“Why waste a good finger?” was apparently the thought process behind one British man’s decision to cook and eat his digit after losing it in an accident.
Dave Playpenz lost one of his fingers after a motorcycle accident. After surgeons removed the blackened digit from Dave’s hand, his first thought was apparently “I wonder what that would taste like?”
He was given approval to take his lost finger home with him so that he could experiment with cannibalism, something that he admits he is curious about. He decided to cook and eat the lost finger, and then keep the bones as a souvenir.
“I’d always wondered what human flesh tastes like. But it’s taboo,” he said. “People can’t go around being cannibals – that’s illegal. Only then, it occurred to me that no one could haul me to court for eating my own flesh.”
Hence why the lost finger presented an opportunity unlike any other.
“I decided to cook it and taste it. Then my curiosity would be satisfied.”
After two days of recovery, Dave boiled the finger in salt water so as not to damage the bones. He didn’t dip the finger in any sauce or season it at all: He wanted the pure, unadulterated taste of man flesh.
“A vegan friend of mine approved of it, as at least I had my own permission whereas animals don’t give their consent before they’re eaten,” Dave joked.
And in case anyone is concerned, Dave didn’t exactly acquire the taste for human flesh. “And no, it hasn’t turned me into some kind of Hannibal Lecter. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which I definitely won’t be repeating.”
Additionally, the consumption of his finger seemed to take on a spiritual significance, as well.
“I know it sounds mad, but it wasn’t just the curiosity. That finger was a big bit of me, too big a bit to lose,” Dave admits. “I decided that, if I ate the flesh and kept the bones, then I wouldn’t be losing part of me.”
I hate to ask, but it’s the obvious question. Have you ever wondered what human flesh tastes like? Would you ever eat your own finger?