Care For Some Funistrada?

A year and a half ago, I wrote a quick post about a food called “funistrada”, which is notable principally because it doesn’t actually exist. At the time, I noted the lack of a Wikipedia page as a sign of the term’s obscurity, and bemoaned that the lack of any primary sources regarding the word’s origins – it’s said to have originated as a “control” in a 1974 military food-preferences survey – probably relegated the term to an eternity of mystery.

Things, thanks to various folks on the internet, have changed just a bit since then.

Funistrada now has a Wikipedia page, which is something, considering it is, remember, imaginary. (And somewhat infamous.) If that seems like it’s not a big deal, you’re perhaps wrong – the Wikipedia article was evidently the impetus for Nick at to go digging for answers – answers he just may have found, thanks – in part – to my earlier comments on the subject.

See, it turns out that there was, as Bill Bryson and others before him have asserted, a military dietary-preferences survey done in 1974. But that only gets us part way to the answer of funistrada’s origins – if funistrada appears in the military survey, then that’s great. But, the question is, was the term invented at Natick in 1974, for the survey, or was funistrada already a nonexistent food?

The world – alright, the internet – is something like $60 USD from knowing the answer to this most pressing conundrum. Who wants to be that charitable soul who finally unravels this mystery? Come on, don’t be shy…

Published in: Geekiness, General, History | on February 5th, 2009| 1 Comment »

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  1. On 3/3/2009 at 8:45 am Holly Said:

    an obscure reference in either Saveur or Gourmet in 2000 caused us to name our restaurant after this ficticious entity! It is also the name of a racehorse – if that helps you solve the mystery…