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Stinging Nettle Eating

In what sounds like something out of “Fear Factor” more than a British pastime, thousands upon thousands of Brits flock to Dorset every year for the Stinging Nettle Eating Competition. What started in the mid-1980’s as a way to settle a dispute between two local farmers now sees upwards of 50 people (gluttons for punishment, really) compete by eating as many raw, prickly stinging nettle leaves off of a 20-inch stalk as possible. The techniques vary, but the competitors’ pained faces are consistent throughout.

(Credit: Flickr/Matthew L Stevens)

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