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You Ate WHAT?! Trivia Quiz


Jonathan Swift said "It was a bold man who first ate an oyster." This quiz, the result of an author challenge, relates to foods you'd have to be very hungry or very brave to be the first (or, in a few cases, the second) person to eat.

A multiple-choice quiz by Correspondguy. Estimated time: 8 mins.
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1. Swift's remark relates to pondering what the first person to eat an oyster must have thought - "Hey, here's a funny-looking rock. If I bash it open, I wonder what I'll find? Ooh, grey goo! I think I'll eat it!" Now, of course, people eat oysters all the time, although a rule of thumb says they should be eaten only when? Hint

During months when snow is on the ground.
During months with an "R" in them.
During months named after a God.
During months that rhyme with "orange."

2. An important rule of survival is being able to tell the difference between the edible and the inedible. One might think that a good rule would be to avoid things that smell bad and eat things that smell good. Except - there's a fruit native to Southeast Asia that smells horrible and is absolutely delicious (by most accounts). The stench of this fruit is so offensive to most people that you're not allowed to eat it in some hotel rooms or carry it on some public transportation systems. What's the name of this "king of fruits"? Hint

Pineapple
Durian
Plantain
Ugli Fruit

3. Sometimes it's just the preparation that I don't understand. There is a notorious dish native to Scotland which involves the heart, liver, and lungs of a sheep, mixed with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, salt, and stock. That I get, since sheep are edible, and someone would consider eating all the parts. But then, the ingredients are stuffed back into the sheep's stomach and boiled. Who the heck thinks of that? Anyway, what's the name for this national dish of Scotland? Hint

"Gag a Sassenach"
Haggis
Neeps and tatties
Lutefisk

4. Let's consider the following situation: You've just performed an orchidectomy on one of your bulls. It's a dirty, taxing job and now you're hungry. Being very brave or very strange, you decide to cook up the testicles you've just removed from the bull. They're so tasty that you decide to market your new delicacy. Realizing that the name "Fried Bull Testicles" is unlikely to inspire consumer confidence, you make the prudent decision to call them something else. What do you call them? Hint

Huevos Rancheros.
Yum-Yum Yummers.
Denver Melons.
Rocky Mountain Oysters.

5. Again, the idea here is that some food might be tasty, but you have to wonder how anyone thought of eating it. Sometimes, that takes the form of a condiment. Ancient Romans had a fish sauce, called "garum," that they put in almost everything. It was made from fermented salted mackerel intestines, and while the end result was beloved, the process of making it smelled so awful that the factories had to be located outside the cities. A similar sauce, called "nuoc mam," is made from putting anchovies in salt, allowing the mixture to ferment, and then pressing out the juice. What cuisine uses "nuoc mam" as a staple? Hint

Armenian
Greek
Vietnamese
British

6. A "You ate WHAT" reaction can also be prompted by a belief that something's toxic or otherwise unsafe to eat. The urban legend about pop-rocks and soda leaps to mind. Once upon a time, "love apples" were considered to be deadly if eaten, because the plant is related to deadly nightshade. Although properly classified as a fruit, a "love apple" is considered to be a vegetable (according to the US Supreme Court, which declared it to be one in 1893) and is now a staple of lots of cuisines. What's a "love apple" better known as? Hint

A Tomato.
An Eggplant.
An Orange.
A Peanut.

7. While we're on the subject of poisonous things, Fugu fish is fairly well-known for being toxic if prepared improperly. It's so much of a concern, in fact, that the government regulates who can cook the fish. So, the first person to eat a fugu probably fell over and died. The second person would have had to think "Gee, that fish killed Ook, but I'll eat it anyway." After what I can only assume was a lengthy process of trial and error, people learned the toxin was concentrated in certain organs and made a delicacy of the rest of the fish. In what cuisine is fugu a highly sought delicacy? Hint

Japanese cuisine
American cuisine
French cuisine
German cuisine

8. Let's move on, shall we? Kids are notorious for being finicky eaters. While my kid eats almost everything, my brother survived for years on plain yogurt and honey. I've heard of kids that won't eat sandwiches cut in the wrong way, foods that touch each other, and anything orange and mushy. A common set of rules is 1) Never eat anything that looks like vomit, 2) Never eat anything bigger than your head, and 3) Never eat anything with tomatoes in it. Unfortunately, this set of rules excludes a staple of kids' diets. In fact, 94% of Americans eat this dish, and eat 23 pounds of it each year. What is it? Hint

Waffles
Salad
Quiche
Pizza

9. The phrase "one man's meat is another man's poison" dates from the first century BC. Corn smut is one of those things covered by this principle. Corn smut is regarded as a blight in the United States and a delicacy in Mexico. It might taste yummy, but it looks horrible. Basically, a fungus invades the corn and turns the kernels into creepy-looking, gray-black tumors. The Mexican word for the stuff, in fact, acknowledges that its appearance would lead to the question "You ate WHAT?!" That word is "huitlacoche," which means what? (Since this is relatively obscure, please think about the appearance and choose accordingly.) Hint

Snakebite.
Green salad.
Raven, um...poop.
Squid ink.

10. Let's face it, if it's part of an animal, people will eat it. Sow's vulvae were a delicacy in Ancient Rome. Some people consider cats and dogs a delicacy. I get that. But, there seems to be a point where you should assume the stuff has spoiled and throw it out. For example, when blood clots up, I would think it would be thrown out, but some brave soul ate it, and now it's a staple of British breakfast, among several other cuisines. "Clotted blood," however, is not a good marketing tool, so the British use another term. What is it? Hint

Red sauce.
Black pudding.
Welsh rarebit.
Bangers and mash.

11. Travelers are sometimes advised "Don't drink the water." There was a time when that was good advice almost everywhere, so everyone drank alcoholic beverages, because the alcohol made the water safer. What does this have to do with the theme? Well, there's a food source that poisons you if you have alcohol in your system but is harmless if you don't. In an environment where people drink all the time, eating the "inky cap" or "tippler's bane" would at best, make you vomit and at worst, give you a heart attack. What kind of thing is an "inky cap"? Hint

A ferret.
A songbird.
A mushroom.
A jellyfish.

12. Along the lines of "Who thought of THAT?" is food made from animals that have been killed in a specific way. For example, the French dish "pressed duck" is traditionally made from a strangled duck, because the blood's an important element in the dish. Contrariwise, the dietary rules of Islam and Judaism prohibit eating things that have been strangled. But in June 2009, the Shanghai Daily reported on restaurants that had been serving chicken killed in a particularly bizarre way, which was quickly banned by health authorities. What was it? Hint

Chicken killed by a poisonous snake bite.
Chicken killed by starvation.
Chicken killed by dropping a sixteen-ton weight.
Chicken killed by other chickens.

13. Mold is a problem. There's a theory that a kind of rye mold, ergot, is to blame for the Salem Witch Trials, as it can cause hallucinations and other symptoms described by the people who claimed to be bewitched. On the other hand, if we add mold to cheese, we get a delicacy. What kind of cheese is produced when mold spores are introduced to cheese? Hint

"Blue" Cheese
"Fondue" Cheese
"Green" Cheese
Cheez Whiz

14. Since time immemorial, people have used salt to preserve food, especially fish. But what do you do when you run out of salt? If you're a Swede, apparently you bury your fish in a barrel with just a little salt and dig it up six months later. The result, called Surströmming, is a dish that is so smelly that it's usually eaten outside. Based on the gawd-awful odor, you might assume the fish is rotten. It's not, but it's been subjected to the same process as beer and wine. What's the name of this process? Hint

Distillation.
Heat-treament.
Fermentation.
Irradiation.

15. I saved the worst for last. In Sardinia, they make a cheese that goes far beyond moldy cheese, named Casu Marzu, or "rotten cheese." The cheese is made from sheep's milk and is then placed outside so an item not normally considered edible can be added. The result is a cheese that, according to one website, is a "...weeping stink bomb in an advanced state of decomposition." While I'd probably be willing to try almost everything in this quiz, there's no chance in the world you'd get me to eat this, because of the extra ingredient. What is it? Hint

Small rocks.
Live maggots.
Dirt.
Grass seeds.


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Swift's remark relates to pondering what the first person to eat an oyster must have thought - "Hey, here's a funny-looking rock. If I bash it open, I wonder what I'll find? Ooh, grey goo! I think I'll eat it!" Now, of course, people eat oysters all the time, although a rule of thumb says they should be eaten only when?

Answer: During months with an "R" in them.

The R thing seems to date from the time before refrigeration. As anyone who ever had the misfortune to eat a bad clam can tell you (in some detail), shellfish spoil quickly and make you very sick should you consume a spoiled one. The late spring and summer are hot enough that this would be a problem.
2. An important rule of survival is being able to tell the difference between the edible and the inedible. One might think that a good rule would be to avoid things that smell bad and eat things that smell good. Except - there's a fruit native to Southeast Asia that smells horrible and is absolutely delicious (by most accounts). The stench of this fruit is so offensive to most people that you're not allowed to eat it in some hotel rooms or carry it on some public transportation systems. What's the name of this "king of fruits"?

Answer: Durian

There are some people who don't like the taste of Durian, but the prevailing opinion seems to be that they are yum, yum, yummy. The smell, on the other hand, is universally accepted as gawd-awful. Just to make it more curious that anyone would conclude that it's a good thing to eat, the thing is apparently about the size of a watermelon and is covered in a thick, spiny rind.

It seems that a durian falling off the tree has the capacity to inflict a substantial injury. Alfred Russel Wallace (who is famous for being the guy who published after Darwin) claims that although the injuries can be severe, they aren't generally fatal, because the bleeding caused by the spines prevents inflammation. I do not consider this a selling point.
3. Sometimes it's just the preparation that I don't understand. There is a notorious dish native to Scotland which involves the heart, liver, and lungs of a sheep, mixed with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, salt, and stock. That I get, since sheep are edible, and someone would consider eating all the parts. But then, the ingredients are stuffed back into the sheep's stomach and boiled. Who the heck thinks of that? Anyway, what's the name for this national dish of Scotland?

Answer: Haggis

A "sassenach" is a mocking term for someone from England or Wales and although haggis might have that effect, it's not the name; "neeps and tatties" are mashed turnips (neeps) and potatoes (tatties), served in two different piles; and Lutefisk is a Norwegian atrocity involving fish prepared with lye. I think a good commentary on the "WHAT" nature of this dish is that the traditional beverage to drink with haggis is Scotch whisky.

When I think about haggis, I'm pretty sure whisky had to be involved in the process. Personally, I think the strangest thing about haggis is that there are vegetarian versions. I mean, what?
4. Let's consider the following situation: You've just performed an orchidectomy on one of your bulls. It's a dirty, taxing job and now you're hungry. Being very brave or very strange, you decide to cook up the testicles you've just removed from the bull. They're so tasty that you decide to market your new delicacy. Realizing that the name "Fried Bull Testicles" is unlikely to inspire consumer confidence, you make the prudent decision to call them something else. What do you call them?

Answer: Rocky Mountain Oysters.

Anyone who's eaten huevos rancheros and has just had a moment of panic can relax. Although "huevos" means "eggs," and like many languages, Spanish uses "eggs" as slang for testicles, in the case of "huevos rancheros" eggs means eggs. The other two, of course, are products of my imagination.

Other euphemisms for bull testicles, according to a website about the product, are "Prairie Oysters, Mountain Tendergroins, Cowboy Caviar, Swinging Beef and Calf Fries," which made it hard to come up with alternate answers.
5. Again, the idea here is that some food might be tasty, but you have to wonder how anyone thought of eating it. Sometimes, that takes the form of a condiment. Ancient Romans had a fish sauce, called "garum," that they put in almost everything. It was made from fermented salted mackerel intestines, and while the end result was beloved, the process of making it smelled so awful that the factories had to be located outside the cities. A similar sauce, called "nuoc mam," is made from putting anchovies in salt, allowing the mixture to ferment, and then pressing out the juice. What cuisine uses "nuoc mam" as a staple?

Answer: Vietnamese

Look, I like fish. I like anchovies, and I'm pretty sure I'd like garum or nuoc mam. I just don't understand how anyone could come up with the idea of squishing salted fish and then adding the juice to anything. I would have thought you'd either salt the whole fish or just eat the darn thing. We won't even go into how anyone thought squishing the intestines and JUST the intestines was going to produce something yummy.
6. A "You ate WHAT" reaction can also be prompted by a belief that something's toxic or otherwise unsafe to eat. The urban legend about pop-rocks and soda leaps to mind. Once upon a time, "love apples" were considered to be deadly if eaten, because the plant is related to deadly nightshade. Although properly classified as a fruit, a "love apple" is considered to be a vegetable (according to the US Supreme Court, which declared it to be one in 1893) and is now a staple of lots of cuisines. What's a "love apple" better known as?

Answer: A Tomato.

I have a childhood memory of reading an article about someone who took a basket of tomatoes and sat on the courthouse steps eating them, while his neighbors gathered about and waited for him to keel over. What I didn't know is that the stems, leaves, and green tomatoes are, in fact, poisonous. (Although, having lived in Alabama and eaten fried green tomatoes, I presume something can be done to the green tomatoes to make them safe to eat.

At least I'm still alive.)
7. While we're on the subject of poisonous things, Fugu fish is fairly well-known for being toxic if prepared improperly. It's so much of a concern, in fact, that the government regulates who can cook the fish. So, the first person to eat a fugu probably fell over and died. The second person would have had to think "Gee, that fish killed Ook, but I'll eat it anyway." After what I can only assume was a lengthy process of trial and error, people learned the toxin was concentrated in certain organs and made a delicacy of the rest of the fish. In what cuisine is fugu a highly sought delicacy?

Answer: Japanese cuisine

According to "Practically Edible," an on-line food encyclopedia, the most toxic parts of the fugu are the liver, ovaries (or testicles), and the skin. In case you're interested, fugu poison is a neurotoxin, which kills you by paralyzing the parts of the body which enable you to breathe.

In a particularly horrible twist, you remain conscious throughout the process. Some people have decided that a mild case of fugu poisoning is a thrill and will try to eat the really toxic bits. These are likely the same people who end up immortalized on sites like YouTube.
8. Let's move on, shall we? Kids are notorious for being finicky eaters. While my kid eats almost everything, my brother survived for years on plain yogurt and honey. I've heard of kids that won't eat sandwiches cut in the wrong way, foods that touch each other, and anything orange and mushy. A common set of rules is 1) Never eat anything that looks like vomit, 2) Never eat anything bigger than your head, and 3) Never eat anything with tomatoes in it. Unfortunately, this set of rules excludes a staple of kids' diets. In fact, 94% of Americans eat this dish, and eat 23 pounds of it each year. What is it?

Answer: Pizza

I found the facts by searching the web for pizza statistics. According to one website, American children ages 3-11 consistently name pizza as their favorite thing to eat for lunch and dinner. My kid usually eats pizza by picking off the toppings, eating them, and then giving me or her mother the picked-over crust. Anyway, if you described a pizza to a kid, the odds are they wouldn't eat it.

At least, not without you showing them that it's edible.
9. The phrase "one man's meat is another man's poison" dates from the first century BC. Corn smut is one of those things covered by this principle. Corn smut is regarded as a blight in the United States and a delicacy in Mexico. It might taste yummy, but it looks horrible. Basically, a fungus invades the corn and turns the kernels into creepy-looking, gray-black tumors. The Mexican word for the stuff, in fact, acknowledges that its appearance would lead to the question "You ate WHAT?!" That word is "huitlacoche," which means what? (Since this is relatively obscure, please think about the appearance and choose accordingly.)

Answer: Raven, um...poop.

Once again, my opinion is not based on cultural prejudice. It's based on the fact that if something has the name of "raven's excrement," then the first person to eat the stuff must have shocked his friends and neighbors. I'd also point out that if it looks like poop and is named after poop, then it must be really good for people to keep eating it after they have other alternatives.
10. Let's face it, if it's part of an animal, people will eat it. Sow's vulvae were a delicacy in Ancient Rome. Some people consider cats and dogs a delicacy. I get that. But, there seems to be a point where you should assume the stuff has spoiled and throw it out. For example, when blood clots up, I would think it would be thrown out, but some brave soul ate it, and now it's a staple of British breakfast, among several other cuisines. "Clotted blood," however, is not a good marketing tool, so the British use another term. What is it?

Answer: Black pudding.

Actually, food made from congealed blood is rather common, according to my research, so this one is a bit of a stretch, but I still think the first person to make it would have had to be a little daft. I would also point out that a lot of other cultures use the word "blood" in the name of the stuff, so the British version seems more euphemistic than the others.
11. Travelers are sometimes advised "Don't drink the water." There was a time when that was good advice almost everywhere, so everyone drank alcoholic beverages, because the alcohol made the water safer. What does this have to do with the theme? Well, there's a food source that poisons you if you have alcohol in your system but is harmless if you don't. In an environment where people drink all the time, eating the "inky cap" or "tippler's bane" would at best, make you vomit and at worst, give you a heart attack. What kind of thing is an "inky cap"?

Answer: A mushroom.

I can just imagine what happened if a teetotaler asks his beer-drinking neighbors over for supper. Villager #1, who prudently drinks beer, eats the mushrooms and throws up for the next two hours. Villager #2, who drinks water, suffers no ill effects from the mushrooms, but dies of cholera two weeks later. You can't win for losin'.

There's actually a medication, Antabuse, which has the same effect and is used to treat alcoholism. The effect, in case you're wondering, is to give someone the symptoms of a severe hangover within 5-10 minutes of alcohol consumption.
12. Along the lines of "Who thought of THAT?" is food made from animals that have been killed in a specific way. For example, the French dish "pressed duck" is traditionally made from a strangled duck, because the blood's an important element in the dish. Contrariwise, the dietary rules of Islam and Judaism prohibit eating things that have been strangled. But in June 2009, the Shanghai Daily reported on restaurants that had been serving chicken killed in a particularly bizarre way, which was quickly banned by health authorities. What was it?

Answer: Chicken killed by a poisonous snake bite.

According to the website for the Shanghai Daily, there's a video showing the slaughter of a chicken by snakebite. When I reviewed the Wikipedia entry, I assumed that this was an urban legend, but the article makes it clear it really happened. What effect snake venom might have on the flavor is a mystery to me.
13. Mold is a problem. There's a theory that a kind of rye mold, ergot, is to blame for the Salem Witch Trials, as it can cause hallucinations and other symptoms described by the people who claimed to be bewitched. On the other hand, if we add mold to cheese, we get a delicacy. What kind of cheese is produced when mold spores are introduced to cheese?

Answer: "Blue" Cheese

Apparently, blue cheese dates from the 11th Century, and is likely due to the fact that the caves where 11th Century cheese was aged are good environments for mold. Interestingly, the distinctive, and sometimes offensive, smell of blue cheese is likely due to the fact that the same bacterium that creates foot odor grows on the cheese. I have tried cheese that I claimed tasted like feet, and now I know why. Again, "moldy cheese that smells like feet" is not high on the list of things I'd be the first person to try.
14. Since time immemorial, people have used salt to preserve food, especially fish. But what do you do when you run out of salt? If you're a Swede, apparently you bury your fish in a barrel with just a little salt and dig it up six months later. The result, called Surströmming, is a dish that is so smelly that it's usually eaten outside. Based on the gawd-awful odor, you might assume the fish is rotten. It's not, but it's been subjected to the same process as beer and wine. What's the name of this process?

Answer: Fermentation.

For the record, the difference between distillation and fermentation is that fermentation is the process of using yeasts to convert carbohydrates in food or liquids to acids and distillation is the process of making chemicals (including our favorite, ethanol) more pure.

The thing about Surströmming that qualifies it for this quiz is not just that the smell is horrible, but that modern Surströmming is sold in cans, and the fermentation process continues in the can, causing it to bulge out. I was always taught that this is a sign of instant death.
15. I saved the worst for last. In Sardinia, they make a cheese that goes far beyond moldy cheese, named Casu Marzu, or "rotten cheese." The cheese is made from sheep's milk and is then placed outside so an item not normally considered edible can be added. The result is a cheese that, according to one website, is a "...weeping stink bomb in an advanced state of decomposition." While I'd probably be willing to try almost everything in this quiz, there's no chance in the world you'd get me to eat this, because of the extra ingredient. What is it?

Answer: Live maggots.

No, really. The cheese has live maggots crawling in it. Not only that, the maggots jump out when disturbed, so you have to protect your eyes when you eat the cheese. If you don't want to eat live maggots, you can put the cheese in a paper bag until the maggots suffocate.

Interestingly, if the maggots die on their own, the cheese is considered to be spoiled and it's thrown out. That's the part that really confuses me. Someone had to think, "Hey, this cheese has maggots in it, let's eat it" but then rejected a cheese without maggots.

At one time, it was actually illegal to make or sell this stuff, but wiser (?) heads reconsidered.
Source: Author Correspondguy

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