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Movie Popcorn Woes

This experience involves a certain amount of ick, so don't read it if you think that's going to be TMI.


I never really thought about danger associated with movie popcorn. I mean, really - it's popcorn, not coleslaw. So I thought nothing of it when I was merrily munching some during Spider Man 2 (which was, in fact, quite worth going to.) However, about an hour afterwards I began to experience the first sign of digestive woe. A little nausea, nothing major. So I had some tea and played some Lord of the Rings monopoly. The nausea grew steadily worse, now accompanied by intestinal spasms. And through it all, I kept having the most awful taste of movie popcorn butter in my mouth. I tried baths, I tried air blowing in my face, I tried alternative medicine. No effect. Finally, at 11, I tried going to sleep. This seemed to make things worse. So I got up, bedraggled and nauseated, and sat with the cats while I tried not to think about how much my viscera hurt. Then, boom! I deposited a very popcorn-smelling bundle into the toilet at 1:15am. And felt tons better.

I can only suspect that the culprit was the movie popcorn. But I keep trying to figure outwhat could have caused the food poisoning (assuming that's what it was) - rancid butter? Does movie popcorn butter go bad? For some reason, I thought it had the shelf life of those spray butter cans, which seem to last forever.

But meanwhile, I vow to no longer buy movie popcorn - this experience is not one I want a repeat of.

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y2kdragon
Jul. 12th, 2004 05:11 am (UTC)
Nope, everything in a movie theater goes bad.
Even the movies.
thewronghands
Jul. 12th, 2004 05:20 am (UTC)
It may also be that there was something in the popcorn butter mix that you're allergic to or that your body dislikes. It doesn't necessarily have to be bad, it may just be that they've changed their mix and it's something you can't digest.

Glad you're feeling better.
insheepsclothng
Jul. 12th, 2004 07:28 am (UTC)
Popcorn butter makes me ill too, I stick with no butter at movies - -but I can't deal with grease in general.

Could very well be an ingredient that doesn't work with you, or maybe that theater just sucks and they let something icky get into the butter.
larksdream
Jul. 12th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC)
I would guess rancid "butter". But then that stuff always smells a bit off to me.
halophoenix
Jul. 12th, 2004 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on this one-probably rancid butter, or perhaps a combination of rancid butter and stale popcorn. Happens sometimes, and to the best of us. Been there, done that. ::tummy gurgles at the thought::
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