Posted: 24 July, 2014

13 Odd Ingredients That You Might Be Eating Right Now!

Bet you didn't know these were in your food!

Did you know there's a whole lot of stuff in your food that isn't, well, what we would consider "food"? 

We're pretty lucky in Australia - our food standards keep food producers from putting too many dodgy ingredients in our food (unlike our US friends!) but there's still a few ingredients that might make you look twice. 

Sheep's Oily Secretions

Also known as lanolin - it's used in chewing gum to make it softer and easier to chew. That's not so gross...


Yup, ground-up bits of wood. Manufacturers put it in shredded cheese to keep the shreds from sticking together. In the ingredients it's listed as cellulose.


It's listed as silicon dioxide to keep you from getting grossed out but it's pretty much just cleaner sand. It's found in some fast food products and is used as an "anti-caking agent". 

Phosphoric Acid

If you're a fan of violent gangster movies, you'll know phosphoric acid as the stuff they put in vats to dissolve bodies. Manufacturers also use it in fizzy drinks. It's what gives your favorite drink its acidity and makes you drink more, more and more!

Connective Tissue

Ever met a vegetarian who won't eat jelly or sweets?  It's because it contains collagen made from the connective tissue that holds animal bones together. 

Calf Stomach

If you like cheese, you also like calf stomachs. When they are processed they're called rennet and they're used to help turn milk into cheese. f Cheese advertised as "vegetarian" doesn't include rennet. 


Coal Tar

Labelled "Allura Red AC" and used to dye certain sweets, drinks and other food products red. It's made coal tar or petroleum. 

Fish Bladder

How much do you love a tall, cold glass of beer on a hot day? Well you should know that some beer and wines contains something called "isinglass" which is really just fish bladders. They give some beer its golden yellow color. In Australia it's only used in very small doses in premium wines. 


You've most likely seen borax in some of your favorite household cleaners. It's also used in caviar as a preservative. That's one way to get clean from the inside out.

Beaver Butt Juice

Anal gland secretions and urine to be exact. It's called castoreum and you can check for it in the ingredients of certain brands of vanilla ice cream and certain raspberry-flavored foods - however it's not commonly used. 

Beetle Shells

Look in the ingredients list on some of your favorite red-colored foods. If you find carmine in the list, you've been eating ground up red beetle shells. They're used as a natural (if disgusting) red dye.

Duck Feathers and Human Hair

Feathers or human hair can  cooked down into an amino acid called L-cysteine which is used in some bread products - however most companies won't specify where the amino acid comes from - let's hope it's ducks! 


Yes, the metal that they mine from the ground. It's processed to form titanium dioxide and used to make white things whiter. You're likely to find it in non-dairy creamers, icing and white salad dressing. And sometimes, it even contains lead.

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Tags: Food, Diet, Trending, Scoopla

Posted: 24 July, 2014

Cardboard Stories: The Truth Behind The Homeless

A lot of people have prejudices about the homeless… but this powerful video proves why it’s important not to judge a book by its cover.

Watch The Powerful Video here!

Tags: Scoopla, Trending, YouTube, Homeless

Posted: 24 July, 2014

Baby Sleeps In A Bed Of Snakes

The video that has us all worried.

The video shows a baby sleeping peacefully on a bed while four cobras stand guard... uh what?

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Posted: 24 July, 2014

John Legend's Inspiring Message For Women Everywhere

The powerful message all women need to hear

John Legend's video for his new song You And I (Nobody In The World) is a must see for every woman. 

Not only is it the sweetest of love songs, it's also sends a powerful message of self-acceptance that every woman needs to hear. 

The super-emotional video shows women, young and old, peering into the camera as if it were a mirror.

Women with scars and vitilago, thin women, bigger woman – even a woman post mastectomy all preen, frown and scrutinize. It’s personal but his message is so empowering.

It also features his goergeous wife Christy Teigen and transgender actress Laverne Cox - who recently made history as the first transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy award, 

His message is simple: “You don’t have to try”

And he’s right – we don’t. 

John Legend - You & I (Nobody In The World)

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Tags: John Legend, Music Video, Body Image

Posted: 24 July, 2014

5 Things You Didn't Know About Lily Allen

Including the fact that she has a secret acting career.

With Lily Allen in town, we thought we'd prep you on those things you probably don't NEED to know about her... but you'll want to know about her.

5. Her brother Alfie plays Theon Greyjoy on Game of Thrones.

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While Lily clearly has the voice of the siblings, her brother definitely ha the acting bug. He started back when he was just 12 in Elizabeth, which also had a cameo from a famous someone, and hit the big time when casted in the hit HBO show Game of Thrones in 2011. Lily also wrote a song, aptly titled “Alfie”, that is on her first album Alright, Still.


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Tags: Lily Allen, Alfie Allen, Keith Allen, Game of Thrones, Scoopla

Posted: 24 July, 2014

16 Unbelievable Marketing Fails That Got People Fired!

Marketing is one of the most important factors in guaranteeing the success of a product… but what happens when the person in charge gets it completely wrong?!

Check Them Out Here!

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