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EDGY BEHAVIOR AROUND THE WORLD

Herbert P. Holeman, Ph.D.

Adoxography Researcher

Herb Holeman Feeling adventurous? Many of us chance an edgy life experience. We are willing to give new things a try even though we may not know much about them.

But sampling a piece of Casu Marzo cheese in a trendy Italian bistro would mean biting into maggot-filled cheese. Novel dining in Asia could result in being served a plate of still living fish. Club hopping, could end with bruises from slam dancing. And bruises and sprained limbs could also result from spicing up things with innovative love making. Even edgy online social interaction on your computer could lead to regret. And chancing a daredevil stunt, such as being hurled 55 feet into the air by a catapault while wearing no safety equipment could indeed be an edgy undertaking.


Yet, as the number of responses being received on this website show, these are things people are willing to do. More about these and other edgy behaviors follow. Let's get to it!


 

 

EDGY BOOZING


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Eyeballing, which is pouring booze, like vodka directly into your eye, has become trendy among teenagers and college crowds as a party ritual. The idea behind is is that pouring alcohol through the eye allows a quicker passage to the brain and a quicker, more intense high. The process is described here. As a consequence, the practice is not only painful but leaves vision irreversibly impaired.



With some popularity in Europe and America, the spray/mist machine shown in this video is used to consume Alcohol Without Liquid. Actually, you breathe in alcohol mixed with oxygen. Enhanced euphoria is claimed, and the process is described here. But as a consequence, such "intensive inhalation may be more likely to cause alcohol toxicity than binge drinking,"as discussed in this article.



Snake Wine is bottled with snake blood dissolved into it and the snake itself inside. As reported on the Wild Junket website, it is popular in Vietnam and China and reportedly has medicinal qualities. In this video the art of making snake wine is demonstrated.



Baby Mice Wine is bottled with a pile of mice, only a few days old with their eyes closed. The Wild Junket website reports, like snake wine, it is popular in Korea, Vietnam, and China and reportedly has medicinal qualities. It is advertised in this video.



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EDGY DANCING

Dancers flailing their limbs and smashing into others can result in serious illness if not deadly.

Slam Dancing/Moshing is shown in this video of Moshers frenetically and chaotically gyrating in rhythm to loud, aggressive music. While doing so they careen and bounce off each other. The consequences can be bruises and sprains. Click here for a girl's story of surviving a mosh pit experience. In one reported case, a college student broke his spine and was paralyzed from the neck down from slam dancing.



Pole Dancing is an art form when done skillfully. But even champions can be injured as shown in this video. So beware when giving it a try on your own as shown here. Falls from pole dancing done badly have resulted in knocking out teeth and breaking noses. In extreme cases, a fall has left devastating injuries, such as reported here when the fall broke her neck and severely damaged her spinal cord.



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EDGY DINING

Many of the foods consumed can result in serious illness if not deadly.


DAIRY FOOD


A cheese called Casu Marzu in Italy is made from sheep's milk and eaten while filled with live crawling white maggots. While eating the cheese, the maggots tend to fly about, leaping as high as six inches and when the cheese itself is prodded, it leaks an odorous liquid called lagrima, Sardinian for "tears." In this video, Gordon Ramsey shows the intricacies of making and eating it. But there can be consequences, which include allergic reactions and intestinal larval infection, which may also lead to vomiting, nausea and deadly diarrhea.


SEAFOOD

Lutefisk (lye fish) is a traditional Norwegian dish of cod that has been soaked for days in lye. The dish is also popular in Minnesota and the Pacific Northwest. As discussed on this website, the cod-lye solution is caustic enough to melt silver cutlery. Preparing and cooking Lutefisk in Minnesota is shown in this video. It's texture is gelatinous and has an extremely pungent odor.


Considered a treat is the dish in China known as Ying Yang aka "dead-and-alive-fish." A fresh fish is served to you on a plate while its head is still moving and its body is deep fried and covered with sweet and sour sauce. As seen in this video the fish�s mouth is stirring and head twitching.



Shown in this video is the dish known as Drunken Shrimp. The dish is so named because the shrimp are usually served in a bowl of alcohol, which makes the shrimp sluggish and complacent. Also popularly eaten are live shrimp marinated in white wine and a plate of slithering live snake. A live shrimp meal is commonly served in homes and restaurants.



Hakari, a delicacy of Iceland, is the putrefied flesh of a basking shark. As reported in the Green Children Blog, it is traditionally served during a midwinter festival. From this SFGate picture, Hakari looks unappetizing, particularly as it also spews a strong, pungent odor. A detailed video of preparing and eating a meal from the rotting shark carcass in Iceland is shown in here.



In Japan, the dish, in this video is known as Live Sashimi. It includes fish fresh from the tank, shrimp, squid, lobster, octopus or oyster, etc. The fish are served carved open and still alive and with vital organs left intact. A video of dining on Live Sushi while the head of the fish is lively twisting is shown here.



In Korea, Sannakji is a raw dish that consists of live and freshly chopped small octopuses, seasoned with sesame and sesame oil. This video shows what happens when the wriggling, squirming, gloopy octopuses on your plate try to crawl away while eaten. It's always important to remember the creatures are still alive. Chew thoroughly before swallowing, as the suction cups on the octopus� arms are still active and can represent a choking hazard.


The consequences of eating such raw seafoods include Gastroenteritis, which often involves stomach pain or spasms, diarrhea and/or vomiting, with noninflammatory infection of the upper small bowel, or inflammatory infections of the colon.

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EDGY MEATS


As described here, Offal is the internal organs of butchered animals, including the carcass with head and feet. Sliced Beef Tongue sandwiches are popular from Los Angeles to New York City as are many similar bizzare dishes common around the country. This video of the Kilmarnock Cook School is a good example of preparing tasty offal dishes.


Many dining specialties prepared at home or readily available in American restaurants are of foreign origin. These include:

Calf's Brains is common in cuisines around the world. In France, Italy, El Salvador, Indonesia, Mexico, Portugal, and elsewhere there are unique recipes. Known as Sesos in Spanish, they are eaten in tacos and quesadillas. And in Pakistan, they are known in Urdu as Maghaz. As reported in Wikipedia, Brains are regularly served in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Ohio River valley. The variety of brains eaten include Squirrel Brains served in this video in Appalachia, and Fried-Brain sandwiches in the Midwest in this video. Demonstrated here is how to prepare and serve brains.



Haggis is made by chopping up the sheep's heart, liver, lungs, etc and stuffing the whole thing into the sheep's stomach. It is then typically boiled, but it is also commonly served deep fried in batter and served over french fries in Scottish fast-food shops. Haggis also is served in a variety of ways in upscale restaurants as shown in this video.



The dish, Rocky Mountain Oysters, is made from beef testicles that are typically breaded and deep fried until crispy. The dish is actually popular around the United States where it is known as prarie oysters, cowboy caviar, Montana tendergroins, dusted nuts, bull fries, swinging beef, etc. Varieties of animal testicles are commonly available fresh in supermarkets and served in rual restaurants. In fact, festivals are held in Idaho, Montana, and the southwest. Also popular in Mexico and Spain, the dish is known as criadillas or huevos de toro. Eating animal genitalia dates back to ancient Roman times, when it was believed that eating a healthy animal�s organ might correct some ailment in the corresponding human organ of the male person eating it. Because of this belief, the practice continues to the present day, especially in Asia, where animal genitalia are considered an aphrodisiac.



The consequences of eating offal involve the transmission of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, aka: "mad cow disease." etc. Also, Leptospirosis can occur. It can begin with high fever, severe headache, chills, muscle aches, and vomiting, and may include jaundice, red eyes, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and rash. It can result in meningitis, liver damage (causing jaundice), and renal failure.

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INSECTS, VERMIN AND PETS


A Cambodian delicacy, spiders are fried until their legs are stiff, and then served with garlic and salt. As reported on the Wild Junket website Fried Spiders have mostly a crunchy texture. The abdomen, in contrast, is soft and has a brown paste that consists of organs, eggs and excrement.



Fried grasshoppers are popular in Uganda and Thailand, often deep-fried to crunchy richness. But in the Middle East, they are typically boiled. In this video a couple of westerners, eating edgy, give them a try in Africa.



Escamoles are the eggs of a giant black ant, as described in this website. A Mexican dish, the most popular way to eat them is in a taco with guacamole or salsa. Escamoles have a surprisingly pleasant taste: buttery and slightly nutty. Watch them being prepared in this video as a taco filling.



Cane rats and Bamboo rats are commonly eaten in rural Asia (Thailand and Vietnam).
In Africa, field mice and other rodents are commonly eaten. In this video cane rats and snails are being prepared as a dining delicacy. According to the narrator, the rats taste much like chicken.



Roasted Guinea Pig is considered a treat in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and elsewhere in the world. In fact, Guinea pig meat is exported to the United States and European nations. In this video of exotic meats, shark and guinea pig are foods to die for.



In the Environmental Graffiti website see a dog meat platter offered in a street market near Hanoi. This is a good website to view the above eating forms and offers a detailed discussion with photos and videos of bizarre foods that involve eating live animals.


The consequences of eating. Vermin and pets are traditionally seen as carriers of plague and the transmission of monkeypox from rodents have occurred in the U.S. The disease of Leptospirosis typically occurs a couple days after eating. It begins with flu-like symptoms and can result in meningitis, liver damage (causing jaundice), and renal failure.

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    Grasshoppers
    Rat
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    Cat
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EDGY BODY STUFF



Nyotaimori, Body Sushi, described here, was popularized in Japan, for eating food off a woman's naked body part. One psychological explanation offered for this practice is the construct of woman nurturing man not unlike as infants, feeding from a mother�s breast. In contrast, this video is of women eating sushi off a man's naked body part in Poland. The consequences include health concerns that have been voiced about food contact with the naked skin. Pathogenic bacteria - disease-causing bacteria - is found on warm, sweaty areas of the human body. There is also a transient population of various other bacteria, depending on the person�s occupation, personal hygiene and environmental conditions. These might sometimes include more pathogenic species.�




Shriimping, is body painting grafitti on girls, as shown in this video and has a website dedicated to it. It has become a trendy pastime, yet there are consequences to body grafitti resulting in illness and disease warns a health safety guide. Medical conditions can arise, such as diabetes, illness, such as cancer, and blood-borne disease, such as Hepatitis are just a few examples.


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EDGY OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDS & PRODUCTS MISUSE


Although legal and readily available, off the shelf meds,
alcohol, plants, and household products can result in serious illness if not deadly.



An article in the website, Yahoo Answers emphasizes the vast number of drugs, which are not illegal and readily available anywhere. Ranging from "the nutmeg in your spice cabninet to some random flower in your garden" they pose a danger to the consumer's life. One example is the Over-The-Counter drug, Dextromethorphan aka "DXM" or "Robo" DXM, which is a dissociative/psychedelic that can be found in such common products as Robitussin, Nyquil, Dayquil, Triaminic, etc. Inhalants, such as Glue, Acetone, Nitrous, etc. are extremely dangerous and can kill you. For instance, a computer duster aersol can improperly used can cause brain and other neurological damage.


For a wealth of information that documents the complex relationship between humans and psychoactive drugs and the consequences of misusing such products, visit the EROWID website here.

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EDGY NET SOCIALIZING

While legal and readily available, online computer social interaction
can lead to serious psychological and physical dangers.


Role game playing on the web, such as Facebook players unleashing crime lord fantasies in Mafia Wars 2 enable players in their fantasy life to take on a vicious criminal persona. "We wanted to create an edgier world," Zinga's lead project manager Wang said adding: "If you have something valuable there is going to be somebody trying to take it." Game interaction among players are posted and shared on Facebook. The consequences of game role playing is the concern that such game playing is addictive and has a suspected tendency to desensitize players to real-life violence.



Online Chat Rooms on the web exist in various forms as described here. They have long been the source of unwanted social deviance and criminal activity. Among the consequences of chat room involvement is the concern that such game playing is addictive and attracts victims and predators.




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EDGY SEX


Participants in sexually-charged activities and environments face risks.


Read a general discussion of edgy sex oriented activities, such as Fetish Parties, Swingers Clubs, Key and Rainbow Parties here. The unwanted consequence of such activities is the increase exposure to sexually transmitted diseases and physical abuse.


Acrobatic, strenuous techniques, and aggresive sex as described here can have unwanted consequences, such as sprained muscles and torn ligaments.


Sloshing aka Wet And Messy (WAM) is discussed here, which involves engaging in sex while amidst a wide range of food, and confections.


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EDGY STUNTS

Extreme physical endeavors by those with little or no ability pose a great danger to life. Those included here require no high level of skill or special talent of the participant. Only the willingness to give it a try.



Human TrebuchetWhile wearing no safety gear, the thrill is being hurled 55 feet in the air in less than two seconds by a medieval like catapult, as shown here But there are consequences if you miss landing on the safety net.



Kite Gliding

As shown in this video grabbing hold of a kite as it soars into the sky...well enough said.



Steet Lugging aka "butt-boarding" seems like something to try. But there are consequences to lying down on a skate board and speeding down a highway risking collision with cars, busses, and trucks. It's particularly dangerous at night as shown in this video



Underwater Cave diving It's quite an adventure exploring deep sea caverns as shown in this video. The consequences are to risk low visibility, air loss, and light failure.



Hanging on to a speeding car on your rollerskates can be quite a ride, as shown here. But, the consequences are obvious.



As for a collection of stunts gone wrong, attempting these stunts can lead to serious injury. If you're browser permits it, watch this video. The consequences? Not much to say other than watch.


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    Car Rollerblading
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