Got Haggis? Happy entrails to you…

January 23, 2008

A frequent topic here is “Stuff you Wouldn’t Put in your Mouth for a Million Dollars.” This brings us to a Reuters story about haggis, a Scottish dish which is basically a sheep’s heart, liver and lungs wrapped inside its stomach lining. In other words, sort of like a turducken gone terribly wrong.

The U.S. has banned imports of haggis. Scotland wants to get the ban lifted, because supposedly Scottish people living here really want to buy the stuff. If you live in heavily Scottish areas of the U.S., this will explain the long lines at the butcher counters in Piggly Wiggly, as shrill bagpipers demand a haggis fix.

My opinion is, Scotland got it exactly right with single malt Scotch, but really blew it when they started stuffing internal organs into each other and calling it food. My solution is, the U.S. should allow haggis to be imported, ONE AT A TIME. When one sells, they get to bring in another one. I’m guessing that first one will be around for a long time.  

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haggis-300.jpgA 2000 file photo shows Darren McCarty competing in the throwing of the haggis competition during Highland Games in Livonia, Michigan. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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I’m with you, blog guy. We have to seal those borders. Look what happened with fruit cake. We let them in willy-nilly and now they are everywhere and even want amnesty.

Your friend,

Duncan “Hines” Hunter

Posted by John C Abell | Report as abusive

Did you notice how I got TURDUCKEN in there? My next goal is to get turducken AND gyrocopter into the same posting. I believe it can be done.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

I dunno man. Any dude that can wear a skirt and still be intimidating isn’t someone I’d mess with. Somebody should get them some haggis before they break out the face paint….

Posted by K | Report as abusive

Speaking as a person who is over 50% Scottish in heritage, I must inform you that great quantities of haggis are consumed at Scottish Highland Festivals all over the USA, every year. [One often hears the phrase ” I double dog dare you” around the haggis booth, but so what?]

If there were no haggis, there would be no reason to MAKE and DRINK single malt scotch. Drinking heavily causes an increase in body temperature, thus the need for short skirts on men. And thank God for that! It takes a REAL man to drink scotch, eat sheep’s guts, listen to bagpipes, and proudly wear a skirt.

Posted by Dee T | Report as abusive

But, Dee, the haggis they eat at the festivals is domestically made, it just isn’t the real McCoy (or MacTavish)! Being one of these strange people who happen to like haggis, I think lifting the ban an allowing imports from across the pond is a great idea.

Posted by Random Numbers | Report as abusive

CRAP! I just passed Security and logged on in the departure lounge only to learn I have to eat seven haggises raw during the flight, flush them down the blue water toilet, or try getting them past the TSA!

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive