In her field studies on the island of Pemba, which belongs to Tanzania, Young observed that it is mainly pregnant women who experience cravings for earth. "It’s like an addiction. There is even a word for it: vileo," she says.
So says this article from Der Spiegel, the German newspaper, on the fascinating worldwide phenomenon of pregnant women craving dirt. Compared to that, pickles and ice cream (even together!) doesn't seem so bad, huh?