Over the last 100 episodes of Fear Factor we have asked our contestants to eat some of the foulest things on earth but nothing could compare to the heaping bowl of blended rat that Elizabeth Passarelli had to choke down in our special 100th New York edition of Fear Factor.
FEAR FACTOR: What was going through your mind when you found out that you would be eating a blended rat?
ELIZABETH PASSARELLI: At first I looked down at that bowl and I was ready to give up. I was ready to just walk off and say forget it. But then the crowd was yelling. And Joe said, "Come on." And I knew that the other contestants where going to go for it, so I looked down and I just started inhaling that horrible mess.
FEAR FACTOR: What did it smell like?
ELIZABETH PASSARELLI: Oh, it smelled so bad. It was the worst thing I've ever smelled in my life. It was worse than the 15 to 30 bags of trash that were sitting on the sidewalk. It was disgusting.
FEAR FACTOR: Describe the texture?
ELIZABETH PASSARELLI: It was like the hairiest, grossest thing you could ever imagine. It was like hairballs with vomit. It was like drinking a bowl of vomit with hair. It was so disgusting.
FEAR FACTOR: Did you feel like you were going to throw up?
ELIZABETH PASSARELLI: I don't think I had time to think about throwing up while I was doing it. I didn't even think -- I wasn't thinking about anything. I was just looking down, staring at the bowl. And all I knew was just to inhale. I was trying to go as fast as I could.
FEAR FACTOR: Was it hard using the spoon?
ELIZABETH PASSARELLI: I think using the spoon made it a lot worse because I was planning on being able to plug my nose. And I wasn't able to. And the spoon wasn't a tablespoon. It was a teaspoon, so you had to do extra shovels. It was absolutely the most disgusting thing I've ever come encounter with. It was hairy and chunky and gritty and chalky. And it smelled awful. And it tasted worse.