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May 11, 2009

The World's Worst Food

I needed a disgusting, yet believable food for a scene in my book. A previous scene already covered the dietary needs of cannibals, and I needed this to be even worse than that.

Little did I know there were so many contenders.

After some thought, I decided to keep the Icelandic name for the chosen dish, an indelicacy which has been declared "the world's worst food": hakurl -- putrified poison shark.

So what does hakarl taste like then? It tastes like crying. It tastes like broken promises. It tastes like the Lord God Almighty ripping the Bible out of your hands and saying, "Sorry, this doesn't apply for you. I think you want "Who Moved My Cheese?" It tastes like the Predator wading into a Care Bears movie and opening fire.

Sadly, I won't be able to use this description of it, much as I would love to.

13 comments:

Icy Roses said...

Okay, if this food tastes that bad, then WHY is it being created for consumption?

That description makes me want to laugh and barf at the same time. Quite a feat.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Do people really eat this? The three word definition is bad enough!

PurpleClover said...

Isn't it fun when you get to create something like that for your book?? I LOVE that stuff. ;)

But if you are ever making hakurl for dinner...Then I've got plans that night. ;)

Cindy said...

A predator wading into a Carebears movie...Oh my!

That's just wrong! But it sounds like just what you need for your book.

The Screaming Guppy said...

LOL!

hahahaahhah!!!!

That is hilarious.

beth said...

Most disgusting thing I've ever heard of: Alaskan ice cream.

Check it out here--
http://www.recipesource.com/desserts/ice-cream/02/rec0286.html

But I think your description is about the best I've ever seen!!!

ban said...

'laugh and hurl' that's the best :D

Tara Maya said...

Wow, Alaskan ice cream sounds like the perfect desert to go with hakurl.

lotusgirl said...

That description is fantastic. So vivid!

Lady Glamis said...

That is absolutely disgusting! I followed the link and...

*covers mouth and runs away*

I love your description!

sraasch said...

That description almost makes me want to eat it.

writtenwyrdd said...

They also have this dish that's made of rotten (read: aged. Hah!) whale blubber. I think its' an Icelandic dish.

I love the description of the hakurl you found.

Charlie said...

Once I was invited to a party thrown by someone trying to impress and they served caviar. - think poppy seeds soaked in the oil you drain from a can of tuna.

Okay, it's not the most disgusting thing on Earth but it does fall under the "What for?" catagory.