This week we learned about a terrifying octopus-stuffed turkey, insect-infused bitters and more. 

By Justine Sterling
December 20, 2013

The Internet is a black hole for strange, weird and wonderful things—especially when it comes to food. Rather than dive in yourself, let F&W do it for you. Here, four of the most absurd food items we saw this week.

The Terrifying "Cthurkey"Now that the turducken has been accepted into the mainstream, there’s a new hybrid roast in town and it’s the stuff nightmares are made of. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulu, the Cthurkey is an octopus-stuffed turkey with king crab legs all topped with a few strips of bacon for good measure.

Insect BittersIf you can’t bring yourself to eat crickets, would you drink them? The cutely named Critter Bitters are a line of cocktail bitters made with toasted crickets. There are currently four flavors: vanilla cricket, cacao cricket, toasted almond cricket and prune cricket.

Deep-Fried Beer on a BurgerPhiladelphia’s PYT restaurant figured out a way to consummate the classic union of a burger and a beer. The Beerger is a burger topped with pickles, mustard-dill aioli and pretzel coated deep-fried PBR. Customers must be 21 or older to order it.

Hangover Helper TaxisJust in time for peak holiday party season, Kabuto Noodles, a London noodle store, has launched Kab-U-To-Work, a service that promises to help cure your hangover as you are driven to work. The cabs come with a bowl of steaming hot noodle soup, orange juice, sunglasses, breath mints and painkillers.

Falafel PizzaSometimes it’s hard to figure out what cheap eat you’re craving—pizza or falafel? Hungry New Yorkers no longer have to choose. A restaurant in Queens called Benjy’s Kosher Pizza Dairy Restaurant & Sushi Bar is offering pizza topped with balls of falafel, which is best enjoyed with tahini and hot sauce. Judging from the name, that’s probably not even the strangest thing on the restaurant’s menu.

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