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10 Weird Things People Eat Around The World

Updated on November 2, 2013
People eat all sorts of things. There's incredible diversity around the world in terms of favoured food. What is weird to one, is a delicacy to another.
People eat all sorts of things. There's incredible diversity around the world in terms of favoured food. What is weird to one, is a delicacy to another. | Source

10.Rats

Rats are quite a delicacy in Vietnam, and are freely available in markets throughout the country. They are roasted more often than made into soup.Fried rat, anyone?

Rats are savoured in more than just a few parts of the world. Bon apetit!
Rats are savoured in more than just a few parts of the world. Bon apetit! | Source

9.Dogs

If you live in South Korea, Vietnam or the Indian state of Nagaland, you probably relish dog meat. People in other countries find it extremely weird though, that man's best can actually land up in a soup, quite literally, and be eaten

Dogs are our best friends and cozy up to us, and some of us eat them.
Dogs are our best friends and cozy up to us, and some of us eat them. | Source

8.Cats

Apparently, cats are a delicacy in Ivory Coast. They are available on the table in a large number of restaurants. So if you do plan to live in that country, and plan on keeping a pet cat, be forewarned!

Cats kept before being slaughtered for meat
Cats kept before being slaughtered for meat | Source

7.Rotten Cheese with Maggots

It's called 'Casu marzu' and it's quite a popular dish in the Italian island of Sardinia. It is made from sheep milk.

When the milk is made into cheese, the larvae of the Cheese fly are introduced into the mix. The cheese passes the stage of fermentation and almost decomposes.

Some people choose to clear the maggots before eating, while others simply eat the cheese with the maggots in them. Sometimes the maggots jump out of the cheese while it's being eaten.

This dish is said to leave an aftertaste that lasts for hours, and sure enough, why not? It's after all, rotten!

Rotten cheese with jumping maggots is considered a rare delicacy on the Italian island of Sardinia.
Rotten cheese with jumping maggots is considered a rare delicacy on the Italian island of Sardinia. | Source

6.Chimpanzee

Could you imagine that humans are capable of turning against a creature that shares over 98% of our DNA? Apparently, we are. The burgeoning bush meat trade in the rainforests of central Africa is emptying out the region of its buzzing animal life. Even Chimpanzees are not spared.

We eat our endangered African cousins at times.
We eat our endangered African cousins at times. | Source

5.Puffer Fish

The deadly Puffer fish is a costly and sometimes fatal delicacy in Japan.It's called 'Fugu'. Anyone who wishes to cook it must be certified, and remove the poisonous parts of course. Mistakes do happen, however, and connoisseurs of the dish end up paying a heavy price of more than just money sometimes.

Puffer Fish: delicious and deadly
Puffer Fish: delicious and deadly | Source

4.Fertilized Duck Egg

It's called 'Baalut' in the Philippines, and it's quite a delicacy there. The duck's egg is almost entirely fertilized for a few weeks till the chick's feathers have grown, and then boiled and eaten. Apparently they are extremely crunchy and delicious, but not for me, not at the moment atleast, please!

A Baalut
A Baalut | Source

3.Cobras

Yes, you read right! People actually eat one of the world's most venomous snakes, the deadly Cobra, for breakfast! And where do they do that? In Indonesia of course! Apparently 1000 snakes are caught in East and West Java weekly, and sold for 1 dollar and 15 cents a snake for their meat. I wonder if there are even any Cobras left in Java at this rate!

Oh yes, even Cobras aren't spared our intrusive taste buds!
Oh yes, even Cobras aren't spared our intrusive taste buds! | Source

2.Dog Penis

I'm not trying to be obscene here. Dog penis is thought to be medicinal in China. There are restaurants in Beijing that serve dog penises along with the penises of other animals. Enough said!

People seem to savour the private parts of a variety of animals. Bulls and dogs are often eaten, every part of the body included!
People seem to savour the private parts of a variety of animals. Bulls and dogs are often eaten, every part of the body included! | Source

1.Aborted Fetuses

This one is truly disturbing. There are images circulating around the internet which show Chinese people eating soup containing the whole bodies of aborted fetuses. Apparently the meat is prepared with care to ensure that the human appearance is preserved.

Some people go to the extent of eating human fetuses to satisfy their weird gastronomic cravings.
Some people go to the extent of eating human fetuses to satisfy their weird gastronomic cravings. | Source

What do you think of the weird things people eat?

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Let me know what you think of the weird things that people around the world manage to eat. Is there anything else totally unexpected creature you know of, eaten? Comment and let me know, because I really want to!

I just wish people were more humane with their eating habits.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      OMG! Those are disgusting eating habits of the people. I was putting my hands on my mouth not to vomit and I looked at the photos fast. I hope I will not be having a nightmare tonight. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Honoured that you took the time to read and comment!

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      Twilight Lawns 3 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Once again I was drawn to your hub, and once again I didn't have the courage to watch the video. I love your sense of humour, and you write, and use a turn of phrase (or phrases) as if you were an Englishman, through and through.

      Thank you. Entertaining and informative.

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      Twilight Lawns 3 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Extremely well written and researched hub. I must admit that I didn't have the guts (unfortunate word to use, here) to watch the video.

      I think you look like a good hubber to follow... so I will.

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      Ciyes G 3 years ago from MManila, Philippines

      The weirdest to me is the aborted fetus. By the way, I know some folks who eat their own hair, raw. Enjoyed this article so much, and you're a good writer, RohanFelix..

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      Amanda 3 years ago from Michigan, United States

      While for the most part I respect the food choices - however odd they seem to me! - of other people, there are a few on here that I find absolutely repulsive in concept (and morally when it comes to aborted fetuses!). Very interesting hub!

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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      I'm sorry about that... This hub is meant to be educational...

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      Amanda Littlejohn 3 years ago

      OMG. I feel sick. :(

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      iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

      Maybe the maggots would jump into someone's eyes when he/she takes a bite of Casu marzu? I bet people have eyeglasses while eating it. Well... I think we should respect the people who eat those revolting foods except the Chinese who eat fetuses, that's the grossest thing I've ever read. Nice article friend. :)

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      DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

      I knew people ate different things that are not eaten in this country but I had no idea the range of items was so big.

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      HeatherH104 3 years ago from USA

      Oh my! I love that you included pictures of each item. It is very interesting what people decide to eat, but unless I was desperate I don't plan on eating any of these on the list. Even if I was desperate I can't imagine eating #1.

      Well written, voted up and shared.

      Heather

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