This guy cured a hangover with a pearl

He thought that the raw oyster would be good for his hangover but I bet what else he found inside made him feel much better.

James Humphries’ hangover cure contains pearl –

A pearl has been found inside an oyster that was being used as part of a hangover cure.

34-year-old seafood lover James Humphries bought two oysters from his local fishmongers, E Rawle & Co, in order to cure his hangover.

While chewing on one of the molluscs, he felt a small lump between his teeth, reports The Mirror.

He revealed: “I thought a filling had fallen out. It was only when I spat it out that I discovered it was a pearl.

It was small but nicely formed.

Pearl oysters are generally not the kind that are eaten. The type that are eaten, mostly do not make pearls. Almost all shell-bearing mollusks can secrete pearls, yet most are not very valuable.

Let’s address this hangover cure. It’s not very common. I found references mostly for Prairie oysters which consists of raw egg yolk, not the actual animal. But I did find this one reference.

Fresh oysters.

In theory it sounds bonkers. Slimy, gelatinous, raw and potentially contaminated shellfish when all you want to do is vom. But anyone who actually gets past the idea of it will back me up. They are salty and refreshing and chock full of zinc, which any professional boozer will tell you is the real trick. DO IT.


Actually, I would not do it. Oysters are an excellent source of zinc, iron, calcium, and selenium, as well as vitamin A and vitamin B12, but I’m not sure that really helps at all. (Take a vitamin, then.) Raw oysters are one of the least safest things to eat. They can harbor bacteria and who feels like eating a slimey salty very UNIQUE tasting raw thing when you are feeling like that!

Most hangover cures are gimmicks and don’t work. Drink water and take some painkillers. And don’t drink so much next time. That’s the ticket.

Tip: Russell G.

  4 comments for “This guy cured a hangover with a pearl

  1. Brian
    February 28, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    Been there, done that- minus the hangover. Mine was about the size of a BB.

    Can someone explain to me how stuff like this makes news? So far, (not just on this site), I have counted no less than a dozen different items I have had happen to me, or my g/f that are a daily matter of course that are now ‘newsworthy’. Do these people think that every little trip slip and half a flip needs to be dragged to the nearest news outlet, or what?

    I am honestly stumped!

  2. Ryuthrowsstuff
    February 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    I think we can do without the scaremongering over raw shellfish as well. Millions of raw oysters are eaten daily without a problem. If they’re fresh, handled correctly and fished properly there isn’t an issue. And plenty of people want to eat exactly this when they’re hung over. The classic hangover cure where I grew up is the “fisherman’s breakfast” a Bloody Mary garnished with a raw clam.

  3. February 28, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Maybe you want to, but not me. *vomit* The point is, there is no surefire hangover cure.

    You can take the risk for eating raw shellfish if you really love it but it’s not all that smart. I prefer my oysters fried.

  4. Ryuthrowsstuff
    March 1, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    The second paragraph of the article you link is entirely about how rare hepatitis (the major bacterial risk) outbreaks from shellfish are. Any nation with reasonably well managed fisheries monitor for these sorts of things, pollution, and toxic algae blooms and shut down water ways to block contaminated stocks from the market. What outbreaks occur often happen in warm water locals (like the Gulf of Mexico during the summer). Unless you’re in a place where the seafood is generally questionable, quite far from the region of origin (freshness), or eating black market shellfish the risk should be minimal. Casting a glance around for numbers I keep seeing 50-100 illness of any type a year and 10-20 deaths related to raw shellfish in the US. Just e. coli illness and deaths seem to run in the high 1000’s for sickness and the low 100’s for deaths and that’s coming out of everything from burgers to spinach and peanut butter. Frankly its not all that less “smart” that anything else we eat.

    Whether you enjoy them or not is immaterial. I just don’t see the point in exaggerating the risks.

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