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Testicle Festivals

Updated on October 9, 2014
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At The Testicle Festival, You'll Have A Ball!

Eating bull testicles (or sheep, pig, goat, or even turkey) is no new thing. They have long been a delicacy and, now, Testicle Festivals are growing in popularity each year in the United States and Canada.

A Testicle Festival is certain to bring out fun people willing to have a good time and try new things. Live a little!

Keep and open mind, and taste some testes. Who knows? You might just love 'em!

After all, you're sure to have a ball at a testicle festival!


The Euphemisms

Other Terms for Rocky Mountain Oysters

These testicles are also referred to as:

  • fry (lamb, calf, turkey, rooster, pig, bull, etc.)
  • rocky mountain oysters
  • Montana tendergroin
  • cowboy caviar
  • bulls jewels
  • barnyard jewels
  • farm oysters
  • swinging beef
  • Animelles - fr. (testicles)
  • bollocks
  • swinging sirloin
  • beef balls
  • prairie oysters

Would you? - Are Testicles for You?

If given the opportunity, would you eat Rocky Mountain Oysters?

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Testies Recipes - How to Cook Testicles

I know by now your mouth is watering for a handful of testicles, so you have two choices...find a festival, or make them yourself. If you chose the latter then you will probably need a little help in how to prepare them (unless of course it is an old family recipe).

How To Clean Your Rocky Mountain Oysters

Beef Testicles
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5 stars from 1 rating of RECIPE: Rocky Mountain Oysters


  • 2 pounds bull testicles (or lamb/sheep;calf;or turkey testicles)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup red wine
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder to taste
  • Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • hog lard (or cooking oil)
  • tbsp vinegar
Prep time: 1 hour 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
Yields: 4 people


  1. Using a sharp knife, split the tough skin-like muscle that that is around each "oyster". One trick is to freeze the testicles and then when they are thawing, complete this task. You may want to watch one of the demonstration videos on youtube to see how best to get this done.
  2. Place the testicles in pan of salt water - just enough to cover them. Let this set for an hour or so (to remove some of the blood).
  3. Drain them off and move 'em to a big pot. Add enough water that they can float, along with the vinegar. Parboil. Drain and rinse them off, then set to cool.
  4. Slice each "oyster" into 1/4 inch thick pieces and salt and pepper both sides to taste (but don't taste just yet).
  5. Mix up the flour, cornmeal and garlic powder in a bowl. Dip a slice in milk, and then into the dry mixture. Then quickly dip into wine. Do this quickly so you don't loose the coating that is already on it. If you want a thicker crust, repeat these steps. Do this for each slice.
  6. Immediately place the little suckers into hot cooking oil, and then add the Louisiana Hot Sauce directly onto the oil.
  7. Cook until they're golden brown or tender. Don't overcook them or they'll get tough. I like to set them on a plate with a paper towel under them to absorb some of the unneeded oil for a moment until serving. Yummy!Photo by RLEVENS

Testicle Festival Official Websites - Find a Testy Festy near you!

These festivals and many others run annually gathering crowds from hundreds of miles away. Who can't resist fried testicle kabobs?

May I Have a Word Origin?

The word 'testicle' comes from a Latin word that means witness, 'testis'. The word 'testament' is derived from the same word. In the Roman Empire, only males were allowed to testify. The penalty for perjury was castration. This could be the link between the words. Another theory is that they "bear witness" to one's virility.

Rocky Mountain Oyster T-Shirts

Pick up a testy t-shirt to wear on the big day.

A Rocky Mountain Oyster t-shirt will make your testy festy all the more fun.

This one says: Rocky Mountain Oysters The Original Sack Lunch

Buy it Now

Why Would You Eat That?

Two Fat Ladies
Two Fat Ladies

Penis Stew - (slightly off-topic, I know)

Possibly of interest to testicle connoisseurs is Penis Stew.

This recipe is taken from The Two Fat Ladies, Full Throttle by Clarissa Dickson and Jennifer Paterson (New York, Clarkson Potter, c1998, page 101). The ladies say this was originally a Jewish recipe from Marcelle Thomal. Innards, including penis, once played a major role in Jewish cooking.

I have adapted the recipe with some helpful tips.

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 3 hours 10 min
Ready in: 3 hours 30 min
Yields: 4 Seriously Deranged Individuals


  • 1 pound of penis of ram or bull (I'm not certain where you would buy this...the butcher may look at you funny if you ask)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds (crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Start off by scalding the penis, and then draining and cleaning it. (Try not to do this in front of your window so you can face your neighbors in the morning.) Place the penis in a saucepan of appropriate size, and just cover it with cold water.
  2. Bring it to a boil, and while you're waiting fill a glass with cold water and set it next to the stove.
  3. Go back to your saucepan and remove any scum that has developed. (While doing this, it may occur to you that you are skimming penis scum and you may throw up in your mouth. If this occurs, rinse your mouth with the glass of cold water and continue.)
  4. Simmer the penis for 10 minutes. Drain and slice.
  5. Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the onion, garlic and coriander. Fry until the onion is golden, then add the penis slices (yes, the phrase penis slices makes me giggle, too) and fry on both sides for a few minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients and gift it a good grinding of pepper. Add enough water to cover, and bring to a boil.
  6. Now, lower the heat, cover, and simmer for about two hours, or until tender. You may beed to add just a little water from time to time to prevent burning.
  7. Plate it up and feast!

The Two Fat Ladies Ride Again - Hardcover

If you are interested in what else the Two Fat Ladies have to offer, check this book out:

The Two Fat Ladies Ride Again
The Two Fat Ladies Ride Again

They're a bit funny, and quite a bit odd. They're opinionated; they're fat, and they love to cook!

Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson serve up a splendid buffet of dishes in this book.


Testicle Festival Accessories

How fun would it be to pay for your Rocky Mountain Oysters and beer with the money in your kangaroo scrotum pouch?!?!?!

I mean, come on!

You would be the king of the testy festy for sure!

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      kurtkenobi 4 years ago

      I have had my share of different foods, I don't know. Thank for a great lens.

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      Dawn Romine 5 years ago from Nebraska

      The restaurant where my daughter works has a testicle festival every June. Of course commemorative shirts. They've been doing this for twenty years. I finally went a couple years back and they aren't bad. Taste pretty good. Was going to do a lens on this but I see you beat me to it. Thanks for stopping by on my plantar fasciitis site.

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      mwiener 5 years ago

      @kerbev: They're delicious... What if I cook it the right way, serve it to you... I'm sure you'll love how it taste. Of course, I won't be telling you what is it while you're eating. I'll you later when you already digested it.

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      mwiener 5 years ago

      @johnsja: As for me, there is no need to research. We eat it... I've been eating it since I was a kid. The taste great as long as it is cook the right way. Of course, different people have different taste.

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      mwiener 5 years ago

      They're delicious. However, if you're not familiar with it, you cannot swallow it. Cook it right, you'll love it.

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      MrsNagrom 5 years ago

      I'm thinking.... wow. (I'm speechless) lol

      and yet, strangely, I'm now hungry. Great Lens!

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      I used to watch the two ladies cooking on TV they were funny and you never knew what they would cook,most of the time it was recipes I have never seen or heard about.

      In Spain after the bullfight they cook up theTesticle. the bull never stands a chance.

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      MichaelDubrovnik 5 years ago

      Balls up, pal! Taste it.

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      johnsja 5 years ago

      Yuck! Novel lens though! I bet you had fun researching!

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      dragonlildragon 5 years ago

      fascinating lens. Very cool and interesting.

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      I accidentally ordered some while testing out my Spanish in Chile. They were served with pasta in a sauce and were pretty good.

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      LaurenIM 5 years ago

      I'm not a guy but I grimaced throughout this lens. LOL!

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      Peter Badham 5 years ago from England

      Hello kab, You have a great lens! I'm sure I'll be trying this in Spain when I'm next there!

      I have set up a brand new lens which tells you the basic core ingredients for different cooking styles, ie, Southern, Indian, Spanish etc. I have personally chosen you as one of the contenders in a little competition Iâm doing. Under each list is a poll asking if you can think of recipes and dishes to create, using some of the ingredients, plus others of your own ingredients, ie meat, fish pasta etc. There are different tasks for each section, ie a Vegetarian Chinese recipe, or a Chicken Curry recipe etc.

      You can then put your recipe name in the voting poll further down with a link to the recipe (which might be on your lens) creating more traffic for you. Once I have received the first 10 links and recipes I will start a 15 day countdown. The top 3 voted for recipes at the end of this period will be placed as a permanent link on my Lens.

      I have posted the first link âGordan Ramsays Chicken Curryâ, lets see if the public like one of your recipes more than his.

      I do hope you would like to participate in my little competition. The Squidoo lens is


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      Ellen Brundige 5 years ago from California

      Rocky mountain oysters are actually quite tasty, although I've only had them once.

      Kangaroo scrotum bags: well, I'm glad they're good for SOMETHING. I have to admit, I couldn't help noticing the ridiculous danglies on the underside of kangaroos when I visited Down Under; they don't show up in the picture books.

      Very effective page title; I couldn't help clicking. (WHAT?!)

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I think one mush be really brave to eat an animal's testicle. I probably will eat it unless I do not know it is testicle.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting festival but I would probably not try this.

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      How can you guys stomach the idea of eating testicles? I just can't do it...

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      gadgetchecker 5 years ago

      that was painful to read and watch... yeoowch..

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      nice accessories ;)

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      Kiwisoutback 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This took real balls to publish this lens. Sorry, I had to say that. I have to ask: have you eaten this?

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      This is a very unique topic. I enjoyed it:)

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      YogaAngel 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! Disgusting topic! LOL

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      ccsonian 5 years ago

      I think that this may be one of those foods you need to grow up with just because of the gross factor. LOL

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      markadamdouglass 5 years ago

      Love the lens... but could never enjoy the food...

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Funny (not so much for the bull); your Lens Intro's Title made me laugh out loud. Thanks I needed that ;-)

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      piarejuden 5 years ago

      This was so interesting AND hilarious!! Congrats on the purple star and Cheers! Nope..I wouldn't have them!!

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      I wouldn't mind trying it just so I can say "I did it."

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      Keith Winter 5 years ago from Spain

      I have eaten them several time since living in Spain, but I not so sure about "Penis Stew."

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I'm back for a blessing and an EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      I guess I'd eat anything to survive but these are not on my "bucket List". Great Lens though, made me laugh.

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      CapnFatz 5 years ago

      Man... I searched for "Testival Festical" and THIS popped up! Now I'm going to have nightmares about simmering penises!

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      georgevtucker 5 years ago

      Penis and other offal (think chitlins, brains, kidneys, etc.) are really common ingredients in traditional poor-people recipes. Sometimes there's a particularly lovely flavor or texture involved. Other times it's just a case of "we ate whatever we could afford."

      I always laugh when I see high-end restaurants offering these dishes that evolved out of necessity and poverty.

      Thanks for the interesting lens!

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      khjunaid 5 years ago

      Even ones you will eat those testicles, you will get highest level of energy..................

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Great lens....Brought a smile to my face =D

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      LoriBeninger 5 years ago

      I'm a pescatarian (and I don't think fish have testicles...?) so there's no way I would eat these. But what a great lens! Fun, informative, and well crafted. Shocking, it's true -- but it got my attention!

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      Tamara14 5 years ago

      Ha ha ha ha! What a lens kab! I'm on the beginning of some weight loss diet before heading to the coast for the summer and I'm so hungry these days that I think I'd have no problem with the above meals whatsoever :) After all it's nothing compared to all those insects and snakes people eat in Asia and elsewhere right?

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      Budeni 5 years ago

      Such a fun article. Especially the synonyms at the beginning were hilarious! :-)

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      Can't quit laughing! What a fun article!

      Yes, I've eaten them. We don't have festivals for them, tho. Instead, someone just says 'hey, let's fry some catfish & calf fries', and the whole neighborhood turns out!

      I think you need to add wine to the penis recipe. Possibly need to drink some while cooking!


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Theres no way in hell I would try these! Theres just somethings that weren't meant to be eaten.

      I did enjoy the lens though...

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      Awesome lens! I don't eat them myself, but when we castrate calves, the old farm dog runs right for them. She loves them fresh and raw. First time my son ever saw her snap one up, he about lost his lunch but now he calls for her when he's "assisting". Good times!

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      gold3 5 years ago

      Sadly, I had to admit in the poll above that I have had Rocky Mountain Oysters. I honestly thought my husband was ordering meatballs (in Germany). He and his buddy were playing a joke. Not funny! But they didn't taste bad. :)

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      joannalynn lm 5 years ago

      Zut Moon wants to know if anyone else has "the balls" to sign a petition against this testicle lens. Hmmm. Having been connected to a ranching family for 25 years, and lived near ranch lands all my life, Rocky Mountain Oysters (as we call them) are nothing new to me. I have always wondered why ranchers call it "working" cattle when they castrate, de-horn, worm, and vaccinate cows. Well, I have seen the process from castration, to cooler, to kitchen, to table. However, your description of Penis Stew, which I have absolutely no interest in ever making or eating, is the best of this lens. I don't think it is that off topic...all a part of the same genitalia/reproductive system. Fun lens!

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      Whitwillow LM 5 years ago

      Great lens. Love those prairie oysters. Here in Australia they are the traditional treat after a day's mustering.

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      Corey 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Never knew these things existed...ugh! Thanks for sharing this!

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      katieross 5 years ago

      I don't think I'm brave enough for this one, but it's VERY interesting!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a weird idea for a lens, but it works!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      As I keep kosher, I can't eat testicles, but I wouldn't, either, even if I could. The thought makes me queasy. Great lens, but not appetizing.

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      This lens should be outlawed !!! It's disgusting !!! Where is the form I fill out for Squidoo HQs ..... I'm going to send a petition around and see if anybody else has the balls to sign it ... LMBO

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Too funny to see this lens featured and I had to have a look and see! I have had mountain oysters, grilled on a BBQ! Bravo on the Squidoo Purple Star, too. I think this needs an LOTD for originality and fun, too! Blessings and a bit o' sunshine for having the balls to publish this creative page!

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      jmatts1 5 years ago

      Great lens! Maybe I will try these at some point if I can get up the courage :)

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      I do not know ... should this be tasty or ... Maybe a little bit of both ... :)

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      JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

      Ewww yucky!

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      Cold0911 5 years ago

      Looks like you had a ball writing this one.

      nuck nuck

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      montanatravel52 5 years ago

      I was born and raised in Montana, and know the Testicle Festival too well - I can't answer your poll question b/c doesn't have the right answer (yeah I've tried them, but hell no, never again!)! I'm so glad somebody else besides me knows about this and would actually write about it - great lens!

      ps - I just recently mentioned the Testicle Festival in my OWN lens, OnlyInMontana...

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      Dana Marie 5 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Sorry but that is plain DISGUSTING LOL! Nasty!! This is one of those things that make me wonder what would possess someone to even THINK of trying it :/

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      Northwestphotos 5 years ago

      Interesting lens, perhaps for a few, but I think I will pass on trying this eclectic meal! Thanks, but no thanks!

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      Dan 5 years ago from CNY

      I think I threw up in my mouth a little.........

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      You know why they call me Christmas Tree? Because I got big balls! Blessed

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      Great lens! Congrats on the front page. I know people that have and do eat Rocky Mountain Oysters and I"m sure the hell not one of them.

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      Tarra99 5 years ago

      Boy you gotta have balls to write a lens on this! ;P

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      Urghh!!! I'm laughing, but can't imagine myself eating testicles :-) When I scanned Squidoo's front page, I thought your title was "Tricycle Festivals". Hah, jokes on me :-)

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      In Spain after they kill the poor bull in a bull fight a lucky person gets to eat the balls !! :( I used to watch on TV the 2 fat women they were great though I never tried anything they cooked

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I'm pretty adventurous with food, but I don't know about this! Fun lens. Congrats on Front Page.

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      My dad belonged to a club where they had an annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed and I remember him trying to find a delicate way to explain to me what that meant. Oh, and women at the club were forbidden from eating the RM Oysters. I remember being torn between feminist outrage and scoffing "not exactly a line forming..."

      Enjoyed your lens. I think you've covered all the bases, here!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      double ewwww

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      Very enjoyable lens!! Thanks for the laughs...but I'm still not trying

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I tried them once in a bar in Colorado. They were okay but I won't try them again. Just the thought...

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Hilarious! And yes, I have eaten Rocky Mt. Oysters. My dad used to help a lot of farmers during castration season. I think they must have paid him in oysters. Seems like a testicle festival would be a boisterous good time. Would certainly draw a certain kind of person. Intrepid types. I'm in.

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      WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

      Tripe, head cheese, liver, tongue... I have ate darn near everything but eating nuts just seems.... nutty!

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      Haha... I was looking for a lens with food i didn't like (for a quest) and none of the sushi lenses was worth mentioning. A friend from Oklahoma told me about "bull balls" twenty-something years ago, but I never thought I'd see them on Squidoo. Cool lens and the Two Fat Ladies made my day.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow. This is so wrong on so many levels, for me that is.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I've been to Mountain Oyster feeds, but I haven't been so hungry that I would eat them. Luckily other foods have been available at these functions for others like me. Makes liver sound delicious.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      I can't even comment. All I can do is give this lens a big ~blessing~!

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      What a HOOT!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'll pass on this dish

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Someone in my office was just talking about this dish the other day, funny how I ran across it this morning, way to spruce up your article on this topic!

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      oh dear... I may not be that brave... :)

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      sherioz 6 years ago

      Loved the Evan and Gareth video. Makes me glad I'm vegetarian.

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      I would probably like it if I didn't know what it was! So far I have never eaten testicles, or any other related organ!

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      viscri8 6 years ago

      I had the Penis Stew in Gaborone, Botswana -- The Red Lantern restaurant. I am familiar and I like testicles since long -- they are popular in my home country. There are however no testicles on sale here in South Africa where I am currently living -- in fact any other animal organs are most difficult to find. I enjoyed this lens -- and I bless it because I can! Keep well, all, and enjoy your testicles.

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      Tagsforkids 6 years ago

      LOL, you know with a title like that, one just HAS to look! While intriguing and tempting, I'm not sure I'm ready to try it... so that's no bull! :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @beardedbrian lm: Yes, I love testicles in the morning.

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      beardedbrian lm 6 years ago

      Great for breakfast!

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      Kylyssa Shay 6 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I don't know why eating testicles seems weirder than eating any other animal flesh but, yeah, it does. Interesting information about this craze. I had never heard of testicle festivals before.

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      cocktailsexaminer 6 years ago

      Penis stew, lol! Great lens, this made me laugh!

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      GrinningFool 6 years ago

      Yumm! Ha! Just kidding! Great topic choice though and interesting lens!

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      OldStones LM 6 years ago

      Lol, Good Stuff

      Bon Apetite

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      CalamariFritti 6 years ago

      Interesting lens. Pardon me while I stab my eyes out now...


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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      i can't imagine these recipes. no way. but i have to thank you for this interesting read.

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      julietarot lm 6 years ago

      Great lens- it's the nuts!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Had a ball of a time reading your lens! Cool! ;)

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      Mandy 6 years ago from Montana

      Im thinking that was hilarious! Thanks for the good laugh!

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      I'm in the absolutely not, no way in hell camp. Nasty!

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 6 years ago from Ozun

      Obviously, in Transylvania we eat bull balls, barbequed, even clotted blood, stew, not to mention brain of is all about cooking.Thank you to prove that i am right to like the bull or lamd testicles.