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World's Scariest Foods

Sannakji

What it is: Baby octopus cut into pieces while still alive, served immediately (raw and still wriggling) with sesame oil and seeds

Where it's served: South Korea

Want a bite? So fresh it's still fighting to get off your plate (and out of your mouth), sannakji must be aggressively chewed before swallowing, both to remind the octopus of its place on the food chain and to prevent the critter's suckers from sticking to the inside of your esophagus, causing pain and presenting a choking hazard. The image to the right scarcely does sannakji justice: If the 18th Saw movie sequel isn't grisly enough for you, the Internet abounds with video clips of ruthless octopus masticators, complete with wildly squirming tentacles making a desperate bid for escape from their mouths.

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