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  • ParusMajor

    The monkey brain eating scene in the film “Cannibal Holocaust” was most likely real, just like other animal killing and eating scenes in that movie. I would probably try some of these given the chance (or a dare). 😀 That Quadruple would keep me fed for at least a week, though. And BTW, about that bunny pic: do you know what bunnies tend to do right after they kiss? I thought you did.
    Oh, and “Madventures” is a tv show where a couple of travelers try local foods (mostly disgusting) all over the world. It’s probably on YouTube. Check it out. 🙂

    • Peter Boucher

      @ ParusMajor. I saw on VHS (Yes, back in those days) a Korean restaurant serving Monkeys Brains on the now banned “Faces Of Death” Movies and how its prepared. As you said, check out You Tube and to check it out. I can tell you for sure that a lot of excerpts from those movies are on You Tube. The aforementioned scene is probably on their right now.

      • ParusMajor

        I’m sorry if I burst your bubble, Peter, but those “Faces of Death” films are notorious for being mostly fake. The parts that aren’t fake are footage from actual accidents. That Korean restaurant bit is definitely fake.

        • Peter Boucher

          @ Parus Major. I have an understanding of the falsifications (for lack of a better term) for the “Faces Of Death” movies. When you have a Narrator named Dr. Martin GROSS giving you a blow by blow description, that should give it away immediately. A funny story is once I was with a couple of buddies with me. It was the weekend and a case of beer in the backseat of the car we we’re driving in. We wanted to “entertain” ourselves with a couple of those movies. So we went to the nearest Blockbuster Movies. I went to the counter and asked the sales clerk if they had the “Faces Of Death” movies. The response that I got from the clerk was “WE DON’T RENT THOSE KINDS OF MOVIES, SO GET THE HELL OUT OF MY STORE”. You know, I actually could not stop laughing. Real good Public Relations and sales ability on the clerk’s part…………LOL

    • rugrats

      I think that you are right.:) and if so are you a vegiterian?

    • Daniel

      The monkey brain scene was faked, was the only animal killing scene in “cannibal holocaust” that wasn’t real.
      The scene where the guy shoots the boys pet pig was brutal, the actors didn’t know about it until just before the scene was about to be filmed (like most of the grisly scenes).

      But yeah, the monkey brain scene is definitly faked, you can watch the making of the movie on the special edition DVD and it goes through all the scenes, including some that were cut from the final version. (Muskrat/Possum getting stabbed to death and a large turtle getting its flippers cut off while alive).

  • ParusMajor

    I forgot to say that I loved this list, but I did. So there. Thank you. 😀

  • bela

    i’m a vegetarian….but frankly, this is hypocrisy at its best. beheading cow and making a paste out of its meat: normal. Bats: abnormal. Eating fish eggs: normal. Eating ducks: normal. Eating an almost ready to crack egg with a duck in it: abnormal. Foie gras: normal. monkey brain: abnormal.

    you may not be familiar with it….but fact is people eat all kind of weird foods around the world. even in US….i saw in Discovery where ice cream was coated with worms.

    • FMH

      No, it’s not the fact that the bat is eaten, it’s the fact that it’s cooked alive. Most non-vegitarians have a problem with that, because we consider that cruel, too. The same goes for the duck fetus. It’s definitely not hypocrisy.
      Many poeple think that foie gras is cruel too and therefore don’t eat it, either. So do I.
      With the monkey brain… well, that may vary. Most people have a problem with eating brain at all. I tried lamb’s brain and I don’t like the taste very much. I don’t mind it however when it’s mixed into sausages. Furthermore, monkeys, much like dogs (or horses in the US) are not considered animals you should eat. This of course, varies from country to country.
      In short: Killing something quickly and eating it: ok. Torturing something to death and eating it: not ok.

      • Mati

        many animals which are eaten on a regular basis in north america are “tortured”, for example lobsters are boiled alive, and fish are snagged on hooks and ripped apart while there still breathing. but its suddenly horrendous when its another country and a different animal. and saying “furthermore monkeys are not considered animals you should eat” is simply short sighted. perhaps there food YOU should not eat. in other countries they would never eat a cow.

        • FMH

          Personally, I don’t eat lobster for exactly that reason, neither do most people I know. You have a point with fish, though, but that differs from country to country, too. For example in Germany every fish has to be killed with a blow to the head before slaughtering. If you have ever dealt with preparing freshly caught fish -you probably haven’t, I guess, since you are a vegitarian- you would also know that fish keeps “breathing” even when it’s dead, because it has such strong reflexes. My father once showed me this by taking out the brain of a carp’s head – it still kept moving.

          With the monkey, you obviously haven’t read my post to the end. I wrote: “Furthermore, monkeys, much like dogs (or horses in the US) are not considered animals you should eat. This of course, varies from country to country” – It’s a cultural thing!
          Here, we find it hard to believe that someone could eat monkey, but in other countries it’s completely normal. The middle east (including Israel) frowns upon the west for eating pork and most of Europe wonders why it’s forbidden to sell horse meat in the US. Most of China cracks jokes about the Cantonese because they eat dogs. (“A Cantonese will eat eat everything that has four legs and isn’t a table” – a common Chinese phrase). And if you talked to an Asian about cheese maybe twenty years ago, he would probably got sick. (That’s a bit different today since they see it as status symbol, just like chocolate).

          Yes, in other countries, in India for example, they would never eat a cow – don’t you think they find it horrendous that we do? So isn’t it fair when I find it horrendous that they eat raw monkey brains?

          • Amrendra

            Really nicely written list but the contents were disturbing.

            @ FHM. I think you find Indians eat monkey brains from the movie Temple of Doom. You know this movie was banned in India when it was released because no one eats monkeys in India. Monkeys are worshiped and even if anyone hurts a monkey they have to make sure that they save the monkey and do penance for it. Only some stupid Hollywood movies with quarter of brains make the world see Indians eat monkey brains. Hindus consider that cows give milk and so many derivatives from milk which is offered to gods hence they feel how can anyone kill the animal which offers you its own milk. India is the country where if you go in most of the restaurant you would be first asked if you are a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian. I feel luck to be in India as I try to follow a vegetarian diet if I can and the amount of vegetarian dishes cooked here is amazing. Also we do not eat any of that horrendous buffet of horror the Indiana Jones movie portrayed. Show that food to any Indian person and he would go in a coma!!!

        • FMH

          No, I don’t think Indians eat moneky brains because of “The temple of doom”. I’m sure they don’t because eating raw meat in rather arid countries is a bad idea. That’s why they eat that spicy food in southern countries: It keeps them from spoiling for a longer time.
          I know the movie was banned in India, but not because showing them eating monkey brains. I think in India you could laugh about that too. It was banned because it mocked the followers of Kali and showed them as murdering, child-enslaving madmen
          I mentioned the monkey brain because it’s a play with clich´es and couldn’t think of some other terrible stuff they could eat somewhere. If you read the rest of my text, you might have understood that.

          You know, I studied archaeology, so I should know that nothing form an Indiana Jones movie is true. Expet maybe that archaeologists tend to destroy and break a lot of ancient ruins.

          And again, you didn’t even try to get what I was trying to tell you.

      • Harley

        I do not agree with eating the baby ducks alive, that to me is like walking up to your dog and cutting off his leg or some other body part and cooking it. Of course these thing vary from country to country, but some of these things are just sickening to a high degree. I am not a vegitarian but I very much love animals and have spent my life caring and saving them, and seeing these thing basically make me want to cry.

  • ParusMajor

    Actually, most insects and worms and grubs are edible. People just don’t want to eat them because of … well, they’re insects! Even spiders are edible if you remove their poison glands first.

  • Peter Boucher

    How about LUTEFISK. Lutefisk is a very popular dish with the Nordic and Scandinavian Countries and of people who live in the mid-west of the United States where German-Nordic people settled. It is Whitefish (or Cod, if your prefer) and is air dried for several days outdoors. After air drying, it is place in a container of cold water and kept there for 5-6 days. It will make the fish swell, but it decreases its protein content by 50%. The fish will also take on a jelly-like consistency. The fish is then marinated in LYE or CAUSTIC ACID. After a few more days, it is taken out of the LYE / CAUSTIC ACID and placed back into more cold water for another 4-5 days. Then, it is ready to cook. Never use metal silverware because if the residue of the fish is left overnight, it will be impossible to clean regardless of what you use as a cleaning agent. Sterling Silverware would be completely ruined. Lutefisk is the traditional Christmas Dinner of Norway and over 20% of the population of Norway eat it on a regular basis. It is usually served with green peas, potatoes and a white gravy made from whole butter

    • ParusMajor

      Yummy! 😀

    • FMH

      Ah yes, it’s called Stockfisch in German. Strangely it’s a traditional food in regions that are far away from the sea. It was traded there for centuries, since it can’t really spoil.

  • I have had century eggs several times. Absolutely nothing wrong with it, neither in the preparation, nor in the taste. Surprised to see it in this list.

    • Gerald Fnord

      They’re particularly good as (essentially) a spice, for example with pork in the otherwise very bland rice porridge (“jouk”).

    • mostscents

      was this century egg that was soaked with human urine? i guess i heard/read it somewhere..

  • Peter Boucher

    How about being a South American who played for a Rugby Team back in 1972. Crash land in the Andes Mountains 13,000 feet above sea level where the temperature at night averaged -35 to -40 below zero and ending up eating the corpses of your friends and family members who were sitting next to you for 70 days for sustenance until 16 people out of 45 were rescued. Read the book entitled “Alive” by Piers Paul Reid and I promise two things. 1). You will be traumatized by it and 2). You will dispose of the book because every time you see it on your nightstand because it will bring back memories of that small moment in history. Why do I say those 2 things ? Because that’s exactly what I did and have happen to me after I read the book………..Oh, and by the way ? They ate EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING !!!

  • shargeez

    now this is more like it!! keep these kinds of list’s coming TopTenzMaster and me and you will be great friends!! LOVE THIS LIST 🙂

  • TriviaFan

    Is it just me or does it seem like casu marzu as well as balut seem to consistently be referenced in top lists involving gross or seemingly horrifying foods? Maybe a sign to try them.

    • ParusMajor

      I would try them.

  • Henrietta Langeveldt

    The live fish dish (Ikizukuri) is totally sad to read about. I cannot believe people would consume that…(just saying)……

  • CJB

    I’ve had the shrimp cocktail at St. Elmo’s… I’m a Hoosier! And it will definitely clear your sinuses. Worth it, though! If you ever get to Indianapolis, visit St. Elmo’s and give it a try!

  • Gonzo

    One of the ingredients you missed in the quadruple-bypass burger:

    There is one fried egg for each beef patty.

  • aprilpia

    balut is tasty!

  • Yaz

    Lol! Balut is so delicious.. 🙂

  • Ju ju blog

    I have had century eggs several times. Absolutely nothing wrong with it, neither in the preparation, nor in the taste. Surprised to see it in this list.

  • Randomtoptenzbrowser

    Just a note on the intro, its not only African cultures that eat snake meat but also here in the U.S. I lived in central Wyoming for 8 years where quite a few people enjoy rattlesnake meat lol. It definitely has a unique flavor

  • lrob

    I think people who keep insisting “it’s culture” should:
    a) consider that culture is not an excuse- my culture burned hundreds of women, animals etc as witches and familiars. That ok? No. And it’s all the same mediaeval beliefs.
    Dog Meat is No Traditional Food
    By Sue Cho
    As a Korean, I find it very insulting that some people talk about dog meat as if it was a real Korean traditional cuisine. Dog meat eaters often claim that dog meat is good for their health. There is no sicentific or medical truth to back up this claim. According to the research by Koreans and Westerners, it was found that there is no better or special nutrition with dog meat compared to other livestock. It has higher fat content than other livestock. There is more risk to develop Palsy. From a public health point of view, it is unfortunate that these lies are widespread among dog-eaters as there are far more Koreans these days who suffer from heart attack, high blood pressure and Palsy than before due to over consumption of high calorie food.
    Dog meat, although some Koreans accept it, there are also other Koreans who do not as it results from disheartening cruelties, misconception and greed. Some Koreans have been eating dogs in some part of our country and in some times in our history but it never has been eaten by the majority of Koreans as Korea was for a long time a Buddhist country and still many people believe in Buddhism.
    A few traces in our history and continuing practice by selfish and heartless people do not make dog consumption as our culture. Truth known, dog eaters in Korea are mostly middle and upper class, middle aged men with power and position. They barricade themselves from the majority Koreans-non dog eaters and tries their best to indoctrinate others to believe it is our culture and protect their myth that says dog meat will boost their sexual energy.
    Korean traditional food is simple and honest. There is no disguise with colour or fake smell and, most of all, there is no deliberate cruelties on animals with Korean traditional food. If we look at the names of Korean traditional food, most Korean food names are followed with its main ingredients. Dog meat is called “Four season stew, Nutrition stew, Body healing stew” which doesn’t sound like Korean traditional food but very much sound like business invention.
    Also the cruelty involved in producing dog meat makes it a very unlikely candidate for traditional food. The dog meat traders beat dogs to death so that all the blood vessel would burst and the meat become red.
    Another point is Koreans tend not to disguise the smell of its natural source. If Tofu or cabbages are preserved, although they smell very strong, our ancestors still didn’t put any herbs or alcohols to make the original smell fake aromatic. However, with dog meat, they are using different kinds of herbs to erase the smell of dog, which is again very unlike Korean traditional food.
    Even though people know that dogs and cats are much more involved in human society, some, especially dog meat eaters, would insist that cow, pig, poultry, fish, dogs, cats and etc are the same. This totally ignores the fact that one of the reasons we value human life more is because of our relationship to each other and our emotional, social capacity. But let us consider some would want to insist on the equality so that no animal will be killed for food. That will be surely better for animals and us?
    Unfortunately this equality theory has been abused to justify eating dogs, cats and other kind of animals with uncommon intelligence anywhere in the world and to increase the number of animal species available for human consumption. This type of use would not make our life any better but lead us to destroy the uncommon gift and blessings we have, the trust and bond we form with our companion animals. It is far more positive to encourage each other to cut down the species of animals available for human consumption. That way, we will be closer to make our life more peaceful and respectable.
    Respecting another country’s culture shows open mindedness but it needs to be done with thoughtful care and not in irresponsible manner for the very sake of the country you want to understand and show respect. In Korea, there is a word, “Me-Pung-Yang-Sok” which means “Beautiful custom and good morals” and refers when one culture deserves respect. I have never heard any Koreans call Dog meat as “Me-Pung-Yang-Sok”. Dog meat consumption is NOT a real Korean traditional food but the base of animal cruelty in Korea.”

  • VL

    Okay, don’t get freaked out, but my family is vietnamese ate Balut before. They asked me if I wanted to try it and held it up to my face. I just looked at it, and I threw up on it. Those were one of horrid days of my life. Me and my mom went to vietnamese markets before, and I saw pig heads pakaged, and tanks of alive fish, ready to get chopped. I got used to seeing that. ._.;