Disgust is one of those basic emotions we all know too well. That revolting smell that rises from a tropical drain. The putrid odor of rotting fish left in the trash for a day or two (or even a week or three). They all elicit that feeling of intense disgust that wells up deep inside us. Even to the point of nausea.
Well, between now to the end of January, you can pig out on that disgusting feeling by visiting a new museum in Malmo, Sweden. How? Well, this bizarre museum only displays disgusting foods.
You got that right. Disgusting. Pukeville. Foul and revolting meals for those with a cast iron stomach, no sense of smell, and a will to pursue the repulsive.
Take the Sardinian sheep’s cheese with live maggots. Please! Take it!
Or how about a big serve of Chinese bull’s penis? Tuck in!
Then again, there’s Japanese natto. A lovely concoction of fermenting soybeans with all that sticky, stinky goodness that leaves non-afficinadoes cold.
As they say, there’s no accounting for taste. But the disgusting Food Museum has elevated the shock value of these weird and nauseating meals to a new level.
And, while, a sheep guts and oats sausage (haggis) might not be your thing, Scottish people will staunchly disagree. Just as Australians will wave an open vegemite sandwich in your face, declaring it the best thing since, er, sliced bread.
Yes, the disgusting register is heavily influenced by culture and familiarity. So, the repulsiveness factor of foods is literally a matter of taste.
Rotten shark meat from Iceland, roasted guinea pig from Peru, fruit bat soup, and other sensationally rancid offerings might make you wish you were never born. Such is the intensity of the disgust factor in these confronting exhibits.
But that’s the thing. Taking an alarming sniff and eyeful of these things is enough to make you chuck, heave your meal, and bring up the subject of lunch. Yet, perversely, that’s exactly what visitors want.
Like when you taste something terrible and say to your friend, “Taste this. It’s awful.” Sometimes, we just have to test the extent of our receptors. Just to prove we really know what’s horrible and what’s not.
So, if you’ve got a yen for testing yourself, the museum awaits you. Just be prepared with a sick bag or two. Because this Disgusting Exhibition is definitely not for the faint of heart.