In honor of Freaky Friday (today's Friday the 13th!), we've pulled together a list of 13 freaky foods. Even if you don't have triskaidekaphobia (the fear of the number 13), you may be afraid of some of the things on this list. Clearly there are a bunch of other freaky things out there (how about almost anything Andrew Zimmern eats on his show?), so if there's something we're missing, chime in via the comments below.
#13: Bubble Tea
I personally love this stuff; however, I've known quite a few folks who are freaked out by the tapioca inside the tea. Come to think of it, I know a lot of people freaked out by tapioca in general . . .
#12: Squid ink pasta
I don't have a problem with this lovely pasta dyed with squid ink, but some find eating black pasta to be just a bit too freaky.
#11: Pimiento loaf
Processed meats are a bit scary to begin with, but Oscar Mayer really weirds me out. Finely chopped pork and beef supplemented with pickles and pimientos? No, thanks.
Quite a few have been quick to add scrapple to the freaky food list. Based on the definition, I can see why it makes the list. What's not a little frightening about a loaf of savory mush from cornmeal, flour, and pork scraps?
#9: Sea urchin (uni)
Uni is served in many sushi restaurants and is actually the gonads of the sea urchin. The delicacy — shown here with #12 (squid ink pasta) for a killer combination — has a creamy texture and a yellow-orange hue. It's a bit like a firm custard, but it occasionally can be akin to biting down on a squishy tongue.
I'm actually a fan of sweetbreads, but many people simply can't wrap their heads around the fact that they're eating the thymus gland of a baby cow. My biggest problem is actually the name.
#7: Chicken feet
Chicken feet are a delicacy that are usually served in Chinese dim sum; they're often deep-fried, then boiled and marinated in a black bean sauce. There are, however, a ton of little bones. It's gross to look at and, quite frankly, just doesn't have enough payoff.
#6: Harry Potter Bertie Bott's Jelly Beans
I know these are just meant as a novelty item, but seriously — vomit-flavored Jelly Beans that actually taste like vomit? Just, no.
I've had a few of these, and while some of them are actually interesting to try, I just can't seem to get past the idea that they're still creepy, crawly bugs.
#4: Stinky tofu
This superpopular Asian snack is one of the worst things ever smelled. Stinky tofu is a fermented tofu dish that is very, er, fragrant. Some say it smells like stinky feet, or worse (use your imagination). For many, it's not tasty enough to get past the smell.
#3: Pickled pigs' feet
As I mentioned above, I have a problem with feet. These piggy feet are salted and smoked like bacon and ham, but then they're placed in a jar of hot brine and preserved for months. I don't know about you, but I just have a problem with eating feet.
#2: Black pudding, or blood sausage
Anything with the word "blood" in it deserves to be on the freaky list. Black pudding — which actually has very little to do with pudding and a lot to do with blood — is a sausage made by cooking animal blood with a filler until it is thick enough to congeal.
I love poultry and I love eggs, so I should love balut, right? I live by the "try anything once" motto, but even I might have a hard time chowing down on a boiled, almost-whole baby duck stuck inside an egg.