We’re prepping to record the next few podcasts and we NEED YOUR HELP with more awesome facts and cheeky lies to be used in each episode.

To recap, in every podcast Mike, Jamie, Ben and Mike each bring 2 food related facts to the table. One is true. One is a lie. The others then have to work out which is which.

There’s just one small problem: Mike, Barry & Jamie love to cheat. This winds up Ben. Everyone gets grumpy.

We thought the easiest way would be to start a discussion here so you guys can comment with your own ideas that we can use in the podcasts. Mike, Barry, Ben & Jamie have been blocked from this post so they won’t be able to see anything. I can then pass on individually. Then nobody has a head start before we film.

So share your facts & lies! If you have a specific person in mind to use your fact, just comment in the post!

x Katie

(Nice to meet you! I’m the producer at Sorted. Sometimes my awkward elbow or arm can be spotted on camera 😂)

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  1. Citrine

    Historically when all English people were Catholics, they had to obey the no meat on Fridays rule. Some very clever and less than honest people introduced the idea that one variety of goose was actually shellfish. How? Because while everyone could eat the goose barnacle… no one explained in law that the barnacle goose was actually a goose.

    Also, since many “national” dishes include noodles, potatoes or tomatoes… most national dishes are only a few hundred years old. Marco Polo brought noodles from China, and Raleigh brought tomatoes and potatos to England, while Columbus and his ilk did the same for Spain and Italy. Coffee, tea and chocolate arrived even later.

    The most expensive spice for centuries was saffron, and the most essential was pepper.

  2. cathy926

    I just came across a random but interesting food-related thing that I honestly couldn’t even believe at first. Apparently it’s possible to grow different types of fruit on the same tree and these are known as “Fruit Salad Trees”. I’m not entirely sure how it works but I’m sure there’s some good explanation out there (or one of the guy’s can make something up and use this as a lie). Anyways – here’s the link to purchase them – https://www.fruitsaladtrees.com/

  3. Hey whats up? Hope this fines you well and happy,

    Got some really weird facts for you and some other not so factual stuff. LOL!

    Hippo Soup
    The Earliest soup that archaeologists have found evidence of dates from around 6000BC, and contained the bones of a Hippopotamus.

    According to old Africa hands, the fat of a the hippo is so sweet it can – with relish be eaten raw.

    The Earliest Noddles,
    In 2005 archaeologists uncovered the world’s oldest noodles in Lajia, China, at the site of an ancient earthquake. The 4000 – year old noodles, which had been buried with earthenware bowl, quickly oxidized and turned to dust on exposure to the air, but from the remnants scientists found they had been made from millet.

    Did you know that it was British Quaker company by the name of Joseph Fry and Co found a way to make chocolate into the first solid chocolate bar in 1847.

    The fat tailed sheep of Arabia. ( this one makes me giggle)

    The Greek Author Herodotus (Known as both the father of History and the father of the lies,)

    In his writings Herodotus describes two remarkable sheep found only in Arabia.

    One kind has a long tail no less than four and a half feet (1.35 metres) long which if the were allowed to trail on the ground, would be bruised and develop sores.
    As it is the shepherds of the particular area have enough skill in carpentry to make little carts that can be attached to back of the sheep lifting the tail of the ground (the tail is tied down ) and preventing it getting bruised and developing sores with would get infected and this is a precursory to sheep getting their tails docked now a days.

    The other kind has a broad tail which is at times 18 inches (45cm)
    across. Although the modern fat tailed sheep cannot boast such a magnificently broad tail, they do continue to be the dominant form of sheep across Africa and the middle East.
    The fat in the tails differs from the usual body fat of a sheep. It melts much easier and has long been a valued cooking oil in cuisine of the region. The meat from the fat tailed sheep is usually leaner that that of their this tailed cousins ( breeds of which dominate in Europe and elsewhere), as the fat is in the tail instead of the legs or trunk.

    I can provide a pic of the fat tailed sheep if you or the guys are of interest.

    I have loads of others, I don’t know if any of this is helpful.

    Take care of your selves.
    Hugs Helen

  4. SushmaV15

    Hey katie !!

    Did you know that A cluster of bananas are called a ‘hand’ and a single banana is known as a ‘finger’? and also eating poppy seed bread and bagels can make you fail a drugs test.

  5. Cdclyde2887

    This one is true, my mom and I learned this one: it’s good to drink green tea when your sick because it flushes out all the toxins in your system.

    • I love how you say you’re not a fan of body shaming but your entire comment shows that you are. What a hypocrite! Thank God President Trump is our president as opposed to the weak, PC leaders of Europe and Canada!! Guess which country’s culture will last longer…

  6. feral

    Trump eats his steak well done with a side of ketchup, because of course he does. Further details on how to get the Donald Figure include:
    -during the campaign, he would go 12-14 hours without eating then eat 2 Fillet-O-Fish, 2 Big Macs and a small chocolate shake
    -when he does eat breakfast, he usually eats an Egg McMuffin
    -while our favorite troglodyte does not partake in alcohol or coffee, he does drink 12 Diet Cokes a day, despite tweeting in October 2012 ‘I have never seen a thin person drink Diet Coke’. somehow, the orange man with the Muslim ban managed to body shame himself from the past
    -Trump is a notorious germaphobe, and thus will not eat from a package that has been opened prior. One of the reasons he eats McDonald’s so frequently is because he has a fear of being poisoned. #JustRichPeopleThings
    -also on the campaign trail, Trump’s private plane was stocked with Vienna Finger cookies (a food which is now ruined for me), potato chips, pretzels and LOTS of Oreos.
    -almost all of his food is delivered to him

    I’m not a fan of body or diet shaming, but it’s a miracle that man doesn’t have heart palpitations from the sheer amount of sodium he intakes.
    Here’s the sources for most of these facts, even though the Diet Coke, steak abuse and poisoning paranoia are relatively well known:
    https://qz.com/1177604/these-are-donald-trumps-uh-unorthodox-views-on-diet-and-exercise/
    http://www.businessinsider.com/what-trumps-diet-is-like-review-2018-1

  7. feral

    Ex-President Obama (come BACK Barack!) prefers chocolate to vanilla ice cream.

  8. feral

    You guys have probably covered this, but artificial vanilla is very rarely made from a secretion from the anal glands of beavers called ‘castoreum’. However, as harvesting it is fairly unpleasant for all the parties involved (it involves tranquilizers and a ‘milking’), it’s only really used in the perfume industry. Make sure your perfumes are vegan, my friends. Nobody wants beaver anal juice in their signature scent.

  9. tarasimo

    Hi Katie,

    Two really cool true facts for you:

    1. There is a company based in Las Vegas called New Wave Foods that creates plant-based sustainable prawns using algae. The prawns actually look like the real thing and I have heard they taste pretty close, too.

    2. Scientists have developed techniques to grow meat in a lab. There are several start-up companies that cultures meat from animal cells. It tends to have the consistency of ground meat. a US-based company called Just cultures foie gras, chorizo and chicken nuggets. I’m not certain whether it is commercially available yet.

    Also, the history of Fanta may provide some interesting facts for the podcast. It was invented in Nazi Germany.

  10. _redshortsarecool_

    Hi!
    First off, I am LOVING the new podcast! It’s fun but factual at the same time. So, here’s my truth: (BARRY NEEDS TO TELL THIS ONE!)
    So, in Switzerland, there is a slight political divide; the French speaking western part is more liberal, and also sometimes pro-EU. The central and eastern bits, however, mostly speak German. They are mostly quite conservative!
    Now, because of this slight tension, there is an imaginary border called the “Röstigraben” or “Rösti pit” in English. This is due to the fact that Rösti is considered a Swiss German dish, or at least mostly.
    So you could ask: Is this imaginary border called “Röstigraben” or “Polentagraben”?
    Polentagraben is false, as this is the divide between the Italian speaking part and the SwissGerman part. The boys should know that polenta is more commonly eaten in Italian speaking parts, but let’s see😂.
    Good luck!!

  11. arwilt

    Hi!
    I’ve just learned oranges were once used to help two men escape from the Tower of London!
    In 1597, John Gerard was imprisoned for being a Jesuit Priest under Elizabeth I’s rule. While in prison, he bribed the guards to allow him to send crosses made from orange peels to his friends on the outside- and included seemingly innocent notes written in charcoal, but that also contained secret messages written in invisible ink made from orange juice!
    The secret messages were smuggled to Gerard’s friends who helped to organize and coordinate an escape for Gerard and his friend John Arden. It took two tries, but the two prisoners were smuggled out by a rope over the moat and Gerard lived out the rest of his days on the continent.

    And as a fun science fact, citric acid/citrus juice based ink is invisible until it’s heated, this is because heat causes many of the carbon-based molecules to break down and oxidize, which turns the compound brown!

  12. ScienceSpencer

    Kinder Surprise eggs were ,until recently, banned in the USA because the FDA doesn’t allow non-edible items to be embedded in food. They have been reimagined for the USA market to comply with the regulations. The USA version, which is called “Kinder Joy” has two separated halves, one containing the chocolate, and one containing the toy. (https://www.today.com/food/kinder-joy-chocolate-eggs-are-coming-us-t118667). When the ban was in place, us Canadians would laugh at this ban often and hear stories of people smuggling Kinder Surprise over the border. If someone was found to be crossing the border in possession of the eggs, the contraband would be confiscated and a fine would be issued. All this for Kinder Surprise? I would have thought it would be easier to teach your children that the toy inside the egg is not in fact edible.

  13. SushmaV15

    Peanuts are an actual ingredient in dynamite!!! Here’s how it works: they contain an oil that is used in the process of making glycerol. Glycerol is one of the main ingredient in nitroglycerin and nitroglycerin is the main part of dynamite . Just putting it out here .

  14. SushmaV15

    Loved the twist that Mike brought to the podcast !! Loving the facts and lies so far !! . These are for the sweet tooth people out there. Humans are actually born with a craving for sugar ! If you look at the composition of mother’s milk , it contains glucose which gives the required energy and soothes the baby . In many cultures they feed the baby with a mixture of honey and ghee or clarified butter . and also bird’s saliva is actually an expensive delicacy
    Bird’s nest soup, is an expensive delicacy made from rare bird’s nests created from the saliva of small swiftlets. The nests, which have been used in Chinese cooking for over four centuries, are dissolved in water to make a soup which is believed to have exquisite flavour and be of benefit to health. These bird nests are considered to be one of the most expensive animal food products consumed by humans. Both of these facts are true . hope this gets taken by the team !! The bird’s saliva contains a type of gelatin which thickens the soup . Edible bird’s nest soup is one of the most expensive dishes in the world and it can be made and produced only in China .

  15. AshleyBernstein

    Hi Katie!

    Did you know that lettuce is being grown on the International Space Station? It was big news back in 2015/2016 when the astronauts got to harvest some of it for the first time!

  16. SushmaV15

    Hey Katie/ Hannah !!
    In the famous cocktail gin and tonic , if you put the tonic under black light, it’ll shine bright blue !! It’s not magic sadly, it’s because it contains quinine which reacts with the light. Quinine is a compound which is extracted from cinchona trees is used to cure malaria . As black light consists of a certain frequency of UV light , it reacts with the quinine in tonic which results in the formation of a compound which gives out blue light which our eyes can perceive and send it to our brain which recognizes the color blue !! I am sure Ben can use this fact as my friend actually tried it out and she found that it turned blue !!!

  17. SushmaV15

    Loved the facts of episode 5 !! I do have a fact which I hope is taken by the team . The holes in doughnuts was actually designed in that way because doughnuts were invented by sailors and the captain created the shape of the doughnut to have a hole in the middle so that he could put in on the sticks surrounding the steering wheel of his ship for easy eating . We all know that steering wheel of ships have little spokes coming out around it . This is true !!

  18. lord_is

    Look for castoreum as an ingredient in candies on the interwebs.
    Enough said.

  19. _redshortsarecool_

    Hi!
    First off, I am LOVING the new podcast! It’s fun but factual at the same time. So, here’s my truth: (BARRY NEEDS TO TELL THIS ONE!)
    So, in Switzerland, there is a slight political divide; the French speaking western part is more liberal, and also sometimes pro-EU. The central and eastern bits, however, mostly speak German. They are mostly quite conservative!
    Now, because of this slight tension, there is an imaginary border called the “Röstigraben” or “Rösti pit” in English. This is due to the fact that Rösti is considered a Swiss German dish, or at least mostly.
    So you could ask: Is this imaginary border called “Röstigraben” or “Polentagraben”?
    Polentagraben is false, as this is the divide between the Italian speaking part and the SwissGerman part. The boys should know that polenta is more commonly eaten in Italian speaking parts, but let’s see😂.
    Good luck!!

  20. Attol

    simnel-cake´s name origin:

    11th century: “sweet cake,” (from Old French simenel “fine wheat flour; flat bread cake, Lenten cake) or:
    semolina: (end of 16th century) meal from hard kernels of wheat (Italian semolino “grits“ or Syrian semida “fine meal”)

  21. Lisa

    Hey Katie,
    I have a fact about beer/brewing: In Germany there is the saying that “hops and malt are lost on somebody” (German: An dem ist Hopfen und Malz verloren”), meaning somebody is hopeless/a dead loss.
    It dates back to middle ages, when brewers didn’t know, that for successfully making beer, you not only need hops and malt (and water of course), but also yeast. Yeast was or wasn’t in the air at the breweries, and the lack of it made the brewing process unsuccessful (and the beer must have tasted horribly). So the brewer, who hadn’t yeast in the air were a dead loss, and hops and malt, given to him, were lost.
    I hope what I wrote makes some sense, since English isn’t my first language.

  22. GrumpyChef

    Hey there! Really nice to be able to share ideas again. Did you know strawberries aren’t actually a berry at all? For something to be a berry, the seed has to grow inside the fruit. With a strawberry, the seeds (black spots) grow on the outside. The ‘flower’ of a strawberry plant, is the actual strawberry itself.
    The following foods are actually berries: Banana, avocado, kiwi, pumpkin, tomato, watermelon.

    ALso, did you know all melons, cucumbers, courgette (zucchini), squash and pumpkins are related? They are all from the ‘gourd’ family. If you look at the plants of these, you immediately understand why (spoiler: they all look the same).

  23. SushmaV15

    In the famous cocktail gin and tonic , if you put the tonic under black light, it’ll shine bright blue !! It’s not magic sadly, it’s because it contains quinine which reacts with the light. Quinine is a compound which is extracted from cinchona trees is used to cure malaria . As black light consists of a certain frequency of UV light , it reacts with the quinine in tonic which results in the formation of a compound which gives out blue light which our eyes can perceive and send it to our brain which recognizes the colour blue !! I am sure Ben can use this fact as my friend actually tried it out and she found that it turned blue !!!

  24. SushmaV15

    hey Katie !! Did you know that honey has an eternal shelf life ?? The eqyptians buried with their dead honey and spices and thousands of years ago , a bottle of honey was found which was perfectly edible . Thats why they would treat the dead bodies in Eqypt with honey and other chemicals and them wrap them up . Thats why we can still find Egyptian mummies . This is a fact which is true

  25. Did you know that highland cow meat is poisonous to humans? Sorry this is a lie it’s actually one of nicest meats in the world. Knife just slips though like butter, along I am having it for my tea tonight. Super excited!

  26. Xenia97

    Hi Katie!

    I just wanted to state that I absolutely love the podcast and I’m looking forward to hearing the boys talk about all the awesome facts that have already appeared in the forum!

    Now, I’ve got some which are mostly disgusting:
    I’ve heard that there is a substance called castoreum that is used to replace flavors like vanilla and strawberry. It’s produced in the castor gland of a beaver, right next to his anal gland. So I’m guessing beaver bums smell nice …?

    Also, every water molecule existing on our earth has already been drunk and peed out by a dinosaur. So we’re all basically drinking dinosaur pee.

    During the Middle Ages, bread could get you high. That’s because they sometimes had to use old rye that had been infected with the ergot fungus which causes ergotism. The disease manifests in different kinds of symptoms (like spasms, psychosis and nausea) but an interesting (and horrible) fact is that people thought that the infected were “bewitched”. The Salem witchcraft records in fact report instances of devil possessions whose manifestations are quite similar to the symptoms of ergotism. But there’s quite a debate between historians about this – so maybe one could even create a lie around this? (Just let Mike talk about it for ages so everyone loses the plot 😉

    And according to some cannibals, human meat tastes like pork. (I’m actually not sure if anyone wants to know that – I don’t think I wanted to know that.)

    Hope I didn’t ruin anyone’s appetite. 😉

    • Xenia97

      And yeah, obviously I hadn‘t watched Episode 2 yet before writing this. Sorry about the repetition of beaver bums 😂

      • Katie

        Haha glad we’re on the same wave length though and hope you enjoyed the way Barry told the story!!

  27. emilyann11

    Hi Katie!

    I would like to hear how the guys stay motivated to cook outside of the workspace. Don’t get me wrong, I love to go out and experiment good food at good places but it’s not good on my wallet and I really do love to cook, but sometimes I find it real hard to make dinner very night when I get home. I’ve recently started my own food blog to help keep me motivated and share recipes with friends to help motivate them but it’s still a challenge. The temptation of delivery is just too much some nights! Do they have the same problem? What do they do to combat the temptation of eating out all the time?

    Also I would love to hear more about the process y’all go though to create recipes. How do you start the creative process? How long do recipes take to write and test? It would be cool to hear about that!

    I’m fairly new to the SortedFood community, but I’m so glad to be apart of it now! Can’t wait to listen to future podcast!

    • emilyann11

      I know these aren’t facts but they could be good topics?

      Here’s a fact though: Eggplant (aubergine) is actually considered a berry, not a vegetable.

  28. Attol

    Melons are vegetables (right: botanical family: cucurbits, they are categorised as fruit-vegetables because of their high sugar content)

    Avocados are fruits (right: botanical family: Lauraceae, they are tropical fruits, growing on trees)

  29. Attol

    Apple juice has less sugar than coca-cola (it´s wrong apple juice approx. 120 g/l cola 110 g/l)

    Vitamin pills can improve your health (they are only recommended if there are any deficiency symptoms otherwise they could be detrimental)

    Protein shakes are great for everybody doing strength training (amateur athletes could harm their kidneys with a overdosage)

  30. jessmartin67

    I heard that the world is going to run out of chocolate within the next few decades. I don’t like thinking about it either. Dare I say, cacao trees may be the most mourned casualties of global warming. Cacao trees only grow the best in very humid conditions around the equator, which are now being threatened by massive droughts. Ask your smart phone. On top of the decline in cocoa beans, the demand in cocoa beans is growing: the world population is growing, the world’s waistline is growing, food waste is higher than it has ever been, candy bars are getting bigger and more numerous, holidays depend on chocolates more and more, the list goes on and on. We need to start appreciating vanilla more.[Now what would happen if any of that was actually true? Maybe this lie(?) would be great for the big sweet tooth at Sorted!]

  31. mrncl83

    Hi, really glad to meet you Katie, I’ll be looking for your elbow/arm in the next video 🙂

    Here are some food facts:
    1/ Heating cooked, cooled and reheated is healthier than eating freshly cooked pasta. Normal starch is turned into sugar quickly, because the glucose sugar molecules are easily broken down into single molecules and then quickly absorbed. Whereas cooked, cooled and reheated pasta, the body will treat it more like a fiber than a starch (= smaller sugar rise). It reduce the rise in blood sugar levels by 50% (less insulin, less blood glucose, less hunger and more fiber).

    2/ Horace Fletcher argued that food should be chewed about 100 per minute before being swallowed. He earned the nickname of “The Great Masticator”. He even claimed that liquids had to be chewed to be properly mixed with saliva. The idea was that his mastication method will increase the amount of strenght while decreasing the amount of food consumed.

    3/ Peanuts are legumes! At least, botanically they are because they grow underground. Legumes are edible seeds enclosed in pods, they provide the best source of concentrated protein in the plant kingdom. Their physical structure and nutritional benefits more closely resemble that of other legumes. For culinary, research and nutritional purposes, they are considered a nut.

    4/ Fortune cookie are not Chinese! It’s actually an invention that comes from USA, more precisely from California where immigrant groups claim to have popularized them in the early 20th (more likely by Japanese immigrants in the late 19th or early 20th century).

    5/ You can make diamonds from peanut butter. It’s not a jock, Edinburgh University experts say it’s possible by squeezing the past between the tips of two diamonds creating a “stiletto heel effect”. Professor Malcolm McMahon said that “pressure can cause extraordinary changes in all kinds of materials and can create completely novel materials” “We are currently developing techniques that will create pressures of up to five million atmospheres, much higher than the pressure at the centre of the earth, to find the holy grail of high-pressure physics, the metallic phase of hydrogen. […] If we manage to make metallic hydrogen, the next step will be to make enough to study it in real detail, which would mean using much larger diamond anvils, about the size of your thumb, to squeeze it.”
    “Many carbon containing materials can be converted into diamond including peanut butter.”

    I’m not really good to make up facts, they all are true, and I don’t have any lies to counterbalance. Yet … I’ll try to make up something for each facts later.

    • Katie

      Hey – thanks for all of those amazing facts, I think Ben in particular will LOVE these! I’ll share a couple with him now and hopefully that will inspire him for an upcoming episode!

  32. Katie J.

    OK!! I am very excited for this, here are two tales regarding medicinal plants/ weird things plants are used for that you wouldn’t think about.

    First up, willow tree bark. If you find your self out in the woods one day and happen to have a killer head ache( or any other pain really) find your self some willow bark and tuck in. Seriously! Believe it or not the bark of young willow trees ( 2 -3 years of age) contains a chemical known as salicin. Which is an active ingredient and is used as a pain reducer. Its literally natures aspirin. Going back all the way to around 3500 BC the Sumerians where using willow tree bark for its medicinal purposes.It also has been known to help with anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and it has even weight loss properties. White Willow and black willow are the most common willows used for medicine. Want to harvest some your self? Find some baby willows in spring right as they are taking on color and peel the think bark off in strips. Let it air dry slowly and crush it up to make tea!

    second story
    cilantro was used to detect liars. So cilantro ( or coriander if you wanna be like that)
    is interesting because about 4-14 percent of the population find its disgusting and can even taste like soap. while the rest of the world may find it fresh and flavorful. This is due to genetics as those who find cilantro tastes like soap have a common gene called OR6A2. This gene picks up on the small of Aldehyde which is a chemical found in cilantro…and in soaps. However, before this was known the plant was used to detect liars. Cilantro is native to Iran, but grows all over Western Asia and southern Europe. Now small villages in southern Europe would encounter this stuff all the time and it was common knowledge that it had such a distinct and pungent smell. some would find it wonderful and others, not so much. This was such a strange phenomenon for them that when conflicts would arise, the village chief or priest would feed cilantro to whom ever was being questioned. If they ate it, they were truthful, if the gagged or made a face, they would be punished or even put to death depending on the issue. eventually this lead to bigger issues as it became a stigma that if someone didn’t like cilantro, then they were naturally a deceitful person and shouldn’t be trusted.

    that’s all a lie. the genetics part is true…but I just really hate cilantro

  33. SushmaV15

    Peanuts are an ingredient in dynamite. Here’s how it works: they contain an oil that is used in the process of making glycerol. Glycerol is one of the main ingredient in nitroglycerin and nitroglycerin is the main part of dynamite. So fascinating !! And by the way this is true !!

  34. SushmaV15

    Chocolate was used as a currency by the Aztecs who made the first hot chocolate in the world !!

  35. SushmaV15

    and also 7UP was originally called Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda and nutmeg is banned in Saudi Arabia as it is considered as a hallucinogen but it is put in so many dishes all over the world as it is supposed to have antioxidative and soothing properties . And here is an even more disturbing fact :- Caramel was first invented by the Arabs in Syria or Persia and they were used for waxing . This is true believe me but caramel is too yum to leave !!!

    • Fozia

      Actually nutmeg is not banned in Saudi Arabia, and I know this because I live there :p But poppy seeds are banned here, and I think the basic reasoning behind it is it being the precursor to heroine or something along those lines

  36. SushmaV15

    Hey Katie !!! Thank you for blocking the guys out from this post !!! I do have a truth / fact to share . Did you know that the FDA approves of rodent hair in your food ?? Its true . I have myself worked on this fact with my teachers who tested curry powder available in the market , dissolved it in water and put the filtrate through a DNA test and we did find rodent hair !! Precisely there was f rodent hair per 100 gms of curry powder . So guys please blend your own curry powder because believe me and I am an Indian , it tastes much better and you can taste the true nature of the spices. And here is another fact which i like to share :- the infamous Coca Cola bottle’s design was designed with a specific goal in mind and that was to make such a design which can be recognised even in the dark by the sense of feel !!!

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