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Faces in foodPosted at 12:27PM, 24 October 2008 by Graham Holliday - Blogger
It's often said that pets look like their owners, and anyone clicking that link will find the theory difficult to dispute, but how does the analogy work when it comes to food? Well, quite literally it appears, at least when it comes to one organic producer in the United States.
Take a look at this report in the Telegraph. A couple of food bloggers, Summer Allen-Gibson and Aliciia Carrier who blog at Bread and Honey, noticed something peculiar on a box of Cascadian Farm frozen broccoli. As Alicia says, if you look very carefully at the packaging you will see: "little terrifying ecstatic faces, hiding in the teeny tiny broccoli bits... We honestly can't imagine why they'd sneak this in - other than for laughs, but it's pretty darn funny."
And she's right. Look hard enough and you will see exactly what she says you'll see. Is this the packaging designer having a laugh, a genuine mistake, uber-sophisticated marketing gimmick or something more sinister? No one is quite sure, although there's plenty of speculation in the comments: "the question is will the sales of cascadian farms broccoli increase because of this? I wonder if it's some kind of weird subliminal message. Do almost imperceptible images of smiling faces increase the chances that you'll buy a product?"
I wonder if it's some kind of weird subliminal message. Do almost imperceptible images of smiling faces increase the chances that you'll buy a product?
It's easy enough to see the people on the packaging and reach a logical conclusion as to how they got there, but sometimes people see things in food that defy logic, sometimes deify dinner and bamboozle unbelievers. Everything from reports of 'Allah meat' spotted in Nigeria to the case of the Pizza Hut Jesus.