Dig in! It's the Adventures in Eating Quiz!

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True or false: The wait staff of dark dining restaurants are often blind or visually impaired.
true
That's true. The blind or visually impaired can navigate the tables at a restaurant whether the room is lit or not. It's like one restaurant owner said, "This has been considered a disability, now it's their ability."
false

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According to a 2009 list compiled by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, what is the riskiest food regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration?
oysters
cheese
leafy greens
You'll never look at leafy greens the same way again. According to the list, this unassuming crop caused 363 outbreaks involving 13,568 reported cases of illness in 2009 -- in some cases because of E. coli and Salmonella.

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What type of fish, most commonly eaten in Japan, can kill you if it's not prepared correctly?
Japanese silver biddy
tiger fish
fugu
Better find a chef who knows what they're doing! Fugu is considered a delicacy in Japan, but it could be your last meal if a deadly neurotoxin found in liver, gonads, intestine and skin contaminates the rest of the fish.

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What are the initial side effects of fugu poisoning?
swelling of the fingers and joints
a tingling in the lips and tongue
The poison initially causes a tingling in the lips and tongue, but can eventually cause: excessive salivation, weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, muscle twitching, difficulty swallowing, voice loss, convulsions and possible death resulting from respiratory paralysis. Yikes!
hives around the mouth and neck

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What percentage of adventurous eaters die when poisoned by fugu?
99 percent
60 percent
At 60 percent, the odds are not in your favor. You can thank the poison known as tetrodotoxin.
25 percent

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What is the Scoville Scale?
a device to measure the water weight of peppers
a standard by which the spicy heat of chili peppers is measured
The spicy heat of various chilis is rated using the Scoville Scale. A bell pepper measures zero on the scale, while habaneros measure in around 577,000. Of course, these numbers won't really matter when your eyes are watering and your mouth is on fire.
a standard by which the color gradient of chili peppers is measured

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Which is the hottest known chili in the world?
habanero chili
Trinidad moruga scorpion
While the habanero and the Dominican devil's tongue (also known as the red savina) have quite the kick, the Trinidad moruga scorpion currently holds the title of the world's hottest pepper, measuring an intense 1.2 million Scoville heat units. Eat one and you'll need a lot of milk to soothe that burning sensation.
Dominican devil's tongue

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What is flavor tripping?
rapidly alternating between sweet and salty foods
consuming the concentrated serums of various fruits
eating a berry that makes sour things taste sweet
Native to West Africa, the red berries known as miracle fruit will make sour foods like lemons taste like candy. Just don't eat too many or you'll have some tender mouth ulcers and an unhappy digestive system to deal with the next morning.

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What is the protein found in miracle fruit that causes the taste buds to sense sweetness when they come into contact with acids?
scleroproteins
miraculin
It's a miracle! Or, rather, miraculin, which is a pretty amazing little protein.
spheroproteins

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True or false: Miracle fruit can make Tabasco sauce taste like doughnut glaze?
true
Yep, miracle fruit alters the tastes of many foods to make them seem sweet. It can also make vinegar taste like apple juice and goat cheese taste like cheesecake.
false

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Compared to other produce, miracle fruit isn't cheap. What price can one berry fetch?
25 cents
$2.00
Okay, so you wouldn't have to take out a loan, but at $2.00 per berry they aren't for the bargain shopper.
$100

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In what American cave was a lunch counter erected to serve visitors in 1928?
Carlsbad Caverns
The lunch counter at Carlsbad Caverns is still there, but now it's more like a gift shop and snack bar than a full-blown restaurant. Too bad for adventure eaters, but good for the cave.
Lechuguilla Cave
Mammoth Cave

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In what building is the world's highest restaurant from ground level located?
The Empire State Building
Petronas Towers
Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa building, measuring an unbelievable 2,716.5 feet (828 m) high, is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The restaurant, At.mosphere, is on the 122nd floor.

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Don't look down! How far is it from the ground to the tables at At.mosphere?
450 feet (137 meters)
Four hundred fifty feet. The chopped quail egg with truffle caviar finger sandwich, mini chicken-and-mushroom quiche, and scones with strawberry jam and lemon curd are pretty good, as long as the height doesn't make you sick.
1,450 feet (442 meters)
2,450 feet (747 meters)

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The Miner’s Tavern in Wieliczka, Poland, is located in what underground feature?
Great Snow Cave
The Wieliczka salt mine
The Wieliczka salt mine has operated continuously since the Middle Ages and is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But don't worry, the food is fresh!
Bobrka oil well

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What does the French phrase "Diner en Blanc" mean?
Diner is Blank
Money is Blind
Dinner in White
The answer is Dinner in White, but don't worry, there are colored foods. The phrase actually describes a flash mob picnic involving hundreds or even thousands of participants.

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When was the first Diner en Blanc?
1888
1938
1988
It began in 1988, when Francois Pasquier returned home to Paris after a few years abroad and decided to reconnect with some old friends. They met at the Paris park Bois de Boulogne and wore white so they could find each other.

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How long before the Diner en Blanc is scheduled do the attendees find out where it's being held?
one hour before
A short, one-hour notice helps make the events more spontaneous.
one day before
one week before

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True or false: Eating has to be boring.
true
false
Of course not! If you learn anything from this quiz, it should be that. Now go out and find yourself a dark restaurant or a flavor tripping party, and have fun!

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