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Chocolate and peanut butter. Lettuce and tomato. Bacon and… seemingly everything.  Some culinary combinations seem so natural that it’s hard to believe they were invented at all. Other food-related creations may require a bit more imagination. Make no mistake, futurists have invaded the food world. From the aforementioned caffeinated car, to robot pizzaiolo, to space age potato-growing in Peru, to a self-twirling spaghetti fork (attention multi-taskers: it also stirs paint!), culinary innovation has never looked so strange. 

These Kurzweilian creations demand attention, if not necessarily cabinet space, for their commitment to innovating the most essential culinary needs. Read on for our take of the world’s eight strangest food inventions, and boldly go where no cook has gone before.