Could You Eat 15 Worms in 15 Days?

November 1st, 2009 by

I had to type this blog entry with one eye closed, so I wouldn't have to look at the worm on the book cover.


What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? And can you imagine eating that for 15 straight days?

In How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell, Billy makes a bet with his so-called-friends Alan and Joe that he can eat 15 worms in 15 days — and the winnings are 50 dollars! I totally get the goosebumps just thinking of creepy crawly worms; I definitely would lose this bet!

For fun, I asked my friends what weird things they’ve eaten:

  • Karen: fermented soybean
  • Joey: eggplant
  • Connie: lamb brain
  • Tricia: Rocky Mountain oysters
  • Nancy L.: Peruvian cuy (a whole guinea pig!)
  • Margaret L: snake blood
  • Michelle: cow’s milk (I think Michelle may have been joking with me… I’m not sure.)
  • Brandi: bone marrow (I hope not human…)
  • Felix: aligator tail
  • Sam: Parkay Squeeze (margarine from a squeeze jar)
  • Kristina: fried scorpion (she says it tastes like chicken skin)
  • Chris: stinging nettle (ouch!)
  • Sherry: fried grasshoppers
  • Margaret H.: camel (lean and healthy, apparently!)
  • And me: dog food and cat food (on a dare also… just like Billy! But no money was at stake, sadly.)

One of my favorite parts of the book is when Billy’s parents — who you’d think would be outraged by Billy eating worms — suddenly start to help him out. His mom even makes him a fancy French dish: “Alsatian Smothered Worm: dredge the worm with seasoned flour. Sauté in three tablespoons drippings until browned. Cover with sliced onions, pour over cup thick sour cream, cover pot closely, and bake in a slow oven until tender.” WOW. That almost sounds… delicious. Almost.

How to Eat Fried Worms has also been made into a movie, but since I am very, very, very scared of creepy crawly things, I won’t be watching that any time soon. Or ever. But even if you’re just as scared by the squigglies as I am, you can still check out the book!

Billy has worms served up to him in many ways in How to Eat Fried Worms, so I’m curious what’s been served to you guys… What’s the WEIRDEST thing you’ve ever eaten, and how was it?

— Nancy

4 Responses

  • Vanessa writes:
    November 25th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I read the book how to eat fried worms it was a good book! I hate sauce and if I had to eat it every day for 15 days I would probably throw up.

    p.s I still thought it was a good book

  • Vanessa writes:
    November 25th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    I think every one should read The Ghhost of Lost Island.It is about a boy an his grandfather who go on an island and Gabe gets told a scary story and they found an awful ghost or is she a ghost?

    • Kidsmomo writes:
      November 25th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

      This is a great review, Vanessa! If you submit the review for The Ghost of Lost Island (or ANY book you’d like to review) here: It might get highlighted in Reviews by You(th) section!

      — Nancy 🙂

  • Ayra writes:
    November 29th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    You ate Cat Food on a dare???? 0_o woww…. (daredevil)

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