Mice and rats love cheese, except that they actually don't. It's an old wives' tale that has been debunked. A more practical thing to bait rodent traps with is peanut butter, since it's less likely to spoil and more attractive to rodents than cheese.
Cats really do love milk, except that it's not good for them. They're lactose intolerant. Don't feed your cats milk (unless you're interested in dealing with a bloated cat an hour or two later). Feed your cats (ironically) cheese instead—yes, they love cheese, and unlike milk they can digest it cleanly, because the cheesemaking process gets rid of most of the lactose. Cats are also known for hunting mice, fish and birds, even in captivity. Well-fed cats often do it just for fun, which helps give rise to the Cats Are Mean trope.
Elephants and peanuts. In reality, elephants are OK with peanuts, but much prefer coconuts. They also like bananas, oranges and watermelons. But they really hate chili peppers, which can result in massive sneezing fits. Many African farmers grow chili hedges around their crops to protect them from greedy wild elephants. Elephants are known for liking buns, and they do eat breads as snacks in captivity.
Monkeys and apes love bananas. This one dates back to the work of primatologist Jane Goodall, who used bananas in order to get close to the chimpanzees she was studying. Some species do eat bananas in the wild, but only the non-domesticated ones. The domesticated bananas people eat have more sugar, and giving these to monkeys is the equivalent of giving them cake or chocolate. This is why zoos often have a policy of not giving them bananas. Some smaller monkeys are known insectivores.
Bunnies' love of carrots was actually derived from Bugs Bunny, and though some do, others prefer bananas and grass hay. Ironically, carrots are very bad for them as anything other than a occasional treat. About 11% of pet rabbits have tooth decay from the sugar in carrots. Green veggies such as broccoli and kale, as well as grass are better for them.
Small birds and seeds or worms, except for parrots and crackers. The latter isn't exactly true in real life; parrots actually prefer fruits, nuts, and seeds.
Ducks and other waterfowl and bread, which can easily kill them because of many different reasons; they may fail to teach their young to properly forage, often fail to migrate and die of the cold in winter, may get a disease from all the overcrowding of the ducks attracted to the food, and may starve to death because they don't get the nutrition they require from it, and it fills them up so they don't eat their proper food, etc. If you like to feed waterfowl, you should research what is more suitable food for them and feed them that. There are many cheap options available, such as lettuce, corn, seeds, mealworms and specially-made duck pellets. Bread is just as bad for all other birds.
Horses and hay. Or an apple.
Sharks and humans. You can thank Jaws for this one, because it's not true. The average number of people killed every years by sharks is often in the single-digits, and sharks typically won't eat humans even if they do attack. Apparently, sharks don't like the taste of us. Sharks sense humans as bad-tasting diet food with little fat and lots of bone and which fights back. The real favorite food of sharks would be seals, since they provide lots of fat.
Crocodiles and humans. Unlike with sharks, this is actually Truth in Television as crocodiles cause the most human fatalities than other large predators and are known to eat pretty much anything that moves. Nile crocodiles, however, seem to enjoy zebras and wildebeests.
Bears and honey, fish, or whatever people leave in picnic baskets. In fact, in some languages the word for bear roughly translates to honey-eater or honey-pig. This is true, though bears also eat the bee larva when they find a hive. Bears are also known for hunting salmon. Really, bears put the omni in omnivore, and are known to eat pretty much anything that's handy.
Anteaters are called anteaters in English for the same reason. Aardvarks also enjoy ants, though they and anteaters actually prefer termites.
Pandas and bamboo. Ironically, their favorite food is actually meat, and even their digestive system is more suited to digesting that. The reason their diet mainly consists of bamboo is because it's such an easy to obtain food.
Cheetahs and gazelles.
Frogs and long-tongued reptiles eat flies.
Snakes steal eggs or eat rodents whole. Unless if they're constrictors, which usually eat bigger animals.
Koalas eat mostly eucalyptus leaves, a toxic plant which most other animals can't tolerate or digest, making koalas a vital part of the ecosystem.
Penguins and fish. They also like to eat squid and krill.
Bats are very strongly associated with blood drinking, but this makes no sense when you realize of the 950-1,200 species of bat, only 3 drink blood. The rest, depending on the species, eat insects, arachnids, small vertebrates (mice, lizards, birds, etc), and fruits and nectar. Some will even snatch fish out of water.
Allosaurus and Stegosaurus or Camptosaurus or sauropods.
Velociraptor and Protoceratops.
Oviraptor and eggs. This is due to the fact when the dinosaur was first discovered, it was found near a clutch of eggs as if it was going to steal them. It was later revealed the eggs actually belonged to the dinosaur, meaning the "egg thief" was really a parent trying to take care of them. As of now, Oviraptor is considered to be an omnivore. Mind, omnivorous animals ''will' eat eggs if they can find any, as eggs are very nutricious - usually not own eggs, though.
George Washington had a fondness for ice cream, having spent 200 dollars on the stuff over the course of one summer (in modern times, that would be approximately 3,000 dollars.) He also adored green peas - in fact, a failed British plot to assassinate him involved poisoning a plate, but Washington was warned by his housekeeper in time.
Thomas Jefferson loved macaroni (with and without cheese), and served it to his guests often. He is probably responsible for macaroni & cheese in its original modern American form (baked, with a cheddar-based cheese sauce and topped with a crunchy topping), and frequently moaned about how there wasn't really an adequate skill base for macaroni making in America (the stuff had to be imported from Italy.)
Andrew Jackson was known to be so fond of cheese that he had a giant wheel of it delivered to the White House so he could share it with everyone else. He also liked beer. Lots and LOTS of beer.
William Howard Taft was known for being a Big Eater and for the lavish banquets he held at the White House; however, he had a surprisingly healthy favorite food: almonds. He ate them when he was worried, and claimed they helped him think. He kept up the almond habit after losing over a hundred pounds and becoming Chief Justice; since thinking is more or less a judge's job, we'll assume he ate a lot of almonds then.
Richard Nixon — Cottage Cheese and Ketchup. He once explained he picked up the habit because his grandmother credited cottage cheese for her living into her 90s, and he wanted to live longer as well. However, he hated the taste of cottage cheese, but loved the taste of ketchup, and found combining them made cottage cheese much more palatable.
Ronald Reagan and jelly beans, to the point that there is a portrait of him at his presidential library made of Jelly Bellies (his preferred brand) and he required that Air Force One have them at all times. There's a duplicate at their factory too. He started eating them regularly to help him quit smoking and the habit never went away. On the 1983 flight of the Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger, Reagan had some jelly beans stashed on board in secret as a surprise for the astronauts.
George H. W. Bush was partial to crispy fried pork rinds, aka chicharrones. This salty snack is a Southern American and Mexican staple and is slightly similar to the British favorite pork cracklings (except cracklings aren't as "clean" as pork rinds). He also had a trademark least favorite food: broccoli.
Bill Clinton was known for his love of McDonald's and fried chicken, to the point where it gave him a heart attack and forced him to undergo cardiac surgery. Bill's habits led to several amusing incidents in The '90s like the one where the President, after going on a morning jog per doctor's orders, stops by a McDonald's near the White House to order a breakfast (with, at least according to some reports, "a small diet soda"). A New Yorker cartoon shows a crew member handing him a to-go bag with a cheery "Have a nice Administration!" Clinton went vegan after leaving office.
George W. Bush's favorite food is enchiladas, a Mexican dish consisting of shredded, melted cheese rolled into softened corn tortillas and topped with a spicy, chili powder-based sauce, more cheese, and diced onions. He often had the White House chef prepare them for him and based his favorite restaurants in his home state of Texas off of the strength of their enchiladas.
Barack Obama is a fan of fancy chocolates; especially Fran's Chocolates, an artisan chocolate brand from Seattle.
Donald Trump likes to have bacon and eggs for breakfast. He also likes cherry-vanilla ice cream and has a memetic fondness for KFC and Diet Coke.
In this interview during March 2013, former First Lady, Secretary of State, and presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says that, since 1992, she has used hot chili peppers to maintain her stamina.
This came up hilariously in the news in April 2016, as in an interview with NYC radio show The Breakfast Club, Clinton told DJ Charlemagne Tha God that she carries hot sauce in her purse. Charlemagne took this as a Pretty Fly for a White Guy reference to Beyoncé's then-new song "Formation" and joked about her "pandering to black people." Turns out it's 100% true.
Pope Francis has several favorites, as outlined in the new cookbook Buon Appetito, Swiss Guard (compiled by David Geisser, a member of the Swiss Guard and a cook himself), including colita de cuadril (grilled sirloin steak) and dulche de leche, a milk pudding that originates from his native Argentina. As a second-generation Italian-Argentine, it should also come as no surprise that he's a big fan of pasta.
The favorites of other recent Popes are detailed in the book:
John Paul II liked pierogi, a Polish dumpling made from unleavened dough, stuffed with potato, sauerkraut, meat, cottage cheese or fruit.
Benedict XVI likes specialties from his native Bavaria, including wurstel salad (potato salad with bacon and cucumber), schweinsbraten (roast pork served with potatoes and onions) and baked cherries topped with whipped cream.
English sailors were once known for eating limes to fight scurvy. This is the origin of the slur "limey", and a British ship was called a "lime juice tub". They originally used lemons, but lemons were produced in French colonies and limes in British colonies, so they switched to the more patriotic (and less vitamin C rich—limes have about half as much vitamin C per pound as lemons do) option.
The French slur against the British is to call them "les rosbifs," note French pronunciation of "the roast beefs" due to the British stereotypical love of roast beef. To be fair, during the Napoleonic Wars, this was very much Truth in Television, as the British viewed French cooking as effete and wimpy, and took pride in eating "manly" dishes like roast beef, and the British even wrote a songabout it.
Brits also seem to have a thing for toast, especially with orange marmalade. Some of the other notable toast-based dishes include baked beans on toast and the toast sandwich. Yes, it's a piece of toast in between two slices of bread.
Regions in Britain have their own trademark foods:
The Northern English and their black pudding and tripe.
Londoners and their jellied eel.
The Welsh and leeks (see Henry V) and cheese (the English have been joking about the Welsh affinity for cheese for centuries, with a 16th-century book making reference to a Welshman loving caws pobi—baked cheese—and "Welsh rabbit"—which, for the uninitiated, is cheese sauce over toast—being named after this joke).
Scots and their haggis and porridge (recall Samuel Johnson's dictionary definition of oats).note If you don't know it: "Oats. n.s. [aten, Saxon.] A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people."
French and frog's legs, sparking the slur "frog", which was later expanded to include French Canadians. They also eat snails.
They also have a thing for cheese, given that many major cheeses such as brie, camembert and roquefort are named after the regions in France where they originated. Most formal meals in France will have a cheese course.
France is also famous for its wine production. French cuisine is considered to be the best in the world, and Wine Is Classy, after all. As with cheese, the names of French wines are taken from the regions in which the grapes are grown.
Belgians and French fries (which has nothing to do with France, but with the verb "to french"). Other Belgian dishes are mussels, sprouts, waterzooi and waffles. Very much Truth in Television in central Brussels, where every pub stinks of cooked mussels and there is at least one French fries vendor at each corner.
Dutchmen, Swiss people and Frenchmen have a penchant for cheese.
Dutchmen and herring which is eaten by tilting your head back and putting the fish slowly down in your mouth.
Germans and kraut-based foods, hence a slur during World War II when Germans were called "Krauts" by American soldiers.
While in Russia, Germans (and Austrians) have been called kolbasniki (sausage-makers) for centuries, such as in Tolstoy's War and Peace.
In Russia and Ukraine Belarusians are sometimes referred to by the nickname/mild ethnic slur bulbashi - bulba is the Belarusian word for "potato" and potatoes are a staple of their cuisine. The most well known example of Belarusian cuisine is draniki - potato pancakes.
Ukrainians are well known for their love for salo - cured slabs of pork fat.
Irish people have also been stereotyped as eating nothing but potatoes, which comes from the sudden influx of Irish immigrants to the US because of the Potato Blight. Not to mention the reputation Irishmen have for loving whiskey.....
"Spaghettis'' and "Macaronis" can be used as anti-Italian slurs in German-speaking countries.
East Asians are considered synonymous with rice.
Pork is so important to Chinese cuisine that when the word for meat (肉) appears in the name of a dish without qualification, it invariably refers to pork.
Korea has several:
Koreans are well known for their love of Kimchi(especially Baechu(napa cabbage)-Kimchi). They eat it as a side dish in nearly every meal.
Koreans are also infamous for boshintang, aka dog soup. China sometimes gets lumped in with them on this. However, dog soup is falling out of favor with the younger Koreans due to concerns over animal rights and sanitation, since the raising of dogs for food is not regulated like the raising of livestock such as chickens, pigs and cows.
Depictions of Americans from other cultures will often feature a love of burgers and fries. Americans also have a reputation for slathering everything with melted cheese.
Regional trademark foods:
Hawaii is one of the only places in the world where you'll be able to find SPAM in a McDonald's or Burger King. They even make sushi out of it!
In New Jersey and certain surrounding areas, the favored processed meat is pork roll, a/k/a Taylor Ham. This Trenton creation has been popular in NJ, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, and northeastern Maryland basically since the stuff was invented in 1858. The name is a point of contention: it was originally called Taylor Ham, and people in North Jersey continue to call it that, but in 1906 the federal Pure Food and Drug Act forced the Taylor Company to stop calling it ham, so in South Jersey the newer but technically correct usage "pork roll" predominates. (Trenton, where the stuff is from, is in Central Jersey, where they use a mix of both; the city's official celebration of the meat is called the "Pork Roll Festival," but this is at least partly done to avoid alienating the two or three other companies hawking their variant on the stuff at the festival.)
Somewhat similarly, scrapple, a meaty loaf made of "every part of the pig but the squeal" (plus some cornmeal) is popular in eastern Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is also a huge fan of pretzels: the soft ones are popular across the state (although the Philadelphia area argues with the rest of the state about what shape they should be), and the hard ones were invented in PA.
Western Pennsylvanians love to put french fries on sandwiches, salads and pretty much everything else. Chocolate is also a statewide favorite. Hershey's is headquartered in the state, after all.
Chicago loves sausages. Kielbasa, bratwurst, hot dogs...if it's made of meat and put in a casing, Chicago will gobble it up. Also known for their pride in their local deep dish pizza.
Both Boston and Baltimore are stereotyped as having obsessions with seafood (clams and crabs, respectively). This is absolutely true.
Boston got the nickname "Beantown" due to the popularity of baked beans there.
Racist depictions of African American people invariably feature a love of fried chicken and watermelon, rustic foods from the South. Collard greens are another stereotyped food. The entire "Soul Food" style of cooking is based around foods that are actually popular in the black community.
Southerners are also associated with certain foods, such as barbecue, corn pone, mint juleps, moonshine whiskey, and of course peanuts, immortalized in the song "Goober Peas" popular with the Confederate Army and the mileage comedians all over the world got out of President Jimmy Carter owning a peanut farm.
In addition to many typical southern foods, Louisiana has gumbo, jambalaya and po' boys.
The Pacific Northwest is stereotyped for salmon, apples, bread, craft beer, and wine. The region grows more apples than anywhere else in the US, the Yakima Valley grows about half of the domestic hops output (explaining the breweries). Wheat and wine grapes also do well in the "dry" halves of Washington and Oregon. Salmon is native to the area. Coffee? Blame (or thank) the Scandanavians who settled in the area in the 19th and 20th centuries, the East Africans who came more recently, and the tech-based workforce; all of which are powered by coffee.
For Puerto Ricans, it would be "Arroz con habichuelas" or some Tostones and Mofongo.
Sweden has regional stereotypes as well. People from Skåne, the southernmost part of Sweden are heavily stereotyped as consuming nothing but fish and a kind of local pastry known as "spättekaka", to the point where there is a slur referring to them as "sillstrypare" (herring strangler).
Swedes and the rest of Scandinavia consider pickled herring a delicacy, and it is eaten at Christmas, Easter, Walpurgis night, and Midsummer's eve. Surströmming however, is only a trademark food.
Finnish people are stereotyped as having their favorite candy being salty licorice (salmiakki), which is an acquired taste in other cultures. Other Scandinavians and Eastern Europeans also like it, but it's not as widespread.
The people of the Nordic countries are also known for drinking large amounts of coffee, which is frequently served black, because they feel that any additions such as milk or sugar dilute the flavor.
Mexicans are often slurred with the term "Beaner," referring to the black, pinto, and refried beans common in Tex-Mex food. Their love for tacos is also well known, and you're very likely to come across multiple taco stands if you visit Mexico. They also love to put spice on just about anything imaginable, including children's candy (with pretty mild chili powder, but still with some spice).
Australians will put another shrimp on the barbie! Oddly enough, though, this stereotype is completely inaccurate - firstly, they call them prawns, not shrimp, and secondly, they prefer sausages, chops and steak on the barbie. The association with beer, meat pies and Vegemite is accurate, though.
22 out of 23 dishes on a Romanian restaurant's menu probably contain pork, with the 23rd usually being a salad.
There is also the tradition, which drives the straw vegetariansnuts, of sacrificing the pig for the Christmas meal, which has to include roasted pork, pork sausages and pork bacon.
Canadians love poutine (french fries covered in gravy and cheese). And Timbits (AKA donut holes). And Kraft Dinner (macaroni and cheese), as immortalized in the Barenaked Ladies song "If I had $1,000,000". Also, maple syrup.
He loved fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches for lunch, sometimes with bacon.
Bacon, in fact, seemed to be something he loved in general, mostly because it was a luxury that his mother couldn't afford when he was a child. As an adult, he often kept a large plate of it on his piano to eat while he played it.
He also really liked the Fool's Gold Loaf, an extremely rich and expensive sandwich made by the Colorado Mine Company (which is in fact a five-star restaurant in Denver) consisting of a hollowed out loaf of Italian bread, a full jar of peanut butter, a full jar of jelly, and a full pound of bacon. Each one of these has about 8,000 calories. Elvis and two Colorado police officers were discussing the sandwich late at night on 1 February 1976 at Elvis' Graceland Ranch in Tennessee. Just talking about the sandwich made them all very hungry for one. What did they do? They hopped on Elvis' private jet, landing in Denver two hours later, where they found 22 Fool's Gold Loaves (Elvis having made arrangements with the owner of the Colorado Mine Company, a personal friend) and ate all of the sandwiches between him, the policemen, and the pilots of Elvis' plane over the course of three hours (that's 4-5 sandwiches=4-5 pounds of bacon and 32-40,000 calories per person in three hours), washing them down with Perrier and Dom Perignon. After the sandwiches were gone, Elvis, the police officers, and the pilots flew back to Memphis without ever leaving the airport.
When feeling less ambitious, Elvis would often "settle" for a simple Monte Cristo, a ham and cheese sandwich egg-batter-dipped, pan-fried, dusted with powdered sugar, and served with a side of syrup for dipping. When Bob Zmuda asked a man who had been one of Elvis' personal assistants if he thought Elvis was still alive, the man responded, "Nobody can eat that many Monte Cristo sandwiches a day and expect to live."
After John Glenn was reported to have eaten steak and eggs for breakfast just before becoming the first American in orbit, it became tradition for all NASA astronauts to have a steak and egg breakfast on the morning of a lift-off. Glenn also confessed to smuggling some bologna sandwiches with him on board.
Walt Disney loved sandwiches and home-style/comfort food, but his favorite meal was chili and beans with a glass of V-8 juice and soda crackers on the side. He had his favorite homemade chili recipe, but when he was feeling less ambitious he would take a can of Gebhardt's (a lot of meat and few beans) and a can of Dennison's (a little meat and lots of beans) and mix them together.
Salvador Dalí ate copious amounts of camembert cheese every night in order to have the dreams that he later painted.
Paula Deen loves butter. She puts it on every dish she makes. She even made a dish accompanied by shots of melted butter. The "Ross Report" segment on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno turned this into a drinking game: every time Jay high-fived Ross, they would roll the clip of Paula Deen downing the melted butter shot.
German chancellor Helmut Kohl had Saumagen, a country dish from the Palatinate that amounts to German pork haggis. He used to serve it at dinners with other heads of government, including Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, drawing the mockery of the German press.
Another regular occurrence was that, when in the Frankfurt(Germany) area, he tended to slip away from his aides and security personnel, who after several such incidents knew where to find him: in a butcher's shop in central Frankfurt, eating one of their trademark hot sausages.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was known for his enormous appetite. His advisor Asaf Shariv says that Sharon's favorite meal was "meat in every way". When Sharon first went into a vegetative coma in 2006, doctors attempted to use the smell of roasted meat to wake him. It did not work, and Sharon remained in a coma until his death in January 2014.
Try to find a Bobby Flay recipe that doesn't call for chili peppers in any form. This applies, in a way, even when he appears on Iron Chef America, as not a battle goes by where Flay doesn't make his two signature oils as part of his dishes.
Good Eats host Alton Brown has his kosher salt, and his fresh-ground black pepper (he has used the latter in a dessert).
College students, generally being either low on funds or disinclined to complex meals, have a few favorites. Packet versions of East Asian dishes such as mi goreng or ramen are both popular, as they are very easy to make and can be mixed in with any number of other things. Chickpeas, kidney beans and lentils are also much beloved, especially among vegans and vegetarians.
Jamie Oliver admits to being addicted to chili peppers, and claims that he needs to nibble on them to get going every morning.
Shigesato Itoi loves croquette rolls, so inevitably they were a regular feature of the MOTHER trilogy.
When he was coaching the Washington Redskins in the 1970s, famously quirky head coach George Allen had the same thing every day for lunch. A Peanut butter & jelly sandwich and a glass of milk, made by his secretary. This prompted NFL Films President Steve Sabol to say once "Thanks to him, I'll never look at a jar of peanut butter the same way again."
During the late 1960s, Eric Clapton was a huge fan of Machintosh chocolates. The Beatles' song "Savoy Truffle" was about Clapton's love of sweets.
Frank Zappa with the "Burnt Weeny Sandwich", which involved splitting a hot dog lengthwise and roasting it over an oven flame, then eating it with two slices of bread and mustard. He also liked to eat Hormel Chili with Beans cold right out of the can.
Also well known as a coffee fiend; it and cigarettes were the only substances he normally indulged in.
Dwayne Johnson sure does love pie. He also implied John Cena likes Fruity Pebbles, though whether that's true or not has never actually been confirmed. Then there's Sheamus's apparent obsession with potatoes and Matt Hardy's addiction to grapes.
Out of character, Johnson is a huge fan of donuts. On his cheat days note Days on which he allows himself to break his otherwise strict diet he is known to eat them by the dozen.
Writer and food critic Anthony BourdainLOVED pork. He even said he went on heart medication because he refused to give it up.
He also loved anything spicy, as well as durian.
VlogBrothersJohn and Hank Green make a big fuss about their favorite foods: Pizza and corndogs, respectively. The former even has a shirt in honor of his love for pizza. Each has a fondness for the other's favorite food, though; when Hank did the episode of Crash Course Anatomy & Physiology about smell and taste, he expressed extreme discomfort at having to hold up a pizza for ten straight minutes while only taking one bite out of it (several minutes in, at that).
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias and chocolate cake. Fans often send him cakes backstage at his shows - a practice he encourages.
Auburn University linebacker Cassanova McKinzy admitted that he chose the school over Clemson because the former had a Chick-Fil-A right on campus. After his statements, many news sources noted that Clemson actually does have the chain on campus. Oops.
Gamers with Mountain Dew and Doritos (according to the people who make them anyway).
Tabletop gamers doubly so, along with Cheetos.
M&M's and Cheez-It's are also very popular with gamers, in part because they don't leave behind any residue on the hands and fingers.
Geeks in general are stereotyped as junk food junkies.
After word got around that BeatleGeorge Harrison loved Jelly Babies, his many fangirls started pelting him with them at concerts. It was even worse in the United States, where girls couldn't get their hands on Jelly Babies and instead threw jelly beans, which are far tougher; describing it to a reporter, George said, "Imagine waves of rock-hard little bullets raining down on you from the sky." Furthermore, he completely subverted the trope by saying that neither he nor anyone in the band liked Jelly Babies to begin with. (He had claimed to like them in a 1963 interview, but it's easy to imagine how he might have lost his taste for them after being hit with them one too many times.) George's love of Jelly Babies remains a Running Gag in Beatles fandom.
Prussian king Frederick the Great loved potatoes so much he turned them into a staple crop of his kingdom. Since his peasants were not too fond of the new vegetable, legend says Frederick posted his guards around a potato field, hoping that people would "steal" and cultivate them after realizing they were so important that the royal guard watched their fields. It worked.
That Frederick did this is doubtful, as the first records of the tactic link them to French agronomist Antoine-Augustin Parmentier "guarding" his potato patch in Sablons in the mid-to-late 1780s (late in Frederick's life); the association with Frederick did not come until later, so the tale about Frederick is probably apocryphal. That said, it's generally accepted that when Parmentier did his "guarding" trick, the local (French) peasants adopted the crop. It's also true that for his part, potatoes were definitely Parmentier's Trademark Favorite Food, as well, as he wrote incessantly about how awesome potatoes were, how they would save Europe from famine, etc., etc., etc., even to the point of sending bouquets of potato flowers to the King.
Frederick did, however, encourage production of potatoes, using a rather more traditional Prussian method: severe penalties for farmers who refused to grow them, with regular checks by the Army to ensure they complied. Parmentier's obsession with the potato actually came from his time held prisoner by the Prussians during the Seven Years' War; the food for POWs included potatoes.
NFL running back for the Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch loves Skittles, and is often seen snacking on them on the sidelines during games. This became a Running Gag when the Hawks made it to the Super Bowl - confectioneries and stores around town were finding increasingly creative ways to incorporate them into game-day treats.
When the Hawks won the Super Bowl, he turned the tables, showering his fans with Skittles from the victory parade.
In most of the United States, cereal and donuts are popular breakfast foods. In Texas, however, particularly parts south of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, breakfast tacos (soft flour or corn tortillas filled with savory fillings such as potatoes scrambled with eggs or refried beans and melted cheese) are a beloved breakfast food that people can't get enough of.
Britney Spears is always seen with Cheetos, Fanta or a Starbucks Frappucino. She also had a favor toward cafe mocha when she was younger. She's a favorite of the paparazzi and the photos are infinite proof and in interviews, she notes it too.
Selena Gomez is known to love fried pickles, often combined with french fries, a delicacy she claims she acquired as they served it in movie theaters in her home state of Texas. She often jokes about how unusual (and hard to get) the snack seems to be outside of her home state.
Michael J. Fox: Prior to becoming a vegetarian, he really loved chicken.
American Civil War general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was said to have a fondness for peaches.
Many folktales mention him also having a fondness for lemons and while the man himself said they were a "rare treat ... enjoyed greatly whenever it could be obtained from the enemy's camp", many historians believe that his obsession with lemons was an exaggeration.
Emperor Franz Jozef of Austria loved a certain type of fluffy pancake known as Kaiserschmarrn.
Electronic/metal musician Celldweller really likes Reese's Puffs cereal. In his behind-the-scenes video regarding the making of his first album, he even states that after he rented the studio he recorded the album in, Reese's Puffs were the only food he had with him.
Chilean President Ramón Barros Luco always asked for a toast, beef stripes and melted cheese sandwich in the cafeteria of the Chilean National Congress. His cousin, Senator Ernesto Barros Jarpa, liked a similar one but with ham rather than beef. The sandwiches were named "Barros Luco" and "Barros Jarpa" and now are a staple of Chilean fast food.
Donald Trump's former press secretary, Sean Spicer, has a habit of swallowing pieces of gum whole.
Tokugawa Ieyasu was said to be very fond of tempura (which at the time was a very popular dish among the Japanese that was developed from Portuguese's dish). There was an urban myth that Tokugawa Ieyasu died from over-consuming a lot of tempura (in truth, he most likely died from cancer or syphilis).
According to U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's first wife, Jane Chapman, he liked to eat baked beans cold, out of the can as a vegetarian.
Steve Jobs infamously ate only fruit at one point, which is why he named his company Apple.
A common joke is that a rugby flanker's diet primarily consists of the opposing team's fly half (AKA 5/8ths, or outside half, depending on region).
Taylor Swift is noted for being rather fond of sushi and baked goods.
"Weird Al" Yankovic is famous (infamous?) for his love of his own invention, The Twinkie-Weiner Sandwich, which is comprised of a Twinkie (cut longways across the bottom) into which a hot dog is inserted, then topped with spray cheese. Since becoming a vegetarian, Al has used tofu dogs in the recipe.
Baseball has several foods associated with the sport: hot dogs, pizza by the slice, nachos and peanuts, the last of which is mentioned in the song, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Bubble gum and sunflower seeds are also popular among players who don't want to chew tobacco.