The food of the future (which, as we all know, is insects) is now available as a pasta. Actually, it's been available for a few years. French pasta-maker Atelier a Pates added cricket pasta to their product line-up a few years ago, but is now reporting that it's become so popular they're having trouble keeping it in stock.
Their recipe: "Whole eggs are added to a mixture of seven percent insect flour to 93 percent organic spelt wheat flour, producing a brownish pasta that is shaped into radiatori, fusilli, spaghetti and penne."
They note that the cricket pasta has a lot of protein in it, so it can replace meat for vegetarians. But can you actually call yourself a vegetarian if you're eating insects? What are the official rules about that?
The crew of a Delta Airlines flight from Baltimore to Atlanta decided that everyone had to switch to a new plane when they learned that a baboon tarantula was loose on board. The tarantula had somehow escaped from its cargo shipment container.
The tarantula was later found. It had never made its way into the passenger compartment. But still, a good decision to switch planes. I can imagine passengers would have freaked out if they had been surprised by a baboon tarantula crawling down the aisle. [11alive.com]
Check out the video below to see a baboon tarantula in action.
Mom of the year saw a spider on her shoulder so she jumped out of her moving car (yes she was driving) with her 9 year old son in the back seat. The boy climbed over the seat and tried to get the vehicle stopped. Unfortunately he hit the gas by mistake and rammed a school bus.
If you've seen an insect in a movie, there's a good chance it was a prop made by insect artist Graham Owen. He specializes in the "design and fabrication of intricate life-size insect replicas" that are frequently used in movies and TV shows. His most famous insect might be the fly that tormented Walter White in an episode of Breaking Bad.
A recent article about him offers more details about his art and career. And the article included this piece of info, which was new to me:
While the nature of real insects makes them difficult to use, there is another reason Owen’s replicas are in high demand: American Humane Association guidelines prohibit dead insects from being filmed, he said.
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