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School Cafeteria Horror Stories

Updated September 23, 2021 4.5k votes 1.2k voters 309.5k views18 items

There are a lot of great things about being an adult: you don’t have a bedtime, you can watch R-rated movies whenever you want, and you don’t have to eat lunch in a school cafeteria. It’s been a while since we’ve had to eat in a school lunchroom, but the nightmares of square pizza and mystery meat hamburgers still haunt us. The only food that we actually remember enjoying is the Friday afternoon ice cream, and according to the FDA, even that was tainted. We should have known it was too good to be true. If you want to ruin your appetite or just take in the ineptitude of the modern school system, this list of school cafeteria horror stories will knock your socks off.

After you drop off your tray of pink slime with the lunch monitor, vote on which of these public school facts are the worst.

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    Pink Slime

    Pink slime, or, as it's less commonly known, "nutritionally questionable ground beef filler treated with ammonia," has been gracing school cafeteria lunches for decades. It disappeared for a while thanks to parent groups across the nation, but it's coming back in a big way.
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    Don't Moldy Hot Dog Buns Sound Delicious?!

    In what sounds like an episode of Law and Order: High School, one student blew open the case of his disgusting cafeteria by sending smart phone photos of moldy gelatin and mystery foods to the Washington Post.
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    If You Can't Pay, Your Lunches Get Thrown Away

    During the 2014 school year in Salt Lake City, dozens of students had their meals thrown away when it was discovered that their lunch accounts had a negative balance. Way to find a sensible solution to the problem, SLC!
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    Now with Wood Pulp, for Extra Creaminess!

    Wood pulp, or powdered cellulose, is used to make inexpensive, low grade ice cream seem more creamy. It's also used to prevent some shredded cheese from clumping.
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