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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38 Comments on "Florida Man Dies After Eating Dozens of Cockroaches in Pet Store Contest"

  1. Crazy Irish Dan . | Oct 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm |

    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!

  2. Crazy Irish Dan . | Oct 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm |

    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!

  3. 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,

  4. 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 | Oct 9, 2012 at 11:41 pm |

      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 | Oct 9, 2012 at 11:41 pm |

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

      • MoralDrift | Oct 10, 2012 at 1:20 am |

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

      • MoralDrift | Oct 10, 2012 at 1:20 am |

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

      • Anarchy Pony | Oct 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm |

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

      • Anarchy Pony | Oct 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm |

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

        • Jin The Ninja | Oct 11, 2012 at 4:50 am |

          ants are surprisingly edible as well.

        • Jin The Ninja | Oct 11, 2012 at 4:50 am |

          ants are surprisingly edible as well.

          • Anarchy Pony | Oct 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm |

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

          • Anarchy Pony | Oct 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm |

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

          • Anarchy Pony | Oct 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm |

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

          • Anarchy Pony | Oct 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm |

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

          • Anarchy Pony | Oct 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm |

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

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

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

          • Jin The Ninja | Oct 16, 2012 at 11:12 am |

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

          • Jin The Ninja | Oct 16, 2012 at 11:12 am |

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

  5. 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,

  6. alizardx | Oct 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm |

    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.

  7. alizardx | Oct 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm |

    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.

  8. bobbiethejean | Oct 10, 2012 at 11:07 am |

    Just ship the Darwin award straight to his grave. 

  9. bobbiethejean | Oct 10, 2012 at 11:07 am |

    Just ship the Darwin award straight to his grave. 

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