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This holiday, it's easy to get caught up in the frills. Fireworks, grilling, the old red, white, and blue. But let's not forget the true reason for the season, celebrating our liberation from our staunch, haggis-eating, tea-drinking forefathers. Think about it. If we hadn't told GB to buzz off, we may have never created the Double Down. Girl Scout Cookies would only be eaten at tea time. French fries would be called chips and chips would be called crisps. Crisps!

So, this Independence Day, remember there's plenty reason to revel in our independence, especially the fact that we didn't get stuck eating that awful soggy grey stuff they call "food" on the other side of the pond. Sure Britain's got its cool accents and nifty TV shows, but we'll take a deep-fried twinkie over this mess any day:

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1. Stargazey Pie

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Pastry pie topped with fish heads

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2. Jellied Eels

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Like unagi, only gross

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3. Haggis

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A pudding thing made from sheep heart, liver, and lungs

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4. Black Pudding

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A pudding sausage thing made from pig's blood

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5. Baby Gaga Ice Cream

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Warning: Made from human breast milk

PicThx Mother Nature Network 

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6. Spotted Dick

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Another pudding thing made with raisins; thankfully not diseased genitalia

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7. Laverbread

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Seaweed thing?

PicThx Neil Cooks Grigson

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8. Sussex Pond Pudding

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A boiled cake with a whole lemon inside. Why is it boiled?

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9. Turkey Twizzlers

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What looks like Britain's version of Slim Jims, only a million times more frightening

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10. Marmite

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Yeast extract-based salty poop sauce

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11. Bubble and Squeak

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Medley of last night's leftover cabbage

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12. Pork Faggots

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Unfortunately named offal meatballs

PicThx Lily In Canada

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13. Flies Graveyard

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Giant raisin newtons

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14. Mushy Peas

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Not gross necessarily. Still sad looking though.

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Happy 4th of July everybody!

(CORRECTION 7/3/14: A previous version of this article listed Pickled Eggs as a British food. They are British in origin, but can also be found worldwide.)

Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.