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In every country you can find foodstuff and beverages that must have been invented only to scare off tourists. This geeklist lists some of them. Let this geeklist be a warning to travellers: do not eat and drink everything!
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1. RPG Item: DSM1: Black Flames [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:3668]
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Salmiakki is a candy chemically known as ammonium chloride. It sounds like floor polisher, and some say it also tastes like it. It is mainly eaten by Scandinavians and Dutch.

There's a web page dedicated wholly to salmiakki. Read it and be wiser: http://www.salmiyuck.com
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2. RPG: The Black Spot [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Marmite is yeast extract. It is basically a byproduct of brewing industry. Marmite's flavor is very,very salty. "Love it or hate it!" says a slogan, and is right. You either love or hate that black gooey stuff.

Warning: when you put it on the bread for the first time, spread it very thinly. It is not jam.

For Marmite faq, see this: http://www.spurgeon.org/~phil/marmite.htm
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3. RPG: A Thousand Years Under the Sun [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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A thousand year egg or pidan is a classic of Chinese cuisine. It is basically an egg preserved in alkaline for weeks or even months. The result is deep green yolk with a smell of ammonia and sulphur.

It is also known as century egg.

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4. RPG Item: Snake [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Snake wine is Southeast Asian beverage made by infusing whole snakes - preferably venomous - in rice wine. The result is something that should be tried only when already quite drunk.



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5. Board Game: Warriors of Japan [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:6865]
Wendell
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Nattō is made out of fermented soybeans. I tried it once; that was more than enough. It exists to prove that even in a cuisine as good as Japan's, there is gross stuff.

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6. Board Game: Kart sur Glace [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:11465]
Andrew Roy
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Surstromming is fermented fish in a can. Legend has it that this product originated when rotten fish was fed to tourists in Finland as a joke, but, despite its horrendous smell, they actually enjoyed the taste!

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Durian



The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour that is strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as pleasantly fragrant; others find the aroma overpowering and revolting. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust, and has been described variously as rotten onions, turpentine, and raw sewage. The persistence of its odour has led to the fruit's banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.

The durian, native to southeast Asia, has been known to the Western world for about 600 years. The nineteenth-century British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace famously described its flesh as "a rich custard highly flavoured with almonds". The flesh can be consumed at various stages of ripeness, and it is used to flavour a wide variety of savoury and sweet edibles in Southeast Asian cuisines. The seeds can also be eaten when cooked.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian
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8. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:70]
Pieter Lust
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Andouillette de Troyes is a sausage made from the intestine of pork. I ate it twice. The first one was expertly prepared and a joy to eat; the second wasn't, and it smelled and tasted like what those intestines contained when still functional. Gross.

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9. Board Game: Tall Corn Trivia [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Louise McCully
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Rotten Corn - Kaanga Pirau

This is something that I never want to try. I remember at a student job being told when the word got out that one of the Maoris were bringing in some rotten corn to share everybody made sure they were in another part of the site (they were quite happy to leave the Maoris to their delicacy).

http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/video/39145/kaanga-pirau-stinkin...

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10. Board Game: Spam The Dice Game [Average Rating:3.63 Unranked]
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Here in America, some people eat Spam.

Spam is a canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation, first introduced in 1937. The labeled ingredients in the classic variety of Spam are chopped pork shoulder meat, with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, sugar, and sodium nitrite as a preservative. Spam's gelatinous glaze, or aspic, forms from the cooling of meat stock.
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11. Board Game: National Velvet [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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And some people eat Velveeta.

Velveeta is the brand name of a processed cheese product having a taste that is identified as a type of American cheese with a texture that is softer and smoother. It was first made in 1908 by Caleb Hommel of the Monroe Cheese Company in Monroe, New York. In 1923, The Velveeta Cheese Company was incorporated as a separate company, and was sold to Kraft Foods in 1927. The product was advertised for its nutrition. According to Kraft's website, in the 1930s, Velveeta became the first cheese product to gain the American Medical Association's seal of approval. It was reformulated in 1953 as a cheese spread. Velveeta is labeled in the United States as a "Pasteurized Recipe Cheese Product" (see processed cheese). The name 'Velveeta' is intended to connote a velvety smooth edible product. Smoothness and meltability are promoted as its iconic properties that result by reincorporating the whey with the curd. The product was spun off into a line of food products based on Velveeta.
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12. Board Game: Pop Corn [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Quite possibly the most disgusting candy imaginable.
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13. Board Game: Give Me the Brain! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4562]
 
Alfred Wallace
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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: The brain sandwich.



Like a lot of things on this list, it's usually consumed by either the drunk or the working class. It's been mostly hunted to extinction by so-called "health inspectors" (BOOOOOOOO) but while it lasted it provided a...salty, fatty, oddly-textured meal to countless folks in St. Louis, southern Indiana, and a few other places.
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14. Board Game: Mad Labs [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Peter Schott
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Franconia
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Labskaus,anyone?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labskaus
it tastes better than it looks - though I admit, I don't eat that kind of thing anymore, since I've turned vegetarian.
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15. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:213]
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Mite cheese / Milbenkäse

A cheese running with live mites.
Must try it someday.


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16. Board Game: Käseparty [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Julian Anstey
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Casu Marzu ("rotten cheese")



Similar to the above, but replace the mites with maggots. The maggots feed on the cheese and help it to ferment decompose. Note that the maggots can jump up to 15cm/6in. Consider wearing goggles.
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17. Board Game: Run for your Life, Candyman! [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:15031]
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The most disgusting candy ever. I wonder if mexicans really like these rotten-flavored-brown-balls.

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