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The Weirdest Things People Have Eaten (Vol. I) - Craziest and Grossest Foods

Birdie Lee is an academic writer and essayist with a penchant for the weird and the bizarre.

What Are Some Weird Things People Eat?

People are strange. We all know that. But what we might not know is just how weird some people can be when it comes to food.

This blog post will explore some of the strange things people eat. From grasshoppers to cow brains, you won't believe some of the things that have been consumed!

So, if you're feeling brave, read on and prepare to be amazed (or disgusted) by some of the weirdest thing to eat out there!

Cow brains

One of those “weird things you can eat” is cow brains. Yes, you read that correctly. Cow brains! Apparently, this dish is quite popular in some parts of the world and is often served as a stew or curry.

If you're not squeamish about eating something that was once part of an animal's brain, this might be worth trying!


Another one of the strangest things that people have eaten throughout history is grasshoppers.

Surprisingly, grasshoppers are not among the weird things to eat. That's right, humans have consumed those same little insects that most of us have tried to avoid for centuries. Grasshoppers are considered a delicacy in some cultures and are often served fried or roasted.

So, if you're feeling adventurous and want to eat weird things, why not give grasshoppers a try?


It's safe to say that most people would not be thrilled at the prospect of eating a rat. And yet, this is something that people do all over the world – and they don’t find it to be among the crazy things to eat.

In some cultures, rats are considered a delicacy, and they are often cooked in a variety of ways. While this may not be everyone's cup of tea, there is no denying that rat meat can be quite delicious. Of course, the fact that rats sometimes carry disease is a bit of a turn-off for many people.

But if you're feeling adventurous, why not give it a try? After all, life is too short to eat boring food!


One of the grossest things people have eaten is poop.

Poop is full of bacteria and can make you sick. It can also contain parasites that can cause infections. Eating poop can also transmit diseases like cholera and hepatitis.

So, why do people eat poop? Maybe because it's a dare. Maybe they're trying to gross out their friends. Or maybe they just really like the taste of it. Whatever the reason, eating poop is gross and dangerous.

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So, don't do it!


There are few things more gross than eating dirt. It's not just the act of consuming dirt that is off-putting, but the thought of all the bacteria and germs that are living in the soil. And yet, people do it all the time.

A recent study found that 10% of Americans admit to eating dirt, and even celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Miranda Kerr have admitted to being fans of "dirt candy."

While some people may enjoy the taste of dirt, others eat it for its purported health benefits. Supporters of "geophagy" (the practice of eating dirt) believe that it can help to detoxify the body and provide essential minerals. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims, and eating dirt can actually be harmful to your health.

So, next time you're feeling hungry, resist the urge to reach for a handful of dirt - it's gross, and it's not good for you!


There are some truly disgusting things that people eat, but one of the grossest has got to be clay.

Now, you might be thinking that there's nothing wrong with a little bit of clay. It doesn’t sound like one of those very strange things to eat, right? After all, we've all eaten a few pieces of gravel when we were kids. But eating clay is something else entirely.

Clay is full of toxins and other unhealthy minerals that can actually make you sick. And it's not just kids who eat clay- adults do it too! In fact, some cultures actually believe that eating clay has health benefits.

Whether or not that's true is up for debate, but one thing is for sure: eating clay is definitely gross.

What Do You Think? What Is the Weirdest Thing Someone Has Eaten?

So, there you have it, some of the strangest things people have eaten throughout history. If you're feeling brave enough to try any of these foods, then more power to you! But if not, then maybe just stick to the grasshoppers.

Either way, people eating weird stuff will always be a reality, so I hope you found this blog post interesting (and perhaps a little bit gross)!

What are your thoughts? Would you be brave enough to try any of these odd things to eat?

Let me know in the comments below!

Before you go, check out my article about What Happens When You Eat Metal! And be sure to check back soon for Volume II of The Weirdest Things People Have Eaten!

So, until next time... Bon appetit!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Birdie Lee

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