We don’t know what your friends like to talk about, but it’s been the topic of conversation at every dinner we’ve attended since This American Life dropped its “Doppelgangers” show upon us. Dining companions saying they just can’t stomach the idea of fried squid rings after considering the rumor—the totally unsubstantiated rumor, mind you—that pork bung is sometimes used as “imitation calamari” and shipped off to restaurants for your dining pleasure.
And it’s a funny thing, the power of suggestion. Even at some of our city’s finest restaurants, where there is no doubt that seafood sourcing is being taken super seriously, we’ve watched friends and family demure at the suggestion of taking on a platter of calamari.
But we want to hear from you: One week later, are you turned off from fried squid
forever, or have you already returned to those crispy rings? To the poll!