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World's Scariest Foods


What it is: Dried fish (usually cod or haddock) cured with lye and then rehydrated by boiling or steaming

Where it's served: Norway, Finland, Sweden…and Minnesota

Want a bite? Vikings ate lutefisk, although it has not yet been proven that the consumption of this revolting stuff is why they went forth and attacked and pillaged everybody who might have had better food. While this time-consuming, hideously smelly, gelatinous fish preparation has its roots in Scandinavia, lutefisk is now one of those old-world delicacies that's primarily consumed by second-generation Americans, mostly in Wisconsin and Minnesota, at lutefisk suppers that run from October to January. What draws all these otherwise-sensible Midwesterners together year after year? Fish soaked in lye until it practically turns into soap—the residue is caustic enough to dissolve the finish on silverware and plates. File under "stuff to eat before it eats you," we suppose.

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