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11 Disturbing Cakes That Look Like Body Parts

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1. Heart

This might be the only cake here that works for both Halloween and Valentine’s Day. Of course, given the detail and realism in the design, created of Debbie Does Cakes, this heart might just scare off your potential love interest and leave you branded as a stalker, rather than a romancer. (Unless, of course, she's a fan of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.)

2. Lips with a Cold Sore

Tattoo Cakes makes plenty of those aforementioned naughty body part cakes, and it’s precisely their skills at depicting anatomy with cakes that allowed them to so perfectly recreate a realistic set of lips complete with a nasty cold sore.

3. Common Pathologies of the Breast

Similarly, most cakes featuring breasts are erotic, but not this one by Lou Lou P’s Delights that features some of the most common pathologies of the breast in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

4. Kidney Disease

If you think a diseased breast cupcake is disturbing, then you probably wouldn’t want to be the first one to cut this cake by Cakes by Victoria that demonstrates what Polycystic Kidney Disease looks like.

5. Worm-Infested Lungs

For those who prefer parasites over disease, these sliced open lungs filled with wriggling worms are a perfect alternative. It really is the addition of worms that makes this design by Tesoro Cookies cross over from kind of gross to utterly disgusting.

6. Severed Eye and Ear

If anything can compete with catching a disease or becoming infected with a parasite, it’s the idea of losing perfectly healthy body parts. That’s why these blood-spattered eye and ear cupcakes by The Butcher of Caker Street are so utterly spine chilling.

7. Eyeball

If an eyeball cupcake isn’t enough to get satiate you, then perhaps this giant eye, created by Cake Central user Estasrica, will be able to whet your appetite. The addition of both blood and pus makes this one a particularly nasty Halloween cake.

8. Liver, Stomach and Spleen

If you’ve only been reading this article because you desperately want an anatomy lesson, well, this properly labeled cake, by Cake Central user Hollep, is the closest you’re going to get. (Unfortunately, the angle of the photograph makes it nearly impossible to read some of the labels.)

9. Twins in the Womb

The great thing about eating this cake, made by Ele Cake Co and photographed by Chris Glass, is that you’re not only munching on an organ—you’re also enjoying a variety of body parts from three distinct individuals. Talk about getting more for your money!

10. Melting Head Cake

Of course, none of these cakes are worth losing your head over—that is, unless your head happens to be melting in a most horrific manner like this cake, featured on Do It Myself.

11. Thorax

If you have a hard time choosing between body parts or flavor combinations, then this thorax cake, also by Do It Myself, is certainly your best bet. Not only does it offer a variety of organs for you to enjoy, but, like a real human body, each piece tastes a little different: The heart is made with orange cake filled with raspberry sauce; the lungs are apple spice cake with strawberry sauce; the kidneys are orange cake with blueberry sauce; the stomach features ginger cake with mango sauce; the liver is chocolate with kiwi sauce; and the small intestine is a jelly roll filled with red currant jelly. I think I would reach for the kidneys and liver first—what about you?
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Why Can't Dogs Eat Chocolate?
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Even if you don’t have a dog, you probably know that they can’t eat chocolate; it’s one of the most well-known toxic substances for canines (and felines, for that matter). But just what is it about chocolate that is so toxic to dogs? Why can't dogs eat chocolate when we eat it all the time without incident?

It comes down to theobromine, a chemical in chocolate that humans can metabolize easily, but dogs cannot. “They just can’t break it down as fast as humans and so therefore, when they consume it, it can cause illness,” Mike Topper, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, tells Mental Floss.

The toxic effects of this slow metabolization can range from a mild upset stomach to seizures, heart failure, and even death. If your dog does eat chocolate, they may get thirsty, have diarrhea, and become hyperactive and shaky. If things get really bad, that hyperactivity could turn into seizures, and they could develop an arrhythmia and have a heart attack.

While cats are even more sensitive to theobromine, they’re less likely to eat chocolate in the first place. They’re much more picky eaters, and some research has found that they can’t taste sweetness. Dogs, on the other hand, are much more likely to sit at your feet with those big, mournful eyes begging for a taste of whatever you're eating, including chocolate. (They've also been known to just swipe it off the counter when you’re not looking.)

If your dog gets a hold of your favorite candy bar, it’s best to get them to the vet within two hours. The theobromine is metabolized slowly, “therefore, if we can get it out of the stomach there will be less there to metabolize,” Topper says. Your vet might be able to induce vomiting and give your dog activated charcoal to block the absorption of the theobromine. Intravenous fluids can also help flush it out of your dog’s system before it becomes lethal.

The toxicity varies based on what kind of chocolate it is (milk chocolate has a lower dose of theobromine than dark chocolate, and baking chocolate has an especially concentrated dose), the size of your dog, and whether or not the dog has preexisting health problems, like kidney or heart issues. While any dog is going to get sick, a small, old, or unhealthy dog won't be able to handle the toxic effects as well as a large, young, healthy dog could. “A Great Dane who eats two Hershey’s kisses may not have the same [reaction] that a miniature Chihuahua that eats four Hershey’s kisses has,” Topper explains. The former might only get diarrhea, while the latter probably needs veterinary attention.

Even if you have a big dog, you shouldn’t just play it by ear, though. PetMD has a handy calculator to see just what risk levels your dog faces if he or she eats chocolate, based on the dog’s size and the amount eaten. But if your dog has already ingested chocolate, petMD shouldn’t be your go-to source. Call your vet's office, where they are already familiar with your dog’s size, age, and condition. They can give you the best advice on how toxic the dose might be and how urgent the situation is.

So if your dog eats chocolate, you’re better off paying a few hundred dollars at the vet to make your dog puke than waiting until it’s too late.

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What is Duck Sauce?
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We know that our favorite Chinese takeout is not really authentically Chinese, but more of an Americanized series of menu options very loosely derived from overseas inspiration. (Chinese citizens probably wouldn’t recognize chop suey or orange-glazed chicken, and fortune cookies are of Japanese origin.) It would also be unusual for "real" Chinese meals to be accompanied by a generous amount of sauce packets.

Here in the U.S., these condiments are a staple of Chinese takeout. But one in particular—“duck sauce”—doesn’t really offer a lot of information about itself. What exactly is it that we’re pouring over our egg rolls?

Smithsonian.com conducted a sauce-related investigation and made an interesting discovery, particularly if you’re not prone to sampling Chinese takeout when traveling cross-country. On the East Coast, duck sauce is similar to sweet-and-sour sauce, only fruitier; in New England, it’s brown, chunky, and served on tables; and on the West Coast, it’s almost unheard of.

While the name can describe different sauces, associating it with duck probably stems from the fact that the popular Chinese dish Peking duck is typically served with a soybean-based sauce. When dishes began to be imported to the States, the Americanization of the food involved creating a sweeter alternative using apricots that was dubbed duck sauce. (In New England, using applesauce and molasses was more common.)

But why isn’t it easily found on the West Coast? Many sauce companies are based in New York and were in operation after Chinese food had already gained a foothold in California. Attempts to expand didn’t go well, and so Chinese food aficionados will experience slightly different tastes depending on their geography. But regardless of where they are, or whether they're using the condiment as a dipping sauce for their egg rolls or a dressing for their duck, diners can rest assured that no ducks were harmed in the making of their duck sauce.

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