You have to try new things - otherwise you'll end up as someone who only eats chicken fingers with ketchup. But there's courage and then there's stupidity...
This piece is based on an AskReddit thread. Link on the last page.
1. On a particularly hectic Tuesday at work, I skipped lunch to perform all the tasks at hand. At 3 PM, my stomach, which was only one cup of coffee full, decided to give me what seemed like the last warning.
I reach out for my wrist watch and realize that the cafe is closed. I am instantly in scavenging mode and while rummaging through my desk drawers, I found the glorious bag of cashews that I had stored for days like this!
First chew felt a little soft and stale, and my hungry and scientific mind attributed that to it being placed in a drawer that may have caused it to get soggy.
Nevertheless, I pick up the bag to check it. I noted several white granules, akin to ground cashew, and again my hungry mind attributed that to the bag being kept under heavy files and the cashews getting crushed.
I didn't stop going on the bag of cashews until the last 5–6 were left in the bag, when I just couldn't bear the staleness, so I reach out for the bag and inspect it one last time (my gut, although hungry, never seemed to trust that bag!). I saw, again, hundreds of white granules. So I threw it in the garbage.
Fast forward to when I get back home. I reach out for a pack of spice powder in my pantry to begin cooking and guess what? I notice the same white granules I saw earlier in the cashew bag. And then, to my horror, I saw a moth in the spice powder jar. A MOTH.
I did some research. Turns out I ate cashews covered in moth eggs.
2. I was on a four hour highway bus ride in Southeast Asia, and the bus pulled into a highway rest stop for dinner.
I speak very little Thai, and can't read at all, so I just pointed at what looked like tempura prawns in the glass fronted display case. When the dish was served, the "prawn" turned out to have a long tail with a stinger on it. (continued...)