The Disgusting Food Museum in Sweden has named root beer among its exhibits.
Sure, I can see where someone might say root beer isn’t the tastiest thing in the world, but is it really in the same league as maggot-infested cheese and roasted guinea pigs?
That’s what Disgusting Food Museum founder Samuel West thinks.
"If you give root beer to a European, they're gonna spit it out and say 'This tastes like toothpaste, it's disgusting,'" West, known for his Museum of Failure, said to the Washington Post. "I want people to question what they find disgusting and realize that disgust is always in the eye of the beholder."
The Disgusting Food Museum in Malmo, Switzerland is meant to challenge visitors conception of what is actually “gross.” What one culture finds delicious, another might find revolting.
The feeling of disgust is actually evolutionary—it’s meant to help us avoid disease and unsafe food. It’s so universal, in fact, disgust is one of the six fundamental human emotions. While we all have the emotion in common, the foods that we find disgusting are subjective.
The exhibit has 80 of the world’s most disgusting foods, including cod sperm, duck fetus, and wine made from baby rats.
Twinkies and Spam join root beer in the American portion of the museum.
The museum will open on October 31 and run through early January 2019.