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A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John explores some (sometimes) mouth-watering regional foods from around the US.

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Hi, I'm John Green. Welcome to my salon. Hey there, fake fireplace. This is Mental Floss on YouTube. 

I'm from Alabama so I know that Chitlins are a very common food in the Southern United States, but you might not. Also known as Chitterlings, Chitlins are the small intestines of usually a pig. Intestines are actually pretty ordinary cuisine around the world but in the U.S. we mostly see them eaten in the South. 

Anyway that's the first of many regional foods I'm going to tell you about today and I'm sorry viewers from countries that aren't the United States, but I'm still going to mention you occasionally because we steal a lot of dishes from you guys. 

Kentucky is well-known for Burgoo, which is a kind of stew. It used to contain meat from animals like raccoon, or opossums, or squirrels. These days, sadly, it's more likely chicken or pork. 

Let's talk about pie for a second. Avocado pie from California is said to have originated in the 1950s. You should only really eat Marionberry Pie in Oregon because marionberries are a kind of blackberry that were invented at Oregon State University. Shoofly Pie is a kind of molasses pie brought to the United States by the Pennsylvania Dutch. And speaking of Pennsylvania, we can thank the Amish for whoopee pie -- which is not what you think it is. 

Also from Pennsylvania, of course, cheese steak, a steak sandwich with cheese, and scrapple, which is all the parts of the pig which you usually don't eat, like heart, head, etc. broiled then mushed up then made into a loaf with cornmeal. It's like meatloaf except disgusting. 

Did I just say pig? Time to put a quarter in the staff pork chop party fund. Oh, and we forgot the quarter for chitlins!

Goetta is a popular sausage in Cincinnati, which they probably took from the Germans, you know, because it's sausage. It's like scrapple, but with oats instead of cornmeal, and turned into sausage instead of a loaf. The town's also known for Cincinnati chili, which sometimes contains chocolate or cinnamon. 

On New Year's Day in the South it's considered good luck to eat black-eyed peas, especially in the form of Hoppin' John. That dish contains black-eyed peas, white rice, ham, and onions. It's also delicious.

Rochester, New York is home to the Garbage Plate, a dish of half tater tots and half macaroni salad, or as I like to call it, Heaven. Then you can choose what to add: cheeseburger, hot dog, egg, sausage, steak. Pile on some mustard, and or onions, and you have yourself a Garbage Plate. The Garbage Plate is famous for being mentioned in the Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling film The Place Behind the Pines which admittedly no one saw, but I enjoyed it because those are two handsome lads. 

And then there's Frito Pie, a dish that you can find in Texas containing chili, cheese, and Fritos, and also my vomit after I eat it. Frito pie is rumored to have been invented by Daisy Doolin, and mother of Frito-Lay founder Elmer Doolin. 

The Norwegian dish Lutefisk is white fish soaked in lye for days until it has like a jelly-like consistency. 

And Madison, Minnesota calls itself the Lutefisk capitol of the U.S. Minnesota stole a lot of food traditions from the Norwegians, including Lefse, which is a flat-bread for special occasions. One food we didn't steal from Europe, the Boston Cream Pie, invented in Boston in the 1850s. Boston's nickname, bean town, came from Boston baked beans, made from beans and molasses. 

And while we're talking about Massachusetts, let's discuss chowder. New England clam chowder, chowda -- is it "chowda," or "chowder"? -- anyway, New England clam chowder is cream-based and most other clam chowders contain tomatoes but of course that doesn't fly in New England. In fact, in 1939, Maine tried to make it illegal to put tomatoes in chowder. 

Manhattan clam chowder is brothier and has tomatoes. Rhode Island clam chowder is very similar but without vegetable chunks. 

Alaskans love their reindeer, specifically, eating them. They eat reindeer hot dogs and reindeer steak. They've also been known to eat sourdough pancakes, which sound delicious and Alaska has its own kind of ice cream, Akutaq. Ingredients include fat, meat, berries, oil. In the local language, Yupik, akutaq means "something mixed." Sometimes it's made primarily out of Crisco and I can tell you from experience that it's disgusting. 

From the 49th to the 50th state, Hawaii has a lot of regional dishes like Loco Moco, a breakfast with white rice, a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and gravy. They also have a bunch of dishes made with Spam, like Spam Musubi, which is fried Spam on rice and wrapped up with seaweed like sushi. And Poke is Hawaiian for "to slice" which explains why the dish is a salad made up of sliced raw tuna, seaweed, and vegetables. But if raw fish and Spam are too daring for you, Hawaii also has its own regional desserts, like guava chiffon cake, distinct for its orange color and guava flavor, and Haupia, a pudding made from coconut milk. 

Speaking of dessert, the Date Shake was invented in the 1940s by Russ Nickle who ran a date shop in California, and to be clear, Date Shakes are not things that you drink on a date. They are like, shakes made of dates. Which is to say that you should never try them on a date. 

If you order Rocky Mountain Oysters in the Western U.S., you should know in advance that you are about to eat bull testicles, probably deep-fried. And if you're into exotic meats, you might also want to try alligator sausage in Louisiana, or Geoduck in the Pacific Northwest, which is like a large clam thing. Then you can always head down to Texas to try some Diamondback Rattlesnake. More like "rattlesnack," am I right, Texas? Meredith...what did I say about puns? No puns!

For less-exotic meats, go for Finger Steaks in Idaho, which is just deep-fried steak. And then of course there's Turducken, turkey stuffed with duck, that's stuffed with chicken. Believe it or not, this isn't just a disgusting American invention. It's very similar to Balatine in the U.K., but anyway, it's best-known here for its Louisiana roots. 

Rubber ducky, I've got good news and bad news, and the good news is that you're about to have a chicken inside you. 

The state pastry of Wisconsin is Kringle. It's a flaky and doughy dessert filled with nuts or fruit and it's technically Danish. But it's not a Danish, just to be clear. Anyway Wisconsin is know for its Kringle, not its originality. But they're also famous for Chicken Booyah, a chicken and vegetable stew, and Limburger cheese, which of course is famous for its strong smell. 

Alright, let's talk sandwiches for a minute. Beef on Weck is a popular dish in Buffalo, New York. It's basically just a roast beef sandwich on kummelweck roll. The Spiedie Sandwich, which is like a regular sub sandwich with cubes of marinated meat also comes from New York. In Illinois, a Horseshoe sandwich is an open-face sandwich with fries, meat, and cheese sauce on it. A typical Horseshoe Sandwich has around 1900 calories, or enough to last you for a day. 

The Po'Boy is from Louisiana. It's made from baguette, fried shrimp or other meats, and gravy. The sandwich used to be called a peacemaker because it's so good, you don't even want to fight it. 

Other food you should eat in Louisiana, King Cake on Mardis Gras if you can't make it to France, and Gumbo. King Cake is a delicious  pastry cake, and if you find a little plastic baby in your piece, then you're special. Which is one of the main ways that King Cake is different from all other foods. Because if you find a little plastic baby in them, it's terrible news. And gumbo is a famous soup that was invented in Louisiana. Okra is one of its main ingredients. In fact, the word "gumbo" probably came from a Bantou word meaning "okra." 

Alright I gotta speed up let's talk about the South quickly. Grits are porridge made from corn. We borrowed this one from the Native Americans. Add shrimp and you have Shrimp and Grits. Chicken Fried Steak is just steak prepared exactly like fried chicken. Coca Cola Cake is a regular chocolate cake with Coke as a prime ingredient and it's great. Chess Pie was probably stolen from England. It's a pretty standard pie but it contains cornmeal. And Watergate Salad is a delightful-looking green goo made from pistachio pudding, Cool Whip, pineapples, and marshmallows. Baked Deviled Crab is crab that's deviled like eggs, and then baked. She-Crab Soup was probably Scottish before it was a favorite in the Carolinas. It's a chowder made of crab eggs which is why it's named after the female crab. And the South is also known for Conch Chowder, and Frogmore Stew, which has shrimp, corn, potatoes, and sausage. 

Then we have some things that are exactly what they sound like. Sweet Potato Biscuits, Pickled Pig's Feet, Boiled Peanuts, and Fried Green Tomatoes. And finally, I return to my salon to tell you about one of Time Magazine's Top 25 inventions of 2013, the Cronut. We may have only recently invented the half-doughnut half-croissant, but already, it's a staple in New York City. Only 300 are made every day in Dominique Ansel Bakery and they sell out every single day. In fact because they're so popular, some people even scalp Cronuts, for up to $100 a piece. 

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