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To the Poll: Have You Started Eating Calamari Again?
Or has “This American Life” murdered your squid love for good? By Jessica Voelker
Did This American Life forever ruin calamari for you?
Comments () | Published January 22, 2013

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!


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  • MR

    This one point that has never been brought up in all of this discussion is that if you see tentacles, it's squid. I'm a tentacles first eater anyhow.

  • John Toner V

    I only ever eat the grilled calamari, squid or octopus anyway. Anything deep fried is suspect, but is normally good.

  • Gillian

    I eat Sausage, I eat Sweetbreads, I don't mind the thought of Pork Bung.

  • Zack

    I'm a nose-to-tail guy. If the pork bung is clean, what's the problem?

  • Jess Voelker

    I've asked myself that question a lot since hearing the episode, Zack—I'm an omnivore too, but I'm generally pretty freaked out that it's so hard to trace the origins of what we eat. Then there's the thing about what you'd have to do to bung to make it taste squidy—probably not a pretty process. And what about people who don't eat pork? They are legion.

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