World of the Bizarre
Woman is addicted to eating kitchen sponges
By T.K. Randall
October 18, 2015 · 45 comments
Miss Thompson suffers from a condition known as pica. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Moebius1
A 23-year-old from North Tyneside is addicted to eating sponges dipped in apple washing-up liquid.
Emma Thomspon, who first developed the peculiar habit when she was just three years old, is now so hopelessly addicted to eating sponges that she munches through 20 of them every day.
Describing the behavior as a "guilty pleasure", Miss Thompson even took the habit one step further by dipping the sponges in apple-scented Fairy Liquid to enhance their bland flavor.
The medical explanation for her peculiar habit is a condition known as pica which sees sufferers crave inedible foodstuffs such as dirt, chalk, paper and other similarly unappetizing things.
"Some people have a cigarette, I just have a sponge," she says. "Some people go out for a steak, I would rather go out for a sponge. I like the smell and taste of the washing-up liquid on the sponge."
"As soon as someone mentions a sponge or I am washing the dishes or see a packet of sponges in the shop I need to have one."
Source: AOL News
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