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Most frightening food you've seen lately?

Cinnamon Jun 1, 2009 06:25 PM

My vote unequivocally goes to:

Which is described here:

Bear in mind, the above won even though I've been browsing around for recipes involving chicken feet.

And you thought Tribbles were cute, cuddly creatures. Only from a distance!

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  1. kattyeyes RE: Cinnamon Jun 1, 2009 06:37 PM

    <<The Bakudan Yaki is loaded with seven ingredients … cabbage, mochi, quail eggs, shrimp, squid, octopus and sausage.>>

    It looks like the Badukan Yaki was THROWING UP those seven ingredients. I think the Badukan Yaki is ANGRY (or seriously PO'd).

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    1. re: kattyeyes
      Neatpetite RE: kattyeyes Jun 18, 2009 05:37 AM

      I don't like the sound of Bakudan Yaki but it may be delicious! The most revolting food I've ever seen is definitely tripe!

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      Judyluvs RE: Cinnamon Jun 1, 2009 06:52 PM

      Goodness, it looks like a mutant marine "balut" egg.

      I saw an old episode of Alton Brown's "Feasting on Asphalt - Episode 4:California or Bust" and one of the stops in AZ had a bunch of Navajo grill foods being prepped where two foods seemed questionable: grilled intestines stuffed with something and plain beef stomach fat. Perhaps tasty to some - just don't go asking too many questions as to what's on your plate!

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        moh RE: Cinnamon Jun 2, 2009 03:59 AM

        I dunno, I kind of find this thing cute in a stuffed troll kind of way... Doesn't it look like one of those "Ugly Dolls?" And I have to say, it sounds and looks very tasty! I may be a bit biased, as I have a love of deep-fried round objects.

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          small h RE: Cinnamon Jun 2, 2009 05:36 AM

          I think you need to distinguish between food that looks frightening and food that tastes frightening. Because that Bukudan Yaki isn't the prettiest thing I've ever seen, but I'd definitely eat it.

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          1. re: small h
            Cinnamon RE: small h Jun 2, 2009 07:58 AM

            My original thread title was something like scariest food photo you've seen online today, but thought I'd open it up a little.

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              small h RE: Cinnamon Jun 2, 2009 08:10 AM

              Ah, scariest-looking food. Eels are pretty scary-looking. Monkfish, too. Yikes!


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                Cinnamon RE: small h Jun 2, 2009 06:42 PM

                Yeah, I remember seeing a smoked eel staring out of the deli case in the basement of Bloomingdale's in Manhattan. Scary stuff.

          2. lynnlato RE: Cinnamon Jun 2, 2009 06:18 AM

            Balut - fertilized duck egg. Absolutely foul... even by Bourdain standards.


            Chicken feet aren't so repulsive to me.

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              Sean RE: lynnlato Jun 2, 2009 08:23 AM

              Any commercial for Pizza Hut...

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                linguafood RE: Sean Jun 3, 2009 03:45 AM

                and Chili's, and Applebee's, and TGIMcFunsters.... whenever those come on, with their dayglo-colored "sauces", the yellow gunk that poses as cheese in those establishments and covers all the randomly deep-fried items.... they do make me nauseous, and very afraid. Never actually been in any of those places, thanks to their commercials.

              2. re: lynnlato
                TomSwift RE: lynnlato Jun 2, 2009 08:34 AM

                Must disagree on the balut. It has the deepest, richest duck (or chicken) broth I've ever tasted. With vinegar and hot sauce and salt I find it a treat. 17 day balut is just about right for me, not too crunchy but still with texture and character. Still, I agree that it's a matter of taste.

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                  Sam Fujisaka RE: lynnlato Jun 2, 2009 08:38 AM

                  Balut is great. 18 days for me.

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                    txgrl99 RE: lynnlato Jun 13, 2009 10:28 AM

                    OMG, that was truly terrifying.

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                    emerilcantcook RE: Cinnamon Jun 2, 2009 09:58 AM

                    This: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_wGr8njEWjtI...

                    or perhaps this:


                    Grr! Arrgh!

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                    1. re: emerilcantcook
                      kattyeyes RE: emerilcantcook Jun 2, 2009 10:03 AM

                      I *like* the Wild Thing cake, but agree with you the MerMan (?) is scary!!!

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                        moh RE: kattyeyes Jun 2, 2009 01:42 PM

                        The merman is very scary. I'm just grateful they stopped the hair where they did...

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                          kattyeyes RE: moh Jun 2, 2009 02:39 PM

                          Good point! Thank god for the tail!!! ;)

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                            Cinnamon RE: moh Jun 2, 2009 06:42 PM

                            It would be scarier with real hair, or bonito flakes or something.

                      2. scubadoo97 RE: Cinnamon Jun 2, 2009 06:50 PM

                        Wow, that looks like some of the inverabrates I see when diving. Kind of like a big hairy sea slug. And I was going to say a KFC bowl meal as the most frightining thing I've seen

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                          PurpleTeeth RE: scubadoo97 Jun 11, 2009 12:16 PM

                          I know that KFC bowl has to be the foulest thing ever. Also those quiznos commercials with the gloopy sauces. Blach

                        2. Passadumkeg RE: Cinnamon Jun 2, 2009 07:22 PM

                          In less than 3 weeks we will be eating sennakji, live octopus, in Seoul, Korea. We had it 3 years ago; unforgetable. Google it and check it out.

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                            Cinnamon RE: Passadumkeg Jun 2, 2009 11:24 PM

                            Ah, the most intelligent invertebrate. I always feel bad when I think about eating them. Well, I alternate that with freaking out about tentacles.

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                              Passadumkeg RE: Cinnamon Jun 3, 2009 07:16 AM

                              I found this octopus site, really good!

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                                margshep RE: Passadumkeg Jun 3, 2009 07:39 AM

                                I can see it now ..... McOctopus....

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                                  kattyeyes RE: Passadumkeg Jun 3, 2009 07:44 AM

                                  "Many would call it ugly AND disgusting. The one thing they wouldn't call it is dinner."

                                  Call me many! This is more frightening than anything previously mentioned. If I have less strength and stamina as a result, so be it.

                                  1. re: kattyeyes
                                    Passadumkeg RE: kattyeyes Jun 3, 2009 07:48 AM

                                    Yes and my oldest 2 son's take me (my wife won't go) to "test" my chowhoundishness. The male ego is warped.

                                    1. re: Passadumkeg
                                      kattyeyes RE: Passadumkeg Jun 3, 2009 07:52 AM

                                      I know it's the "Y" chromosome, but just can't help thinking of it as the "why" chromosome. I don't blame your wife for passing on this one. I'm pretty sure seeing it live would give me nightmares if I didn't make a run for the door at the first squirm.

                                2. re: Cinnamon
                                  Veggo RE: Cinnamon Jun 3, 2009 09:06 AM

                                  Sad image, but I guess it's the food chain at work. As a diver, octopi are my little buddies. Friendly, curious, obviously tactile, and very neat. They love conch (everything in the sea loves conch) and they leave the discarded conch shells in a neat pile.

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                                    Passadumkeg RE: Veggo Jun 3, 2009 10:59 AM

                                    Conch burgers are good too.

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                                woodandfine RE: Cinnamon Jun 2, 2009 08:13 PM

                                Scrapple. What makes it disgustingly frightening, to me, is its appearance, smell, and description. The thought of it makes me shudder.

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                                1. re: woodandfine
                                  nvcook RE: woodandfine Jun 2, 2009 08:18 PM

                                  Has to be the crown roast of hot dogs I saw on another thread.

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                                    Cinnamon RE: nvcook Jun 2, 2009 11:24 PM

                                    I thought you said you were addicted to the crown roast?

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                                      nvcook RE: Cinnamon Jun 4, 2009 12:02 PM

                                      I posted on the wrong thread - see my comment right after. I wasn't able to edit.

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                                        Cinnamon RE: nvcook Jun 4, 2009 07:55 PM

                                        Just razzing you. ;) That was pretty spectacular - not only is it scary in its own right, it's evocative to me of the 60s/70s era - and THAT is really scary.

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                                    Passadumkeg RE: woodandfine Jun 3, 2009 02:16 AM

                                    Woody, scrapple, the green food; waste not, want not. Try it siome time, you actually might like it. A hot dog in another form; meat scraps & filler.

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                                      woodandfine RE: Passadumkeg Jun 3, 2009 07:52 AM

                                      "A hot dog in another form; meat scraps & filler"

                                      I just lost my breakfast reading this line.

                                      The scrapple I have seen, in Central and Eastern PA, looks like a hot mess pile of mystery meat. Gee, how could I resist trying this culinary delight?

                                      Disclosure: what makes its appearance truly disturbing is watching overweight diners shovel into their mouths, alongside their white bread toast and runny eggs.

                                    2. re: woodandfine
                                      JungMann RE: woodandfine Jun 3, 2009 06:13 AM

                                      What's wrong with the appearance of scrapple? Fried up with a bit of ketchup on the side, it looks like nothing so much as square breakfast sausage to me.

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                                        Passadumkeg RE: JungMann Jun 3, 2009 07:12 AM

                                        Or scrapple w/ ugly delicious apple butter on top? UMMMm, love it. The original SOS.

                                    3. linguafood RE: Cinnamon Jun 3, 2009 03:49 AM


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                                      1. re: linguafood
                                        kattyeyes RE: linguafood Jun 3, 2009 06:14 AM

                                        Love that site. We were both trying to remember the one we found the funniest last night over sushi. Here 'tis--and a scary snack in its own right, for sure:


                                        1. re: kattyeyes
                                          linguafood RE: kattyeyes Jun 3, 2009 07:03 AM

                                          The caption are brilliant, even if a lot of those pics speak for themselves.

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                                            tatamagouche RE: linguafood Jun 16, 2009 05:38 AM

                                            OT, but I went to grad school with the author. She's as funny (and kind) in person as she seems.

                                            The whole story of how she found the cards is in a book she wrote called "I'm Not the New Me."

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                                              kattyeyes RE: tatamagouche Jun 16, 2009 07:28 AM

                                              Small world--how cool!

                                        2. re: linguafood
                                          Wahooty RE: linguafood Jun 10, 2009 02:43 PM

                                          I find the phrase "Convenience Fish" frightening in its own right.

                                        3. Veggo RE: Cinnamon Jun 3, 2009 04:16 AM

                                          I have no problem with tacos made from cow or goat intestines (tacos de tripa; modango de chivo) in their finished form, but those piles of raw ingredients is a little rough on the eyes.

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                                            linguafood RE: Veggo Jun 3, 2009 05:51 AM

                                            I knew it wasn't good when my man walked in on me recently while I was cleaning and de-membraning sweetbreads.... sigh. Quote: " we don't need to have this again."

                                            Otoh, it's such a pain to make, I think I can live with eating them at restos from now on.

                                          2. Passadumkeg RE: Cinnamon Jun 3, 2009 09:08 AM

                                            Boisintng and jeongol in 3 weeks.



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                                            1. re: Passadumkeg
                                              bermudagourmetgoddess RE: Passadumkeg Jun 4, 2009 11:05 AM

                                              Ok, I can handle a lot but can not even consider reading about DOG SOUP....not when I have two cuties at home...

                                              1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess
                                                Passadumkeg RE: bermudagourmetgoddess Jun 4, 2009 12:25 PM

                                                Hey, we have a choco lab! The philosophy is this kind is a pet and this kind is raised for meat. The words are even different. Kind of like have a pet lamb and going out for lam chops. My sons torment me for being a "hound".

                                                1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                  bermudagourmetgoddess RE: Passadumkeg Jun 4, 2009 01:02 PM

                                                  I understand that in some cultures it is normal and I respect that...it's just real hard to think about it.

                                                  I grew up with a pet chicken, goat and cow...I eat all three...am I a monster?? ;)

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                                                    Veggo RE: bermudagourmetgoddess Jun 4, 2009 01:14 PM

                                                    Yes, but with a good address, better than most monsters.

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                                                      bermudagourmetgoddess RE: Veggo Jun 5, 2009 05:32 AM

                                                      Gee Thanks - Didn't have to agree so quick ;)

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                                              MattInNJ RE: Cinnamon Jun 3, 2009 10:35 AM

                                              Chicago pizza and ketchup on hot dogs.

                                              1. choctastic RE: Cinnamon Jun 4, 2009 04:53 PM

                                                Paula Deen's Krispy Kreme burger. Good God.

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                                                  salsailsa RE: Cinnamon Jun 4, 2009 08:24 PM

                                                  That picture reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Homer eats something with all kinds of fuzzies and dirt particles attached to it.

                                                  1. Boccone Dolce RE: Cinnamon Jun 7, 2009 03:18 PM

                                                    Dear god that thing's got teeth!

                                                    Then I kept reading...and it's totally something I would eat. I guess it's served in the box so you can't see what you're eating- genius!

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                                                      Cinnamon RE: Cinnamon Jun 11, 2009 06:39 PM

                                                      This is not scary, but I'm not sure it would 'play in Peoria.'

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                                                      1. re: Cinnamon
                                                        kattyeyes RE: Cinnamon Jun 11, 2009 07:00 PM

                                                        Gagging the trout with green onions was rather nasty, though.

                                                        1. re: kattyeyes
                                                          RealMenJulienne RE: kattyeyes Jun 15, 2009 07:56 AM

                                                          What's wrong with this one? I wouldn't grill fish with bacon but it's not some kind of abomination. And it's common to put aromatics inside a cooking fish; these just happen to be sticking out the mouth.

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                                                            Cinnamon RE: RealMenJulienne Jun 15, 2009 12:26 PM

                                                            For the folks who are used to a cod filet, or who consider fish sticks to be the epitome of fish, this might be offputting in its authenticity.

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                                                              moh RE: RealMenJulienne Jun 15, 2009 12:37 PM

                                                              There is actually a similar recipe in Suzanne Goin's cookbook, except you wrap pancetta around instead of bacon. It is quite tasty.

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                                                                Veggo RE: RealMenJulienne Jun 15, 2009 12:47 PM

                                                                I have never seen a cold water fish wearing a pigskin coat before. I half admire the effort, but I think the delicate sweetness of the trout would be lost.

                                                                1. re: Veggo
                                                                  moh RE: Veggo Jun 15, 2009 03:09 PM

                                                                  Veggo, I can see what you mean about the bacon overpowering the flavour of the fish. I don't think I would do this recipe with freshly caught, super fresh trout. I'd eat those as simply as I could, and enjoy that delicate sweetness. But for us regular folk, who catch their fish at a supermarket, well, that is less of an issue. I personally enjoyed the trout wrapped in pancetta from Goin's book. It was a nice combination of flavours.

                                                                2. re: RealMenJulienne
                                                                  kattyeyes RE: RealMenJulienne Jun 15, 2009 04:09 PM

                                                                  I'm the wrong person to ask as I don't eat cooked fish (only sushi)--just the way the green onions are jammed down the fish's throat and coming out of its mouth looked bizarre to me. I don't consider fish sticks to be the epitome of fish personally...the rest of the world can have ALL my portions of fish sticks and freshly grilled fish. RAW RAW RAW! Let's hear it for sushi.

                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                    Sam Fujisaka RE: kattyeyes Jun 15, 2009 04:20 PM

                                                                    I think that sashimi (accompanied by plain steamed gohan) is even better for capturing the real gift of fish flavor.

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                                                                      kattyeyes RE: Sam Fujisaka Jun 15, 2009 05:25 PM

                                                                      Understood--I love and appreciate both (sushi and sashimi).

                                                            2. alkapal RE: Cinnamon Jun 14, 2009 01:27 AM

                                                              >>>"""It is a symphony of flavours with each of the ingredients complementing each other on taste and texture.""""<<<<

                                                              that made me laugh. cinnamon, before i saw your reference, i thought, "goodness alive, they caught and killed a tribble!"

                                                              the "eating live octopus" video made me disgusted, and then very sad. http://www.alohavalley.com/food-dinin...

                                                              i hope the octopi choke every one of those bastards.

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                                                                OCEllen RE: alkapal Jun 14, 2009 12:39 PM

                                                                Octopi are amazingly intelligent creatures with eyes very much like our own - I share your disgust and sadness!

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                                                                  Passadumkeg RE: alkapal Jun 15, 2009 07:41 AM

                                                                  Arrrrrrgh! Thud.

                                                                  Fat Bastard

                                                                2. mogo RE: Cinnamon Jun 14, 2009 11:42 PM

                                                                  That looks like a supersized takoyaki! I must have it!!

                                                                  As for frightening food, a variety can be seen here:

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                                                                    FoodFuser RE: mogo Jun 19, 2009 07:41 PM

                                                                    Mogo, that is one frightening array of foodstuffs. I have some friends who would be well served to use that site as a self-assessment tool.

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                                                                    RaquelFoodie RE: Cinnamon Jun 15, 2009 03:24 PM

                                                                    Yeah, that's gross. But I equally found it gross when I ate at a White Castle for the first time the other day.

                                                                    1. tatamagouche RE: Cinnamon Jun 15, 2009 07:39 PM

                                                                      I've been eating oysters for decades, and never had I encountered an oyster liver until the other day. It was a disturbing sight to say the least—this brown spooge oozing from my Hama Hama.


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                                                                        ekammin RE: Cinnamon Jun 16, 2009 07:40 AM

                                                                        "Those who love the Law and sausages should never watch either being made."

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                                                                          cimui RE: Cinnamon Jun 17, 2009 07:33 PM

                                                                          How about...

                                                                          Ramen Jello!


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                                                                            moh RE: cimui Jun 18, 2009 04:23 AM


                                                                            I love jello, I love jello salads. But this one is a bit frightening, looks sort of wormy....

                                                                            Well heck! Who am I kidding? I'd still try it!

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                                                                              alkapal RE: cimui Jun 18, 2009 05:39 AM

                                                                              the ramen jello mold will be a halloween party hit!

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                                                                                cimui RE: alkapal Jun 18, 2009 09:46 PM

                                                                                Alongside the lime and cottage cheese mold, of course. ;)

                                                                                Moh, if there were a Chowhound Badge of Courage, I think you'd have one, between the natto maki and the ramen Jello!

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                                                                                  moh RE: cimui Jun 18, 2009 10:25 PM

                                                                                  Cimui, I wear the CH Badge of Courage as a muffin top overlying my trousers...

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                                                                                    alkapal RE: moh Jun 18, 2009 10:32 PM

                                                                                    oh moh! that's hilarious.

                                                                                    somehow, i'm thinking of that song the munchkins sang in "wizard of oz" -- but modified: "weeeeeeee represent the muffin-top guild.....and welcome you to chowhound land."

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                                                                                      moh RE: alkapal Jun 18, 2009 10:35 PM

                                                                                      LOL! Yes, i think I would stand a good chance of being cast as a CH munchkin! I'm practicing the lines as I type.

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                                                                                        alkapal RE: moh Jun 18, 2009 10:38 PM

                                                                                        actually, come to think of it, a lot of those munchkins *did* have muffin-tops! ;-).

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                                                                                          moh RE: alkapal Jun 18, 2009 10:41 PM

                                                                                          "Weeeeeee represent...."

                                                                                          "Woooeeeaaa represent...."



                                                                                          Ok, I clearly need to get to bed!

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                                                                                            alkapal RE: moh Jun 19, 2009 12:37 AM

                                                                                            rotflmao. i know EXACTLY what you mean!!! (and look, i'm on the EAST coast, too!).

                                                                                            maybe we can make this the chowhound anthem! we need to coordinate on the "weeeee" part, though. {;^D).

                                                                                    2. re: moh
                                                                                      Cinnamon RE: moh Jun 19, 2009 06:37 PM

                                                                                      Is that what the initials stand for, Muffin Of Honor?

                                                                                      1. re: Cinnamon
                                                                                        moh RE: Cinnamon Jun 20, 2009 06:11 AM


                                                                                        My muffin top is jiggling like a bowl of ramen jello! Now that's frightening.

                                                                              2. alkapal RE: Cinnamon Jun 20, 2009 03:43 PM

                                                                                this should scare just about anyone. imagine showing it to kids before bedtime!

                                                                                <<<<"MOMEEEEEEE!!!!! there's some scary heads floating above my bed! and one talks funny.">>>

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                                                                                  Wahooty RE: alkapal Jun 20, 2009 04:37 PM

                                                                                  I always found Carvel commercials a little frightening as a kid. Even Fudgie the Whale freaked me the heck out for some reason. Fudge and flippers - never the twain shall meet.

                                                                                2. alkapal RE: Cinnamon Jun 22, 2009 05:32 AM

                                                                                  this surprise birthday cake for food network judge/ice queen, kerry vincent, is pretty terrifying!

                                                                                  (and i'm not so sure about the baker, either, poor thing!).

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                                                                                    Cinnamon RE: alkapal Jun 22, 2009 08:12 AM

                                                                                    oh my

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