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14 Tattoos Dedicated to Snack Foods

Crystal Vaughan-Balser
Crystal Vaughan-Balser

Some people satisfy their snack cravings with sugar, others with sweets—but it takes a special kind of snacker to dedicate a patch of skin to their favorite munchies. 

1. Pop Tarts

Lots of people grew up munching on Pop Tarts (or, if their parents were health nuts, watched sadly as their friends got to eat them). This gentleman obviously really enjoyed the toaster pastry, since he paid artist Mike Devries to put a permanent, life-sized version on his arm.

2. Oreo

Lillian Chen of Ancient Art Tattoo inked this adorable little cookie onto a girl who went by the nickname of “Oreo.”

3. Cracker Jack

Brittany’s boyfriend told her she would only get a ring from a Cracker Jack box, so when they got engaged, it only made sense to mark the occasion with the help of artist Jason Reeder.

4. Cheetos Flamin’ Hot

These crunchy snacks are one of those highly polarizing foods—people either can’t get enough of them or they can’t stand them. This fan went so far as to get them inked on his leg with the appropriate slogan of “Light my fire.”

Artwork by Zane Watrous of Vamp Body Art in St. George, Utah.

5. Doritos

Like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, people seem equally enamored or disgusted with Cool Ranch Doritos. Crystal Vaughan-Balser’s boyfriend is most certainly one of those who passionately loves the chips—the proof is in the tasty-looking tattoo he asked Crystal to do for him.

6. Pringles

The man who invented Pringles requested his ashes be buried in a can of his beloved snack. Something tells me he would get along with this dedicated fan, who not only got a can of Sour Cream and Onion tattooed on his back but also added the word “perfection” to the banner spread across it. The tattoo, by DeviantArt user frogspud, also has a matching piece on the other side with a Coke bottle that has a banner bearing the words “true love.” Now that’s a man who loves his junk foods.

7. Cheez-It

Salem L. Drako posted this piece by Megan Jean of Painted Soul Tattoos on his DeviantArt. I’m pretty sure the crispy cracker tattoo isn’t Salem’s, but I can’t tell you who it does belong to.

8. Nutty Bars

You may have grown up on Nutty Bars, but you’re probably not as obsessed with them as Ebbin, who had them tattooed on his leg by Nate Vincent Szklarski of Monster Ink Tattoos in St. Paul, MN.

9. Snack Pack

The only thing better than finishing off your boring bagged lunch with a sweet Snack Pack was bypassing the rest of your food and going straight for the creamy pudding. Based on this tattoo by an artist from Brookland Park Tattoo in Richmond, VA, it’s easy to imagine that this woman traded her share of sandwiches for Snack Packs.

10. Skittles

There are a lot of odd Skittles commercials out there, but for all the times they’ve told you to “taste the rainbow,” I doubt the creators of that ad ever imagined someone would tattoo one of these candies right on their tongue. Stephen DAsti of Mass Ink Tattooing & Body Piercing did the inking.

11. Twinkies

While most of the junk food tattoos here seem to be authentically dedicated to the food itself, I have the sneaking suspicion Becca’s “Twinkie” tattoo by John Miller at Dermagrafict Tattoo might be some kind of innuendo. Maybe.

12. Ben and Jerry’s

Over the years, Ben and Jerry's has developed a pretty passionate fan base, but this girl might just trump them all—her entire side is covered by the delicious ice cream and a few other tasty treats. The artwork was done by James Pruitt from Alliance Tattoo Lounge in Yuma, AZ.

13. MoonPie

Don’t even think about getting between BME Zine user bbirdeman and his MoonPies. This artwork was done by James Jorgenson of Bay Area Tattoo in Houston, Texas.

14. Slurpee

You always need something to help wash down all those snacks and if you really have the munchies, few things are better than a Slurpee. And as long as people have snack cakes and corn chip tattoos out there, you knew someone had to have a permanent tribute to this icy-cool treat. This particular piece was inked by Aaron Broke.

Oddly, in researching this article, I wasn’t able to find any Goldfish cracker tattoos like the one Mangesh spotted on the subway that inspired this whole list.

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Why Does Turkey Make You Tired?
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Why do people have such a hard time staying awake after Thanksgiving dinner? Most people blame tryptophan, but that's not really the main culprit. And what is tryptophan, anyway?

Tryptophan is an amino acid that the body uses in the processes of making vitamin B3 and serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep. It can't be produced by our bodies, so we need to get it through our diet. From which foods, exactly? Turkey, of course, but also other meats, chocolate, bananas, mangoes, dairy products, eggs, chickpeas, peanuts, and a slew of other foods. Some of these foods, like cheddar cheese, have more tryptophan per gram than turkey. Tryptophan doesn't have much of an impact unless it's taken on an empty stomach and in an amount larger than what we're getting from our drumstick. So why does turkey get the rap as a one-way ticket to a nap?

The urge to snooze is more the fault of the average Thanksgiving meal and all the food and booze that go with it. Here are a few things that play into the nap factor:

Fats: That turkey skin is delicious, but fats take a lot of energy to digest, so the body redirects blood to the digestive system. Reduced blood flow in the rest of the body means reduced energy.

Alcohol: What Homer Simpson called the cause of—and solution to—all of life's problems is also a central nervous system depressant.

Overeating: Same deal as fats. It takes a lot of energy to digest a big feast (the average Thanksgiving meal contains 3000 calories and 229 grams of fat), so blood is sent to the digestive process system, leaving the brain a little tired.

Have you got a Big Question you'd like us to answer? If so, let us know by emailing us at bigquestions@mentalfloss.com.

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More Details Emerge About 'Oumuamua, Earth's First-Recorded Interstellar Visitor
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In October, scientists using the University of Hawaii's Pan-STARRS 1 telescope sighted something extraordinary: Earth's first confirmed interstellar visitor. Originally called A/2017 U1, the once-mysterious object has a new name—'Oumuamua, according to Scientific American—and researchers continue to learn more about its physical properties. Now, a team from the University of Hawaii's Institute of Astronomy has published a detailed report of what they know so far in Nature.

Fittingly, "'Oumuamua" is Hawaiian for "a messenger from afar arriving first." 'Oumuamua's astronomical designation is 1I/2017 U1. The "I" in 1I/2017 stands for "interstellar." Until now, objects similar to 'Oumuamua were always given "C" and "A" names, which stand for either comet or asteroid. New observations have researchers concluding that 'Oumuamua is unusual for more than its far-flung origins.

It's a cigar-shaped object 10 times longer than it is wide, stretching to a half-mile long. It's also reddish in color, and is similar in some ways to some asteroids in own solar system, the BBC reports. But it's much faster, zipping through our system, and has a totally different orbit from any of those objects.

After initial indecision about whether the object was a comet or an asteroid, the researchers now believe it's an asteroid. Long ago, it might have hurtled from an unknown star system into our own.

'Oumuamua may provide astronomers with new insights into how stars and planets form. The 750,000 asteroids we know of are leftovers from the formation of our solar system, trapped by the Sun's gravity. But what if, billions of years ago, other objects escaped? 'Oumuamua shows us that it's possible; perhaps there are bits and pieces from the early years of our solar system currently visiting other stars.

The researchers say it's surprising that 'Oumuamua is an asteroid instead of a comet, given that in the Oort Cloud—an icy bubble of debris thought to surround our solar system—comets are predicted to outnumber asteroids 200 to 1 and perhaps even as high as 10,000 to 1. If our own solar system is any indication, it's more likely that a comet would take off before an asteroid would.

So where did 'Oumuamua come from? That's still unknown. It's possible it could've been bumped into our realm by a close encounter with a planet—either a smaller, nearby one, or a larger, farther one. If that's the case, the planet remains to be discovered. They believe it's more likely that 'Oumuamua was ejected from a young stellar system, location unknown. And yet, they write, "the possibility that 'Oumuamua has been orbiting the galaxy for billions of years cannot be ruled out."

As for where it's headed, The Atlantic's Marina Koren notes, "It will pass the orbit of Jupiter next May, then Neptune in 2022, and Pluto in 2024. By 2025, it will coast beyond the outer edge of the Kuiper Belt, a field of icy and rocky objects."

Last week, University of Wisconsin–Madison astronomer Ralf Kotulla and scientists from UCLA and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) used the WIYN Telescope on Kitt Peak, Arizona, to take some of the first pictures of 'Oumuamua. You can check them out below.

Images of an interloper from beyond the solar system — an asteroid or a comet — were captured on Oct. 27 by the 3.5-meter WIYN Telescope on Kitt Peak, Ariz.
Images of 'Oumuamua—an asteroid or a comet—were captured on October 27.
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U1 spotted whizzing through the Solar System in images taken with the WIYN telescope. The faint streaks are background stars. The green circles highlight the position of U1 in each image. In these images U1 is about 10 million times fainter than the faint
The green circles highlight the position of U1 in each image against faint streaks of background stars. In these images, U1 is about 10 million times fainter than the faintest visible stars.
R. Kotulla (University of Wisconsin) & WIYN/NOAO/AURA/NSF

Color image of U1, compiled from observations taken through filters centered at 4750A, 6250A, and 7500A.
Color image of U1.
R. Kotulla (University of Wisconsin) & WIYN/NOAO/AURA/NSF

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

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