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Under what circumstances would you become a cannibal?

Asked by SmashTheState (13339points) 1 week ago

First, is there any set of circumstances under which you would become a cannibal? For example, trapped in the Andes after a plane crash with nothing to eat, no hope of rescue, and frozen corpses all around you. Or offered a ritual portion of human meat while taking part in a traditional aboriginal funeral with a cannibal tradition. Or given the opportunity to try cloned human flesh grown in a vat. And so on.

Second, does your answer change if the method of eating human changes? For example, if the meat is undetectable as part of a larger dish? Or if you somehow gained the ability to swallow a body whole like a snake? Or if it was a teeny tiny person the size of your thumb you could just pop in your mouth like a french fry?

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Dutchess_lll's avatar

If I was literally starving to death and someone before me died, Timothy.

flutherother's avatar

Perhaps, if I’d a bottle or two of Num-numo sauce to go with it.

Yellowdog's avatar

Global warming. If we have to stop eating farm animals, cadavers will probably solve the world hunger crises.

YARNLADY's avatar

I see nothing wrong with eating dead people.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Well they won’t feed folks for long @Yellowdog. Like, a week.

YARNLADY's avatar

^^^ or at least for a small number of people. After all, vegetarians can exist forever

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Not if global warming wipes out all the vegetation.

YARNLADY's avatar

@Dutchess_lll Well, there’s always arctic lettuce, after we eat all the polar bears and seals

ragingloli's avatar

I would have to be hungry.

Patty_Melt's avatar

I think I have, in moments of passion.
I tend to be a hungry lover.

ragingloli's avatar

Captain America knows that babies taste best.

Yellowdog's avatar

As long as people keep dying from starvation, there will always be cadavers to eat.

LadyMarissa's avatar

Let me start by saying that I pray that I NEVER have to meet the reality of this Q!!! I think it was back in the early 70’s there was a plane crash & we didn’t have the technology…yet…to find them immediately like we would now days. They weren’t located until well over a month later. The stories they told gave me nightmares, yet also made me entertain the idea of the reality. As much as I prefer to think that there is NO freakin way that I could eat a part of a human body, the reality is that when you become hungry enough (& I don’t mean 1 day without food but truly starving) there is NO way to know what you really would do!!! The reality is that when you’re truly starving & feeling hopeless, you will more than likely succumb to the basic “need” to live at all cost!!!

One of the survivors wrote a book about the ordeal. Here is an article giving the details.

Patty_Melt's avatar

My daughter just turned 18. She is the poster child for why some mothers want to eat their young.

I think though that it would take more than just sparing the world of yet another heinous neighbor.

If not for pleasure, then only for self preservation. Their face would have to be covered. I could not have friend or foe watching me cut away parts of them and eating them.
Perhaps if there were pain meds, live survivors could slice small portions of themselves to be offered freely. I wonder if any of you so called tough hombres could be either the giver, or the recipient.
Slap some cheese on that meat, I’m good to go.

SEKA's avatar

Don’t think I could do it under any circumstances

KNOWITALL's avatar

Fresh off the spit on Walking Dead didn’t look too bad. Being realistic, I probably would try it.
Supposedly it gives you the shakes if you eat too much though.

@Patty_Melt We’ll have to figure out how to grade humans though.
Wonder if human steak is better on a fatty, like with beef. Hmmmm…..

SmashTheState's avatar

@KNOWITALL That only occurs from eating nerve tissue. If you avoid the spine and brain, the risk of kuru is negligible.

Patty_Melt's avatar

@KNOWITALL more like pork, I imagine. Beef is all grasses. Hogs are omnivores, like us.

Get that fat dripping into the fire, crispy on the edges.

SmashTheState's avatar

According to accounts of actual cannibals, human tastes most like beef. And interviews with aboriginals who still practice ritual cannibalism reveal that the ball of the thumb is considered the tastiest cut on a human.

Patty_Melt's avatar

I’ve tasted my thumb. I didn’t think so much of it.

Yellowdog's avatar

If I were starring in a movie where I played a cannibal, I’d probably have to eat a few body parts,

Or a Cannibals Soup commercial

Patty_Melt's avatar

Some of us don’t speak German.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Wow.
I like schnappi schnappi schnappi better.

ragingloli's avatar

That one is a handbag now.

raum's avatar

Runter mit den Spendierhosen, Unsichtbarer! was probably the second to last album that I actually listened to in its entirety.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I have a runner in my hose?

LadyMarissa's avatar

The article didn’t say what the meat tasted like. It did mention they skinned parts of the body & how it took them all a long time to come to grips with what they were about to do. Although I know that self preservation would kick in at ome point, I’m NOT convinced that I could actually do it no matter what it taste like!!! I’ve never been brave enough to read the book as I’m sure there are some details that I really don’t even want to consider…let alone to deal with emotionally!!!

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Hunger as in, as in hadn’t eaten in 3 or 4 weeks.

raum's avatar

With my limited grasp of German, I took it to mean “Down with the ‘spendier’ pants, invisible person.” I’m guessing it’s not that. LOL

ragingloli's avatar

It means “generosity trousers”.

raum's avatar

Down with the generosity trousers, invisible person? What the heck does that mean?!

ragingloli's avatar

It does not mean anything, really.

ragingloli's avatar

Well, someone wearing those “generosity trousers”, means that the person is uncharacteristically generous, financially.
So it would mean “stop being so generous, invisible person”.
Which still does not mean much.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Sure it does. It is saying they throw money around to be popular, but it isn’t working. They are still invisible, so, stop it!

raum's avatar

Maybe it’s like when I call my kids crazy pants.

Runter mit den verrückthosen, meine kinder!

mazingerz88's avatar

Under what circumstances. Probably at the the very edge of dying of hunger. I would then know. There will be 5 percent sincere curiosity about the taste.

Patty_Melt's avatar

That is highly honest of you.
I bet everyone is curious to some degree, but the pretentious would deny.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

I am not pretentious.

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Patty_Melt's avatar

Spam on this thread.
That’s funny.

mazingerz88's avatar

Spam is what fried human cheeks taste like. I think.

raum's avatar

I’ve always been drawn to ritualized cannibalism as part of a funerary tradition. There is something primal about consuming life and death.

But from a pragmatic point of view, it’s probably not worth the risk of prion or blood-related diseases.

Yellowdog's avatar

Religious, ritualized cannibalism is still practiced in Haiti.

Eating the dead is part of what makes the deceased immortal, or live on through us.

Its not done for dietary or hunger-related purposes. Its strictly a spiritual ritual.

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