It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for your weekly fake-out. Here’s how it works: Two of the three following stories are true. One of them we made up. Can you guess which one is the fake? Pick your answer at the end of the article and see if you’re right.
28-year-old Adam Kramer really, really wanted some free tacos. According to police, at 2:30 p.m. one day, he went into a San Antonio restaurant and ordered six tacos, then told his server that he would be getting the tacos for free. When she balked, he pulled a sword from a sheath at his waist. Kramer may have pulled off his caper, but he briefly left the restaurant (presumably while the tacos were being prepared), at which point the employee locked the door. When he discovered the locked door, “Mr. Kramer yelled that he wanted his free tacos or somebody was going to die,” according to the police affidavit. He eventually drove off, but was later arrested on separate charges, and now faces aggravated burglary charges.
A restaurateur in Brooklyn is taking the local and weird food movements to their logical conclusion: She’s planning a supper club menu featuring human placenta. Esme Chavez, a 42-year old chef and co-owner of the trendy Williamsburg restaurant Sanglant has been hosting invite-only dinner parties with daring menus at different locations around the city since 2011. Previous menus have included home-fermented kimchi made with heirloom cabbage, yak’s milk ice cream, and bee-larvae paté. Chavez’s partner is expecting the couple’s first child in February, and the adventurous chef is planning the next menu around the afterbirth organ. “It’s the final taboo, to eat human flesh,” she said. “I want to explore that space and this is a rare opportunity to do so.”
A Philadelphia museum is offering the chance to pay for the preservation of an old skull and have your name displayed next to it for a year. For $200, you can sponsor one of the museum’s 139 skulls from the 18th Century, which were originally collected—often by means that wouldn’t fly today, including grave robbing—by a Viennese scientist who sought to disprove the pseudoscience of phrenology (more or less fortune telling based on the bumps on your head). Many of the skulls have lost teeth in the 100-plus years they’ve been on display, due to poor mounting that fails to eliminate vibrations. On the museum’s website, you can view a skull catalog that you can use to select the skull you’d like to sponsor.
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