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13 Of The Strangest Drinks You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

What’s strange to you may be common to another. The camel’s milk sold at Whole Foods, for example, may throw you for a loop, but that’s just because you haven’t grown up with such a product. Cow’s milk isn’t exactly a huge leap from camel’s milk, but unfamiliarity always glows brightest on the shelf.

So if you expanded your curiosity to stretch around the entire world, you may discover some drinks that would downright blow your mind. Likewise, there are drinks you yourself enjoy that would shock residents of other countries and cultures. And then of course there are drinks that are bizarre and goofy to shoppers everywhere. So let’s jump into the wild world of drinks you don’t see every day.

Water Salad

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Naturally, such a curious product comes from the Japanese arm of Coca-Cola, and it even comes in six different flavors. It honestly seems like a health drink in a dystopian sci-fi flick.

Eel Soda

Eel is the selling point here, not the secret ingredient. Unagi soda reportedly tastes like kabayaki. So if you love grilled eel in soy sauce, and it’s a hot summer’s day, guess what is about to fix everything about your life? This. Drink.

Baby Mice Wine


This absolutely looks like a high school science experiment, one that hasn’t obviously gone right or wrong. In its production process, newborn mice (three days or younger) are drowned in rice wine, and after 12 to 14 months, the drink is made available. Batches vary severely, as a bad one will straight up taste like gasoline.

Pizza Beer

Made by Mamma Mia!, the “World’s First Culinary Beer” debuted in 2006 and the taste has likely still not left everyone’s mouth—not a bad way to live either. It started at the Seefurth Family’s home brewery in Illinois with a surplus of tomatoes and a bag of garlic. But that idea grew and tremendously evolved into a legitimate boozy recipe. A margarita pizza is put into mash and steeped like a tea bag. It’s then filtered into a brew pot and boiled, with hops and spices added in a cheesecloth-like bag. In the end, voilà, pizza beer! Honestly, it’s quite the way to cut back on expenses, no longer needing to buy pizza and beer.

Panda Dung Tea

When it comes to green tea, you likely think of a pleasant scene of you relaxing between careful sipsand poop is absolutely nowhere to be found. Well, in a special blend debuted by wildlife expert An Yashi, the two are one in the same. Since pandas have poor digestion, only absorbing roughly 30% of what they consume, their dung is rich in fibers and nutrients. It’s surprisingly high quality actually. As of a few years ago, it was speculated to be going for $35,000 per pound.

Seagull Wine

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You’re likely unfamiliar with trends and interests within the Arctic Circle, and this one’s a doozy. The recipe is easy, since it’s simply keeping a dead seagull in a bottle or jug of water and allowing it to ferment in direct sunlight. Not totally sure what the buzz is like, but it’s likely safe to assume it’s strong.

Gau Jal

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Also referred to as Cow Water, Gau Jal came about in India as a healthier alternative to soda. It’s believed that cow urine has the potential to address several diseases and thanks to the Hindu organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, it was made viably marketable.

Peruvian Frog Juice

While it may not be a go-to health drink in the United States, like kombucha or a smoothie, residents of Bolivia and Peru toss a frog in a blender—a skinned Titicaca water frog, to be exact. The frog’s not alone in the blender, though, as ingredients such as carrots and honey are included as well.

Bird’s Nest Drink

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You may have heard of bird’s nest soup, but the key ingredient isn’t just for sit-down meals. The bird nests of Southeast Asia’s edible-nest swiftlets are created with solidified saliva that’s believed to be very nutritional for humans—high in calcium, iron, magnesium, etc. Given that we’re an increasingly on-the-go species, a bird’s nest drink was inevitable.

Snake Bile Wine

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This is an intense drink and it’s not just because of its name, which is wholly accurate and definitely not a gimmick. If it’s made for in-restaurant consumption, rather than bottled for sales, the delicacy beverage is prepared before you at a restaurant when the dedicated employee slices open the gallbladder of a live cobra. The bile is then mixed with rice wine, making for a green-black cocktail that’s supposed to offer health benefits, such as enhancing male virility.

Three Penis Liquor

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If you’re a fan of The League, you’re already familiar with this wild concept—though Taco was pitching wine. However, it’s, in fact, totally real, and that may come as a rather huge surprise. The not-so-secret ingredients of Tezhi Sanbian Jiu are deer penis, dog penis, and seal penis. Given the a long-standing belief that consumption of severed animal penises can mean a more dynamic libido in males, maybe this isn’t so shocking.

Placenta Smoothie

As one of the most empowering drinks around, placenta smoothies have seen an uptick in popularity in recent years. So it’s not exactly a drink you’ve never heard of, but we simply can’t leave it off this list. New moms have reported impressive health benefits accordingly, including more energy, lower blood pressure, and reduced post-natal bleeding. There aren’t really any drinks to compare it to. Seriously, how often do you have the chance to drink your own body part?

Diet Water

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The world is so impossibly confusing at times. This doesn’t make any sense. Diet water is like dividing zero! Or I think so anyway. I’m honestly not sure if that simile tracks. I took pre-calculus my junior year of high school, my senior year of high, and my freshman year of college and scored an increasingly worse grade each time. *sigh* This is Diet Water’s fault!

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15 Foods You Either Loved or Hated Growing Up

Growing up, everyone had drastic opinions about food — maybe all things, if we’re being honest here. As kids, we’d take one bite of a meal and declare it to be the only food worth eating ever again, or we’d sniff something on our plate and knew it to be non-edible slop that had been served to us for reasons beyond our understanding. We weren’t exactly known for our nuanced palates.

But it’s not like kids agreed on what those foods were. We didn’t have nationwide or global meetings deciding which pizza toppings were good or bad. Weirdest of all were the foods that offered no middle ground whatsoever. They were the foods that no one was simply “meh” about. Throughout our childhood, these were foods that we either super absolutely loved or very much absolutely hated. Let’s look at those top contenders of what drove us wild, whether good or bad. Let’s celebrate that divide!

Casserole

A meal that could arguably drum up suspicion from the get-go, casserole has a history of being a thick, creamy jungle of who knows what. However, sometimes it could just be a savory cascade of all your favorite goodies inside a deliciously layered festival of flavor.

Brussels Sprouts

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Well, well, well… look what food’s become the big ticket item in hip gastropubs these days, the food that was steamy, bland nonsense back in the day. This is a food that sincerely, wholly depends on who’s at the kitchen’s helm. It could either be crispy Heaven or boiled Hell.

Meatloaf

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A loaf of meat? Incredible. A loaf of meat? Gross. Yes, this truly drove a wedge between families, as some would consider it a mysterious piece of meat combo that could get you insanely sick or a wonderful combination of all things savory.

Banana Pudding

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A relic leftover from the era when suburbia exploded, this recipe features a crazy amount of cream (just as a lot of things did back then). Not everyone was into that as youths. In fact, some kids hate biting into such floofy nonsense, only to get a bite of a Nilla Wafer, which wasn’t exactly Oreo. But then there were those who adored banana pudding. It was unique! It was carefree sugary mania! It tasted like a season that didn’t exist! In short, it was paradise found.

Mushrooms

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This one definitely carries over into adulthood, with some of the kids who hated mushrooms turning into fungi lovers. Growing up, this could make or break pizza. They could be tolerated or savored in soups. It was sibling against sibling, spouse against spouse; rare was it for an entire household to agree if mushrooms were good.

Goat Cheese

When it comes to tang, goat cheese would basically slap around your tastebuds. You were just trying to enjoy your pizza, sandwich, or what have you, and in came this flavor that was super tangy aggressive and entirely without chill. But for others, it was such a weird, unique flavor you couldn’t help but love it. Goat cheese took otherwise predictable meals and gave them a tangy, cheesy twist. It was always just the right amount too, so it never got to be too wild.

Black Licorice

To you, this was either a lie posing as candy or a very unique sweet treat that not enough folk appreciated. Some argued it was for old people; some argued that most people’s mouths are just broken. It was either a pungent funk or a pleasant surprise. No one will ever agree and we’ll fight about black licorice until we’re all dead.

Anchovies

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These remain insanely divisive, but everything was magnified when we were kids. For the most part, these were too weird to add to anything and even stranger to add little fish to the most sacred of all kid’s meals — pizza. But to those craving salty meat, what delivered like anchovies? Plus, they always came in a bunch, so it felt like a relentlessly giving snack.

Nilla Wafers

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These always seemed like adult cookies, like the kind of sweets people who never lived enjoyed. They’d eat these for some reason, even though ice cream sundaes and every kind of candy bar existed. But, on the other hand, these were still cookies and cookies are chill and can always be dunked in milk and make your day right.

Coconut

Ah yes, the coconut wars of our youth, where it could ruin Halloween or save a birthday cake. If you were anti, you’d take a bite of something and a slow realization would sweep over you as you spit out everything in your mouth. It wasn’t ever sudden. If you were pro, then you licked your lips and would accidentally eat, like, five helpings of anything with coconut. That was like consuming summer and feeling the sunshine course through you.

Blue Cheese

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Sure, the idea of eating moldy cheese outright sounded unappetizing for some (insane even), but for others, blue cheese brought with it a pure, scrumptious, wild tang. There was no taming it and no one who loved it would’ve want to anyway. But the naysayers wouldn’t come near it.

Jell-O

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Not everyone loved the jiggly sensation of whatever alien life form Jell-O counted as. Some found it unnerving at best and just a waste of time and energy otherwise. And yet, the other half of youngins were crazy all about it. Any flavor ruled; all of it was good. Somehow it felt like a health food you could play with?

Cream of Literally Anything Soup

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You’re born with the cream-of-soup gene or you aren’t. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. What may feel like eating soapy sewage to one individual may seem like devouring a warm sweater for your stomach on a cold day. And so on and so on.

Cilantro

This one can be blamed on simple science. According to SciShow, for an estimated 4-14% of the population, cilantro can taste like soap, due to a group of olfactory-receptor genes called OR6A2. It picks up on aldehyde chemicals, which are found in both cilantro and soap. However, to everyone else, cilantro is an amazing addition to anything from tacos to soups to pastas and it should be celebrated accordingly.

Bananas

With strange foods, polarizing opinions seemed inevitable. But a raging debate over bananas never made sense to me, and yet I saw it happen time and time again in my youth. I would watch someone bite into the long, yellow fruit like a monster and laugh about how good it was and then I’d behold a livid other person wanting to watch a world of banana-lovers burn to the ground. One day, there will be a war. Which side will you be on?

 

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10 Drinks That Are Guaranteed To Induce A Hangover

Alcohol can be a best friend one night and a sworn enemy the next day. It’s a fickle relationship, to say the least. That sworn enemy part? It comes in the form of a hangover, which will greet you in the morning with the gentle warmth of a sledgehammer to the face.

Now, while there are many variables at play when it comes to a hangover — drinking on an empty stomach, not enough water in the evening, etc — it all comes down to pretty simple reasons. You get hangovers because of things like, sugar, carbonation, and congeners.

Instead of going through the science outright, though, let’s get all hyped up on science by walking it through a few drinks that are sure to do damage to your body.

Red Wine

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Red wine may be a class-act accessory the night before, but it’s an aggressive bully the morning after. Congeners, a fermentation byproduct that strikes up the morning hangover band, contribute to a wine’s color. So the darker a wino goes, the worse they’ll feel. White wine may not always prove its worth as an evening drink, but it’ll keep a drinker’s head from caving in the next day.

Darker Liquors

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Likewise, liquors of a darker shade —  your bourbons, your brandys, your dark rums — are ready to sabotage the morning-after for the same reason, those dang congeners. Bourbon’s actually the fiercest culprit, having the 40 times the quantity of congeners than in vodka.

Cheap Liquor

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Liquor tends to have higher alcohol concentrations than its beer and wine brethren. And the cheaper the spirit, the more congeners. So scooping the cheapest booze is the fastest route to a forced day in bed. Honestly, though, who’s surprised that the most affordable thing at the bar betrays you in the end?

Champagne

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Why a more lofty drink like champagne ends up as a head pounder always seems to be up for discussion. It’s a go-to celebratory toast drink, but it’ll knock out the brain come sun-up. The reason is it comes down to the fact that it’s jam-packed with bubbles. That carbon dioxide helps get the alcohol into a drinker’s blood stream faster than other kinds of alcohol.

Booze Mixed With Soda or Juice

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This is basically just pouring sugar down the gullet, so it’s no surprise it makes a person feel like hell come morning. The fact that alcohol is involved is doing absolutely nobody any favors — except maybe the tastebuds. Whether it’s whiskey and cola or vodka and orange juice, if the mixer is super sweet, there’s a chance the next day will come with a super headache.

Fruity Colorful Cocktails

This is going to strike the same way soda and juice do, mostly because they may be hiding beneath that tiny umbrella. Anything that has a pretty color to it has a good chance of becoming your frienemy. It’s going to be an entire witch’s brew of booze that then disguises the whole festive monstrosity with sweeteners. Witchcraft, I say!

Booze with Energy Drinks

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Not only are energy drinks major players when it comes to hangovers, but mixing a depressant and a stimulant together is no good for a human being from the start. It basically has the potential to rile a person up to drink more for longer than one’s body would initially agree to. Plus, the sugar content of energy drinks is bonkers to begin with.

Gimmicky Nonsense Shots in a Dive Bar

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This will priority mail your brain a hangover for a number of reasons. It could be a goofball sugary concoction with some innuendo name, it could be the cheapest booze in the house that they hide with sugar, or it’s some maniac pour like a ‘bar mat shot’, which is exactly what it sounds like — all the spilled liquid on the bar, squeezed into a shot glass. This kind of lunacy is best (and hopefully only) limited to a 21st birthday, and even then, like, why?

Long Island Iced Tea

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If anyone orders a drink that at its core is a selection of gin, rum, tequila, vodka, and triple sec — especially one that hides them vixens and villains with sour mix and a splash of cola — it can’t really be that much of a blindside once everything goes haywire. These will deliver a boxer-like hangover because the drinker is simply downing all the booze together in what will surely be an accidental half dozen orders.

Literally Any Drink With ‘Adios’ or ‘Goodbye’ or ‘So Long’ or ‘911’ in the Title

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These kinds of drinks essentially take the spirit of Long Island Iced Teas, but turn it into more direct chaos. Sometimes, they’ll act like it’s a mystery concoction that just randomly showed up one day. This could be anything from a Slushee that’s, like, three-fourths Bacardi 151 to a blue lagoon fishbowl of tequila that looks like someone could swim in it. Anything that hints at a blackout in its name can, will, and should absolutely beat a person up like crazy. This is how you lose an entire weekend.

 

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11 Foods Nobody Wanted To Be Invented

Simply put, we tend to get carried away. When it comes to food, we absolutely go (a little too) wild. In the United States, especially, it’s like there’s a hidden amendment in the Constitution that if a meal can feature melted cheese atop, then it must be done. We tend to mistake concept for demand. To quote Jurassic Park’s Dr. Ian Malcolm, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

Yes, sometimes, we go mad with power and end up with food items that should give us pause. But we keep doing it. We can’t help it. We continue to put food on display that, if given a proper second thought, would have us in disbelief and/or horror. Let’s talk about a few of these monstrosities.

Whole Chicken in a Can

This just seems amazing to me. #chickeninacan #merica #cannedfoods #pottedmeat

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Even in a setting where the Apocalypse is near and the world is left fending for themselves, I still wouldn’t be the one to stockpile some whole chickens in a can. Nope. Not I. No extreme situation can even drive me to the even more extreme situation of actually eating this science project in a can.

 

Ranch Dressing Soda

#ranchsoda #yum

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This is absolutely an abuse of power. Look, we can largely agree ranch is delicious. Whether it’s on a salad or in a sizeable cup ready for your pizza crusts, ranch dressing is there to remind you that all’s good in life. But you should not be drinking it and and this should’ve never ever become soda. That’s the last thing we need. If there’s ever a non-human revolution — robot, monkey, you name it — we could probably cite ranch dressing soda as the thing that finally slowed us down too much to fight.

 

Mint Vanilla Milk

Oh my yum!! #mintvanillamilk #yummy #looksweird #tastesgood #trumoo

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How drunk do you have to be to think this is a festive way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? It’s enough that we’ve let green-dyed beer slide for this long, but this bastardization of three things that are good in their own right — mint, vanilla, and milk — is downright offensive. This is something a child makes because they blindly assume three things that are good on their own must be good together. And, sure, you could argue this is indeed a tasty drink, but you can’t admit that to anyone. That’s like casually explaining your favorite dessert is a slice of pizza tucked between a donut and a bundle of fries held together by honey mustard. NO ONE is going to respect your decision-making process.

 

Squeez Bacon

People talk about the fresh smell of bacon in the morning like it could fix the world. It’s highly regarded, as if smelling it right out of bed is akin to a spiritual experience. And then someone had to go and make it cheap and silly by turning it into a mush pushed out of a can. One day the whole “bacon in absolutely everything” phase will pass and the world over will be better for it. You can’t have your birthday every day and you damn well can’t put your birthday through a two-bit squeeze tube.

 

Canned Cheeseburger

Gross! Who is eating such swill.😷 #cheeseburger

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This is some dystopian-like sadness to behold. Someone wanted to put a cheeseburger in the poorly lit solitary confinement of a can, all pathetic and broken, so they could nibble on a borderline McDonald’s knockoff. Is there no sense of decency anymore?!

 

Pizza and Spaghetti Slushies

Only in Quebec #spaghettislushi #pizzaslushi

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Is this real? How many people did this have to go through for it to happen? Please, I beg of someone to come forward and confess your crimes. Actually, forget it, this was a prank. It had to be. That’s honestly the only way I can sleep tonight knowing pizza and spaghetti slushies exist.

 

Mountain Dew Chips

Mountain Dew works well as a soda, if your plan was to stay up forever. That maniac blend of flavors was not concocted in some mad scientist’s laboratory just so it could see some half-hearted second life as a corn chip thing. You wash insanely unhealthy snacks down with Mountain Dew! You don’t eat Mountain Dew and then drink Mountain Dew!

 

Blk Water

I want go ballistic on my wall knowing this exists. I don’t care how premium. I don’t care how much alkaline is in there. It’s water and they made it look like you’re about to guzzle ink. It’s not even flavored in order to justify the color change. Somehow, there’s a Kardashian behind this, I just know it. I’m about to wile out full conspiracy theorist to get to the bottom of this.

 

Lobster Ice Cream

Sometimes, two rights make a wrong. #lobstericecream

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There was absolutely no need for this. The only way this even kind of makes sense is that New England had more lobster than they knew what to do with and panicked, which is simultaneously totally possible and wildly impossible. Still, it’s seafood in ice cream, and I’m pretty sure that’s illegal.

 

Petchup

When a dog finds a good home, there is no better life. They are hugged, adored, and typically the most universally well-liked member of the family. We’ve spent years honoring them in different ways, from putting them in portraits to turning their ashes into necklaces. But honestly, petchup (ketchup for dogs) is too far — along with Muttstard, Mutt-N-Aise, and Barb B-Q. We’re going too far down the rabbit hole of cutesiness, and soon we shall be lost to that void for good.

 

Unicorn Meat

When your friend crushes your unicorn dreams. 🦄💀 #unicornmeat

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HOW. COULD. YOU. We have ONE kind of magical animal roaming the world making wishes come true and it gets harvested for meat. Unreal. Disgusting. Hell, it’s not even sustainable. Unicorns don’t procreate like other animals! Unicorns are delivered unto us by clouds via fairy dust from the Heavens. Once we’re out of unicorns, that means no more wands, people. DO YOU NOT SEE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE? DO YOU NOT CARE? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?

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11 Humans with Mythical Eating Capabilities

You assumedly eat like everyone else. You do, say, three full meals a day, maybe five smaller snack-meals, and your stomach appreciates your considerate attitude of moderation. But not everyone is like us, peacefully dining at a leisurely pace, savoring flavor profiles and offering conversation. Instead, there are those out in the world who eat like gods and goddesses, consuming calories at a baffling rate.

They’re competitive eaters and each of them apparently have a stomach akin to a seemingly bottomless stash of space to fill with food. They see those insane gimmicky food challenges at restaurants as training exercises, while people like us scoff at the sign and ask our fellow diners who could ever possibly do that. Well, the people on this list can.

Competitive eaters scarf down your summer quota of hot dogs in just minutes and we can’t stop being blown away by their abilities. Let us celebrate those who could vanquish a buffet if they so desired. Here a few competitive eaters that chow down on more food than we could ever dream of doing!

Pete Czerwinski

Pete “Furious Pete” Czerwinski has beaten an eating disorder as well as cancer (twice), so he comes with quite the rep. He’s also gained millions of YouTube subscribers that have watched him consume large amounts of, well, anything. He’s on video downing absurd amounts of whatever, from four sticks of butter to seven pounds of pulled pork. 

Miki Sudo

Among her plentiful and very impressive competitive eating victories, Miki Sudo has most notably placed 1st in the women’s category of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017— downing 41 hot dogs the last time. The fact that her accomplishments are a laundry list of eating conquests should cement her place on this list. In one of Sudo’s own YouTube clips, we see her put down an 8 lb burger challenge with casual finesse.

 

Crazy Legs Conti

Crazy Legs Conti has done everything from eat his way out of a “popcorn sarcophagus” to winning the Big Easy Eat-Off with 168 oysters on the half shell to 3.5 pounds of sourdough pancakes and six pieces of bacon for the Hibernation Cup. There’s even a documentary about the guy, Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating. Until you see that, though, check out this video about the food machine from Great Big Story.

Yasir Salem

Given that he’s the defending champion of the Tour de Donut bicycle races, in multiple states no less, Yasir Salem should have your attention. He’s the “World’s #1 Speed Eater Ultra-Athlete,” meaning the man can eat 47 ears of corn in 12 minutes as well as compete in marathons and Ironman competitions. To get inside the beastly eater’s mentality and approach, watch this video from Barcroft TV.

Hall Hunt

Hall “Hoover” Hunt is a member of MENSA and can chow down 23 grilled cheese sandwiches in ten minutes. The dude has a civil engineering background and he comes at competitive eating with an academic mindset. It pays off, clearly. Thankfully, you can scope him out in full glory putting away sweet corn like nobody’s business, thanks to this video from Major League Eating.

Molly Schuyler


In 2016, Molly Schulyer set the record at the annual Hwy 55 World Hamburger Eating Competition. In 2017, she beat her own record by downing seven stacked Hwy 55 burgers, a side of fries, and a 20 oz. drink, all in one minute and 37 seconds. To clarify, this is the #1 Female Independent Competitive Eater in the World that we’re talking about. She holds a staggering number of records across the country and shows no signs of slowing down. YouTuber Derek Farley has a video of Schuyler devouring a meal in a competition like she was a robot programmed for it.

Takeru Kobayashi


It’s impossible to talk about Takeru Kobayashi without noting that he changed Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2001 — and arguably all of competitive eating. Before that year, the record was 25 hot dogs and a bite or two into the 26th. Then, Kobayashi arrived and the record was suddenly 50. The Oregonian has a video of the dude waging war on two pizzas in two minutes before a PSU football game. Legend status, really.

 

Carmen Cincotti

Carmen Cincotti has an unbelievable résumé. He can eat 49 cheeseburgers in ten minutes, two gallons of chili in six minutes, and 170 peeps in five minutes. He’s currently the #2 competitive eater in the world and his YouTube channel is definitive proof why.

Bob Shoudt

At the 2017 Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, Bob “Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt went insane — on finger-licking finger foods. Seriously, the man scarfed down 409 chicken wings like a boss. Wilder still, Shoudt is the oldest contestant to win the deal in its 25 years of existence.

Eric Booker


The way people speak of Eric “Badlands” Booker,” you’d think he was a one-man burrito hit squad. Although he rages in all kinds of eating competitions, it’s his ability to do things like consume 15 burritos in eight minutes that make people think he’s not mortal. And then doing things like scarfing a five-pound “Burritozilla” at a challenge in San Jose’s Iguanas restaurant only furthers the legend. In fact, YouTuber Cameron McKirdy has a video of it, for skeptics and curious ones alike.

 

Raina Huang


Even though she’s relatively new to the sport, Raina Huang can absolutely dominate. Huang proved as much when she oolly breezed through the In-N-Out 50×50 Challenge, which consists of an In-N-Out burger boasting 50 beef patties. Watch her dominate and set a new world record in Foodbeast’s YouTube video of the momentous occasion. A few weeks before that, she won the Pabst Blue Ribbon Pizza Eating Challenge at Oozefest with 16 slices in 10 minutes. Huang keeps her body fit and ready for food with lots of cardio exercises and a drinking a gallon of water every single day in less than five minutes.

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13 Eggs You Had No Idea People Were Eating

We don’t always experiment in the kitchen. As a whole, we stick to what we know, and in the United States, we know eggs — chicken eggs, to be precise. Chicken and egg are synonymous here in America; so much so that we embrace it as our dominant age-old question, “What came first, the chicken or the egg?”

But there are other eggs to explore and experience. The average person might only have a range that begins with scrambled and ends with poached, but more curious chefs are out trying everything from croc to rhea. Let’s see all the kinds of eggs people are taking for a culinary spin.

Emu Egg

At first glance, an emu egg looks like a puzzling decorative piece in a rich person’s home that you do not understand and yet cannot stop examining. It’s a dark bluish green, like that of a Sedona hippie’s jewelry. A single emu egg weighs roughly two pounds, which could arguably be a dozen chicken eggs. In this YouTube video, user Sean Trank cracks open this sucker and unveils a massive omelette opportunity we could all easily share.

Ostrich Egg

If you were a child and came upon an ostrich egg, your default assumption would be that it’s a dinosaur egg. But no, the monstrous bird that is the ostrich is real and its eggs are enormous rounded white blocks of smooth ivory coloring. Given that an ostrich egg is typically around three pounds, you can either make the world’s biggest batch of potato salad or cook up an egg breakfast that could feed an entire diner. This YouTube video from theRandom123boy perfectly displays the enormity of an ostrich egg and the result is an omelette that can feed a family.

Crocodile Egg

It may not surprise you that eggs from these lurking, floating beasts can prove somewhat fishy, but that’s why people like to boil them. Crocodile eggs are certainly enjoyed in certain parts of Australia, though they’re likely a tougher breed of human altogether. Just don’t take the eggs from out in the wild. Crocs aren’t fans of a lot of things and they for sure hate that. For a super unique example of how folks can consume croc eggs, YouTube account SuperBlueTaurus posts this video that highlights an ice cream shop in the Philippines that infuses them in their ice cream. Chill move? You decide.

Rhea Egg

Rheas are a lesser known flightless bird that look just as suspicious as an ostrich or emu. A rhea egg is about two pounds and it has a rather intense exterior. If you soft-boil it, head’s up, it’s not easy. However, it does deliver a flavor that The Independent‘s Samuel Muston described as “more complex and daintier than a hen’s egg.” As cumbersome as it may seem to cook this egg, a YouTube vid from F4TCT gives a succinct how-to on handling it.

Ant Egg

Bet you weren’t expecting to see these on the list! It’s true though. Weaver ant eggs are notably high in protein and enjoyed throughout Southeast Asia. They make for a popular salad dish, especially in Laos and Thailand. Given that the ants snack on mango leaves, they can even be used as a substitute for lemon juice in some recipes. If your curiosity gets the best of you and you’re dying to try them, peep this video from YouTuber darrenb3, as he shows us how to make a Thai ant egg salad.

Quail Egg

Naturally, we assume only kings and queens eat quail eggs. They love ’em! Aside from pheasant, that’s all they really talk about eating in movies. In truth, quail eggs are enjoyed by all walks of life across the world, from being a hard-boiled topping for hamburgers or hot dogs in South American nations or as the Filipino street food kwek-kwek, which is basically deep-fried quail eggs on a skewer. In this YouTube video from My Money My Food, quail eggs are prominently featured in one village’s meal.

Turkey Egg

For a country whose most gluttonous holiday focuses on a roasted turkey, it’s curious how turkey eggs aren’t a regular staple of the modern American diet. This may have something to do with how rarely turkeys lay eggs, compared to a chicken. See, hens start laying eggs around five months and keep a quota going of nearly one a day. Meanwhile, turkeys start at about seven months and only lay an egg twice a week. Still, turkey eggs were more regularly consumed across the states, back when wild turkeys would roam through homesteads. YouTube user shadricosuave’s video shows a turkey egg’s distinct spotted appearance, making you think twice before cracking due to it’s appealing aesthetic.

Goose Egg

These might be more popular among Americans if Aesop’s Fables proved true and golden goose eggs were a thing. But alas, these are pretty standard, albeit with a rather dense yolk. While they’re also larger than chicken eggs, goose eggs can be cooked pretty much the same way. You just have to time it right. And you can make the fanciest omelette ever with goose eggs according to this video from Way Out West Blow-in blog.

Gull Egg

Dark dots cover the tan-brownish eggs of your friendly, local black-headed gull well, local if you’re in certain parts of Asia, Europe, or North America. Still, as they come from only one type of gull, these eggs are rather rare, available for a few weeks only right before summer starts. If you’re lucky enough to score a few, you’ll quickly notice that their yolks are more red-orange than you’re used to. You can see the brilliant hue of the yolk well in this video from YouTube account RollingDiaries.

Pheasant Egg

With a pale olive green color that looks like the walls of your stylish aunt and uncle’s remodeled bathroom, pheasant eggs are aesthetically pleasing from the start. Beyond that, they have a rich flavor and probably empower you to make bold decisions. Royalty snack food can sometimes do that to a person unprepared. YouTuber AlaskaGranny shows us just how to properly cook these pretty little eggs.

Turtle Egg

Typically smaller than a golf ball and sometimes more oblong than you’d expect, turtle eggs are a treat to some. The taste of a turtle egg is up for debate, however, with some finding it packed with more flavor than that of a chicken, while others consider the taste just a tad too curious. Its preparation varies, from a simple splash of soy sauce before sucking out the goods to battering them up and smoking them along with a side of barbecue sauce. Check out this video from thetuttletribe, where he shares all the deets on eating one of these tiny eggs on their own.

Duck Egg

A duck egg is only slightly bigger than a chicken egg, but its benefits are apparent to any chef or baker. WIth less water and more fat, duck eggs can be cooked the same as chicken eggs for the most part. Duck eggs arguably work as magic, by the way. With them subbed in, omelettes will be fluffier, cookies are chewier, and cakes rise better. For a more in-depth look into the comparison between duck and chicken eggs, YouTuber Christopher Ruzyla provides us with this informative vid.

Guinea Fowl Egg

You can come at these eggs like you do chicken eggs. Just remember that their shells are harder than what you’re likely used to. Their insides can also prove creamier with less egg white. Guinea Fowl eggs can be good in cakes and pies or enjoyed by themselves, given the handsome flavor profile. Heads up, though, these aren’t as plentiful and easy of a find as other eggs. Rainbow Gardens posted up this YouTube video wherein she shows us how to poach this rare egg.

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The 12 Funniest Stand-Up Bits About Food

The only activity that comes close to the satisfaction of cooking and eating is simply talking about food. Honestly, just discussing food—or hearing someone else do it—hits the spot in a strange, beautifully rewarding way. It doesn’t even have to be during an in-person conversation. We’re ready to adore poems about food, read essays about food, flip through magazines about food, but, most of all, hear comedians joke about food.

It’s true. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be a flattering observation about food. It can be a savage takedown of certain kinds of diners, restaurant chains, or culinary trends. While there’s a lot we love about food, there is totally a lot to laugh at—eating poorly when we know it’s bad for us, eating differently around our crushes, or even just trying to cook a simple meal and it going terribly wrong.

So let’s serve up some of our absolute favorite stand-up bits about food, covering everything from fast food shame to the weird way we go about grocery shopping. Seriously, what better way is there to burn off calories from cooking and eating all that food?

“Hot Pockets” – Jim Gaffigan

“I was looking at a box of Hot Pockets. They have a warning printed on the side. It says, ‘WARNING: You just bought Hot Pockets. Hope you’re drunk or heading home to a trailer, you hillbilly. Enjoy the next NASCAR event.”

“Cooking” – Maria Bamford

“People always say how easy it is to cook, but it is not any easier than not cooking.”

“Blue Food” – George Carlin

“Where the hell is the blue food? Every other color is represented.”

“KFC” – Patton Oswalt

“Can you take all those food items and pile them in a single bowl for me and I’ll just eat them like a Death Row prisoner on suicide watch?”

“Eating Around Men” – Iliza Shlesinger

“When you first meet a guy that you like, you can’t eat the way you want to on a date. You can’t. You can’t have that fourth plate of ribs on a date… I found out.”

“Pickle Juice” – Hannibal Buress

“I don’t like throwing out the pickle juice. It just feels wasteful. So lately I’ve been dipping my fingers in the pickle juice and then I flick it on my sandwiches for flavor.”

“Cheddar Bay Biscuits” – Kyle Kinane

“It should come as no surprise when I tell you that I belong to the Facebook fan page for Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits… for obvious reasons.”

“Fig Newtons” – Brian Regan

“I looked at the serving size — two cookies. Who the hell eats two cookies? I eat Fig Newtons by the sleeve.”

“Burger King” – Dane Cook

“First job I had? Burger King. My brother got me the job, too. My brother got me the job. He was the manager and he got me the job. You would think that would be cool, because he was my bro. But he was a dick. He thought he was the Burger King!”

“Airline Food” – Ellen Degeneres

“[Flight attendants] have this attitude, and they can afford to have the attitude, because they have the power. They have the peanuts. They have these six peanuts that we need.”

“McDonald’s” – Jim Gaffigan

“It’s fun telling people you go to McDonald’s. They always give you that look like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know I was better than you.'”

“Supermarket Experience” – Jerry Seinfeld

“Food is so complicated as an adult. You see people in the supermarket, just sweating it out. Nobody knows, ‘What do I eat?’ The protein, the carbs, the fat content; oh my god, fat content. Just walking up to each other, ‘What are you eating? Maybe I’ll eat that.’ The whole supermarket itself is designed to break down your sense of having any life outside the supermarket. It’s like a casino.”

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13 Odd Food Superstitions You Want To Keep An Eye Out For This Halloween

There seems to be a superstition for everything. Some superstitions have a curious logic to them, some are insane mysteries even after an explanation, and some are just beautiful ways of looking at the world.

See, we have a tendency of believing more is at play than meets the eyes. It’s why we cross our fingers, worry about black cats, and fear Friday the 13th — likely until we die.

Although you’re surely more superstitious as a child long before you figure out how the world works (if you ever do or even come close to), a few superstitions never really leave you. They lurk in your senses. Here and there, they make you do little things like knock on wood and lock eyes with those who you’re cheersing.

And if you think the world of food has been left out of the dramatic equation, you are assuredly mistaken. Every community, country, and culture has superstitions about food. Even if you know to do it, you aren’t sure why. Here are a few fascinating ones!

Shelled Peanuts Are Bad for Race Car Drivers

Don’t try to talk to a NASCAR driver, or even enter his crew’s pit, if you have shelled peanuts on you. It’s bad, bad luck. This actually dates back to rumors circling some bad race car crashes in the 1930s. After a photograph was published featuring what appeared to be a peanut in the wrecked car’s grill, rumors arose and the legend stayed. In fact, mechanics of the era would often find peanut shells in engine cylinders, with the haphazard fans in attendance most likely responsible, of course.

Long Noodles, Long Life

Don’t cut your noodles. Keep them long instead. Long noodles signify a long life in Chinese culture. There’s never been a tastier way to celebrate longevity.

Two Egg Yolks Means Babies

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As eggs symbolize fertility, you might have an idea of what finding two yolks in a single egg means having twins. With that in mind, farmers would scatter egg shells on their land to encourage more abundant crops as well.

Eating Grapes for a Year’s Worth of Good Luck

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In Spain and certain South American countries, a good New Year’s Eve means snacking on 12 (lucky) grapes, one for each of the months to come. That’s the ideal scenario anyway. If the grape is sweet, that month will be great for you! But if it’s sour, that’s a bad month to come.

Bananas on Boats Are Bad Luck for Fisherman

Fishermen have absolutely no interest in seeing a banana on their boat. It’s bad luck for those who want to catch fish and possibly an overall bad omen for safety of the crew. Legend has a few ways why, but there’s no concrete source of the superstition. In one origin tale, long ago, bacteria found in a cargo of bananas killed everyone on board. Regardless, it’s evenly held today. Don’t try it!

Don’t Smell Basil Unless You Want a Scorpion in Your Brain

Basil has a history of surprisingly wild powers. For starters, it was once believed that basil could cure the gaze of the mythical basilisk. Somehow, that morphed into a kookier story, thanks to a French physician named Hilarius, who put forth that simply smelling basil would breed a scorpion in the brain. Hooray!

Cut a Cross Into Your Soda Bread or Who Knows What’ll Happen

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While it may seem obvious to assume the cross cut into freshly baked Irish soda bread is merely a Catholic tribute, there are actually some rather curious possibilities at play. Some say you do it to let the fairies out; some say it’s to keep the Devil from sitting on your food. Either way, it’s probably best to play it safe.

Parsley Means Bad Luck (Unless You’re Pregnant)

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For a garnish, parsley keeps up a score of rumors. Bringing it as a gift also brings bad luck, while planting it can supposedly help a woman become pregnant from afar. However, oddly enough, there may be problematic ingredients for pregnant women found in the plant’s oils.

Onions Keep Away the Bad Spirits

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You may not be paying attention to the world of voodoo, but that doesn’t mean the spirits won’t find you. If that notion stirs up any unease, then you best place a small onion in your windowsill with pins in it. That’ll keep shadows from the other side creeping in.

Throwing Pomegranates for Good Luck, Of Course

A pomegranate is a richly colored, edible token of good luck in Eastern European countries like Greece and Turkey. More specifically, that’s the case come New Year’s Eve. As the fruit arguably resembles a human heart — a symbol of life and fertility — the annual tradition is to throw a pomegranate on the ground. Judging by how open it pops upon impact (the more the better) you can see how good your luck is to be in the new year.

Throwing Rice at Newlyweds for All the Right Reasons

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Like today, wedding guests of ancient Rome just wanted their friends and family to be happy. Rice was an abundant resource back then while also happening to symbolize fertility and wealth Thus, it made sense to shower the newlyweds in such (edible) well-wishing.

Throwing Salt Over Your Shoulder (to Blind the Devil On It)

The most beloved of reasons for us fearing the act of spilling salt is because Judas did it in Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. The guy doesn’t exactly have the best reputation. So if you spill salt, you toss a pinch over your left shoulder in order to blind the devil waiting there. That way, bad luck won’t befall you.

Garlic Drives Vampires Crazy and Who Are We to Stay They Aren’t Real

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Look, as much as you want to write vampires off as fake news, you can’t be too careful. Who knows what’s out there in the world, lurking and moving in the shadows? All I’m saying is just because you’ve never seen a vampire doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Maybe it’s time to start rocking garlic necklaces. The superstition is that garlic will keep vampires away from your paper-thin skin and the very delicious blood beneath it. Garlic also protects you from the Evil Eye. So be careful out there — especially today!