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5th Dec '16 7:08:18 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Soulcast meat is treated like this. Any Soulcast food is bland, tasteless, with an unidentifiable texture. While everyone knows that [[MatterReplicator the meat is transmuted from rocks]], that knowledge doesn't really help.
-->'''Kaladin:''' Look at it. It's cheaper than ''water''.
5th Dec '16 4:05:26 AM Divra
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the standard meal in low-end taverns is "brown", a collection of whatever the landlord could find that day, boiled into unidentifiable goop. Over the course of the series, cats, dogs, gulls, dead horses and quite a few inconvenient individuals end up in the stewpots of King's Landing's poor quarter. Meeting a sellsword who admits to ''liking'' brown is enough to make Tyrion lose his appetite.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the standard meal in low-end taverns is "brown", a collection of stew made by boiling whatever the landlord cook could find that day, boiled day into unidentifiable goop.goop. People reduced to actually eating brown know better than to ask what went into it. Over the course of the series, cats, dogs, gulls, dead horses and quite a few inconvenient individuals end up in the stewpots of King's Landing's poor quarter. Meeting a sellsword who admits to ''liking'' brown is enough to make Tyrion lose his appetite.
5th Dec '16 4:01:47 AM Divra
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the less fortunate residents of King's Landing know better than to ask about the meat they find in their bowls of brown.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the less fortunate residents standard meal in low-end taverns is "brown", a collection of whatever the landlord could find that day, boiled into unidentifiable goop. Over the course of the series, cats, dogs, gulls, dead horses and quite a few inconvenient individuals end up in the stewpots of King's Landing know better than Landing's poor quarter. Meeting a sellsword who admits to ask about the meat they find in their bowls of brown.''liking'' brown is enough to make Tyrion lose his appetite.
5th Dec '16 1:37:27 AM OldBlindTrope
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Another common accusation leveled at such foods is that they're made from creatures not traditionally considered edible -- "vermin" like [[ReducedToRatburgers rats and pigeons]], or at the other end of the sympathy scale, domestic animals like cats and dogs. ''Stray'' cats and dogs are a favourite, as they manage to violate both of these taboos at once. There's a lot of CrossCulturalKerfuffle involved in this, which is great fodder for ForeignQueasine. If someone does find out what it is, expect "IAteWhat" as a response.

Interestingly, this can even apply to the {{Mascot}} or NonHumanSidekick of a character, as if assorted organ meats and rind aren't something animals quickly gobble up in the real world. EvenTheRatsWontTouchIt.

This is a favorite of almost any Western show, cartoon, or movie involving elementary through high school. In fact, it's a rarity if one of these ''doesn't'' play the poor quality of school lunches as a gag. In reality, most schools (in America at least) not only have to conform to health and safety guidelines that mean the food's at least somewhat on the healthy side (not just survivable), but the schools actually hope to make money from their cafeteria and thus have to make it a more attractive proposition than bringing your lunch, but then again the nature of the greasy and fatty food sometimes served in cafeterias justifies this (before Supersize Me, several cafeterias would only aim to satisfy the taste buds of the students and not their health). This trope seems to be almost nonexistent in anime, where the school cafeteria is often portrayed as having one or more products that are ''so good'' that students have to be fast on their feet if they want to get one before they sell out.

It may or may not [[ItTastesLikeFeet taste like feet]], just don't think about what it's made of if it does. Sometimes the food is so disgusting that EvenTheRatsWontTouchIt.

Apparently, though, it's TruthInTelevision...

Now, if you happen to wonder about TheSecretOfLongPorkPies...

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Another common accusation leveled at such foods is that they're made from creatures not traditionally considered edible -- "vermin" edible: vermin like [[ReducedToRatburgers rats rats]] and pigeons]], or at the other end of the sympathy scale, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squab_as_food (these days)]] pigeons; domestic animals like cats and dogs. ''Stray'' dogs; or, worse yet, stray cats and dogs dogs, which are a favourite, as they manage to violate both of these taboos verminous and domestic at once. There's a lot ([[CrossCulturalKerfuffle Opinions vary]] [[ValuesDissonance as to what creatures]] [[ForeignQueasine are considered edible]] -- sometimes even with the passage of CrossCulturalKerfuffle involved time, as with pigeons no longer being edible in this, which is great fodder for ForeignQueasine. the US.) If someone does find finds out what it is, they ate, expect "IAteWhat" IAteWhat as a response.

Interestingly, this can even apply to the {{Mascot}} or NonHumanSidekick of a character, as if assorted organ meats and rind aren't something animals quickly gobble up in the real world. EvenTheRatsWontTouchIt.

This is a favorite of almost any Western show, cartoon, or movie involving elementary through high school. In fact, it's a rarity if one of these ''doesn't'' play the poor quality of school lunches as a gag. In reality, most schools (in America at least) not only have to conform to health and safety guidelines that mean the food's at least somewhat on the healthy side (not just survivable), but the schools actually hope to make money from their cafeteria and thus have to make it a more attractive proposition than bringing your lunch, but then again the nature of the greasy and fatty food sometimes served in cafeterias justifies this (before Supersize Me, several cafeterias would only aim to satisfy the taste buds of the students and not their health). This trope seems to be almost nonexistent in anime, where the school cafeteria is often portrayed as having one or more products that are ''so good'' that students have to be fast on their feet if they want to get one before they sell out.

It may or may not [[ItTastesLikeFeet taste like feet]], just don't think about what it's made of if it does.does -- [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies or maybe you should]]. Sometimes the food is so disgusting that EvenTheRatsWontTouchIt.

Apparently, though, it's TruthInTelevision...

Now, if you happen
This trope even applies to wonder {{Mascot}}s and {{NonHumanSidekick}}s more often than not: they'll be unwilling to eat organ meats, for example, even though in real life wolves and most other predators will go for organ meats first. Likewise, dogs will be averse to animal rinds/skins -- again in sharp contrast with real life.

Any US show, cartoon, or movie which touches on elementary through high school can be expected to have at least one gag
about TheSecretOfLongPorkPies...
this. Standards in educational institutions' food used to be quite low: strict health and safety guidelines were enforced, but flavor didn't matter, and what counted was just that it wouldn't kill you. These days, things are pretty good (school lunches are for-profit, so they try to be more palatable than bringing your own lunch; but they're also held to pretty strict dietary-health standards); but most content-creators came of age before these reforms, and old memories die hard, especially comical ones.

Anime will be just the opposite of this. Most animes that deal with schooling will portray school cafeterias with a quite high standard of food -- and often at least one item so good that students have to race to get there before it sells out.
2nd Nov '16 8:58:20 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' uses Mystery Meat as the ingredient in several Cooking recipes. It drops from all manners of beasts as well, including vultures and giant scorpions.

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* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' uses ''WorldOfWarcraft''
** Many Cooking recipes use
Mystery Meat as the ingredient in several Cooking recipes. an ingredient. It drops from all manners of beasts as well, regardless of whether they resemble mammals, reptiles, birds, or bugs. including vultures and giant scorpions.



** Toughened Flesh is the ''Cataclysm'' equivalent, dropping from any animal that doesn't have a set meat drop. It's used to make "Blackened Surprise" and Goblin Barbecues.

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** Toughened Flesh is the ''Cataclysm'' equivalent, dropping from any animal that doesn't have a different set meat drop. It's used to make "Blackened Surprise" and Goblin Barbecues.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' you might come across "[[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Strange_Meat Strange Meat]]". You ''might'' not want to eat that. [[spoiler:[[ImAHumanitarian It's human flesh.]]]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' you ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}''
** You
might come across "[[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Strange_Meat Strange Meat]]".Meat]]" in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''. You ''might'' not want to eat that. [[spoiler:[[ImAHumanitarian It's human flesh.]]]]
30th Oct '16 3:28:16 PM nombretomado
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* The trope is mentioned by name in ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar Winds of Fury]]'' at a carnival, with the recommended cure for the inevitable stomachache being the snake oil sold by the medicine man in the next booth over (which was brandy with some medicinal herbs in it). The disturbing thing was that conditions in Hardorn were so bad that the mystery meat was actually an ''improvement'' over what some people had been eating.

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* The trope is mentioned by name in ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Winds of Fury]]'' at a carnival, with the recommended cure for the inevitable stomachache being the snake oil sold by the medicine man in the next booth over (which was brandy with some medicinal herbs in it). The disturbing thing was that conditions in Hardorn were so bad that the mystery meat was actually an ''improvement'' over what some people had been eating.
14th Oct '16 2:13:23 PM LadyJaneGrey
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** In one strip they also offer a vegetarian alternative: Meatless Mystery.
20th Sep '16 8:29:23 PM nombretomado
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* "Weird meat" in ''{{Avernum}}'' comes from a variety of sources, of which the ''least'' disturbing is giant lizards used as livestock. At least one example ([[BigBad Garzahd's]] "pantry") is apparently humanoid in origin, maybe even [[ImAHumanitarian human]]. However, all of it can be eaten without harm.

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* "Weird meat" in ''{{Avernum}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Avernum}}'' comes from a variety of sources, of which the ''least'' disturbing is giant lizards used as livestock. At least one example ([[BigBad Garzahd's]] "pantry") is apparently humanoid in origin, maybe even [[ImAHumanitarian human]]. However, all of it can be eaten without harm.
9th Sep '16 6:54:31 AM Lopiny
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* Being in the same universe, both ''Videogame/FallenLondon'' and ''Videogame/SunlessSea'' have a couple notable ones:
** A lot of the stuff Mr. Hearts sells is unnervingly odd, and not just because it looks like someone ripped it off a StarfishAlien using very dull knives. It has been known to walk out of the freezer on its own volition, attracts bugs like nothing else, will practically hypnotize you into eating it and you will probably be violently sick afterwards.
** Rubbery Lumps outside of Mutton Island tend to be these, as they don't have access to the secret ingredients they have (an undisclosed sea monster) and thus have to make do with any oceanic beast that the fishermen bring in. A bad batch of Rubbery Lumps will leave you smelling like rotten fish for a long while, along with giving you horrible food poisoning that'll leave you puking for days. A good batch is, surprisingly, delicious. [[spoiler:And also comes from eldritch sea urchins called Lorn-Flukes that willingly donated it, because those who eat them and die afterwards will turn into Drownies]].
5th Aug '16 10:58:21 AM dotchan
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* In ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'', Kirby ate a hot dog and transformed into [[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/?p=233 this]].

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* In ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'', Kirby ate a hot dog and transformed into [[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/?p=233 this]].[[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic/138-hotdog/ a horriffic looking]] MixAndMatchCritter.
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