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Gene Vincent’s FLEA BRAIN

"If she wasn't good-looking, she'd be better off dead."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 23, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Insects, Music, 1950's, Brain Damage

The Fate of Fleas, 1894

via Jennifer Wallis
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Nov 06, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Insects, Nineteenth Century

Waitress There’s A Cockroach In My Salad

When a customer in a Chinese restaurant complained about a cockroach in his salad the waitress showed him it was safe to eat by eating it. Delightful!
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Jul 16, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Insects, Restaurants

Doomsday for Pests

Spray that DDT everywhere!

Aren't you a little sad for all those cartoon bugs?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 12, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Disasters, Insects, Nature, 1940's

Chirps Cricket Chips

Available now for pre-order. They're chips made of cricket flour. I'd be willing to try them because from what I've heard crickets don't taste bad at all. And if they don't look anything like crickets, all the better! Though I have a hard time imagining these will ever go mainstream.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jul 10, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Food, Insects

Cockroach Farming

Here's a weird job you can do at home — raise cockroaches. Yuan Meixia of China is making a good living doing it, having transformed her house into a cockroach farm. This involved cementing shut every crevice and hole in the house so the critters can't escape, and replacing all doors with zippered silk nets.

According to the South China Morning Post: "Yuan places honeydews, apples and rice bran on shelves at each end of the room, where the insects swarm and feast. On the living room table is a bag of glucose for the baby cockroaches, or nymphs, which resemble little red beans."

She sells the roaches to a local pharmaceutical company.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jun 12, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Insects, Jobs and Occupations

Sara Mapelli, the Bee Queen

For more info, you can check out her website. The video of her "bee dance" goes on for quite a while, but at around minute seven she stops dancing and (still wearing her shirt of bees) joins a tea party already in progress.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu May 08, 2014 | Comments (14)
Category: Insects


MITE from Walter Volbers on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 02, 2014 | Comments (1)
Category: Insects, Cartoons

Beetle Game


I want to see Hasbro or Mattel market this game today.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 24, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Games, Insects, 1930's

Bug Invasion

In July 1957, Hastings Minnesota was invaded by fish flies. Millions of them. So many that they piled up on roads in enormous drifts and prevented cars from getting through.

From the History of Hastings blog:
The cops were called. The Fire Department was called. State highway sanders were useless against the combined efforts of the millions of fish flies who piled up their little bodies against all human efforts. Meanwhile the deck of the bridge became as slippery and slimy as grease, stalling cars that had to be moved to release the motorists stalled and steaming in cars with all windows closed against the bugs.
For over an hour a group of strong-backed youths, who volunteered their help, pushed and tugged cars through the 2 1/2 ft. bug-drift in the center of the bridge. Some were members of the very commendable teenager Cavalier Auto Club, supported by the Greater Hastings Association. The young men did a terrific job, some wearing bathing trunks, as they waded through the piles of bugs to help motorists. They pushed, advised, sweated with flies in ears, mouths, eyes. Look at those spots in front of the camera lens. They’re bugs…. stacked up on the car hood, piled up in drifts. How prolific-the hatch was terrific.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Apr 06, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Insects, 1950's
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