No Not Brains, Cauliflower – Berlin Cannibal Restaurant a Hoax

A couple weeks back I wrote an article about a restaurant in Berlin that wanted to serve donated human body parts as a delicacy. The restaurant Flime turned out to be flimflam.  This hoax was perpetuated by a German vegetarian organization. 

During the press release last Thursday officials from this organization said it was actually a stunt to promote eating cauliflower, not human calves.  In fact the main point of the stunt was that eating animals should be just as stomach turning as consuming human flesh.

Although the group is happy with how the gag ended, lots of people are still very upset.  Even an official from a Brazilian town called Guajara-Mirim said he wants to sue the creators of the Flime website.  The site falsely claimed another one of these restaurants were located in the Amazonian town.  The official said that this act dismembered the town’s tourisms friendly image.

This disgusting joke was thought up a year ago by an ad agency called Serviceplan and the vegetarian group participated.  The agency placed fake ads in German newspapers in which they asked people to donate their limbs.  They also started up a website where people could fill out a donor sheet where questions about the individual were asked and submitted.  They even set up a fake eBay auction for a plate of liver, which ended up being yanked for the site, but not before reaching $1,000.

References:

http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/berlin-cannibal-restaurant-revealed-as-hoax/19619077

I’ll Have a Side of Farver Beans and a Nice Chianti Please

There are talks of a restaurant called Flime opening in Berlin.  It has been getting much attention in German media because the restaurant has started a campaign to find donors.  The donors are not being asked for money or any type of investments into the company, instead they are being asked to donate body parts.  Supposedly ears, testicles and stomach fat are being asked for, so they may be turned into high class gourmet meals.  According to this soon-to-open restaurant they will follow old cooking habits of age old cannibalistic tribe of the Amazon.   

In Flime’s campaign, through German media they are calling for donors to be involved in with what they call the new diners movement.  Flime is also calling for “open-minded surgeons” as well.   It is no surprise that this campaign has stirred up a bit of controversy.  Already groups of protesters are fighting for a ban of this restaurant, claiming that it is highly distasteful and disrespectful following a case of real cannibalism which occurred in Germany in 2001. 

The inspiration, Flime says, come from a ritual called “compassionate cannibalism” in which the indigenous Brazilian Waricaca tribe would eat pieces of loved ones to help with mourning on their passing.

Michael Braun, the vice-chairman of Berlin’s Christian Democrat party is trying very hard to get to the bottom of what he feels is a “stunt” or “warped joke.”  Sadly he has had no luck. 

Braun said “it’s disgusting, not least because it wasn’t long ago that we had the case of the Berliner who was murdered by a cannibal,” referring to Armin Meiwes , who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering and consuming Bernd Jürgen Brandes in 2001.

Experts believe that Germany alone has approximately 800 followers of the underground cannibal movement.

I am almost 100% positive Germany officials would step in to assure something this disturbing wouldn’t happen.  The dangers of consuming humans can possibly be extreme.  Just research the outbreak of kuru in the Fore tribe in Papua New Guinea, which came from something they called mortuary feasting.

References:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/26/cannibal-restaurant-flime-germany

Saudi Arabia May Purposely Paralyze Convict

Today as I was seeking out some woo news, I found something that was absolutely repulsive. Although not woo, it definitely made me stop and go what the…?

In Saudi Arabia there are talks that the courts may indeed purposely paralyze a man as punishment for a crime. Hospitals have been contacted to see if the operation on severing the spinal cord could be done, and sure enough one of the hospitals has answered and said that their facility would be able to perform such an operation.

Abdul-Aziz al-Mutairi is the man who has requested this punishment be done. And Abdul-Aziz al-Mutairi is able to make this request under Sharia law, since he himself was left paralyzed by the convict after being stabbed in the back with a large knife.

This seems a bit inhumane from an American stand point, but this isn’t actually all the uncommon in Saudi Arabia. Other sentences that have been carried out in the past include the gouging of eye balls out, teeth extraction and even death.

Thankfully I am not the only one who feels that this is nothing less than torture, in a comment on the article someone stated “Intentionally paralyzing a man in this way would constitute torture, and be a breach of its international human rights obligations.”

Another comment was made by the human rights group “Under international human rights law, the use of this sentence would constitute a violation of the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”

The court has not officially decided if the procedure will be carried out. It may issue a form of compensation, flogging or imprisonment.

References:
http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/saudi-arabia-urged-not-to-paralyze-man-as-punishment-for-a-fight/19602954