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"What the? This is lemonade! Where's my culture of ameobic dysentery?"
Scientist, at the same time another scientist is drinking something out of a similar looking glass, The Far Side
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This trope covers instances when a character eats or drinks something that's not intended to be food. Most of the time, the character is not aware of what they're consuming; typically results in a Spit Take, Vomit Discretion Shot (or not), or some other response once the discovery is made.

Inevitably produces lots of squick and Nausea Fuel. Might lead to It Tastes Like Feet when the dust settles. Often played for laughs as a form of Vulgar Humor. A common lead-up is to have the unfortunate consumer use Sommelier Speak to describe the supposedly rich and complex flavor before being told that what was consumed was not the delicacy they originally thought it was.

Differs from Foreign Queasine, Reduced to Ratburgers, and Alien Lunch in that the stuff eaten wasn't supposed to be eaten by anyone, even in desperation. Bob drinking Rigelian bloodwine ("a delicacy on my planet!") is not this trope, but Bob drinking Rigelian rocket fuel is. Similar to Mystery Meat where a random meat-like byproduct is the unfood in question.

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Compare Eat That, Secret Ingredient. Contrast with Bizarre Taste in Food, Gargle Blaster, Masochist's Meal, Fire-Breathing Diner, and Even the Rats Won't Touch It. Also see Cordon Bleugh Chef, Lethal Chef and Evil Chef, three people who may be involved with this trope. Cool, Clear Water might be subverted for the drink-based version of this trope. Subtropes include You're Drinking Breast Milk, Eating Pet Food, Revenge Is a Dish Best Served, The Secret of Long Pork Pies, Pooping Food and Stock "Yuck!". The darkest possible variation is Familial Cannibalism Surprise.

Note: If it's human flesh being eaten, then the trope is I'm a Humanitarian, To Serve Man, or The Secret of Long Pork Pies.


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    Advertising 
  • One commercial begins with a couple waking up to their kids serving them pancakes in bed. The dad takes a big bite as the mom realizes something and whispers to him, "We don't have the stuff to make pancakes." That's when it's revealed to be a commercial for Pepto Bismol. The extended version of the commercial takes it even a step further as the girl proudly adds, "We made the syrup too."
  • A PSA showing a glass of yellow fluid is captioned "Lemonade? Or paint thinner? If you can't tell, your kids can't either."

    Anime and Manga 
  • More of an "I Drank What?" example happened in episode 3 of Is the Order a Rabbit?. Sharo suggests an unnamed herbal tea for Cocoa. She then brings out some cookies, but Cocoa says they aren't sweet. Sharo then tells her that the tea she drank numbs your tongue's sweet receptors for a short while.
  • In Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar, everyone celebrates Kenshi's excellent cooking. They ask what his secret is, and he innocently reveals he crushes dried bugs into powder and sprinkles the food with it. The only one who doesn't freak out is the nature-attuned elf Aura, who says it's genius and she should have thought of that. Kenshi doesn't understand why everybody else is freaking out.
  • In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, just when a humongous flaming asteroid is closing in on Dream Land, most of the citizens decide to reveal secrets they kept from their friends, with Chef Kawasaki revealing to Ebrum and Like that he accidentally fed them something that they shouldn't have eaten. They both react with shock and beg Kawasaki to not say whatever it was as they're better off not knowing what they ate.
  • Chilchuck and, later, Marcille from Delicious in Dungeon both suffer major freak outs when they find out Laios added fish men eggs to their porridge. Apparently they made it nice and crunchy.
  • Variant: Noi and Shin in Dorohedoro aren't thrilled to find out what they've eaten in En's restaurant. It's mushrooms, no real alterations there... but he grows them on corpses.
  • Another variant in Silver Spoon — Hachiken finds out firsthand what a cloaca is and loses his appetite for eggs for most of the day. Quite a while later, he decides he doesn't care anymore.
  • Mahiro from Haiyore! Nyarko-san ends up oddly smart about this trope. His love interest Nyarko (and their mutual friend Luhy) are apparently good cooks, but being from outer space they use ingredients straight from H. P. Lovecraft's kitchen; once Mahiro realizes this, he refuses to touch anything either of them makes. Notably, Nyarko isn't a bad chef at all; the few times Mahiro actually eats her meals (usually when he insists she stick to Earthly ingredients), he calls them delicious.
    • One of those times where Mahiro ate the food is also a more literal illustration of this trope. After complimenting Nyarko's cooking, he says "This meat doesn't taste like fried chicken, what is it?" After some (failed) Not So Innocent Whistling, Nyarko promises it's not dangerous, but isn't willing to elaborate any further.
    • The Adobe Flash-animated Nyaruani series had an episode where Nyarko taught the audience how to make Cooked Whole *BLEEP*, whose main ingredient was Pixellatted and hard to obtain thanks to the Space Washington Treaty. Needless to say, Mahiro spends most of the episode freaking out and refusing to eat it.
  • Sengoku Otome has Hideyoshi become sick, so Nobunaga gives her a secret medicine passed down through the Oda family for generations. Sengoku-era medicine happens to be boiled dried horse manure, mixed in with some slugs and worms. It bears repeating: slugs and worms mixed into horse manure, passed down for generations. And they wonder why Hideyoshi's fever gets worse.
  • Count Cain plays this absolutely for drama in Doctor Jezebel's backstory, showing him to have been a sensitive child who loved his pet lamb Snark, and hated to eat meat because he didn't like the thought of animals dying to sustain him. His father told him one night that he could see Snark if he polished off his dinner. Guess what dinner was.
  • In Dragon Ball, Launch serves Krillin and Master Roshi fish. They say it is excellent, then she says it is puffer fish. They freak out and end up bedridden from the poison. Goku is spared because he lost the trial Master Roshi had put him and Killin through in which only the winner would get to eat dinner. A trial Krillin won by cheating.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, Majin Buu offers Hercule some candy that he transformed some people into. The horrified Hercule spits it out when Buu turns his back. Subverted, because Hercule knew the candy was made of people from the get-go, and only put them in his mouth in the first place to avoid angering Buu.
  • In the The Testament of Sister New Devil OVA, Maria tricks Basara into eating Mio's panties by rolling them into balls to look like dumplings and putting them in soup. When he finds out, he beats her up. The only consolation is that Maria used her magic to make the panties digestible.
  • Played For Black Comedy in Shimoneta Episode 5, care of Anna Nishikinomiya's cookies. Made with her "Love Nectar". Tanukichi's immediate reaction upon learning of the same after having a bite is to rush to the nearest drinking fountain to wash his mouth.
  • In Fate/Zero, Zouken Matou feeds Kariya a Crest Worm to increase his magical powers. After he eats it, Zouken reveals that worm had previously violated Sakura and stolen her virginity. Kariya flips out and cries, while Zouken enjoys seeing him suffer.
  • Played for deadly seriousness in Uzumaki. Kirie, the heroine, is suitably shocked when she finds out the "mushrooms" she's been eating are actually the placentas of the mosquito-women's bloodsucking babies and again when she finds out she's been eating the people who turned into snails.
  • In NPC, Galador the orc refrains from eating sapient creatures due to ethical reasons, and routinely hunts animals and monsters for food, such as the local werewolves. When he realizes that the captured werewolf is perfectly sapient, can talk, and has a name... as was presumably the case with the ones he just ate, and have been eating for a while... well, bathroom calls. Ironically, his freeloading amazon "wife" has no concerns about the ethicality of it whatsoever.
  • At one point in Zatch Bell! the group are at a ruins site where they find a stream of drinkable water. Tia is happily drinking until she sees Zatch is now swimming in it. Naked. She goes ballistic and starts strangling him, while Kiyo just calmly tells her to drink from further upstream.
  • A couple times in The Tower of Druaga. Melt absolutely hates "Sea Peppers", crab sized "insects" who's bodies look just like a green pepper, and strictly forbids Coopa to use them in her cooking. In one episode he spots her using them and chastises her only for her to reveal that she's been secretly putting them in EVERY meal because they're so nutritious and she knows better than him. He's less than pleased. Later just about everyone gets squicked out when they learn they're eating Roper Tentacles.
  • In chapter 31 of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna's Daily Life, Kanna makes some homemade candles shaped like brands of chocolate and chocolate-shelled ice cream as her summer craftwork for school. The candles get accidentally eaten by Ilulu looking for a late-night snack. She admitted they were delicious (and tasted a little like wax) while apologizing.
  • Chapter 13 of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War ends with the reveal that the coffee that Kaguya and Shirogane were drinking was actually Kopi Luwak (i.e. processed from civet droppings).

    Comedy 
  • One Eddie Murphy comedy concert has Murphy talking about how some people make fun of accent or appearance of the owners of Chinese restaurants. In the bit the owner retaliates by making a "special Won-ton soup" for the person insulting him.
  • Utah Phillips' "Moose Turd Pie" sketch is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, although the guy eating the eponymous dish doesn't deploy this trope's title, as he instantly recognizes it.
    • This sketch is also known as "Good, though!", after the actual final words. Anybody who complained about the cooking got stuck with the additional work of being the new camp cook.
      • Which explains why the cooks keep serving the likes of moose turd pie.
  • One Ron White comedy bit starts with him drinking with Larry the Cable Guy and waking up with a severe hangover. He takes some Excedrin and washes it down with what he thinks is Diet Coke—but is actually Larry's spit.
    • Happens to him again with what used to be iced tea with lemon, but after two weeks looks more like a "nasty science experiment."
  • Staying with Blue Collar Comedy, Jeff Foxworthy tells a tale of when his daughter made a little peanut butter and jelly sandwich with Ritz crackers. He's just polished it off when...
    Jeff's daughter: You wanna know how I made it?
    Jeff: (Beat) Maybe.
    Jeff's daughter: Well, I got two crackers and then I got some peanuts and I chewed them up and spit them on one cracker, then I got some raisins and I chewed them up and spit them on the other one.
    (Audience is roaring in laughter at this point.)
    Jeff's daughter: You want me to make you another peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
    Jeff: (Beat) No, honey. I am full as a tick...but I bet your mom would like one.
    (Audience roars in laughter again.)
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus' "Live At Drury Lane" album has a skit about a cocktail bar that three businessmen frequent. Their choice of drinks—a special with a "twist of lemming," a "mallard fizz" (prepared by the bartender subduing and subsequently killing a duck) and "Harlem Stinger" (a black dishwasher gargling and spitting out the mixture into a glass)—all have the expected result. All three men run to the bathroom to throw up. The guy who ordered the mallard fizz is then asked if he'd care for a dog turd and tonic.
  • One John Mulaney routine describes a time when he was drunk enough to chug a bottle of what turned out to be perfume instead of simply smelling it first.

    Comic Books 
  • In American Born Chinese, the caricature Chin-Kee urinates into someone's can of Coca Cola as part of a prank. When the character later discovers this, he throws up.
  • In Blue Monday, one of the events in an escalating prank war involved the boys sneaking pubic hair into the girls food. When the girls find out, two of them shriek and fling their burgers away in disgust, but the third one doesn't mind the taste.
  • Chew. The protagonist psychically knows the past of everything he eats (except beets). He ends up using his powers to take a bite out of crime as all he has to do is eat a piece of, say, a murder victim to know exactly what happened to him. Expect plenty of squick. He first discovers his powers when checking out a lead on a place illegally serving chicken soup. It turns out to be something else entirely.
  • Rat-Man author Leo Ortolani once made a spoof of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. The character Dark Mouse, a parody of Darth Maul, was asked by his master (an expy of Emperor Palpatine) about what evil deeds he did that day, and he answered: "Did you think it was beer in that glass I gave you before?". Some time later, the master replied: "Did you think the cake you ate before was a chocolate one?".
  • In a story from the Little Archie comic, one of Little Dilton's inventions receives an alien cooking show. Little Jughead makes up a batch of cookies, following a recipe from the show. People love them until they find out what is in them. Among the ingredients are wood chips.
  • In an issue of Secret Six, Cheshire and Dr. Psycho dined with Vandal Savage after failing him. During the meal, Cheshire suspiciously asks what the food was. The answer: Solomon Grundy. Cheshire throws up, while Psycho asks for more, and Vandal Savage delivers the immortal line:
    Shut up and eat your Grundy.
  • Hellblazer had a story where the First of the Fallen showed up to collect the soul of Constantine's friend Brendan, a consummate drinker and magician. One of his last tricks was performing a working that would turn a spring under his house into pure stout, and John claims to want to "upstage" Brendan by sharing a drink with the prince of darkness. It's only once the stout goes down that John reveals the spring was blessed by a saint, making the base of the stout holy water. The First's reaction: "Interesting — what?" And then John cuts off the spell, turning the stout back into holy water.
  • In Persepolis, for a while, the author has to wait tables in Austria. When one of the guests molests her, the cook sneakily avenges her by spitting on his schnitzel.
  • When Adam Warlock gained possession of the all-powerful Infinity Gems) from Thanos, he was ordered by the Living Tribunal to separate the Gems so that they might never be used in conjunction again. As a result, he formed the Infinity Watch, and distributed them among the six members (himself included). In the case of Drax the Destroyer, whom he gave the Power Gem to, Drax, suffering from brain damage at the time which had reduced his intelligence and personality to that of a child, thought it was candy and swallowed it. For a long time, it remained in his non-functional stomach, and even when he regained his true intelligence, he never truly figured out how to use it only able to do so subconsciously. (Everyone he gave the Gems to could be trusted not to abuse their powers for one reason or another, which was the reason he chose each of them.)
  • Red Ears: There's a comic in which a soldier and his buddies are going out on the town and when they get back to the motel open a package with some cookies that the soldier's wife sent him. Included is a video in which she admits that she's cheating on him, fellates the guy in question and spits out the result in the cookie dough. Cut to the soldiers face down on the toilet.

    Comic Strips 
  • Foxtrot combines this one with the running gag of Andy's terrible health food by having Roger sample something out of a soup pot, declare it to be the best thing Andy has ever cooked - only to discover that it's "a compound for sealing the cracks in the driveway."
    Roger: Please tell me it's poisonous.
  • One The Far Side cartoon had a crowd of scientists gathered around a cup with one of them saying, "What the-? This is lemonade. Where's my culture of amoebic dysentery?" while another scientist on the other side of the panel is drinking from a glass with a surprised expression on his face. Even funnier when you remember that the most prominent symptom of dysentery is chronic diarrhea.
    • In real life, laboratories have rules to prevent this from happening, as things like this really have happened. Food containers should never contain anything but food, and non-food containers should never contain food, and it should be clear what all containers are for.
  • Suggested in this strip by Argentinian cartoonist Quino:
    Chef: This sir?
    Waiter: This sir.
  • Garfield:
  • One The Wizard of Id strip had the King touring the kitchens. He tastes something in a pot, spits out and yells "You call that soup?!". One of the chefs replies "No, I call it dishwater".
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • Inverted when Calvin, halfway through a hamburger, excitedly asks whether the meat in them is made out of people from Hamburg — only to find himself too disgusted to eat the rest when he finds it's just cow.
    • Another strip inverts it as well, where his mother tells him that the stuffed peppers she's making are actually "monkey heads."
  • Knights of the Dinner Table:
    • This is Weird Pete's reaction on discovering that his character drank two pints of owl bear urine.
    • In another story, B.A. buys a case of "Hacky-Snacks" from Weird Pete. Only after one of them bites into a particularly rancid one do they notice that the snacks are years past their sell-by date.
  • In Aragones' A MAD look at... section based on the border control debate, one of the strips feature two friends at a diner, with one of them loudly talking about kicking mexicans back to their country while eating. Then they turn around and see both cooks are visibly mexican and are watching them eat with disturbingly smug smiles...

    Fan Works 
  • In a Breather Episode of Futari Wa Pretty Cure Blue Moon, Binbeat, who's perpetually nine and can't read Japanese, accidentally eats the moldy bread from Mia's science project. He's sick for the rest of the day, and doesn't even bother fighting back when his Monster of the Week is defeated, just going home and complaining about a stomachache.
  • Hobbes unintentionally bites into a "Slab 'O Scabs" in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, thinking it was jelly toast with raisins.
  • In Call Me In the Morning Draco Malfoy thinks that Harry's using an aphrodisiac to attract girls and offers to pay Ron for the recipe. Ron, recognizing the prank potential, gives him several unlabeled recipes for things Fred and George allegedly make specifically for Harry. Draco drinks the first one, which turns out to be a tropical-scented suntan lotion, and promptly tosses his cookies.
  • In Harry Potter and the Dream Come True Harry puts a spoonful of dirt into his relatives' dinner before serving it to them.
  • In Perfectly Abnormal Harry puts a spider in the pancake batter while making his relatives' breakfast.
  • Harry Potter and the Lightning Scar:
    Kreacher, knowing this was his last opportunity to do battle against the "mongrel half-blood," had made what appeared to be a delicious breakfast—enough that Harry forgot who he was dealing with, and bit into an innocent-looking doughnut. Unfortunately, that doughnut happened to be filled, not with cream or jam, but with mayonnaise. Retching, Harry tried to wash the taste out of his mouth with what looked like pumpkin juice, but which was in fact carefully-diluted muddy rainwater.
  • In Arya Lily Potter Remus comments that Wolfsbane tastes worse than the time Sirius and James put thestral dung in his kidney pie.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Having ripped out and eaten somepony's eye in the heat of battle, Wind Breaker starts retching when he has a moment to think and it finally hits him what he'd done.
  • In The Dark Otis Darwin forces Melanie Chisholm to drink LSD-Laced deer blood during her time in captivity.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Titan A.E., Cale is informed that the "spaghetti and meatballs" he was offered was actually laced with alien poop. Granted, Cloudcuckoolander Gune is the one to tell him this, but judging from Cale's reaction it's probably true. Luckily for him, unlike most examples, he didn't actually eat it.
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire pulls this on poor Milo. Subverted in that it's actually just a canteen of water.
    Vinny: You didn't just drink that, did you? That's not good, that's nitroglycerine. Don't move, don't breathe, don't do anything...except pray...
    Mole : (sneaking up behind Milo) BOOM!
    • Funnily enough, nitroglycerin actually is used as a medication in real life for treating certain heart problems. Doctors will sometimes use a different name for it so that they don't scare their patients.
  • In The Polar Express, The Boy accepts a cup of what is ostensibly coffee from the trainhopper. A Spit Take occurs when the hobo removes his freshly-cleaned socks from the kettle.
  • Subverted in Shrek. Fiona is eating a meal Shrek prepared, and asked what it was. He told her it was a weed rat. She seemed a little surprised at first, but then kept on eating.
    • In Shrek 2, King Harold attempts to look busy by tasting from a dish a servant is carrying. He exclaims it's exquisite and asks how the dish is called. The servant replies "That would be the dog's breakfast, your majesty".
  • In The Ant Bully, Lucas enjoys a substance known in the ant kingdom as "honeydew", remarking that it tastes like green apple bubblegum. Only after he asks for seconds does he see that it is the end product of a worm-like creature's digestion process.
  • In The Angry Birds Movie, Red, Chuck, and Bomb go to the Mighty Eagle for help with the Piggies. Reaching his mountaintop lair, they find his famed "Lake of Wisdom." Over Red's protests, Chuck and Bomb play in it, even drinking some of the water. When Mighty Eagle shows up, the three hide, and bear witness to their hero...relieving himself in the lake. The sight of it is enough to make Bomb cry while Chuck frantically tries to scrap his tongue off with a rock.
    Red: Horrible turn of events, horrible.
  • Madagascar has Melman stumbling out of a washroom with a urinal cake in his mouth ("Free mints!"). Interestingly, the typical "reveal followed by squicked-out reaction" is absent, especially considering that Melman is a raving hypochondriac most of the time.
    • Earlier in the film, Marty gets a thermometer from Melman as a birthday present and puts it in his mouth. He spits it out once Melman tells him it was his first rectal thermometer.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Dumb and Dumber:
    • A cop who pulls Lloyd and Harry over takes a sip from a bottle of pee which he thought was beer (Lloyd had to go to the bathroom that badly). They try to warn him, though after sipping, he immediately turns nauseated and tells them to get out of there.
    • Also happens when an enemy poses as a friendly hitchhiker, intending to drop pellets of rat poison into Harry and Lloyd's food. Before he can succeed in this, he needs first aid for a stomach ulcer flareup (which was induced by Harry and Lloyd's own practical joking). Harry and Lloyd try to administer his emergency medication, but they mistakenly feed him the rat poison instead.
  • In Dumb and Dumber To, Harry and Lloyd drink cups of blue juice before Fraida tells them that it's embalming fluid. But they still drink it.
    Fraida: No.
    Lloyd: Cool. [Both continue drinking it.]
  • Jim Carrey does it again in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls:
    Ace: My, my, my—this fruit paste is delicious. And the pottery is lovely.
    Ouda: It's made from guano.
    Ace: Guano! That sounds so familiar. (starts licking the plate)
    Greenwall: Bat droppings.
    (Ace freezes before dropping the plate. Cue gag reflex.)
  • In The Legend of Zorro, Elena is mortified to discover that her messenger pigeon was cooked and served to her as dinner by The Dragon Ferroq.
  • In Little Monsters, Brian's monster friend Maurice takes him on a tour of his nightly pranks. For the last house (a bully's house—by request), Maurice switches out the tuna salad in the bully's lunch with cat food and the apple juice with fresh urine. Next day, during lunch, Brian is audience to the hilarity.
  • In Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin drinks Fat Bastard's stool sample, thinking it is coffee.
    Austin: Cor! This coffee smells like shit!
    Basil: [sees the stool sample] ...It is shit, Austin.
    Austin: Oh good, then it's not just me. [drinks] It's a little nutty.
  • Fight Club:
    • There are several references to people urinating or worse into food.
      "Tyler was now involved in a class action lawsuit against the Pressman Hotel over the urine content of their soup."
    • Later in the movie:
      The Narrator: [after Marla orders clam chowder] Clean food, please.
      Fight Club Member: In that case, may I advise against the lady eating the clam chowder.
  • A non-bodily waste example in Top Secret!.
    Nick Rivers: [grabs bottle off of table] Mind if I have a swig of this?
    Chocolate Mousse: Go right ahead.
    [Nick drinks, then spits it out]
    Nick Rivers: What the hell is this stuff?
    Chocolate Mousse: Gasoline! HAHAHAHAHA. (glug, glug, glug)
  • In Fruit Chan's Little Cheung, a disgruntled prostitute drops a used tampon in her pimp's cup of tea, and he drinks it without noticing.
  • In Borat, Congressman Bob Barr is offered some cheese. After he eats it, Borat tells him it's made from his wife's breast milk.
  • Real Genius is the Trope Namer, but the actual example of this trope is in an unrelated scene, and subverts it. Chris gives Mitch a beaker of something to try, then claims it is something he found in one of the labs. As Mitch spits it out, Chris mentions that it is actually just yogurt.
  • Problem Child 2 has Junior doing this with a pitcher of lemonade that he was asked to refill by two snotty twin girls running a lemonade stand. He tops off the lemonade by peeing in it. Naturally the father of the snotty twin girls buys a glass and drinks it, describing it as tangy.
  • In Waiting..., a "beeyotch" makes the mistake of pissing off the waitstaff. Her food is... enhanced, so to speak. And made so that she doesn't even know what she's eating. For the morbidly curious: The cooks put pubic hair, dandruff, and spit on her food. One guy even rubs the garlic bread in his pants and all over his penis and testicles. And for those of you even MORE curious, yes, this is Truth in Television. Always, always, be Nice to the Waiter.
  • American Wedding (the third American Pie film) has Stifler waiting for a ring-eating dog to defecate. When he gets it, the bride's mother mistakes it for a chocolate truffle and Stifler tries to prevent her from eating it...
    • Clearly he has learned from what happened to him in the first two films. More of the same, different bodily products and delivery methods. (one example also fits the trope: he drinks from a beer left by a couple in a bedroom. Which Kevin mockingly describes as a "Pale Ale"...)
  • In the first Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, Dave catches Theodore with a chipmunk dropping on the sofa. Simon insists it's just a raisin, and proves it by popping it into his mouth. After a satisfied Dave leaves, Simon spits it out, then tells Theodore, "You owe me one." The trailer originally had shown Alvin eating the "raisin", making this a case of Never Trust a Trailer.
  • Epic Movie: In the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-spoofing stretch, Edward notices what he thinks is the chocolate river, and quickly gulps some "chocolate" up in enjoyment. After a beat, Willy points out, "That's actually the sewer line," causing Edward to gag in disgust. (How could he mistake the taste of sewage with that of chocolate?)
  • In Caddyshack, people freak out on seeing what appears to be a turd floating in the pool (it's actually a candy bar), so they have Carl empty it and steam clean it. Carl then finds it, realizes it's a candy bar, and eats it (the swells still think it's a turd). Considering it's been floating in pool water, that's still pretty gross.
  • In Funny Farm, Andy (Chevy Chase) takes a liking to lamb fries and breaks the restaurant's record for the number downed in one sitting. When he finds out that they're lamb testicles, he promptly pukes, and the waiter lowers his official score.
  • In Naked Gun 33⅓, Frank goes to the crime lab where Ted has been examining the explosive used in the bombing their investigating. Frank dips his finger in the petrie dish on Ted's desk, tastes it, and begins to deduce what it tastes like, when Ted informs him that the petrie dish contains fertilizer, evidence relating to a completely seperate case. Frank makes a "yuck" face and while Ted continues his monologue, Frank grabs a random beaker full of yellow liquid off his desk to wash the taste out of his mouth with. In a double-whammy of this trope, Ted then takes the beaker off Frank's hands saying, "Let me take that urine specimen from you, Frank.", leading to the mandatory Spit Take.
  • Cecil B. Demented: "It's goat urine!"
  • In Tropic Thunder, Tugg Speedman tries to prove a decapitated head is a movie prop. He licks blood from it and nibbles some of the insides while thinking it's just corn syrup and latex.
  • In Dennis the Menace, Dennis tries to clean up spilled paint with a vacuum cleaner. Reversing the vacuum causes a large blob of paint to launch into the sky and plop into a meal Mr. Wilson is cooking in his backyard. Mr. Wilson casts a Death Glare towards Dennis' house when he tastes his food and makes the connection.
  • In The Private Eyes, Don Knotts sips liquid from a black bottle while interrogating the house staff. It takes a few sips before he thinks to ask exactly what it is he's drinking, and he is informed that he's been quaffing ink. A rare ink from the Middle East. Made of buzzard pus.
  • In Road Trip, a waiter licks some French toast and stuffs it down his pants before serving it. The customer, oblivious to the prank, cheerfully eats it, saying it is the best he has ever had.
  • In UHF, "Weird Al" Yankovic accidentally switches a box of cookies with Yappy's Dog Treats. As he's filming product placement for the cookies, he feeds the dog biscuits to his co-star, who is disgusted by their taste but has to pretend to like them. At the end of the ad, Al recognizes his error and smoothly transitions into a pitch for the dog biscuits, which causes his co-star to run offstage and barf. "That's right! Bobbo's been eating Yappy's Dog Treats! Your dog will love that real liver and tuna taste ... [puking sounds from offstage] ... with just a hint of cheese!"
  • The Human Centipede combines this with horror and just plain nausea. The words "mouth to anus" are a story arc, if it's any hint.
  • Hollywood Knights: The heroes all urinate in the punch which is then served to the authority figures.
    Policeman: I can't quite place it, but I've had this taste in my mouth before.
  • Kingpin
    Roy: Hey, I hope you don't mind, I got up a little early, so I took the liberty of milking your cow for you. Yeah, it took a little while to get her warmed up, she sure is a stubborn one, whew.
    [Takes a drink from the bucket]
    Mr. Boorg: We don't have a cow. We have a bull.
    Roy: I'm gonna brush my teeth.
  • In The Smurfs, Grouchy lands in a candy dish full of blue M&Ms in a toy store which he mistakes for "Smurf droppings" and ends up eating them. Earlier on, Clumsy mistakes liquid soap for something edible and tries it out, only to not like the taste of it before he burps out a bubble.
  • In Superman III, Clark Kent and Lana Lang have a picnic out near the wheat fields with her son. Clark tastes what he thinks was good pate that Lana made, only for Lana to point out that it was dog food. Clark still continues to eat it.
  • In Paul, Agent Zoil drinks Clive's pee.
  • Holmes gets chastised by Watson in Sherlock Holmes (2009) for drinking a bottle of a chemical intended for use in eye surgery. The sequel has a similar line when Holmes pours himself a glass of formaldehyde. Subverted in the fact that Holmes knows perfectly well what he is drinking.
  • In Jan Švankmajer 's short film Shoes the characters eat several unusual things: knives, flowers, clothes, tables, napkins, chairs, body parts...
  • A Running Gag of The Three Stooges involved various characters, usually the supporting cast, to drink what they assume to be coffee but what is really brown paint.
  • In National Lampoon's Vacation, during a rest stop, the family is eating lunch in a park. However they realize the food smells rather funky and is soggy. Its then that Ellen realizes that Aunt Edna's dog has wet on the basket. Clark, who was busy ogling a girl he had seen on the highway and had taken a bite of a sandwich, promptly spits it out. Edna on the other hand, shrugs and continues eating her sandwich.
  • In Due Date, Darryl unwittingly brews Ethan Tremblay's father's ashes into a coffee. After realizing that he just drank his father he takes another sip momentarily forgetting what was in the coffee.
  • In Escanaba in Da Moonlight, Reuben drinks a potion given to him by his Native American wife, which is said to be a special spiritual remedy of the Ojibwa tribe to bring good luck during deer hunting. They all drink it without question, after which Reuben reveals the contents. They start out innocent enough, with cow's milk, spices, maple sap and barley then quickly go on to dried earthworms, squirrel gizzards and moose testicles. Cue Spit Take from two of the other guys, followed by Cloud Cuckoo Lander Jimmer finishing off the rest of the other guys' drinks.
  • In Striptease, Ving Rhames puts a cockroach in a yogurt pot in order to make a phony lawsuit to the manufacturer. The lawyer's secretary eats the thing... and despite the "CRUNCH!" sound, she remains unfazed.
  • In Moving Violations, Deputy Hank performs Fingertip Drug Analysis only for Dana to tell him the white powder he is licking is actually guano.
  • In The Help a maid who's been unjustly fired gives her ex-employer a "chocolate" pie. When the victim discovers what she'd really been eating, her own mother finds it hilarious.
  • In Zhang Yimou's Red Sorghum, the liquor that got pissed in (before distillation) tastes better.
  • The Terminator: The police officer takes a swig out of a coffee cup: "That coffee's two hours cold." He shrugs and takes another sip, then: "And I put a cigarette out in it." This followed by a flat stare and another shrug.
  • Variant combined with Senseless Phagia: in Minority Report, the doctor who performed the eye transplant on Anderton left him a sandwich and milk in the fridge... while also leaving rotten similars as well (after all, Anderton's temporarily blind and was responsible for his arrest). Guess which he goes for?
  • In the horror anthology film Body Bags, the host character the Coroner (played by John Carpenter) downs a few glasses of the lethal chemical formaldehyde to set the mood.
  • In the WWII movie They Were Expendable, an ensign is touring the temporary camp the naval company has made, and he shows a visitor where the cook is and takes a sip of the "soup", which leads to a Spit Take. Turns out it's dishwater.
  • In the Irish short Cáca Milis, Catherine kills the blind and chatty Paul by telling him that there was a worm in the titular cake that he ate and by inducing a severe asthma attack.
  • Averted in The War of the Roses: The wife feeds the husband some pâté she made. Once he says it's delicious, she asks him if he's seen his dog lately, heavily implying that's what he ate. He freaks out. Later the dog is shown still alive.
  • Also averted in Harry Potter And The Halfblood Prince: At the Slug Club Christmas party, Hermione tries some dragon tartare to get bad breath and avoid her date that evening, Cormac McLaggen. Minutes later, Cormac tries some of it himself and asks Harry, "What's this thing I'm eating again?" Harry then says, "Dragon balls." Snape appears and Cormac ends up throwing up on his shoes.
  • In Oculus, Kaylie Russel takes out food to eat around the mirror. The mirror, which can alter the perception of those in its radius, tricks her into biting down on a light-bulb instead of an apple. It's a subversion — turns out that it was an apple all along, but it does reasonably give Kaylie a pause of shock.
  • The "dog pastry" scene in Van Wilder, where Van sends a basket of eclairs to Richard's fraternity, ostensibly as a gift from a sorority... while leaving out the fact that the cream filling was replaced with dog semen. Only after eating them and finding them incredibly tasty (one of them even remarks "I think I've had these before!") do Richard and his fraternity brothers find the pictures that Van left at the bottom of the box showing just how the eclairs were made. Cue the projectile vomit.
  • In Invisible Mom, Laura becomes invisible after drinking her son's cola, into which, unknown to her, he had dumped a portion of her husband's invisibility powder.
  • In Theatre of Blood, Merridew discovers partway through consuming what he thinks is a special meal that he is actually eating his beloved dogs.
  • In The War Wagon, Billy tricks Wild Horse into taking a swig from a whiskey bottle filled with nitroglycerine. When Wild Horse spits it out and angrily throws away the bottle, the resulting explosion gives the gang the distraction they need to fight back.
  • In Valentine, Lily takes a bite of one of the chocolates sent to her, only to discover it is full of maggots.
  • Subverted in Demolition Man. As Spartan enjoys a contraband burger and a beer, Huxley points out that there aren't any cows living in the ruins under San Angeles. After the cook confirms that he's eating carne de rata, Spartan pauses for a moment... and concludes that he actually enjoys it (he'd spent decades as a Human Popsicle and then thawed out in an Orwellian Veganopia, so any meat was fine by him).
    Spartan: "Not bad. In fact, it's the best burger I've had in years!"
  • In Elvira's Haunted Hills, the title character is a guest in a castle, and stops a servant to taste the contents of the tureen they are carrying. She comments that the cook went a little hard on the Tabasco sauce, before being informed that it's her host's chamber pot.
  • Masters of the Universe: Upon arriving on Earth, Duncan, Teela and Gwildor steal some food. Teela says it is good but wonders why it is placed on these "white sticks". Duncan matter-of-factly says the sticks are bones. Teela and Gwildor are disgusted that they have been eating a dead animal, but Duncan happily keeps eating it.
  • In Mortal Engines, Tom does a Spit Take after drinking Un Coffee with water filtered from the sewerage tank. Earlier he expresses horror that they are eating a thousand year-old Twinkie and seeing Hester drinking from a muddy puddle.

    Jokes 
  • A tough-looking brawler enters the bar, and orders a tankard of beer. He throws the beer away, and begins to chew the tankard itself. All other guests leave the scene in disgust, except one puny, small man. After the brawler has eaten the tankard, he throws the handle away. The puny man stares at him. The brawler says: "What are you looking at?" The puny man says: "Why did you throw the handle away? It is the tastiest part of the tankard!"
  • A biology professor announces a pop quiz: students will be forced to identify species of birds from their droppings. "Our first specimen—" He reaches into a brown paper bag and pulls out a ham sandwich. He frowns and dumps out the bag, revealing an apple and bag of chips. "My word," he blurts out, "What did I eat for lunch?"

    Literature 
  • In Animorphs, Ax's Sense Freak tendencies resulted in him eating non-foods on several occasions. He's lucky that morphing heals.
    • And yet he doesn't seem to care when he eats something that's not supposed to be eaten (engine oil, cigarette butts, dryer lint, etc). Everyone else complains, but not Ax.
  • The Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Timeless has Fitz doing this with a chunk of "cheese" he found in his friend Anji's flat, which had been abandoned for months anyway. She says she didn't have any cheese, and he is understandably perturbed.
  • In re-prints of the novel Fight Club, Palahniuk adds a foreword. In it, he notes that many ex-waiters told him that tampering with food was Truth in Television, including one man who claimed to be a former waiter at a 5-star London restaurant who bragged that Margaret Thatcher had eaten his semen five times. His subsequent novel Choke has a character based on that waiter, complete with soup urination.
  • In Pretty Little Liars Aria becomes a vegetarian after eating puffin.
  • The main character of The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams has to be told what "pixie dust" means when you're in a reality with actual pixies.
  • Laurence Yep's Dragon Series novel, Dragon of the Lost Sea has a boy named Thorn persuading the witch Civet into letting him cook a meal for her. He hides one of the Monkey King's hairs in her bowl of noodles. And after she eats them, he speaks the magic words that cause the hair to change into an unbreakable chain.
  • One Running Gag of the Nightside series is for Alex, bartender at Strangefellows, to offer a beverage called "Angel's Urine" to the unsuspecting. Sales declined after word got out that it's Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • At the end of the book/movie The War of the Roses, Barbara Rose makes dinner for Oliver, who compliments her paté. She says, "Don't thank me. Thank Benny." Benny is Oliver's dog.
  • Anodyne Liniment is a medicine that relieves aching muscles and is meant to be rubbed into skin, not taken orally. In Anne of Green Gables, Marilla breaks a bottle of the stuff and pours it into an old vanilla bottle. Anne Shirley gets such a cold that she couldn't tell the difference between the medicine and the bottle's original contents, and Hilarity Ensues when her cake is served for tea.
  • In Trainspotting (book only), a girl jobbing in a restaurant is hit on by some English Jerkass tourists. She retaliates by putting all kinds of squicky stuff in their food.
  • In the Northland Series, Drake is not at all happy to find that the hallucinogenic liquid he'd drunk had been REINDEER PISS?.
  • In W. F. Miksch's The Addams Family Strikes Back the Addamses throw a party to celebrate Grandmama's success as one of the witches in the PTA production of Macbeth. The wife of the school principal asks for the recipe for the Demon Dip and after "witch's butter" - which gives it the blue color - and lizard entrails are mentioned, snaps that Morticia doesn't have to tell her if she doesn't want to. A similar goodie is the "Whirling Dervish Wassail," a punch which consists of "an exciting and tangy blend of quicklime, witch elm, mare's tail, Saint Elmo's fire, and several other potables which could hardly be described as inert ingredients."
  • A hotel maid in Dedication finds herself compelled to eat some semen left on the sheets by a talented author by a black magic spell intended to replace her rotten husband as the father of her unborn child.
  • The Canting Crew of Discworld regularly dine on old boots. In Hogfather, Death swaps their boots-and-mud Hogswatch dinner for the contents of a fancy restaurant's kitchen, so the restaurant's chefs improvise a complete menu of "aged beef" recipes from what's available. And wind up having to cook their own footwear too, when unwitting diners keep ordering more.
    • In The Truth, William pays a visit to the Canting Crew in their home under a bridge, and worries when they serve him a cup of tea. To his surprise, the tea turns out to be perfectly sanitary, and he relaxes...only to learn that the lemon he added was found floating in the toxic River Ankh.
    • In Unseen Academicals, Pepe is looking for the bathroom in the middle of the night but finds an empty champagne bottle first. Madame unwittingly drinks it and says "this stuff has gone horribly flat."
  • In Harry Potter Harry, Ron, and Hermione are eating what they think is a beef casserole in Hagrid's hut... then Hermione finds a large talon in her serving. They lose their appetite pretty quickly after that.
  • This is how Rock in The Stormlight Archive gets sent to the bridge crews. "I may have, uh, enhanced the soup".
    Teft: Wait, you put chull dung in Highprince Sadeas's soup?
    Rock: Er, yes... Actually I put this thing in his bread too. And used it as a garnish on the pork steak. And made a chutney out of it for the buttered garams. Chull dung, it has many uses, I found.
  • In The Help, a servant does this to her employer. Let's just say, it's a chocolate cake, and what she puts into it is brown. She later tells the employer what, exactly, it was. And that's why you should never be mean to the people who cook your food. (Or accept food from people you treated horribly.)
  • A case of "I almost ate what?" in the Xanth novel, Isle of View: Che Centaur and Jenny Elf are captives of a goblin horde. When a guard gives them a hunk of barely-cooked meat for dinner, they both refuse. (The guard says "suit yourself" and eats it himself). Jenny refused because she's a Friend to All Living Things and eating meat squicks her. Che's also a vegetarian, but says he wouldn't have eaten that even if he wasn't. In clarification, Che asks where the goblins would get fresh meat, since there were no livestock or meat trees around. Jenny realizes in horror that the meat could've only come from the nymph and faun they earlier saw the goblins force into a hate spring and then watched beat each other to death.
  • In Watersong, Gemma throws up when she learns that the "liquor" the sirens gave her was actually a mixture of human and siren blood.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, during Jaime Lannister's rather brutal Break the Haughty Humiliation Conga at the hands of the Brave Companions, he is tricked into drinking horse piss to the company's general amusement. He's forced to keep drinking out of sheer thirst.
  • In Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, after Grandma Georgina eats too many anti-aging Wonka-Vite pills and disappears, the Oompa-Loompas sing a song about a girl named Goldie Pinklesweet who greedily ate an entire jar of her grandmother's chocolates, only to realize too late that they were actually very powerful laxatives.
  • In The Saga of Darren Shan, Darren is enjoying the stew he's been served at Vampire Mountain. When he asks what's in it, Mr. Crepsley simply tells him to look up, revealing a swarm of bats hanging on the ceiling. Darren quickly loses his appetite afterwards.

    Memes 
  • Sweet Jesus Pooh, That's Not Honey is an exploitable meme consisting of a comic where Pooh eats what he thinks is honey until Tigger informs him it is something else. The original comic had it that Pooh was eating Tigger's father's ashes, but most versions of the meme substitute other things that are either just as unpleasant to eat or something that can't really be consumed.
  • Bone Hurting Juice, an anti-meme derived from the aforementioned "Sweet Jesus Pooh, That's Not Honey" meme, involves people unknowingly drinking a juice that causes them to feel pain in their bones.

    Music 
  • The Offspring's ''Don't Pick It Up":
    I saw a little kid
    As he walked around
    He picked a candy bar up
    Off the ground
    He chowed about a half
    And his face turned blue
    Turned out that candy bar was a doggy-doo
  • Also from the same band, one scene of the video for "Original Prankster" has a guy buttering another's bread with poop. The other guy cluelessly eats it.
  • Bob Dylan's "Po' Boy":
    Othello told Desdemona,
    "I'm cold, cover me with a blanket
    By the way, what happened to that poisoned wine?"
    She said "I gave it to you, you drank it."
  • In "The Real Slim Shady," Eminem mentions that his Chaotic Evil alter ego Slim Shady "could be working at Burger King, spitting on your onion rings."
  • In the Run–D.M.C. song "You Be Illin'":
    (For) Dinner, you ate it, there is none left
    It was salty, with butter, and it was def
    You proceeded to eat it, cause you was in the mood
    But homes you did not read it was a can of dog food

    Music Videos 
  • In the music video for Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup", one man at the party in the video pees into the cup and gives it to another man, who then drinks it and punches the first man out.
  • Also from The Offspring, in the video for "Original Prankster", a kid butters his father's bread with dog poop. He doesn't suspect a thing until he eats it.

    Pinballs 

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    Radio 
  • From an episode of The Goon Show (paraphrased from memory):
    Grytpype: What's that smell, Moriarty?
    Moriarty: Here. Taste, taste.
    Grytpype: Mmm, delicious. What is it?
    Moriarty: Your laundry.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Paranoia, the Matter Eater mutant power lets you eat anything, and get sustenance out of it if it's organic. Useful when you need to Eat the Evidence.
  • Also shows up as an anecdotal example in the Ancient Rome setting for Vampire: The Requiem. In the setting, vampires are capable of enthralling humans to serve them by giving them a taste of blood; with three tastes, the "blood bond" sticks for a damn long time. So this vampire whose family doesn't know he's dead keeps visiting them for dinner, and brings along these delicious blood sausages...
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Khorne Berserkers are fused into their power armor, which recycles the Space Marine's waste into a bland, tasteless nutrient paste.
    • For that matter, if you're invited to a party, and you even think that they might have something to do with Slaanesh, you don't want to accept in the first place, but you really don't want to know what's in the food, wine and drugs.
    • Similarly, never accept high-end foods from your Dark Eldar slavers; they will not agree with your stomach, or your sanity.
  • An event in Arkham Horror involves your investigator stumbling across a table of food and helping himself. Depending on how much you fail the perception check, you'll either go on your merry way, or have some of your stats restored. But if you pass it, your investigator will realize to his horror just what the stuff was and lose points on the Sanity Meter.

    Theatre 
  • From the original Broadway production of Dracula, discussing Renfield:
    Seward: An unusual case. Zoophagous.
    Harker: What's that?
    Seward: A life-eating maniac.
    Harker: What?
    Seward: Yes, he thinks that by absorbing lives he can prolong his own life.
    Harker: Good Lord!
    Seward: Catches flies and eats them. And by way of change, he feeds flies to spiders. Fattens them up. Then he eats the spiders.
    • A step left out of this, but in the original book: feeding spiders to sparrows, then eating those. And Seward mentions he's repeatedly turned down Renfield's request for a pet cat.

    Video Games 
  • In Sam And Max: Situation: Comedy, you have to rig one of these in the Show Within a Show. Specifically, you need to get Mr. Featherly to eat a cow pie (which is fortunately a prop).
  • The Walking Dead: This is Larry's expression when the St. John family reveal they've been purposely killing survivors and eating their flesh while giving that flesh to the group. Made even worse if Lee decides to goad Larry into eating the flesh after getting sick and tired of Larry's hostility.
  • The player in the Shadowgate game series can drink any number of noxious beverages, only a very few of which are nonlethal.
  • Combined with Lethal Chef in Jade Empire, where an NPC in the tea house near the beginning serves food that reduces your health/spirit/focus reserves and rewards you if you eat enough.
  • In Persona 4, you get rewarded for eating Nanako's science project, which is a pot of grass.
    Theo: There are things your kind is better off not knowing. So I've been taught, which means... I mustn't... But using THAT for cooking...
    • In Persona 5, during one of Haru Okumura's Confidant rank ups, she invites you to try out an expensive blend of coffee at a buffet. After you've taken a sip of it, Haru then reveals the coffee beans are made of elephant poop. Your possible answers are:
    Wait, you mean poop?!
    I can taste the elephant.
    Excuse me while I vomit.
  • Implied in Shin Megami Tensei IV with the stuff served at the Hunters' Associations. Whatever it is, it's filling and tastes good. The problem is that the croquettes are still kind of alive when served, and about the yulmucha, your navigational AI scans it and is only mostly sure it has no dangerous components. And let's not get started on the waffles...
    • Small reminder that, whatever it is, it's ALL they had to eat since past 20 years ago. No better, or even healthier, options available. It comes to the point that, depending on which ending are you going for, you can hear comments about thier foodstuffs from Merkabah, who even sees eating the food from the bars as a feat of courage, and Lucifer, who all but says that whoever lives by thriving on that diet should be part of his loyalists by default!
    • This doesn't change in the sequel. Dagda's pretty squicked at the Associations' food.
  • Downplayed a bit: In Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan, Moose drinks the manatee ichor (kind of a bloodlike fluid or discharge) and, surprisingly, it doesn't sicken Moose at all (though Guybrush and Morgan do seem kind of grossed out by it). He even tells Guybrush that the orange ichor (which has "a bubbly effervescence with a tangy palette") has been pure and unfiltered since he got hooked on it when he and the other crew members of De Cava landed in the belly of the manatee. Moose adds that the other ichor, the yellow bile, is acidic and hazardous to the digestive system when drunk. Since De Cava only likes the orange ichor, Guybrush can trick him into drinking the yellow bile served on a mug for one of the key expressions in a Pirate Face-Off.
  • One can only wonder where Oghren's home-brewed ale comes from, as hinted by him and Zevran in Dragon Age: Origins party banter.
    • In the expansion pack Oghren's response to drinking a (potentially lethal) combination of darkspawn blood, lyrium, and archdemon blood? "Not bad". This is after complaining that the (rather large) cup the mixture was in was too small. And unlike everyone else who drinks it and doesn't die from it he doesn't even pass out or show any kind of discomfort.
    • The sequel has a companion quest that involves gathering components for a potion... one of which is crystallized sewage. Hawke reacts with a heartfelt "EEEWWW."
  • Haunting Ground has Daniella/The Maid cook a meal during an early stage of the game. Later, this meal is served, and after two spoonfuls and one hell of an awkward conversation, an obviously sickened Fiona excuses herself. Once the cutscene ends, all she can do is walk incredibly slowly, and clutch her stomach. If you examined the unattended cooking pot at an earlier point, there is a chance that Fiona will recoil in horror, realising that human hair and meat is what is being cooked inside.
  • In DmC: Devil May Cry, the first part of Vergil's plan to bring down Mundus is to destroy Mundus' means of slowly making humanity docile cattle. When Dante asks what it is, Vergil replies that Dante's holding it. It being the soft drink Virility that Dante is drinking. After a beat, Dante spits it out and tosses the can into the trash though Vergil tells him that Virility only affects humans. Virility is spiked with the toxic bodily fluids of a huge disgusting demon.
  • Playing Hatoful Boyfriend? Courting Dr. Shuu? He sends you a lovely roast bird for Christmas... after finding Yuuya going through his desk for the last time. Ho ho ho ho...
  • One of the Easter eggs in BioShock Infinite is that one of the toilets that looks like it has crap in it are actually two potatoes that you can eat!
  • Naked Snake in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater will eat just about anything he finds in the woods with glee. The one exception to this is if Para-Medic informs him that the vultures are known to eat human flesh after he's already sampled some of their meat. He's notably disturbed by the prospect of being a cannibal. If you eat a vulture that fed on a dead soldier, when you reach the Sorrow's river, that soldier's ghost will have a vulture on its shoulder and moan, "YOU ATE ME!"
  • Final Fantasy IX: During the feast after the Hunting festival in Lindblum everyone, save for Garnet and Steiner suddenly collapse after taking a few bites. Garnet hasn't been eating at all, and Steiner, who has, and now noticed that everyone had collapsed, dramatically falls on his knees and gasps that the food was poisoned and he is dying for his princess... that untill Garnet says there shouldn't have been any in his plate. Upon hearing it, he utters that now that she mentioned it, he suddenly feels much better and stands up again. The alleged "poison" is revealed to be sleeping pills.
    • Later in the same game there's a cooking scene and you have the option to put an "Oglop" (a kind of insect) into the recipe. Doing so will cause the I Ate What? reaction from the other characters when they eat it.
  • Jazzpunk: The drop-in diner in Japan. The player will Spit Take EVERYTHING that the chef gives him once he learns what was used to make it.
  • In Shadowrun Returns Hong Kong, the player can accidentally eat some meta-human flesh in Gaichu's hide out. Or drink blood when sampling the "red wine" in a vampire's apartment. You can even get an achievement for doing both. Hilariously, if Duncan is the party either time, he berates the player for being so stupid as to eat random food on a mission. The narration comments that as long as you don't know what it is, Gaichu's people sashimi is actually pretty damn good, and you can talk him into giving you the recipe.
  • Undertale:
    • The Dog Salad recovers a random amount of HP each time it's eaten, but the player gets a disgusted reaction each time.
      Oh. There are bones...
      Oh. Fried tennis ball...
      Oh. Tastes yappy...
      It's literally garbage???
    • As pointed out by the incredulous Burgerpants, the MTT-brand Glamburger is made out of sequins and glue.
    • A lot of the food can provoke this reaction with the Info text. Spider Cider "made with whole spiders, not just the juice", Hot Dogs "made of something called a 'Water Sausage'"(cattail), Junk Food "that was probably once thrown away", Temmie Flakes which are "just torn up pieces of colored construction paper"...At least that same info text assures us that the glitter and sequins on the Glamburger really are edible.
  • In Fate/hollow ataraxia, we learn that Saber's terrified of octopus, which she believes is an Eldritch Abomination like the ones the Fourth Caster summoned. When Shirou mentions that some riceballs she ate had octopus in them, this is her reaction.
  • Takeshi from Ever17 tries to invoke this trope on Tsugumi in Kid's routes. During "picnic" he gives her special sandwich "just for her", and when she bites it he laughs and mentions every single one of over 30 spices that he put in there in order to make the sandwich inedible. Tsugumi then says she likes it and it tastes like pizza.
  • The Saints Flow energy drink in Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV is not only stated to taste terrible but is not-so-subtly implied to contain questionable ingredients. Especially in the Enter the Dominatrix DLC when the Saints have to fight a giant, anthropomorphic Saints Flow can named Paul by flying into it and dropping a bomb into his brain.
    Zimos: Hold on. This thing has a brain? What exactly have I been drinking all of these years?
    Pierce: I'm contractually prevented from divulging the secret ingredients in Saints Flow.
  • Cure from Jade Cocoon 2 tricks Kahu into eating Ginui powder at one point (Ginui being a race of newt-like monsters that live in the water forest). Kahu is disgusted when she tells him what he just ate.
  • In Little Big Adventure 2, Twinsen visits the planet Zeelich and is invited to join a family of miners for dinner. When he's informed that the tart he just ate had fireflies as a main ingredient, he faints.
  • Kay from Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs accidentally drinks the ashes of his deceased grandfather, thinking them to simply be really old tea. When his older sister Gwendolyn tells him the truth, they (along with his younger sister Elaine and his bodyguard Griffith) react with Stunned Silence for a few seconds before Grandpa Des' ghost appears before them.

    Web Animation 
  • Brain POP: In the Fractions video, after eating a piece of Moby's cake:
    Tim: Three-quarters of a cup of...motor oil?
    Tim: I have to... go to the... bathroom.
    (Tim runs to the bathroom, then we hear spitting sounds)
  • Homestar Runner subverts this in that many characters have been known to consciously eat inedible items, whether due to ravenous eating habits or just plain ignorance.
    • At least once, however, in one Strong Bad Email, there is an instance of a character eating something unintentionally, as when Strong Bad and The Cheat (wearing a towel) give Coach Z what looks like a bowl of ice cream (with toasted coconut), which he eats:
      Coach Z: Ooh! Sweet mercy! This is awrful!
      Strong Bad: Aw, it's okay, Coach. You're the proud new eater of a healthy bowl of sour cream and The Cheat fur.
      The Cheat: (takes off his towel, revealing the lower half of his body being shaved clean) Ta-da!
      Coach Z: (coughs up fur) Oh! I think I'm gonna puke my pants!
      Strong Bad: Ugh! Please don't elaborate on that.
      Coach Z: Naw, it's easy. I do it all the time.
    • In the same email, Homestar has eaten some of Strong Bad's "ice cream" and tries to offer some to Marzipan:
      Marzipan: Homestar, didn't anyone tell you? That's, like, cottage cheese and The Cheat hair!
      Homestar: WHAT?! (does a Spit Take) Strong Bad told me it was sour cream and The Cheat hair!
  • The Team Fortress 2 fan video "Sniper Soda" is all about this. Sniper really has to pee, and since all of his jars are full, he pees in a soda can, and then Scout finds it and unknowingly drinks from it.
    Scout: Yo, keep yo' hands off the soda, man!
    [he drinks from the soda can, and then vomits]
    Soldier: Yeah, they should probably teach you how to use a toilet, like normal people.
    [Sniper makes a silly face]
    On-screen text: THAT WAS SO FREAKIN' PREDICTABLE
    [cut to Scout vomiting into one of Sniper's hats]
  • In the first episode of Zombies Vs Ninjas, the ninjas are seen eating pizza made of cardboard. And you thought the pizza was real?
    Spencer: I'd rather be the back end of a human centipede than eat one more slice of this cardboard pizza.
    Andre: This tastes worst than little brother Andre ate back in homeland.

    Webcomics 
  • Vaelia of Drowtales was jokingly told that the meat she was eating was human meat. This was a very real possibility, as the drow from which the meat came from have no problems eating human flesh. Through the likelihood of it actually being human meat is debated, Vaelia decides to just stick with a loaf of bread instead...
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal had a comic with the line of dialogue "You put what in my cereal?" The cereal in question was "Everything But Urine-Os".
  • Averted in Marry Me, where the characters ask what they're drinking BEFORE they consume it. It turns out to be blood. They drink it anyway because they'd allegedly done it before, one for a 'vampire marathon' and the other just for grins. And the friend who horsed them into this turned out to be drinking Kool-Aid.
  • Double Subverted in an Awkward Zombie strip, Roy prepares a Coffee for both him and Marth, but before drinking Marth suspects he did something to it, so he switches cups and Roy just leaves annoyed. Then, as he is drinking from the other coffee, Link enters asking for Roy, as he had peed in his coffee.
  • VG Cats has this:
    Leo: ...So I've been secretly peeing in her coffee ever since.
    Aeris: So I've been switching our coffee ever since.
    • And then he drinks some coffee. Eeew...
  • Happens to Kirby occasionally in Brawl in the Family, obviously given his eating habits. One instance here.
  • Forgath in Goblins absentmindedly drinks Dragon Lung Lantern Fuel after a fight with Dellyn Goblinslayer.
  • Ansem Retort: Axel discovering that Chuck E. Cheese doesn't sell tequila.
    "Ugh-oh. I think I've been drinking bleach for the past hour. Fuck."
  • Doc from The Whiteboard was cooking, the kitchen caught fire, automatic extinguishers doused it with BBQ sauce ("...if the food was going to be on fire, might as well take advantage of it!"). While cleaning the aftermath, Doc found a turkey leg and started eating: "It's juicy, it's tasty... ...it's a scrub brush." After realizing the error, he casts Aside Glance and continues crunching anyway.note 
  • Osborne, from Wally and Osborne, does this here.
  • In Exterminatus Now, Lothar's new cybernetics are powered by his own metabolism so he needs a lot of calories. He immediately dunks his head in a vat of Lime Cool-Ade. Then Eastwood points out the corpse floating in the tank. Lothar pauses for a beat, then keeps drinking saying it's still not the most disgusting thing he's ever drunk. It gets even more gruesome in the next strip when Virus discovers that the Lime Cool-Ade drink mix is made of the missing townsfolk. Lothar smacks his lips for a beat, and remarks that they didn't use enough sweetener while his teammates look on with a mixture of disgust and horror.
  • Troll urine has insect repelling properties in Fairy Dust, making it not such an unusual food preservative.
  • PvP's Skull once bit into what he thought was a brownie.
  • Atari from Consolers has this reaction when she finds out she ate snake ice cream.
  • Apparently, it was not an egg the guest ate in this strip from Loading Artist.
  • In Henchgirl Mary has Fred come to her apartment to hide him from The Butterfly Gang (which she is a part of) from hunting him. As she introduces her roommate, Sue and Tina, Tina serves some carrot cake while everyone is talking about the situation. When the conversation goes into superpowers, Tina reveals she has a power of her own: The power to make carrots come out of her wrists. Naturally Mary, Fred and Sue lose their appetite (and in Mary's case, her lunch) when they see this.
  • At one point in Collar 6, Michelle is putting Stella and Claire through a series of sex games, one of which involves being dressed in cow costumes and milked. She gathers the rest of the girls in the kitchen for coffee. Guess what's served as cream?
    • A later strip has Linda gotten up at 5 after going to bed after midnight to make everyone breakfast. The result is green pancakes and purple bacon. It's delicious, but "It's best if you don't know all the ingredients."

    Web Original 
  • Though it started off as a trailer for a scat porno, 2 Girls 1 Cup became infamous on the internet for depicting two women defecating into a cup, taking turns consuming it, and then vomiting it into each other's mouths. Though as with many other pornos, it's faked with chocolate pudding.
  • SuperMarioLogan's video titled "Bowser Juice Infomercial" reveals that the Bowser Juice is made from Bowser's pee.
  • Inverted in Help Not Wanted, where the four main goblins are so desperate for money that they willingly drink from buckets of animal excrement. Fortunately, it turns out to be melted chocolate. This is later played straight in chapter 6, where the goblins end up eating human flesh Ogrell secretly fed to them.
  • Used in the third part of Decline of Video Gaming to a ridiculous extent.
    JT: Hey, this local dish is pretty good!
    Dim: Um... that's the potpourri. It makes the room smell nice.
    JT: Eh? Ah, it doesn't matter, these giant oriental crackers are much nicer anyway.
    Dan: Yeah, you see, that's the towel from the bathroom.
    Dim: You didn't eat anything else, did you?
    *Soap bubbles start to foam around JT's mouth*
  • SCP-198, a cup that fuses to a persons hand and fills up with their bodily fluids such as blood, urine, sweat, feces and [DATA EXPUNGED]. Unfortunately, it rapidly malnurishes the person, and the only way to gain any nourishment is to consume the contents of the cup.
    • "SCP-166 requires no sustenance save approximately 1 cc of human semen daily, administered orally."
    • 294 is a coffee machine that can dispense a cup of practically any liquid. Just don't make the mistake of asking it for a "cup of Joe".
  • This often happens in React's People vs. Food videos, as they usually don't tell the people eating the food what it is until after they have tasted it. They have fed people things like brains, rocky mountain oysters (bull testicles), rattlesnake, shirako (fish semen), century eggs, tripe (cow stomach), and more weird foods. In one episode they fed them raw meat and then told them it was human meat, but this time they were just kidding, it was actually a mixture of other raw meats designed to taste like raw human, which is still disturbing.
  • Why Would You Eat That is I Ate What: The Series. It's a show about explaining why people eat these gross foreign foods, and then press-ganging the studio who makes these videos into eating them without knowing exactly what they are. And then telling them.
  • Puffin Forest: In "D&D Story: PEE IN MY BUCKET! The Adventurer's League Game", Ben's Party tries rescuing the crew of an airship that crashed in the trees. This crew was exhausted, hungry, and dehydrated. To alleviate the last problem the party peed in a bucket, cast a purification spell on it, and gave it to the crew to drink.

    Real Life 
  • Methanol. It kills. It is so easily confused with ethanol (good old hooch) that European Union has strict restrictions on sale and distribution of methanol. Denaturized spirits are not rendered undrinkable in EU by adding methanol as in US, but by adding regurgitant and Bitrex (extremely bitter tasting compound). Even if you survive methanol poisoning, there are good chances you are blinded for life.
  • There are several medical conditions that invoke this trope:
    • Urophagia, where people drink urine, ostensibly for health purposes.
    • Pica, a medical disorder where people regularly eat non-foods like clay, coal, soil, feces, and chalk.
  • Writer Jack London once gave a friend who had been out running a glass of kerosene instead of water, causing the friend to suffer burns in his throat. It was presumably by accident.
  • Some kids unfamiliar with sheep/goats may remark how many free olives/chocolate cereals/maltesers are lying on the ground.
  • There is an article about a kid in China who was found drinking gasoline to become a Transformer.
  • Saginaw Cheerleaders Prank Teammates With Urine-Tainted Soda
  • On the set of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Eli Wallach burned his throat when he accidentally drank a bottle of acid that had been improperly labeled by the Italian film crew. (It was originally a drink bottle, hence the confusion.)
  • There was a PostSecret card that described how the writer, as a child, gave his/her nemesis hamster poop in a Tic Tac container and claimed they were a new chocolate flavor.
  • Michel "Monsieur Mangetout" Lotito ate bicycles, shopping carts, televisions, and an airplane, along with other objects inedible to us lesser mortals. He did this for a living for years. He's able to do it by way of stomach and intestine lining that is twice as thick as usual. And the only things that make him sick are bananas and hard-boiled eggs.
  • French cyclist and multiple Tour de France winner Jacques Anquetil sometimes ate glass to entertain his fans.
  • A minor, little-known hazard of spelunking, as many deep caves' environments are protected by strict rules that forbid anything — even human waste — from being left behind. Don't mistake the bottle marked "P" for a beverage.
  • There is an urban legend in the UK about somebody getting sacked by McDonald's for having A Date with Rosie Palms in a burger.
  • If one was to travel to exotic locales, this may be something that one might say in response to trying some exotic cuisines. Cracked.com has a list of rather delectable dishes.
  • This Cracked.com article might, just might, convince you to switch to organic foods.
  • They didn't truly drink it, but for a while before toothpaste was invented, some people purposely used urine to clean their teeth, after noticing that it was actually efficient in doing so. They didn't know at the time that it wasn't the urine, but the ammonia in the urine that did the job; indeed, ammonia is still a common ingredient in some toothpastes.
  • A trick is popular among chemists to awe non-chemists. The effects of strong hydrochloric acid are demonstrated, as are those of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda). Carefully measured quantities of these are then decanted and mixed in front of the audience. Then the scientist downs the mixture. It is just salty water, as the two chemicals neutralize each other. Sensible people give the mixture time to react fully and let it touch the outside of the mouth before drinking any.
  • Just Google "horsemeat scandal". Of course, most of the victims remain blissfully unaware of what they've been eating, and horsemeat isn't actually harmful to human health... is it?note 
  • In The 24 Hours of Le Mans, the drivers of closed top cars have two bottles, one for windshield washer fluid and the other for their sport drink. Sometimes the crews get them confused, and mix them up, leaving the poor driver with a horrible tasting drink during their stint and very clean teeth afterwards (fortunately, the washer fluid's not harmful, just disgusting).
  • A weatherman in Connecticut ate cat vomit on live TV from his shoe, thinking it was Grape Nuts.
  • Gordon Ramsay once freaked out Jeremy Clarkson with this trope after teaching him how to properly clean a lobster. Jeremy did not take it wellnote .
  • As noted in the Fight Club and South Park entries above, there is a reason many say be nice to the waitstaff, as those incidences of food tampering have been Truth in Television. Usually, nowadays (in the case of the former), the waiter/waitress goes to jail for messing with the food/beverages and or the restauraunt gets shut down and, sometimes, they don't. One case of this from 2003 had a woman finding a condom in her clam chowder (after it came back from being reheated) and the incident traumatized her so badly that she can't eat soup, seafood, and has even had problems with intimacy.
  • In a similar but otherwise unrelated vein, never take anything that isn't yours in the communal fridge. One woman got fed up with this and responded with a prank (Read here).
  • Italian serial killer Leonarda Cianciulli, aka "The Soapmaker of Correggio", would dispose of her victims' bones and blood by using them as ingredients for homemade sweets, which she would then serve to her unwitting family and friends.
  • There have been several cases of kids being poisoned from eating laundry pods because they look like delicious candy. Because of this people have joked that they are a Forbidden Fruit. It is now a meme.
  • This is why you're not allowed to eat in the chemistry lab.
    Johnny was a chemist's son / But Johnny is no more. / What Johnny thought was H2O / Was H2SO4.
  • The body is programmed to think "Clear liquid=water", which is why you should always clearly label things. Horror stories abound of people unwittingly drinking paint thinner or cleaner because they saw what looked like a bottle or glass of water.
  • Salmiakki. It is ammonium chloride mixed with black licorice, being simultaneously sweet, fiery and salty, and ingesting it increases salivation. Salmiakki is considered a confectionery in Finland and eaten also elsewhere in Scandinavia, Netherlands and northern Germany, but people outside those countries usually find salmiakki distasteful and heavily overlapping with Foreign Queasine. A Scandinavian practical joke is to eat salmiakki with happy face and then offer it to a foreigner...
    • Wikipedia states the ammonium chloride is used on fertilizers, dry batteries, cold mixtures, detergents and cough medicines. It is also used on galvanizing steel, soldering and dyeing. You can manufacture it at home by mixing ammonia with hydrochloric acid. I wonder why the foreigners won't find so multi-use confectionery as tasty? (A Finnish talk show host.)
  • If you regularly steal someone's lunch, don't be surprised if they feed you something gross one day.
    • Especially if you have any severe food allergies or the person you're stealing from uses chewing tobacco.
  • Usually, it's not a good idea to eat something from the wild if you're not a professional at identifying edible food in the wild. Often, you're warned not to eat any berries or mushrooms you come across. Better to refrain than try it and learn when it's too late.
    • A tumblr user posted how they found a tree with strangely large cucumbers hanging from it. They took one home to try it, but disposed of it (by throwing it into their neighbor's hot tub, but that's besides the point) after being disgusted by the taste. The user later learned from comments that it was actually kigelia, a poisonous fruit. Of course, they panicked, but apparently ended up fine.
  • On July 16, 2012, a Burger King employee on 4chan anonymously uploaded a photo of his feet in two plastic bins of lettuce, accompanied by the statement "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King." It took some disgusted 4chan users a mere 20 minutes to use Exif data to track down the location where the photo was taken, call the Burger King restaurant at said location, and get the rogue employee fired.
    • The scandal became the subject of a popular meme after a video about mysteries solved by 4chan was uploaded by the popular channel Top15s in late 2017, with the scandal itself being referred to as "Burger King Foot Lettuce".

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