10 Celebs' Odd Eating Habits

Bet you never thought of rice as a gateway drug
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2010 11:23 AM CDT
Angelina Jolie listens to a question during a press conference to promote her new spy action-thriller "Salt" in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

(Newser) – Cockroaches, butterflies, peanut-butter-and-bacon sandwiches: Celebrities sure do have some odd eating habits. The Daily Beast, with the help of Matthew and Mark Jacob’s What the Great Ate: A Curious History of Food and Fame, lists a few:

  • Angelina Jolie: She’s tried bee larvae, crickets, and cockroaches—and the roaches she actually liked.
  • Friedrich Nietzsche: Believed that eating a lot of rice led to drug use, and eating a lot of potatoes led to alcohol use.
  • Steve Jobs: The Apple founder once tried an all-apple diet…because he thought it might allow him to stop bathing.

  • Vladimir Nabokov: Tried butterflies once but proclaimed them “vile,” like “almonds and perhaps green cheese.”
  • Maria Callas: The Greek opera star was rumored to have eaten a tapeworm purposely—to help her lose weight.
  • Elvis Presley: Once flew 800 miles to eat a peanut-butter-jelly-bacon sandwich…made on an entire loaf of bread with a pound of bacon.
  • Ronald Reagan: Didn’t eat a tomato for 70 years.
For the complete list, click here. For more weird foods, click here.

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