Florida Man Dies After Eating Dozens of Cockroaches in Pet Store Contest

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Via The Smoking Gun:

Thirty-two year old Floridian Edward Archbold died in the parking lot of a pet store this past Friday after consuming dozens of roaches in a contest to win a free python. The “Eat Bugs for Balls” contest offered the snake as a prize for the person who could consume the most discoid roaches in four minutes. Archbold is reported to have stated he didn’t feel well before regurgitating the roaches he had consumed. He collapsed moments later. The investigation is currently ongoing. Discoid roaches, also known as “False Death’s Head” roaches, are popular feeder animals for tarantulas and reptiles like bearded dragons. They can reach lengths of three inches.

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  • Crazy Irish Dan .

    Man…cannot imagine that…if they’re anything like Palmetto bugs, and I think they’re the same thing, wow. 

    I’ll never forget moving into our first house in Florida. My dad and mom grew up in New York and were used to seeing ‘German Cockroaches’ the small kind. My dad apparently sees his first Palmetto. Goes to squash it on the wall with a rolled up magazine after going ‘what the FUCK is that thing?’. 

    This is where it gets good.

    MISSES THE ROACH. 

    Then, he learns that they can fly – when it flies up over his head, and down the back of his T-shirt. 

    He about jumped out of his skin, and I don’t remember if he screamed like a little girl or not, but I sure as hell would have!

  • Crazy Irish Dan .

    Man…cannot imagine that…if they’re anything like Palmetto bugs, and I think they’re the same thing, wow. 

    I’ll never forget moving into our first house in Florida. My dad and mom grew up in New York and were used to seeing ‘German Cockroaches’ the small kind. My dad apparently sees his first Palmetto. Goes to squash it on the wall with a rolled up magazine after going ‘what the FUCK is that thing?’. 

    This is where it gets good.

    MISSES THE ROACH. 

    Then, he learns that they can fly – when it flies up over his head, and down the back of his T-shirt. 

    He about jumped out of his skin, and I don’t remember if he screamed like a little girl or not, but I sure as hell would have!

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Dieing to win a big snake; that’s kinda nutty. Willing to bet the roaches weren’t his only dietary problem.

    In Thailand, especially in Isaan, bugs are food, and can be bought from street vendors, prepared just the way you like them. The Aboriginal Australians also enjoyed bugs as food. And of course, the average American eats about 1lb of bug parts every year in processed and fast foods.

    Some insects contain a significant amount of protein. Chapul’s protein powder, a cricket based protein power, seems to be available in the US. And insect protein powder is being used as chicken & cattle feed.On the other hand, I’ve never been hungry enough or motivated by an incentive enough, to try bugs as a snack,

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Dieing to win a big snake; that’s kinda nutty. Willing to bet the roaches weren’t his only dietary problem.

    In Thailand, especially in Isaan, bugs are food, and can be bought from street vendors, prepared just the way you like them. The Aboriginal Australians also enjoyed bugs as food. And of course, the average American eats about 1lb of bug parts every year in processed and fast foods.

    Some insects contain a significant amount of protein. Chapul’s protein powder, a cricket based protein power, seems to be available in the US. And insect protein powder is being used as chicken & cattle feed.On the other hand, I’ve never been hungry enough or motivated by an incentive enough, to try bugs as a snack,

    • Jin The Ninja

      as far as insect edibles go, my experience has been the crunchier the better, the more “juicy” the less appealing the taste.

    • Jin The Ninja

      as far as insect edibles go, my experience has been the crunchier the better, the more “juicy” the less appealing the taste.

      • MoralDrift

        i’d say that sounds about right. I’ve always thought crickets or grasshoppers, perhaps ants, were prime candidates

      • MoralDrift

        i’d say that sounds about right. I’ve always thought crickets or grasshoppers, perhaps ants, were prime candidates

      • Anarchy Pony

        Grasshoppers are fine, but I won’t eat anything else. In terms of bugs.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Grasshoppers are fine, but I won’t eat anything else. In terms of bugs.

        • Jin The Ninja

          ants are surprisingly edible as well.

        • Jin The Ninja

          ants are surprisingly edible as well.

          • Anarchy Pony

            The only ones we have around here are those little bastard Argentine yellows, all the natives seem to have been extirpated.

          • Anarchy Pony

            The only ones we have around here are those little bastard Argentine yellows, all the natives seem to have been extirpated.

          • Anarchy Pony

            The only ones we have around here are those little bastard Argentine yellows, all the natives seem to have been extirpated.

          • Anarchy Pony

            The only ones we have around here are those little bastard Argentine yellows, all the natives seem to have been extirpated.

          • Anarchy Pony

            The only ones we have around here are those little bastard Argentine yellows, all the natives seem to have been extirpated.

          • http://twitter.com/mattstaggs Matt Staggs

            Chocolate covered ants are crunchy like tiny bits of rice. I liked them.

          • http://twitter.com/mattstaggs Matt Staggs

            Chocolate covered ants are crunchy like tiny bits of rice. I liked them.

          • Jin The Ninja

            same. although i found choco-mealworms to be quite distasteful…

          • Jin The Ninja

            same. although i found choco-mealworms to be quite distasteful…

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Dieing to win a big snake; that’s kinda nutty. Willing to bet the roaches weren’t his only dietary problem.

    In Thailand, especially in Isaan, bugs are food, and can be bought from street vendors, prepared just the way you like them. The Aboriginal Australians also enjoyed bugs as food. And of course, the average American eats about 1lb of bug parts every year in processed and fast foods.

    Some insects contain a significant amount of protein. Chapul’s protein powder, a cricket based protein power, seems to be available in the US. And insect protein powder is being used as chicken & cattle feed.On the other hand, I’ve never been hungry enough or motivated by an incentive enough, to try bugs as a snack,

  • alizardx

    I still want to know what that person died of. “Icky” does not necessarily mean lethal, insects are a traditional form of protein, anyone who has eaten grain products consumes them regularly (google on FDA “Bad Bug Book”), the other contestants didn’t die.

  • alizardx

    I still want to know what that person died of. “Icky” does not necessarily mean lethal, insects are a traditional form of protein, anyone who has eaten grain products consumes them regularly (google on FDA “Bad Bug Book”), the other contestants didn’t die.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      if i remember right roaches in particular have a neat ability where they taste absolutely repulsive (to fend of predators). Maybe whatever it is that makes them taste so bad might be toxic in some way?

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      if i remember right roaches in particular have a neat ability where they taste absolutely repulsive (to fend of predators). Maybe whatever it is that makes them taste so bad might be toxic in some way?

      • Oblique Sphearoid

         Are you speaking about poo again…

      • Oblique Sphearoid

         Are you speaking about poo again…

    • Simon

      I suspect a severe allergic reaction. 

    • Simon

      I suspect a severe allergic reaction. 

      • Simiantongue

         That’s possible but it’s more likely that he tried to hold back regurgitation and inhaled it.  

      • Simiantongue

         That’s possible but it’s more likely that he tried to hold back regurgitation and inhaled it.  

        • Simon

          I can see that, stuff going down the wrong pipe never feels good.

        • Simon

          I can see that, stuff going down the wrong pipe never feels good.

    • Calypso_1

      Perhaps they had mixed in some True Death’s Heads by mistake.

    • Calypso_1

      Perhaps they had mixed in some True Death’s Heads by mistake.

  • bobbiethejean

    Just ship the Darwin award straight to his grave. 

  • bobbiethejean

    Just ship the Darwin award straight to his grave. 

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