There’s nothing in this world better than a good meal or a good drink. Really, when it comes down to it, a satisfying meal, or a night out with friends over a drink can cure just about any ills life can throw at you. However, life is kind of funny in how incredibly unfunny and terrible it can be sometimes. Maybe you’re enjoying your meal and you come across a weird texture. It’s something that definitely shouldn’t be there. Maybe you’re eating something soft, like mashed potatoes, and there’s suddenly a gut-wrenching crunch. Or, maybe you’re eating something that is supposed to be fresh and vibrant, and when you bite into it, your mouth is suddenly coated with slime. Try as you might to be careful about the food you’re eating, these things can and do happen.
We put a lot of trust into the companies and people that provide us with food, so it’s not often that we’re looking for any sort of trouble. There’s a lot of faith in the fact that the food we are eating is free of any foreign objects, including anything that was once alive (or still alive, in some cases). Either way, accidents do happen,. and often people don’t realize there was something wrong until it’s too late, and whatever was in their food that wasn’t supposed to be there is now in their mouth. There’s no way to stop it, and there’s no way to predict it. There are plenty of stories like this out there, and these are just ten of the grossest things people have found in their food. Warning: make sure you’re not eating anything.
10. A Black Widow in a Bag of Grapes
When you open up a bag of grapes, what you’re expecting is a sweet, juicy, and overall healthy snack. You’re not expecting there to be any danger. After all, the risk of eating grapes should never be that high. The only thing you should have to worry about are seeds and maybe the occasional rotten grape. One thing you definitely wouldn’t think about encountering would be one of the most terrifying spiders in the world. That would just be crazy. Unfortunately for one Boston man, That crazy scenario came entirely true when inside of his bag of grapes from whole foods he happened to find a live black widow spider. Yeah, if that’s not enough to put you off of eating grapes forever we’re not sure what would do it. While a bite from a black widow is rarely fatal (and we mean rarely, with the last fatal bite from a black widow being reported in the United States in 1983), it can be painful, and if its venom is injected into you it can cause vomiting, cramps, and extreme discomfort. You know, the kind of discomfort you might feel if you found a spider in your bag of grapes. The man took the bag back to Whole Foods, where the staff apologized profusely for the situation. The man was given some Whole Foods gift cards in exchange for the trouble, and he also reportedly kept the spider.
9. A Mouse in a Loaf of Bread
What’s the last thing you want a good sandwich to contain? Besides, like, alfalfa sprouts or something. If you said a dead rodent, then congratulations, you are a sensible human being. The combinations of meat, vegetables, cheeses, and condiments should probably not contain any traces of mice, rats, voles or other small creatures. However, the world is an imperfect and often cruel place, a place where a loaf of bread can absolutely contain a dead mouse. This exact scenario happened in the UK, where a man was just getting ready to make some sandwiches for his children when he discovered something in his bread that would definitely make him consider going entirely gluten-free. Wedged into the loaf, as if it had been baked into it at the bread factory, was a dead mouse. While the family did not end up getting any mouse in any of their food, they had already eaten several slices from the same loaf. Yeah, let that sink in for a minute. If you’re not meticulously checking every inch of your bread after this, then you are a braver soul than us. Understandably, the man was quite shaken and filed a complaint against the company that made the bread. That company was fined the grand total of £5,500, which doesn’t seem like nearly enough for something this disgusting. The company also said that they had failed to enforce health and safety standards at their bakery. If ever there was a more obvious statement, we haven’t heard it.
8. A Cockroach in a Hash brown
Hash browns can make any breakfast instantly better. Whether they’re served in patty form or in big chunks that you can eat with a fork, they pretty much are the best thing to wake up to if you want a really hearty breakfast that is going to power you through the day. It’s especially great when hash browns are really crispy, concealing the soft, pillowy potato underneath. Our mouths are watering just thinking about them. However, we’re not here to talk about delicious things, not today. You see, this list is about the gross things found in food. So, if you don’t want hash browns ruined for you, then we must warn you not to go any further. Okay, for those of you who are still with us, then this story takes place in a McDonald’s during breakfast. As we all know, McDonald’s breakfast is one of the best things in the world. That’s why they started selling it all day. However, as one unsuspecting customer was about to find out, sometimes McDonald’s breakfast can betray you in the worst way possible. This customer took a few bites of a hash brown before realizing the horrifying truth: there was a cockroach cooked inside of it! Yes, the most disgusting bug on the planet had somehow been cooked into one of the best side dishes known to man. How did McDonald’s rectify this horrifying situation? With a coupon for one free breakfast. If you ask us, that’s not nearly enough.
7. A Tooth in a Candy Bar
There’s really nothing like a good old candy bar to satisfy a sweet tooth. Chocolate, nougat, peanuts, caramel, and all of the other things that make candy bars great should never be in doubt in terms of being delicious. However, there was at least one time where a candy bar suddenly turned into a nightmarish scenario for one customer, when they discovered one of the most horrifying things you could find in a candy bar. Remember how we used the term “sweet tooth?” Yeah, that’s going to take on a double meaning once you hear this story. So, a woman in Texas felt like getting herself a Milky Way, as well do from time to time. As she was eating her sweet treat, however, she bit down on something hard. Now, if you were eating a Snickers, which has peanuts, you might not think anything of it really. However, a Milky Way is not supposed to have anything crunchy in it, let alone something so hard that it can’t be chewed. The woman inspected the foreign object she had just been trying to ingest and discovered, to her absolute terror, that it was a tooth. A human tooth. Upon investigation, it was determined that this was not one of her own teeth that had fallen out. No, no. This was the tooth of a stranger. If you ever need to curb your kids’ candy consumption, considering telling them this tale.
6. A Chicken Head in a McDonald’s Meal
Once again, McDonald’s makes the list with another strange item found in someone’s food. To be fair, this one might not be all that weird in context. Let us explain. Back in the day, McDonald’s wanted to offer people something different, something that was a little bit more grown-up than a box of chicken nuggets. so, they introduced to the world McDonald’s chicken wings. These wings were breaded, spicy, and by all accounts not actually that bad. However, they were eventually taken off the market due to the high price and a lack of popularity among their customers. Really, though, there could have been another reason why these wings were taken off the market, and it had nothing to do with how much they cost. One day, back in 2008, a woman and her child were enjoying a meal at a Virginia McDonald’s. The woman was happily eating her McDonald’s wings. As she raised a wing to her mouth, her child screamed at her to stop what she was doing and look. To the woman’s shock, what she was about to eat was not a wing at all: it was a deep-fried chicken head! Luckily the woman was quick enough to not eat the crunchy cranium and was also able to spin her disgust into a successful $100,000 lawsuit against the restaurant chain. The manager tried to offer her two weeks of free meals, but the woman smartly declined.
5. A Centipede in Curry
There’s nothing quite as comforting on a cold day than a nice bowl of curry. The spices, meat, and vegetables all coming together to make a hearty meal that warms you up and delivers a flavorful experience. By contrast, there may be nothing more disgusting in this world than a centipede. There are many different varieties of these multi-legged monstrosities, but they all have one thing in common: they are all beyond gross. So you can imagine the horror, the absolute, sheer grossness of finding a centipede in your food. Well, remember how we started off by talking about curry? You may already know where this is going, but we’re going to tell you about it anyway. A man had purchased a meal of chicken tikka masala from Tesco, a British grocery chain. He had taken his meal home wand was about to sit down to eat when something crawled out of his food. That’s right, not only was there a centipede in this man’s meal, but it was still alive! If there’s anything more disgustingly horrifying than that we don’t want to know about it. The man immediately repackaged his meal and took it back to Tesco, where he was given a gift card for his trouble. He eventually received an apology letter from the company, but come on. How could that ever make up for something as horrifying as centipede curry? The short answer is that it can’t.
4. A Toad in a Can of Diet Pepsi
What’s more refreshing on a hot day than a nice cold can of soda? Crack it open, take a sip, and immediately you’re hit with that familiar sugar rush and bubbling sensation of carbonation. There’s hardly anything in the world that can beat that feeling. However, if you really start to think about the idea of drinking something out of an opaque can, it can start to get a little scary. Consider the fact that you will never be able to really see what’s going on inside your can, so there might be some kind of terrible surprise in there and you wouldn’t even be aware of it until it hit your lips. That terrifying scenario is exactly what happened to a man in Florida as he was enjoying an ice cold Diet Pepsi in his own backyard. Suddenly, he began gagging, which you would not expect to happen when someone is just enjoying a soda. Naturally, his wife became alarmed and asked him what was wrong. What they found was that there was a foreign object inside the can that had found its way to the top, almost sliding into the man’s awaiting mouth. Fortunately, these people were smart enough to report this horrifying instance to the FDA. Upon investigation, it was found that the giant, slimy lump in the can of soda was, in fact, a toad. Yeah, you might want to start drinking soda exclusively out of clear bottles from now on.
3. A Snake Head in a Can of Green Beans
Green beans are supposed to be healthy. They’re supposed to be packed with vitamins and nutrients. They’re definitely not supposed to frighten you, but how else would you feel if you found something foreign inside your can of green beans? You might feel a little bit put off. You might consider buying a new can or only buying fresh from now on. Well, hold onto your hats, because as it turns out, you can find things in cans of beans that might just put you off of eating them forever! This happened to a woman in Utah, who was preparing some food for a church event. She had purchased roughly 30 cans of green beans to use in a recipe and was obviously planning on using all of them. However, upon opening one of the cans, she was met with a horrifying surprise, one that in some cases would be considered some kind of omen. Inside her can of green beans was the head of a decapitated snake! Obviously, this was truly horrifying. It would be bad enough if that was the only can of beans, but this woman must have looked at her other 29 cans and decided that she did not want to try again. She was probably, rightfully, concerned with what else she might find (maybe even the rest of the poor snake). She did what any sensible person would do and took all 30 cans back to the store for a refund.
2. A Band-Aid in McDonald’s Fries
For the third time, McDonald’s makes the list of weird things found in people’s food. We all know that McDonald’s is pretty unhealthy but does it stop us from enjoying their food? Absolutely not. In particular, nothing could ever keep us away from those McDonald’s fries. They’re so salty, crispy, and absolutely delicious when dipped in some ketchup. There’s nothing in this world that could ever make us think twice about eating those fries. At least, that’s what we thought until we heard this story about a customer finding something truly unsettling in their order of McDonald’s fries. A man in Santa Maria had just picked up some McDonald’s for lunch. He was ready to enjoy some delicious fast food when one of the worst possible items turned up in his order of fries: a used band-aid. We’ll give you a moment to stop gagging. You good? Okay, let’s move on. The man, unfortunately, ended up chewing on this band-aid before realizing that something was wrong. He tried to complain to the McDonald’s location but was ultimately ignored. He took a photo of the band-aid and put it on social media, where it quickly went viral. He eventually got an apology from the manager and the employee whose band-aid it was. In addition, he was given a gift card, but ultimately chose not to use it. We can totally understand that decision. Fries would pretty much be ruined forever if that happened to you.
1. A Bat in a Box of Rice Krispies
We all remember what it was like to be a kid and seeing that a box of cereal had a prize in it. You would usually dig your hand into the cereal and try to get the toy which was usually buried at the bottom of the cereal bag. It was like a buried treasure, which made finding the toy half as fun as actually using it. However, as you grew older you realized that these prizes were usually just really cheap and just fell apart or got lost. That’s not to say that you wouldn’t find other things in your box of cereal though. Only instead of being a mildly fun toy or maybe a pack of stickers, it’s something outright disgusting and horrifying. That situation actually happened to a family in the UK. A teenager was pouring herself a bowl of Rice Krispies when something came out of the box that definitely should not have been in there. It would have been one thing to find a dead bug or something small like that, but instead what this teenager got in her cereal bowl that morning was a dead bat! The family filed a complaint against Kellogg’s, and even though they were offered a bunch of vouchers for free cereal, the family decided not to take them. They were obviously put off of buying any Kellogg’s products ever. We can all relate to that.