16 Benefits of Lemon You Should Know.


Bright, flavorful, and juicy; lemons are the most popular citrus fruit in the world. From Indian Ayurveda, to Italian cuisine (where lemons are practically a culture themselves), lemons are used all across the world to enhance the flavor of food, soothe a sore throat, and even cure certain diseases. Lemons are rich in many nutrients, such as Vitamin C, pectin, flavonoid antioxidants, B-vitamins, potassium and calcium. It’s no wonder these little yellow fruits have so many different uses! Below you’ll find several benefits of lemons you may not know about that can make you healthier, improve your appearance and simply make certain tasks easier.

Balance Your Body’s pH

According to the Ayurveda philosophy, we should always start our day by aligning our body with nature’s rhythms. This includes restoring the pH balance in our bodies which often becomes acidic due to the stresses of modern life: junk food, pollution, lack of exercise and other toxins. It is important to keep the body slightly alkaline to prevent illnesses and chronic diseases like as cancer. Although lemons are indeed acidic, the nutrient content found in lemons is alkaline-forming. Lemons are one of the most alkaline forming foods around, which is why they are great for alleviating a number of health problems. Kick-start your day with a morning ritual of drinking a cup of lukewarm water with half a lemon squeezed in.

Relieve Indigestion and Constipation

Lemons are little antibacterial powerhouses. Their bacteria-fighting properties destroy bad bacteria and allow good bacteria to flourish in the body, which can relieve indigestion and constipation. Sipping a warm glass of water mixed with the juice of one lemon can stimulate peristalsis, as well as the production of saliva and stomach acids that start the digestion process.

Lose Weight Faster

If you’re on a diet, lemons can be your best ally. Several Hollywood starlets swear by the Lemonade Diet when they need to lose weight fast. Lemons aid with weight loss in several ways:

  • Pectin, a type of soluble fiber found in lemons, can help you feel fuller and eat less. Drinking a cup of hot tea with half a lemon squeezed in before meals is a great way to prevent the overeating.
  • Pectin also works double duty to slow the rate of glucose or sugar absorption in the body, thus preventing blood sugar spikes that are common to Type 2 Diabetes.
  • As an added bonus, lemon juice also happens to be a natural diuretic! This means it helps the body flush out excess water weight through increased urination. Less water weight means less bloating and puffiness, so you look slimmer and fit into your jeans better.
  • If you want to quickly shed some pounds before a big event, use this technique: In the mornings, you can make a diet lemonade drink by mixing about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, a pinch of cayenne pepper and 2 teaspoons of honey in a large glass of water. For the remainder of the day, fill a large water bottle (about 500mL) with a mixture of purified water and the juice of 2 to 3 freshly-squeezed lemons. Carry the bottle with you wherever you go and take frequent sips throughout the day. You’ll feel fuller throughout the day, experience less cravings, and gently flush out extra water weight accumulating around your midsection. Just be prepared for frequent trips to the bathroom!

Kill Parasites

If you’ve ever suffered from parasites and intestinal worms, you know that they can be difficult to get rid of. The key to destroying parasites once and for all is creating an environment where they can’t survive. Parasites love acidic environments, so the best way to kill them is to make your digestive system alkaline. Eating a lemon or drinking the juice from a lemon is one of the fastest ways to make your intestines alkaline and kill off pesky parasites.

Improve Your Oral Care

Whether you suffer from bad breath or canker sores, lemons can alleviate a host of oral health problems. Got a toothache? Applying fresh lemon juice to the area can eliminate the pain. Can’t stop your gums from bleeding? Massage freshly squeezed lemon juice into your gums to stop bleeding and keep bacteria that causes gum disease at bay.

Boost Your Concentration

Lemon balm essential oil, which gives off a gentle lemon scent, has been scientifically proven to have a calming effect. One study revealed that sniffing lemon essential oil had the ability to boost the mood of the study’s participants. If you want to increase your concentration and alertness at work, keep lemon balm essential oil handy.

Exfoliate Your Skin

The vitamin C found in lemons is not only good for your health, it’s great for your skin. Vitamin C is a key ingredient in many skincare products because it neutralizes free radicals and stimulates cell renewal by exfoliating your skin. Try slicing a lemon in half and using it as a facial scrub at least once a week. This removes stubborn dirt and dead skin cells that build up on the surface of your skin and reveals a fresher layer of skin underneath. Your face will look healthier and younger, and the best part is, you used something fresh from Mother Nature!

Detoxify Your Liver

According to herbalists and naturopaths, the sourness of lemons signals the nerves and hormones of the body to activate the liver and kidneys. The antioxidants in lemons also help enhance your kidney and liver function, enabling them to detoxify your body. As previously mentioned, lemon juice is also a mild diuretic which encourages your body to let go of stored water weight and flush out accumulated waste products. You will feel cleaner, lighter and more energetic than ever before. Detoxify your liver with a glass of lemon-water each morning. Simply add freshly-squeezed lemon juice to the first glass of water you drink each day.

Treat High Blood Pressure

Pectin found in lemons can help lower cholesterol which causes high blood pressure. Flavonoids in lemons as well as vitamin P help strengthen the blood vessels. Lemons are also rich in potassium which helps prevent high blood pressure.

Get Rid of Dandruff

If you want a simple do-it-yourself treatment for dandruff, you can combine lemon juice with other natural ingredients like coconut oil to make a hair mask that heals and moisturizes your dry scalp, leaving you dandruff-free. Just don’t overdo this treatment because lemon juice also has the ability to lighten your hair.

Make Your Feet More Attractive

Do you have rough, scaly or calloused feet? The solution might be right within your own kitchen. Lemons contain citric acid or vitamin C which acts as a natural exfoliant to slough off dead skin cells, enhance skin renewal, and brighten dark areas. To harness the power of lemons to make your feet pretty and sandal-worthy, there are two things you can do:

  • Make a lemon foot soak by combining the juice of 2 to 3 lemons with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and ¼ cup of milk. Add this mixture to a basin full of warm water. Soak your feet for about 20 minutes,then use a foot file to file off any dead skin from your feet, especially on areas like your heels and the balls of your feet.
  • You can also create a lemon and sugar scrub to exfoliate your toes. Combine two cups of brown sugar with about ¼ cup of olive oil. Make sure the mixture is soft but not too oily. Then add several drops of lemon essential oil. Use this as a scrub after soaking your feet, and top off the homemade foot spa with some lemon-scented lotion! Not only will you have amazingly soft feet, but they’ll smell like summer as well.

Get Rid of a Fever and Chills

Lemon juice can help break fever and chills by naturally increasing the rate of perspiration. To help alleviate a fever, add lemon juice to a cup of hot water or tea with honey. Drink the concoction once every 2 hours or until the fever subsides. If symptoms persist, consult your physician.

Get Glowing Skin

The Vitamin C found in lemons are one of the gentlest and most natural ways to lighten dark spots and even out your skin tone. Vitamin C is also a key component when your body produces collagen and elastin, the tissues responsible for giving your skin a plump and youthful appearance. Without adequate vitamin C, your skin can’t repair these connective tissues, which results in fine lines and wrinkles.

Cure Acne

If you suffer from acne, lemon juice makes a great natural antibacterial treatment for acne. Simply wet a cotton ball in lemon juice and apply it to your face once at night on areas with acne, blackheads and eczema as an alternative to topical acne treatments. Wash the solution off with water the following morning, and follow your regular skincare routine.

Keep Insects at Bay

There’s no need to turn to commercial insect repellents and bug sprays with harmful chemicals if you have lemons on hand. To make a simple yet effective bug spray, simply combine 1 part of lemon essential oil to 10 parts of carrier oil like olive or sunflower oil or ethyl alcohol.  You must use a carrier oil to formulate this concoction because water simply won’t mix with the essential oil.

Alleviate Pain

Lemon essential oils create an aroma that relaxes blood vessels and reduces inflammation, which are key factors in pain relief. If you’re suffering from sore joints due to arthritis, rheuma or other inflammatory diseases, drinking a glass of lemon water each day could help ease your symptoms. Lemon extract can also help alleviate pain associated  with sunburn if applied to the skin with water. Got PMS or premenstrual syndrome? Believe it or not, drinking the juice of a few lemons each day could help relieve your symptoms.

Reduce the Appearance of Varicose Veins

Tired of unsightly varicose veins and spider veins? Use the blood-vessel strengthening properties of lemon to make your legs look younger and more beautiful. Mix several drops of lemon essential oil with a moisturizing oil of your choice, such as jojoba or avocado oil. Massage the mixture into the affected area on a regular basis and watch your unsightly varicose veins slowly disappear.

Whiten Your Teeth

Store-bought teeth whitening treatments are expensive and contain plenty of strong chemicals that could leave your teeth painfully sensitive. Save money and go natural route with a homemade lemon juice and baking soda formula to whiten your teeth. Simply combine the two ingredients in equal proportions to create a bubbly concoction that you can rub onto your teeth using a Q-tip. Leave on for 45 seconds, but no more: the acids in the lemon juice and baking soda can weaken your tooth enamel, then gently scrub off with a toothbrush and clean water.

As you can see, lemons pack a lot of benefits in such a tiny package. Refreshing, invigorating,cleansing and detoxifying, lemons can make a great addition to your home life.


Arnold Schwarzenegger confirms ‘Terminator 5’ role, shooting to start in January

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Arnold Schwarzenegger will become The Terminator once more when Terminator 5begins shooting in January. That’s according to the actor and former governor himself, who spoke to fan site TheArnoldFans.com about his upcoming plans. “I’m very happy that the studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star as the Terminator,” he said. Schwarzenegger’s participation was already known, but exactly what role the 65-year-old would take on was less clear. Paramount Pictures is reportedly set to handle US distribution of the film, taking the mantle from Warner Bros., which distributed previous franchise entrants up to the poorly received Terminator Salvation. Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine 3D) will be penning the script according to Coming Soon.

Arnold’s acting schedule extends beyond sci-fi, too. In the same interview, he confirmed he’s currently reading a script for Triplets, a previously announced sequel to Twins, his 1988 buddy comedy with Danny DeVito. The action star will also be reprising his role as Conan the Barbarian in King Conan, which has been described as a direct sequel to his 1982 film that ignores more recent takes on the hero.


WordPress App Updated With New Push Notification Options.

The WordPress app on Android has had some growing pains, but the new update actually adds some cool stuff. If you’re running a WordPress blog, the app will now make it easier to keep up with reader interactions. Assuming you have any.

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WordPress has implemented Google’s Cloud-to-device messaging service to push notifications of comments, likes, and other stats right to your device. That’s the big improvement, but here’s the full changelog:

  • View new comments, followers, likes, and stats highlights in all new notifications feature!
  • Get push notifications to keep up with your site from wherever you are.
  • New menu icon added.
  • Settings and Sign out options have been added to the overflow menu for easier access.
  • New Permissions required to use the Google Cloud Messaging service for notifications.

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The notifications require a WordPress.com or Jetpack enabled site, and I could see them getting a bit annoying on a blog with the high traffic. It’s still good to see this app improving, though.



Top 10 Challenging Puzzles That Can Win You Big Money If You Solve Them.

With all the problems in the world, there should be at least a few where you can get paid to find solutions. Lo and behold, there are some problems that you can totally get armloads of money for, sometimes for simply sitting in a chair and thinking about the answer. Problems like…

10. The Cray Mathematical Institute’s Millennium Problems


In the year 2000, the Cray Mathematical Institute brought out a list of math’s seven most infamous problems, with the person who solves each problem getting a million dollars. Since 2000, only one has been solved. Grigori Perelman, a Russian mathematician who lived in his mom’s basement, solved Poincare’s Conjecture, an unsolved problem since 1904. However, he spent so many years on the problem, he pretty much dropped out of society, refusing a Fields Medal (math’s highest honor,) and never claimed his million bucks, citing his disillusionment with mathematics. So as long as you don’t mind losing your mind while doing so, there are still six problems out there for you to solve.

One such problem is solving P= NP, a conundrum first proposed in 1971. To put it in simple terms, P is a group of problems that equal, say, the size of a circle. NP is the bastard cigar shaped oval that tries to get one of its ends to match perfectly over the said circle, with positive outcomes of those same problems, but that have to be verified in a math process called Polynomial Time, which is pretty much how they can stay the same through moving time.

Got all that? Basically, it’s solving the exact same problem twice, except the numbers keep changing. It is currently the largest open problem in theoretical computer science. There have been numerous people who have tried their hand at this, and all have failed. The closest we’ve come is a promising claim in 2010 that solved part of it, only to be shot to Hell by mathematicians looking it over.

9. Archon Genomics X Prize


Headache-inducing math problems too hard? The Archon Genomics X Prize requires a little less math. For a $10 million prize, all the winner has to do is create a device that can sequence 100 human genomes within 10 days, with an accuracy of only one error in 100,000 DNA parts. Oh, and the cost has to be under $10,000.

Unlike the math problems, however, this can potentially do a hell of a lot more for humanity than just match numbers together like they were set up on a blind date or something. If this ends up being feasible, genome sequencing can go mainstream, detect future health risks, help make tailor-made medications and can be accessible to everyone with even the most fraudulent health plan.

Also, $10 million dollars. That’s cool too.

8. The Night Rover Challenge


As solar panels are generally only good for collection during the day, NASA has started up a contest with a $1.5 million prize to the person who can figure out a long-lasting method of energy storage, so that things such as rovers can have enough electricity to work during the dark. But not the dark we deal with every night; NASA wants to be able to use solar-powered vehicles on the Moon, a place fairly infamous for being dark all the bleeping time. If somebody can crack this riddle, a rover could explore the Moon, Mars, or even beyond at all hours of whatever kind day they observe over there.

Imagine crystal-clear photos of the Pluto skyline one day. Right now, this would likely be impossible, what with the Sun being billions and billions of miles away and all. But a Night Rover could absolutely pull it off and, if you like money,  you could be the one to help make it happen.

7. Qualcomm Tricorder Prize


Named after a futuristic device on Star Trek, the Qualcomm Tricorder prize is trying to find someone who can make a device that can diagnose patients better than a panel of certified physicians. By doing this and outsmarting doctors, you can win $10 million, and be forever known as the person who actually made a Star Trek prop come to life. Now true, you’d also have an entire community of unemployed doctors screaming for your head, but you probably won’t hear them over the sound of your own filthy-rich-guy cackling.

6. The Methuzelah Mouse Project (Mprize)


By testing mice in laboratories, scientists have found unfortunate consequences, like how mice have an extremely short life span. As many of the tests have to do with human health, results are usually not complete and extremely skewed. Therefore, if you can breed, genetically alter, or otherwise upgrade a living mouse to live past 5 years, you win $4 million. This can help out scientists, by letting them study long-term health risks, and pretty much speeding up science.

Also, this research would go a long way toward studying how these same measures can extend human life as well. To that end, you can win another 4 mil if you can figure out a way to not just make the mouse live longer, but also find a way to keep it healthy during its new old age. Basically, this would be the beginning of scientist’s efforts toward extending just how old humans can get. And maybe then, The Immortal Hulk Hogan would finally live up to his name.

5. Knuth Reward Checks


Donald Knuth has written several books about computers and computer science, and has created an ingenious way to sell them: offer a cash prize to anyone who finds a mistake. If you find one, you win a hexadecimal dollar. It’s not that financially impressive ($2.56,), and the actual check is worth way more than the monetary value on it. But these checks are pretty much a prize in and of itself; Knuth has started using checks from the Bank Of San Sarriff. Never heard of it? That’s because it’s entirely made up. It apparently has branches on the also-fictional planet Pincus, so if you ever find yourself in the Pincus area and need a cash withdrawal, you’re in good hands.

So why go to the trouble of creating an entire world for your fake bank and meager checks? Turns out hackers used his check numbers to break into his account and steal his money. How did they get the numbers? Excited people who found an error and won a check pretty much photocopied the things and posted them to the Internet, proving once again that book sense and common sense are total strangers to one another.

4. Virgin Earth Challenge


British mogul/beard enthusiast Richard Branson also has a prize out, and it’s a whopper. A total of $25 million dollars would go to the winner of the Virgin Earth Challenge which is seeking a way to scrub greenhouse gases out of the Earth’s atmosphere, so as to avoid global warming. There are currently 200 billion metric tons of the crap up there, but luckily the rules state you only need to remove one billion tons to prove that it’s possible. Good; removing a mere billion tons of gas from the sky actually sounds quite doable. A cakewalk really. But 200 billion? Now that’d just be silly.

3. The Paranormal Challenge


The James Randi Educational Foundation’s $1 million prize, awarded to anyone who can show that paranormal activity is real, started off when he was hosting a radio show in Britain in 1968. After a caller said Randi should back up his skepticism, he offered $100 to the first person who could prove that ghosts or spirits are real. He has since upped it and upped it some more, with the prize standing at $1 million right now.

But it’s not as simple as speaking with a spook via Ouija board, or guessing what card Randi randomly selected from a freshly-shuffled deck. You have to show gobs of proof, and pass rounds upon rounds of interviews and tests, under very strict settings, in order to satisfy the challenge. And even then, the rules state that Randi will not admit that supernaturalism is real, even if you pass; he’ll simply admit that you managed to meet his challenge, give you your money, and go right back to being skeptical.

Not that we’ve ever seen such an incident. Since 1968, no one has passed, or even come close; more people have guessed the exact price of The Price is Right’s Final Showcase. Noted spiritualists such as Sylvia Browne and Rosemary Altea have either provided convenient excuses not to do it, or have attempted it and failed miserably.

2. The NASA Nano-Satellite Challenge


With a prize of $2 million, the Nano-Satellite Challenge is searching for anyone who can launch a small satellite into orbit twice in one week. That’s right: twice. Because any ol’ moron can reach orbit once in a week. Hell, we did that yesterday.

There’s a reason for wanting two satellites in orbit, so it’s not just busywork. NASA’s purpose is to show how cheaply satellites can be made while still working, in the hopes of spawning more personal satellite usage. So if you’ve ever been thrilled that you could make a bottle rocket sail over a tree, prepare to be severely humbled, as someone who meets this challenge would see your tree and raise you freakin’ outer space.

1. Elevator 2010


OK, so the prize money here is not the biggest around (only $4 million, versus Richard Branson’s $25 million booty,) but if this challenge were ever met, everything about everything we do would change forever. The Elevator 2010 Prize would go to the person who designs a feasible space elevator. That’s not a metaphorical title; it would literally be an 60-mile-plus elevator that would take you into outer space, perfect for mothers of astronauts who forgot their lunch at home before going to work on the International Space Station.

The prize is also divided into other parts as well, so if you figured out a cost-effective way to just make the elevator so it would not break (kind of a big deal when you’re dealing with little-to-no oxygen on the outside,) you get a million dollars just for that. So if you’re more an “idea guy” than a “build things” guy, there you go.

Or, if you’re a “close enough” kind of guy, this contest has you covered as well. A Seattle team won $900,000 several years ago for developing a cable-climber that successfully traversed a 3000-foot tether. Not quite outer space, but still pretty damn high up.

Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal sues Forbes after it says he’s only worth $20 Billion!!

London: Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has sued Forbes magazine for libel in a British court, alleging its valuation of his wealth at $20 billion was short of the mark by $9.6 billion, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported on Friday.

The prince, a grandson of Saudi Arabia’s founder and nephew of King Abdullah, had attacked the US magazine’s ranking of world billionaires as flawed and biased against Middle Eastern businesses after he was ranked number 26 in this year’s list.

An official at the High Court in London confirmed that Prince Alwaleed had filed a defamation suit against Forbes, its editor Randall Lane, and two of its journalists on April 30. Details of the claim were not immediately available.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal alleged Forbes\’ valuation of his wealth was short of the mark by $9.6 billion.

Through his Kingdom Holding Company, Prince Alwaleed owns large stakes in Citigroup, News Corp and Apple Inc, among other companies. He is also owner or part-owner of luxury hotels including the Plaza in New York, the Savoy in London and the George V in Paris.

This year’s Forbes World Billionaires list was published on March 4, and the following day Kingdom Holding said the valuation process used “incorrect data” and “seemed designed to disadvantage Middle Eastern investors and institutions”.

The public spat attracted a lot of comment, but Forbes stuck by its estimate of Prince Alwaleed’s wealth and published an in-depth article in its March 25 issue entitled “Prince Alwaleed and the curious case of Kingdom Holding stock”.

The article gave details about how Forbes had arrived at the figure of $20 billion and criticised what it described as a lack of transparency by Kingdom Holding in detailing its assets.

The article also described Prince Alwaleed’s marble-filled, 420-room Riyadh palace, his private Boeing 747 equipped with a throne, and his 120-acre resort on the edge of the Saudi capital with five homes, five artificial lakes and a mini-Grand Canyon.

The High Court official in London said the two journalists named in the defamation claim were Kerry Dolan, the author of the article, and Francine McKenna, who was credited with additional reporting.

No date has been set for a court hearing in the case, which is in its very early stages, the official said. The law firm Kobre & Kim, which the Guardian said was acting for Prince Alwaleed in the suit, declined to comment. New York-based Forbes could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Guardian article quoted the magazine as saying: “We’re very surprised at claims that Prince Alwaleed has decided to sue Forbes, particularly if he has done so in the United Kingdom, a jurisdiction that has nothing whatsoever to do with our recent story which raised questions about his claims about his wealth.”

Media lawyer Jonathan Coad, of the London firm Lewis Silkin, said London was seen as a more attractive place than New York to bring defamation suits because US libel law made higher requirements of claimants.

“In the US, a high-profile claimant has to prove firstly that the article was untrue and secondly that the publisher knew that the article was untrue, which is what we call malice. Those are two hurdles that a UK libel action does not present,” said Coad, who is not involved in the Prince Alwaleed case.

Under British libel law, a claimant has only to prove that a publication was defamatory. Then the burden of proof passes to the defendant, who has several possible defences, including that the publication was true.


Windows Phone 8.1 update with notification center, additional features spotted!!!

Jeremiah Wong,  a Reddit user, has posted a series of screenshots that are said to be from a Lumia 920 running on pre release software. The handset that was purchased via eBay is running on a software version that identifies itself as 12084.WPMAIN(wpbldlab).20130509-1407. This particular build was compiled on 5th May and has a number of additions that Windows Phone users have been clamoring for.

WP 8.1 leak Notification Centre

The biggest and most important addition has to be the notification center that seems to be accessible via a dedicated live tile. We hope that Microsoft will add a gesture to access this by the time the software update rolls out. A redesigned calendar interface with weekly views and what appears to be a much improved widget can also be seen. Microsoft has also added the ability to close applications straight through the multitasking menu. The Redmond based company also seems to be tweaking the interface a bit as can be seen from the screenshots and will allow users to sort apps by name and usage frequency in the app list. The handset is running a number of developer centric applications and is clearly one that was being used a developer before being sold on eBay. We’re quite excited to see Microsoft plugging the several shortcomings of its mobile platform and can’t wait for it to roll out to general users.

Evernote finally remembers to add reminders to android app.

Evernote updates Android app with Reminders feature

Two weeks after Evernote added Reminders to its Mac, iOS and web applications, the highly anticipated feature has arrived for Android as well. As with the other platforms, you can now set up an alarm just by tapping the clock icon in a note. You’ll be able to configure due dates, times and whether you want to be alerted via an in-app notification or email. The Reminders are then attached to each notebook, allowing you to organize them in a to-do list if you so choose. You can permit friends or colleagues to subscribe to them too, which could be useful if you want note collaborators to keep track of project deadlines.

Aside from helping you memorize things, Evernote also added a few other improvements to the Android app. They include improved copy and paste in note view, corrected photo order in the multi-shot camera, more functional shortcuts and better Japanese language support.

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Top 10 Animals Eaten In Other Countries

Top 10 Animals Eaten In Other Countries

 Americans love their meat, like a whole hell of a lot. But only certain kinds of meat; when news broke that the Department of Agriculture was to approve a horse meat processing plant, people got upset. Yes, slaughterhouse conditions for other common livestock is horrendous, and horses are “companion animals,” but it’s not uncommon for various countries to breed horses for human consumption.

But hey, if you think horse meat is an oddball delicacy, wait until you what else is considered a relatively common main course in other countries. Vegetarians beware…

10. Iguana


Yes, people eat iguana. It’s been a traditional staple across parts of Mexico and Central America, plus it’s apparently rich in vitamins, and is said to taste like chicken (but what doesn’t?) The most commonly eaten iguanas are the common green, spiny-tailed and the black spiny-tailed.

Alas, the sale of iguana is illegal in the US but, due to lax laws in Florida, they have been brought in as exotic pets, and are starting to become invasive pests. Burrowing beneath sidewalks, breaking into attics, and eating endangered flora, fauna and expensive garden plants may change iguana meat’s “protected” status real quick-like.

9. Turtles


Everyone’s heard of turtle soup, and everyone’s also heard that some turtles are carriers of salmonella. But as with every pet (or entrée in this case,) if proper care and cleaning techniques are used, turtles can be consumed. And if you have an adventurous palate, there are a number of gourmet turtle recipes online waiting to delight your taste buds.

Though popular in Central America and Asia (sea turtle eggs are considered a prized aphrodisiac), turtles are a staple of traditional Chinese medicine, believed to moisten, enrich, and nourish the kidneys and blood, as well as ease menopausal symptoms. That’s right, menopausal symptoms.

8. Guinea Pigs


Guinea pigs? Nooooo, not our snuggwy-wuggwy pets! Sorry, but in parts of South America, guinea pigs are more or less the other other white meat, which means they’re healthier than beef (everything seems to be nowadays,) and they apparently taste like lamb.

In Peru alone, an estimated 65 million guinea pigs are eaten annually. And why not? They’re easy feed, easier to breed (a female guinea pig can have 3-5 litters a year, containing 1-6 pups per litter,) and take up less space than common livestock. Peruvians actually think we’re the crazy ones, for keeping them as pets. And considering they can cost as much as $50 each (not counting sales tax, food, cages and other guinea pig things,) maybe they’re right.

7. Emus


Emus are known for several things: being the second-largest bird in the world, being native to Australia, and having an incredibly fun-to-say name. But according to emu connoisseurs (those exist apparently,) they are also that rare combination of healthy and delicious. Emu meat is apparently lean, low in cholesterol, high in iron and Vitamin C and has a taste similar to filet mignon. Although it may be considered a delicacy to the indigenous tribes of Australia, it didn’t catch on with the rest of the world for unknown reasons. Perhaps everyone else was too busy laughing at the name to bother sitting down for dinner.

6. Maggots


While the thought of having to eat maggots would cause many people to throw up in their mouths, maggots are almost entirely made up of protein, and are highly nutritious. Mostly eaten in parts of Africa, they’re also popular in China. Aside from being a main course, maggots are also useful in the field of medicine, determining a person’s time of death, disposing of carrion and waste, and also Sardiniancheese production, after which the cheese maggots can also be eaten.

5. Camel


Camel meat has been consumed for centuries, believe it or not. Ancient Greeks recorded it being offered at Persian banquets, where it was usually roasted whole. And Roman Emperor Heliogabulus is said to have enjoyed camel heels. Heliogabulus aside, most people prefer the brisket, ribs and loins of the camel, while the humps are considered a particular delicacy. The hump contains “white and sickly fat” that can be used to preserve other meat (known as Khli) such as mutton, beef and camel. Though proven to be rough, the longer camel is cooked, the more tender it becomes.

Camel meat is usually eaten as an alternative source of protein in arid countries such as Djibouti, Somalia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan, to name a few. In Kenya, camel blood is mixed with milk as a source of iron, vitamin D, salt and other minerals. The Abu Dhabi Officers’ Club is known to mix beef or mutton fat with camel burgers, and in Alice Springs, Australia, you can find camel lasagna. Don’t tell Garfield.

4. Dolphins


Though dolphin hunting is practiced in a handful of places (coastal Japanese towns and the Faroe and Solomon Islands, to name a few,) the practice is discouraged elsewhere, because dolphin meat contains high concentrations of methylmercury. Though all fish contain trace amounts of mercury, dolphins contain such high amounts because their diets consist of eating other marine life that containsmercury, and it just builds up over their 18-50 year life spans.

3. Cassowaries


Cassowaries are a species of large bird related to ostriches and emus, and indigenous to the forests of New Guinea and other islands northeast of Australia. And, according to the Korowai people of Papua, New Guinea, young cassowary tastes almost exactly like human flesh.

Now, although cannibalism isn’t as big a part of their culture as it is in other cultures, anyone accused of being a khakhua (a secret witch doctor) will be ritualistically eaten. So they know a thing or two about how we taste. Now, confirming this is kind of hard since most cassowary species are considered endangered, and cannibalism is technically illegal. But that won’t stop any adventurous (deranged) people from trying them. And anyone “daring” enough to try both human and cassowary flesh, feel free to post your findings in the comment section. And your address, which would make it easier for us to stay away from you.

2. Dogs


Everyone knows that in China, Vietnam, South Korea and other Asian countries, dogs are eatencommonly. Turns out doggies were recorded as being eaten in ancient Rome, ancient Mexico and ancient China as well. Today, it’s common in Switzerland, and even President Obama has eaten dog meat.

While some consider dog meat a traditional cuisine, others consider it inappropriate and even sacrilege. It is against both Jewish and Islamic dietary law to eat dog, while Buddhism lists it as one of the “five forbidden meats.” Dog farmers, on the other hand, consider it no different from any other form of livestock. As for you, go stare at Fido snoozing on the couch and make your own decision.

1. Jellyfish


People all over the world eat squid and octopus, but is even possible to eat a jellyfish? Yes, technically. Of the 85 known species of jellyfish, 12 of them are actually fit for human consumption. They’re mostly harvested in Southeast Asia but, due to the popularity of the American cannonball jellyfish, they’re also harvested in the North Atlantic and Gulf Coast, and are eaten in China and Japan.

Processing takes 20-40 days and is handled by an awesomely named “jellyfish master.” It involves removing the gonads and mucous membrane, and treating the umbrella and oral arms with alum and table salt. Then comes compression, which reduces liquefaction, odor and spoiling organisms. The end result produces a crunchy, crisp texture. Though being 94% water and 6% protein, jellyfish contains almost no cholesterol, carbohydrates or saturated fats. Unfortunately, it can also hold the same kind of bacteria as any other kind of meat. Still, it’s cool to know a small number of jellyfish are fit (and nonpoisonous enough) to be called edible.