Okay, without going into the rant both my parents subjected me to when I used the word “weird” for anything other than the preternatural, I will respond to the essence of the question:
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Submitted by Megan.
The weirdest things I’ve ever eaten are:
By texture: Uni sushi or perhaps the sensation of those bubble tea bubbles hitting the back of my throat.
By taste: Bear Chili. It’s the first meat I’ve ever eaten that I really disliked… and I really disliked it. If you think lamb is gamey, just don’t bother with bear.
By freak-out-half-the-population-just-by-saying-it: Pork Balls. (Yes, testicles)
By what- the- hell- is- that- thing- we- just- hauled- out- of- the- ocean- &- dad- still- found- a- way- to- cook:
a large creature who was never-seen-the-sun white, had the shape of a barnacle but no external or internal bone, cartilage or shell, and was brought up from the bottom of the ocean with a squid jig stuck suction-cup-like onto a rock. Once dad cut the rock off, he sliced it into thin chunks and cooked it like squid in a garlicky olive oil.
Now, you may say “hey, none of that is especially weird”, but having reviewed many of the recent QotD postings on this topic, I have to say that the only ones I would consider “weird” are the peanut butter combo sandwiches – w/ pickles (ack), w/ anchovies (eggh), w/ jam (puke). IMHO there are only 3 non-weird ways to eat peanut butter: off the index finger, in a cookie, in a satay sauce when you can’t get fresh peanuts to grind yourself.
But given my obvious failure as a weird-benchmarker, here’s my question for you:
In a culturally diverse society like ours who defines the benchmark for “weird” food?