I ate raw oysters out of curiosity (I first wrote "I hate raw oysters"...was that a Freudian slip?) and to find out what the big deal was about those, and also to please my boyfriend who loved them. Luckily, I married that boyfriend and now I'm divorcing him so hopefully, I'll never have to swallow those poor live creatures ever again. You don't really eat oysters, you never chew them (THAT would be really disgusting), you just swallow them (I suspect to get rid of them more quickly?) and get a taste of sea water as you imagine the poor little thing dying a slow painful death in your stomach acids. That little dash of lemon of hot sauce that you use on them, prior to their doom is just a test to make sure they're still moving (I'll squirt lemon in your eyes...let's see if you're still moving!) proving they're still alive. If you eat a dead raw oyster, that little bugger will make you pay dearly for all the other ones that you tortured. I like meat, I like fish, I'm not a vegetarian, but I think I draw a line where it comes to eating something LIVE! Also cooked oysters are disgusting, go for mussels instead.