01/15/2014 08:08 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

The 14 Craziest Things Our Readers Have Ever Eaten (PHOTOS)

Flickr: TheDuffers

Being food lovers, we're always game to try new things. We've eaten shrimp frosting without skipping a beat and put down a buffalo wing soda like it's an everyday kind of cola. We generally like to think of ourselves as pretty adventurous eaters compared to those around us. But it turns out that our culinary explorations are actually incredibly tame when up against what you, our readers, have put in your mouths.

From duck embryos to calf brains, our readers are courageous consumers -- and we are so happy to now know that. Here are the 14 things you've eaten that impressed us the most:

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  • 1 Balut
    Flickr: oldandsolo
    This hard-boiled duck embryo is a Fillipino delicacy that not everyone's into. But our readers were willing to give it a try.
  • 2 Goat Eye
    Flickr: avlxyz
    This is EXACTLY what it sounds like.
  • 3 Chicken Sashimi
    Yep, you read that right. This is a RAW chicken dish. Whatever you do, just don't try this at home.
  • 4 Jellyfish
    Flickr: Carol Browne
    According to our readers, jellyfish has a very rubbery consistency. We think it's safe to say that it's not a crowd pleaser.
  • 5 Iguana
    Flickr: Marshall Astor - Food Fetishist
    Iguana meat is illegal in the U.S., but it is an important part of Mexican and Central American cuisine.
  • 6 Brain Tacos
    Flickr: jasonlam
    Brains are not just for zombies.
  • 7 Silk Worm Pupa
    Flickr: TheDuffers
    The larvae of the domesticated silkmoth, this item is popular served as a snack in Korea.
  • 8 Monkfish Liver
    Flickr: cchen
    Known as the foie gras of the sea, Monkfish liver also has a similar amount of controversy surrounding it.
  • 9 Grasshopper Tacos
    Flickr: william.neuheisel
    One thing you can be sure of, is that these tacos are going to be crunchy.
  • 10 Tripe
    Flickr: Kent Wang
    Tripe is the edible offal from the stomachs of various animals, and you can make it your dinner.
  • 11 Yak
    Flickr: Augapfel
    These long-haired bovines roam the Himalayan region of central Asia, where they also end up on your plate.
  • 12 Natto
    Flickr: snowpea&bokchoi
    Natto is a traditional Japanese dish made from soy beans that have been fermented with Bacillus subtilis. It has a fierce smell and taste, making it an acquired taste for sure.
  • 13 Chocolate Covered Ants
    Flickr: uncorrectedproofs
    Some people are willing to eat chocolate covered anything.
  • 14 Head Cheese
    Flickr: +Russ
    Head cheese might be the craziest sounding dish off the list, but it's actually the most "normal." Head cheese is just a terrine made with the meat from the head of a calf or pig.


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