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100 Most Disgusting Things on the Planet

100 Most Disgusting Things on the Planet

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Published by: VictorBMF on Oct 14, 2011
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DonÕt forget to Wash it!

Before humans can eat it, tripe
has to be very well washed, since
in its natural state it is coated
with acidic stomach slime mixed
with whatever the animal has been
eating. Unwashed tripe is used
as pet food for cats and dogs
and is sometimes called “green
tripe” – animals like cows eat
mainly grass, so their stomach
contents are green. Lovely!

BoileD to Bits

Once it’s washed, tripe has to be
boiled for hours to make it soft
enough to chew. Some people say
it tastes rotten and feels like glue
or snot. But others love its silky,
squishy softness. It’s also high in
protein, low in fat, and very cheap,
which explains why it’s always
been a popular meal.

Tripe is made from an animal’s
stomach lining (usually a
cow’s). It’s a kind of “offal” –
meat made of organs, such as
brains, lungs, and heart. Some
people find tripe extra-revolting
because of its vomit-like smell
and spongy, rubbery texture.
It’s a traditional food in England
and France, and in Turkey,
where they make tripe soup.

Compared to some of the more
terrifying foods in this section,
you’d probably rather eat tripe.

yuCk faCtor!

DiD you know?

there are different types of

tripe, depending on which of

a cowÕs several stomachs it

comes from. they are named

after their shapes, and

include honeycomb tripe

and pocket tripe. mmm!

toP tiP! The traditional British way to serve tripe is
boiled with milk and onions.

A bowl of well-boiled tripe
served and ready to eat.





ked sheep’s head, served with sausage …

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sheePÕs heaD


You may not think of a head as
providing much meat, since it’s
mostly bones, teeth, skin, hair, and
gristle. But there is quite a lot of
meat on an animal’s head. You can
eat the ears, the cheeks, the flesh
covering the skull, the brains, the
tongue, and of course the eyeballs.

hoW is it CooKeD?

To prepare a sheep’s head, you
have to wash it well, scrape off the

hair, salt it, and soak it in water.
Then you can boil it for several
hours with chopped vegetables, or
roast it in an oven. It’s often served
with potatoes or crusty bread and
a tomato or onion sauce.

Best Bits

People who enjoy eating sheep’s
heads often claim that the tongue
and brains are the tastiest parts,
though for some, the eyes are the
best treats of all (see page 69).

Imagine you sit down for dinner
and there on your plate is a
whole sheep’s head. This lovely
delicacy is eaten in the Middle
East, parts of Africa, and
Scandinavian countries, such as
Iceland and Norway, where it is
a Christmas speciality.

As long as you can get over it looking
at you, a sheep’s head could actually
be quite tasty.

yuCk faCtor!





ked sheep’s head, served with sausage …

… and afte






eat has been nibbled off.

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germ inVasion

Eggs can last quite a long time
without going bad – several weeks
or even months. Their hard shell,
lined with a stretchy, skin-like
membrane, is very good at keeping
germs out. But as an egg gets
older, especially if it has any tiny
cracks in it, bacteria can get
inside it. Like any rotting food,
the egg starts to change as the
bacteria feed on it and give off
toxic waste chemicals.

gassy eggs

One of the main chemicals that
is released when an egg rots is
called hydrogen sulphide. It is this
gas that has the classic “rotten
egg” smell. The same gas is also
found in farts!

Some people have a disgusting
habit – forgetting to throw old
food away. Beware! The smell
of rotten eggs is one of the
worst in the world. If you
accidentally break a bad egg
and get it on your hands or
clothes, it’s truly disgusting.

A rotten egg broken into a jar of water.
The lid helps keep the smell in!

DiD you know?

if an egg is really rotten, it

will smell and feel very light.

as it dries up, a stinky gas

fills the shell. Before that,

you can tell how fresh an egg

is by putting it in a bowl of

water. if it is fresh, it will

sink. if it floats, that means

it is filling up with gas and

has started to go bad.

toP tiP! To keep eggs
fresh, store them inside
their box, in the fridge. And
never eat a cracked egg!

Rotten eggs are really foul – but
at least no one considers
them a food!

yuCk faCtor!

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