|Fugu Fish at Market. Source: Janne Moren|
As one of the world's most deadliest delicacies, the fugu fish's poison is estimated to be several times more lethal than cyanide. Deadly. Like my charm and strikingly good looks. Even a small dose has the lethal power to induce dizziness, exhaustion, nausea, and headache. Even worse, the poison shuts down electrical signaling in the nervous system, paralyzes the muscle tissues, and eventually leads to asphyxiation without treatment. There is no known antidote to its poison. So appetizing.
|Fugu Fish. Source: Toyohara|
Due to serious and legitimate health concerns, preparation of the fugu fish is controlled by law. Fugu chefs must train for two to three years to gain certification. The exam consists of a written test, an identification test, a practical test, and a real fugu preparation test where the candidates must eat the fish they prepared themselves. About two-thirds of the candidates pass. Assuming the preparation part is the hardest, does that mean a third of them die?! Sounds like a promising career path. Despite these considerably low passing rates, there are over 3,800 fugu restaurants in Japan. Just to be safe, you can take a trip to Shimonoseki, Japan, where there have been no fugu-related deaths.
|Sliced Fugu Fish. Source: El Scrapeo|
Interested in more? Check out this video of a chef preparing the fugu fish.
Or this article about the fugu fish for more information.
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