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Too Late to Taste Flesh

on August 1, 2008 - 5:02pm

plate of brown stripas of tofu
For any freakish foodies out there, I am the bearer of bad news: your one legal chance to taste - or at least experience the taste of - human flesh has come and gone. The dark window of opportunity was briefly open between May 2005 and June 2006, and we missed it.

Mind you, if the idea of tofu turns you off even more than human flesh, you didn't miss anything.

The product was called Hufu (human tofu). It was the "healthy human flesh alternative", made to mimic the texture and taste (secret ingredient: teriyaki sauce) of human flesh and targeted at - get this - anthropology students studying cannibalism.

logo of a tribesman holding a femur over a boiling potThere isn't (human) hide nor (human) hair to be found of the original Hufu website (all the links you'll find on blogs lead you to Earthfu now which isn't half as entertaining) but according to older sources on the Internet, the FAQ page of the site said "If you've never had human flesh before, think of the taste and texture of beef, except a little sweeter in taste and a little softer in texture. Contrary to popular belief, people do not taste like pork or chicken."

Apparently, the plan was to offer Hufu in the shapes of hearts and livers, but since no one on the web has posted a single picture of it, I am left to assume the Hufu movement passed before it could expand its line of gruesome goodies.

All I can offer you now is this clip of Samantha Bee from John Stewart's The Daily Show interviewing Mark Nuckols, the creator and (defunct) CEO of Hufu.

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