how it is still legal to sell petroleum products as food. And how, HOW, did I actually like that stuff as a kid? (shudders)

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  4. Silly quiz — with most of the four-choice questions I didn’t find any of the foods repellent. The quiz says I’m 45, so it was only wrong by 33 years.

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      1. About the only items that truly repulsed me were the insect bars and the sheep’s head. (Fortunately, the quiz didn’t include coconut, which REALLY makes me gag!)

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  5. I’m 51 and got 76. But it was a hard quiz to answer. In several cases I would happily eat all four choices and there were lots of foods that I would consider boring or low quality, but not exactly gross. I don’t particularly care for a lot of the really processed things like twinkies, candy corn, and cheese whiz, but they aren’t disgusting.

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