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Mystery meat macrophotography by Mike Adams, not the one full of full of baloney. (via)
posted by Mblue (39 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
(Hold on a flippin' minute. My husband and I have actually had lunch with the Mike Adams in the second link and he is a nice guy who is NOT full of baloney. Just sayin'.)
posted by konolia at 2:19 PM on November 30, 2007


whimsical use of the prefix "macro."
posted by shmegegge at 2:20 PM on November 30, 2007


although I see it's an established term. huh.
posted by shmegegge at 2:21 PM on November 30, 2007


I had considered posting this at one point just for the photography, but his shrill, nagging tone and Dr. Bronner's name-dropping made me go buy and eat vienna sausages instead.

They were deliciously unsanctimonious.
posted by loquacious at 2:23 PM on November 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


Now I don't know what to have for dinner!

All that talk of meat smells is still making me salivate!
posted by Max Power at 2:27 PM on November 30, 2007


It looks exactly the same as it probably looks clogging up your arteries. Truth in advertising and you are what you eat!
posted by 45moore45 at 2:28 PM on November 30, 2007


Yes I eat meat. Yes I know it's flesh. Yes I know it looks gross really close up. Yes the pictures made me hungry. It just tastes too good!
posted by Sprocket at 2:47 PM on November 30, 2007


here's your problem. your Jimmy Dean sausages aren't wrapped in a pancake, wrapped in bacon.

no wonder it looks gross.
posted by blastrid at 2:51 PM on November 30, 2007


I like meat too, but those pictures make me want to throw up.
posted by MythMaker at 2:53 PM on November 30, 2007


Stinks in here... smells like meat! Rotten meat!
posted by porn in the woods at 2:58 PM on November 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


Someone should take some macrophotos of lettuce, tofu etc. so Mr. Adams can see what he's eating next time he gets an organic chik'n caesar salad.
posted by infinitewindow at 3:05 PM on November 30, 2007


There's a lot of Kevin Trudeau-ish crazy on that site.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 3:15 PM on November 30, 2007


Shudder.
posted by arcticwoman at 3:18 PM on November 30, 2007


Interesting photography up to a point, but the text? Full of baloney.
posted by majick at 3:21 PM on November 30, 2007 [2 favorites]


(Hold on a flippin' minute. My husband and I have actually had lunch with the Mike Adams in the second link and he is a nice guy who is NOT full of baloney. Just sayin'.)

posted by konolia


Identisterical
posted by DU at 3:28 PM on November 30, 2007


Make it stop! Mommyyyyyyyyyyyy, make the scary meat go away.
posted by Autarky at 3:40 PM on November 30, 2007


More than a little preachy, and the pictures weren't all that exciting. Yes, Mike, that's what processed meat looks like.
posted by chrisamiller at 3:56 PM on November 30, 2007


How appealing is anything going to look at that level? I imagine there are many arguments to be made against eating processed meats, but because of what they look like up close has to be one of the dumber ones.
posted by anazgnos at 4:18 PM on November 30, 2007


The salami pictures made me hungry for real, high-quality deli salami. The stuff he photographed tastes as bad as it looks.

Sausage, however... some nice Bob Evans hot breakfast sausage... yum yum!
posted by evilangela at 4:31 PM on November 30, 2007


Could the black spots be caused by charred edges? I'm assuming the meat isn't, like, raw right? Or is it?

I wonder why humans are sort of repulsed by that sort of thing, I mean lots of wild animals eat raw meat, but raw, unprocessed meat is definitely less healthy then cooked meat, right? Is it possible that humans evolved a distaste for raw meat so quickly? Or is it just social conditioning on my part?
posted by delmoi at 5:16 PM on November 30, 2007


Here is some macro tofu. Looks yummy to me.
posted by parallax7d at 5:17 PM on November 30, 2007


Or is it just social conditioning on my part?

Yes.
posted by birdie birdington at 5:18 PM on November 30, 2007


konolia writes "(Hold on a flippin' minute. My husband and I have actually had lunch with the Mike Adams in the second link and he is a nice guy who is NOT full of baloney. Just sayin'.)"

(Oh, yes he is. Just sayin'.)
posted by krinklyfig at 5:20 PM on November 30, 2007


Now I remember *why* I don't eat processed meat. This nearly made me gag. Though, he is a bit preachy--and by a bit, I mean a lot.
posted by librarylis at 5:33 PM on November 30, 2007


I opened this up hoping for a fascinating exploration into the structural differences of a coarse grind vs an emulsified sausage, or the effects of using different curing products on myosin binding. Instead, I got page after page of "ZOMG did u know that SAUSAGE has FAT in it??!!!"

Little known fact: If you make it to the last page, you find out that his camera is powered entirely by his sense of self-satisfaction.
posted by TungstenChef at 5:57 PM on November 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'm digging the gross-out photos, but the sanctimony sucks out all the fun. It's like going to an awesome, scary haunted house and then discovering midway that it's run by holy rollers trying to convert me. Then it's not scary, it's just "hey, quit yer preachin'."
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 6:18 PM on November 30, 2007


And the cartoons on that site look like they're done by the Onion's artist, except they mean it.
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 6:19 PM on November 30, 2007


I call it "Mystery Meat" because it's a mystery to me why anyone would want to eat it...

Welcome to your food, Mr. Adams. That sausage would look the same whether it came from a Jimmy Dean factory, or you ground and cased it in your own kitchen from the hog you hand-raised and slaughtered in your back yard.
posted by slogger at 6:45 PM on November 30, 2007


Flagged as mystery meat.
posted by Tube at 7:28 PM on November 30, 2007


Is it possible that humans evolved a distaste for raw meat so quickly?

Steak tartare, carpaccio, ceviche, sushi... yum. I guess I'm one of the regressive kind.
posted by oneirodynia at 8:39 PM on November 30, 2007


Omigod gross. That macro of his face (vis a vis the thumbnail). He needs skin smoother. Just put it everywhere, Mike. Just sayin'.
posted by gorgor_balabala at 9:23 PM on November 30, 2007


delmoi - I kinda buy into "disgust theory" where things that are "disgusting" have been things that were signs of disease or infection. Being innately repulsed by anything potentially infectious is a positive selective trait.

Black spots on meat = fungal growth on rotting meat, or blood clots from old wounds (potential latent bolus of infectious material), or ...
posted by porpoise at 2:52 AM on December 1, 2007


Why are all the ads for colon cleansers?
posted by Gungho at 6:15 AM on December 1, 2007


Is it possible that humans evolved a distaste for raw meat so quickly? Or is it just social conditioning on my part?

Given the number of cultures today where raw meat is enthusiastically eaten, I would say the latter.
posted by grouse at 7:49 AM on December 1, 2007


I'm with oneirodynia. I find all those things delicious. The main problems with raw meat are that it's very difficult to preserve, it can very quickly become a home for harmful elements like salmonella, and sometimes it's hard to digest, because cooking helps break things down. But all of these are practical matters, and have nothing to do with the evolution of human tastes.
posted by ubiquity at 8:14 AM on December 1, 2007


BTW, the black spots looked like blood clots to me. Mmmmm, Black pudding!
posted by ubiquity at 8:18 AM on December 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


To get this photo, I simply sliced one of the sausages with a common knife, then pointed the camera at one end.

A COMMON KNIFE?!?!?

YOU DIDN'T USE THE SPECIAL ONE I GAVE YOU FOR BEING A HERO

I had to wash my hands with Dr. Bronner's soap after this picture, since my fingers reeked of dead meat.

Wait until he finds out his entire body reeks of live meat.

Not that processed meat is all that great, but the guy seems like he just found out what "fat" was a week ago and now his mind is constantly being blown. Also, someone should definitely email this guy and tell him he doesn't have enough "Fair Use" provisos or smug pictures of his fucking face.

...

In actual Mystery Meat news, I heartily suggest everyone look at the Mystery Meat chart from Biggest Secrets. They put a little check next to each odd (or not-so-odd) ingredient per mystery meat, be it regular skeletal meat or coarsely ground horse testicles. Spam has but one check (skeletal meat); head cheese has a few; and chorizo is basically like cleaning the floor of a slaughterhouse and stuffing it into a tube.

Chorizo also happens to be delicious.
posted by Sticherbeast at 12:16 PM on December 1, 2007


Exploring the site further, I like his pomegranate juice bit. He's not so bad after all. I apologize as well for insinuating that his face fucks.
posted by Sticherbeast at 12:19 PM on December 1, 2007


OMG MEAT LOOKS LIKE ANIMAL TISSUE!!1!
posted by sock it to me monkey at 7:06 AM on December 3, 2007


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