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DDT Wallpaper

Trimz debuted their children's room DDT-impregnated wallpaper in 1946. It was available in two patterns: "Jack and Jill" or "Disney Favorites."

It was certified to be absolutely safe "because the DDT is fixed to the paper. It can't rub off!" But since you're not going to find any similar product sold nowadays, I'm guessing that it actually did rub off.



Popular Mechanics - May 1946



via Envisioning the American Dream

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 04, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Insects, 1940s

Cockroach Magnetization


Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore recently made an unusual discovery, which is that "the magnetic properties of living cockroaches are strikingly different from those of dead cockroaches."

Place a living cockroach in a magnetic field and it'll become magnetized, and then stay magnetized for about 50 minutes.

Place a dead cockroach in a magnetic field and it'll also become magnetized, but then remain magnetized for almost 50 hours.

The reason for the difference:

Cockroaches become magnetized because they contain magnetic particles that become aligned with an external magnetic field. These particles are trapped in a runny medium that has low viscosity in living cockroaches. But as soon as the creatures die, the medium begins to harden and its viscosity increases.

So I'm curious how strongly magnetized dead cockroaches become. Would it be possible to use them as refrigerator magnets?

More info: MIT Technology Review

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 28, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Insects, Science, Experiments

Anti-Mosquito Leggings

I'm a bit surprised these anti-mosquito leggings never (to my knowledge) caught on, because if they actually worked then who cares if they looked dorky. Then again, I suppose DEET had already been discovered.

Danville Morning News - Apr 6, 1937



Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Apr 1, 1937

Harrisburg Evening News - Apr 2, 1937

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 12, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Insects, 1930s

No-Roach

She seems a bit too happy to be applying No-Roach. Also, her eyes seem to follow you wherever you move.

The Monroe News-Star - Oct 23, 1967

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 08, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Insects, Advertising, 1960s

Butterflies in my stomach

Ronald Taylor, a professor of pathology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, was an early promoter of an insect-based diet. In the 1970s, he published two books on the topic: Butterflies in My Stomach: Insects in Human Nutrition (1975) and Entertaining With Insects, Or: The Original Guide to Insect Cookery (1976). Some of the recipes in the books included:

  • Boiled cod with snail sauce
  • Wasp grubs fried in the comb
  • Moths sauteed in butter
  • Braised beef with caterpillars
  • New carrots with wireworm sauce
  • Gooseberry cream with sawflies
  • Devilled chafer grubs
  • Stag beetle larvae on toast

The full recipe for Peanut Butter Worm Cookies is below.





Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 22, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Insects, 1970s

Man in Tent for Deep Woods OFF



Apparently, this commercial featuring a guy in a tent filled with biting insects has attained a certain minor cult status I was not aware of.

The original is in the first video at the 3:40 mark.



Here's the guy, now revealed to be Bill Clement, still stuck in the tent fifteen years later.



But most recently, he (or a younger surrogate) finally gets to come out of the tent--and he's got a sexy woman with him. That's progress!



Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 15, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Insects, Nature, 1970s

Bugnet!



Does anyone under sixty years old recognize that this bit of lame bureaucratic humor is a DRAGNET parody?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 20, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Government, Insects, Nature, PSA's, Parody

Cockroach Milk

Diploptera punctata, aka the Pacific Beetle Cockroach, is the only known viviparous cockroach, which means that its offspring develop inside its body before it gives birth to them. It bears live young.

While its babies are growing, it nourishes them with a milk protein crystal. Some doctors in India think this cockroach milk crystal would make a "fantastic" protein supplement for humans, since it contains three times the energy of an equivalent mass of dairy milk.

Dr. Subramanian Ramaswamy extols its virtues, "It's time-released food. If you need food that is calorifically high, that is time released, and food that is complete — this is it."

More: Times of India, International Union of Crystallography Journal

Diploptera punctata

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 03, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Food, Insects

Slip Slidding Away 2: Slime Of The Snails

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The insects appear to be rising up against us by sabotaging the roadways! First the mayflies here and now snails sliming the Autobahn. Drive carefully or you may get bugged too!

Posted By: patty - Thu Jun 30, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Insects, Transportation

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