History Main / FakeFood

30th May '16 7:17:11 PM Katsuhagi
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* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', cyborgs who do not need to eat can still eat food that looks real but isn't. It's still edible and nutritious, but tastes awful, at least to normal humans and to the Major, who finds the fake sandwiches (made from gluten and amino-acid-based micromachines) disgusting, while Batou chomps them down several at a time. It's mentioned earlier in the series that, because of their Cyber-Brains, full-prosthetic cyborgs can alter their brains' perception of how the "fake food" tastes, allowing it to register in their augmented brain as having the same taste as the real thing, which is presumably what Batou is doing. He also mentions in ''2nd Gig'' that cyborgs sometimes miss the real thing, and that's why they make novelty food specifically for people who are cyberized.

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* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', cyborgs who do not need to eat can still eat food that looks real but isn't. It's still edible and nutritious, but tastes awful, at least to normal humans and to the Major, who finds the fake sandwiches (made from gluten and amino-acid-based micromachines) disgusting, while Batou chomps them down several at a time. It's mentioned earlier in the series that, because of their Cyber-Brains, full-prosthetic cyborgs can alter their brains' perception of how the "fake food" tastes, allowing it to register in their augmented brain as having the same taste as the real thing, which is presumably what Batou is doing. He also mentions in ''2nd Gig'' that cyborgs sometimes miss the real thing, experience of eating, and that's why they make novelty food specifically for people who are cyberized.
8th May '16 6:01:33 AM PDL
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* Japan, as mentioned in a few examples above, has an entire industry dedicated to producing realistic wax models of a restaurant's menu items permanently display in the restaurant itself.

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* Japan, as mentioned in a few examples above, has an entire industry dedicated to producing realistic wax models of a restaurant's menu items permanently display in the restaurant itself.itself. They were originally made using wax, but many nowadays are made with plastics (as wax models would melt and need to be replaced).


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** Historically, the reason that Japanese restaurants display food samples started with the consumers initially being unfamiliar with many of the dishes being served. They used to have real food on display but these would attract flies, go bad after a day and need to be replaced, which is huge waste of money. Then someone had the brilliant idea of making food models out of wax after observing that wax takes on an imprint while it cools into a solid.
8th May '16 5:31:57 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Ditto bakeries that have display cakes, which generaly consists of frosted Styrofoam. For example, if you watch ''AceOfCakes'' on the Food Network, you'll see them cutting foam for display-only cakes sometimes (but most of their creations are actual cake).

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** Ditto bakeries that have display cakes, which generaly consists of frosted Styrofoam. For example, if you watch ''AceOfCakes'' ''Series/AceOfCakes'' on the Food Network, you'll see them cutting foam for display-only cakes sometimes (but most of their creations are actual cake).
7th May '16 8:37:00 PM nombretomado
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* When he hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', Creator/RonHoward talked about drinking fake beer while filming ''HappyDays'' in his opening monologue. He then pulled out a can, declaring it to be the real thing, then chugging it.

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* When he hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', Creator/RonHoward talked about drinking fake beer while filming ''HappyDays'' ''Series/HappyDays'' in his opening monologue. He then pulled out a can, declaring it to be the real thing, then chugging it.
13th Apr '16 9:00:45 PM dmcreif
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* Parodied by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK3uXCaZccA this]] Website/CollegeHumor video, a Photoshop "tutorial" on how to spice up Chinese restaurant menus. These include such things as filters that can make a fresh photo look like it was taken in 1977 by an incompetent photographer, or lifting textures from a bunch of different animals to give chicken that 'mystery meat' appearance that old photographs have. [[DontExplainTheJoke The joke being that Asian restaurants suck at photographing and staging their food]].

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* Parodied by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK3uXCaZccA this]] Website/CollegeHumor video, a Photoshop "tutorial" on how to spice up Chinese restaurant menus. These include such things as filters that can make a fresh photo Featuring the "Aging Filter", which makes photos taken in the 2010s look like it was they were taken in 1977 by an incompetent photographer, or lifting textures from a bunch of different animals texture feature to give make chicken that 'mystery meat' appearance that old photographs have. [[DontExplainTheJoke The joke being that Asian restaurants suck at photographing and staging their food]].look like overcooked mystery meat.
25th Mar '16 2:45:38 PM nombretomado
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* Exception: in ''{{Coupling}}'', actor Ben Miles decided that his character Patrick was a Guinness drinker. This may have had something to do with the fact that Guinness is very difficult to fake convincingly, so while his fellow actors were drinking coloured water with foam on top, he was drinking genuine Guinness...
* The giant cup of the "Caf-Pow" soda that ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' lab rat [[PerkyGoth Abby]] frequently drinks is actually sugar-free cranberry juice; it was orginally Hawaiian Punch up until around the fourth season, when Pauley Perrette gave up eating or drinking anything that contained refined sugar.

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* Exception: in ''{{Coupling}}'', ''Series/{{Coupling}}'', actor Ben Miles decided that his character Patrick was a Guinness drinker. This may have had something to do with the fact that Guinness is very difficult to fake convincingly, so while his fellow actors were drinking coloured water with foam on top, he was drinking genuine Guinness...
* The giant cup of the "Caf-Pow" soda that ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' lab rat [[PerkyGoth Abby]] frequently drinks is actually sugar-free cranberry juice; it was orginally originally Hawaiian Punch up until around the fourth season, when Pauley Perrette gave up eating or drinking anything that contained refined sugar.



* ''TheMonkees'' episode "Success Story", while pretending to be rich and successful, Davy is served rubber food while his grandfather gets the real stuff. Also, the fruit in the center of the table is plastic.

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* ''TheMonkees'' ''Series/TheMonkees'' episode "Success Story", while pretending to be rich and successful, Davy is served rubber food while his grandfather gets the real stuff. Also, the fruit in the center of the table is plastic.



* Actors from the classic British television series ''UpstairsDownstairs'' have stated that, while those performers playing servants (the "Downstairs" characters) often had real, good food to eat in meal scenes, those portraying members of the family upstairs had things like "grouse that had gone off" and stuff painted or coated in glycerin and other product to make it look "perfect."

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* Actors from the classic British television series ''UpstairsDownstairs'' ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' have stated that, while those performers playing servants (the "Downstairs" characters) often had real, good food to eat in meal scenes, those portraying members of the family upstairs had things like "grouse that had gone off" and stuff painted or coated in glycerin and other product to make it look "perfect."
19th Mar '16 9:06:27 AM Hossmeister
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27th Feb '16 10:58:24 AM StFan
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* In ''TheSimpsons'' Krusty the Klown is often seen to be disgusted with what he actually has to eat during commercials for his restaurant chain, and spits it out when the camera is off. This may have been a reference to George Foreman, in which leaked footage showed him spitting out food cooked by his signature grill (which is actually what they do when people eat for a shot, since after 30 takes he would have been throwing up with all he ate otherwise). Even better, it's shown that despite being Jewish Krusty [[MoneyDearBoy has no problem]] putting his name on pork based products and eating them himself.
* During ''TotalDramaAction'', one of the challenges was to find a key Chris had hidden amongst a pile of styrofoam prop food. Owen eats his way through the pile, not realizing it's fake, and ends by burping up the key.

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* In ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Krusty the Klown is often seen to be disgusted with what he actually has to eat during commercials for his restaurant chain, and spits it out when the camera is off. This may have been a reference to George Foreman, in which leaked footage showed him spitting out food cooked by his signature grill (which is actually what they do when people eat for a shot, since after 30 takes he would have been throwing up with all he ate otherwise). Even better, it's shown that despite being Jewish Krusty [[MoneyDearBoy has no problem]] putting his name on pork based products and eating them himself.
* During ''TotalDramaAction'', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Action'', one of the challenges was to find a key Chris had hidden amongst a pile of styrofoam prop food. Owen eats his way through the pile, not realizing it's fake, and ends by burping up the key.
20th Feb '16 1:49:35 AM Doug86
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* The recurring "John and Peter" sketches on ''ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' featured the title characters guzzling truly ridiculous quantities of Scotch, generally punctuating their conversations by downing entire tumblerfuls at once. If it wasn't tea, they'd probably have been hurling by the end of a three-minute sketch...

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* The recurring "John and Peter" sketches on ''ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' featured the title characters guzzling truly ridiculous quantities of Scotch, generally punctuating their conversations by downing entire tumblerfuls at once. If it wasn't tea, they'd probably have been hurling by the end of a three-minute sketch...
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