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NYT: Cockroaches Are His Friends (NOTE: this is interesting, not gross)

  • LiberalElite (5958 posts)
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    NYT: Cockroaches Are His Friends (NOTE: this is interesting, not gross)


    Aaron Rodriques has his priorities in order.

    When he got off the train at Pennsylvania Station to come home for winter break, coat pockets stuffed with beetles and giant cockroaches, he did not go see his girlfriend on the Upper East Side or his parents in the Bronx. He headed straight for the nearest Petland.

    He picked up 10 crickets, 10 waxworms, 13 tobacco hornworms and 15 darkling beetle larvae, known as superworms.

    The next day, just before Christmas, Mr. Rodriques, 26, sat in his childhood bedroom, surrounded by glass tanks, and reflected on his metamorphosis from isolated bug nerd to minicelebrity and fledgling ambassador for the creepy and crawly, performing regular show-and-tells at art spaces and schools.

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    I feel much better since I've given up hope

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  • Enthusiast (11192 posts)
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    1. I can't muster much enthusiasm for insects.

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frederic Bastiat, 1848
    • FanBoy (7983 posts)
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      2. how about for bugnerd turned celebrity, turning on kids to his passions

  • Haikugal (6816 posts)
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    3. Fascinating. Thanks for this post!

  • Abakan (3002 posts)
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    4. I have been known to have some odd pets…

    Snakes, tarantulas, hermit crabs and others that slip my mind.

    I draw the line at these creatures. This is quite interesting and not a bit gross.

    Thank you

    “I’m, like, a really smart person.” D J T   Better to be a smart person, than to be like one, Donny.
  • Rocco (650 posts)
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    5. I understand that insects

    are the new beef. People are talking about eating insects instead of meat. High in protein.

    You wont get me to eat them.