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Man eats 13 cockroaches to win iPod

 
Swamp Thing
10/11/2004 11:34 AM
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Man eats 13 cockroaches to win iPod
NYC man routs locals, eating 13 roaches to win iPod

By RANDI WEINER
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: October 10, 2004)

WEST NYACK — With a short scream mixed with a laugh, 15-year-old Bettie Abney of Nanuet rushed from the cooking demonstration to her friends, hands to her mouth, calling "I ate bugs! I ate bugs!"

"I wouldn´t," said Nasreen Jones, 17, of Nanuet. "It´s nasty."

Author and chef David George Gordon is used to people panning his creations. The author of "The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook" was at the Palisades Center yesterday to help promote the IMAX film "A Rainforest Adventure: Bugs! in 3D."

He cooked, he lectured, he joked, and he oversaw a competition among the strong-stomached for an Apple iPod that was won by Manhattanite Shai Pariente, 22.

Pariente was fastest among three finalists at eating a baker´s dozen of oven-baked cockroaches — and he did it with his hands tied behind his back and without ketchup.

"They were good," he said, cradling the box with the small computer inside. "Crunchy and salty. I would eat them again."

Runner-up Noam Gil, 23, of the Bronx lost by one cockroach and congratulated Pariente on his win before walking off with friends.

Third-place winner Elisabeth Dominguez, 19, of Haverstraw, downed two or three of the insects before one became lodged in the back of her mouth and she retired to the theater ladies room to expel the bug, along with the chicken fajitas she had just eaten for lunch.

"I wanted to win, but it was disgusting," she said.

The IMAX theater has been showing "A Rainforest Adventure" since Sept. 24, and the film has been popular with school groups, said Steven Schwab, theater director. It will remain on the marquee until late December. The film follows two insects, a praying mantis and a caterpillar, in the jungles of Borneo.

Schwab said that the film´s distributors offer Gordon to theaters showing "A Rainforest Adventure" as a publicity event. Gordon said said he´s visited 22 states and two foreign countries cooking insects and challenging locals to eat scorpions, crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms to promote the film and to teach people that bugs aren´t all that bad. Especially stir-fried.

"What I do is get people interested in bugs as something other than what people swat," the 54-year-old Seattle resident said. He cautioned people not to eat bugs raw, as they may contain parasites.

Not everyone, of course, is a fan of insects. Kenny Kittle, 46, of Palisades and his 8-year-old daughter, Amanda, stopped by to see the demonstration but refused to participate.

"I´m not going to do it," Kenny Kittle said, while Amanda shook her head and called the entire idea "gross."

Most of Gordon´s supplies are commercially grown: soft-bodied crickets are available in pet stores, for instance, and wax worms are used as fishing bait. The crickets taste a bit like shrimp, and the wax worms, when used with white chocolate chips in cookies, taste like pistachios, he said. Wild, black-shelled crickets, which you can find under the back porch, have a gamier taste than the soft brown ones, he said.

The bigger insects, like the 4-inch grasshoppers, which can cost $5 each, or the like-sized scorpions, which can cost $10 each, come from private suppliers. They are caught in the wild, but far away from civilization, where there is little chance they have encountered pesticides.

Gordon said he became interested in cooking bugs years ago as an outgrowth of scientific work he did on slugs. The book did well among slug people, he said, but is not particularly well-known in other circles.

"I studied fish in college," he said. "I´m a science writer by profession, and I like writing about odd stuff."

His second book was "The Compleat Cockroach," and after that was finished, he e-mailed his agent that he´d like his next book to be a bug cookbook. Much to his surprise, his proposal was immediately accepted by two book companies. After several months of investigation and experimentation, "The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook" was on bookstore shelves.

Gordon´s own deliberate first taste of insect was at a fair several years ago. An exhibiter was offering Chex Mix with crickets. He came, he saw, he ate.

With the exception of Europeans and their cultural neighbors, most civilizations routinely include insects in their diet. They are high in protein and calcium and low in carbohydrates and fats. Eating them instead of spraying them with chemicals is better for the environment, Gordon said. Large animals like cows, pigs and sheep take up more space, produce more waste and methane gas and eat more food than insects — and insects are nearly as efficient at producing protein.

"The whole thing is a mind-over-matter deal," Gordon said. got to pocket several hundred dollars´ worth of iPod into the bargain, the third place contestant wasn´t so lucky. After necking two of the creatures, she withdrew from the contest in order to vomit.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Re: Man eats 13 cockroaches to win iPod
This is EXACTLY why we need a BIG Re-do...

Stuff like this, it´s beyond human.

Apocalype now...
idol harobed
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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A friend of mine told eating grasshoppers, when cooked, are just like eating shrimps.
WILBUR
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Heck I think I could do that since they weren´t raw and trying to crawl back up your throat.
Green
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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I´m not sure which part I don´t get most - Eating bugs, or eating bugs for an iPod.
Nancy Lieder™
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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That´s nothing!

I eat worm cassaroles and roast dogmeat sammiches, and I do it because the voices in my head tell me too!

Top That!
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12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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That is nothing compared to The fear factor.

Watch them eat gross shit for $ 50,000!!!

It sure is fun when trash-tv shows people what other people will do for moneeeeeeeeey.
The Lone Bumper™
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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DC
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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WEST NYACK

Interesting..that´s where the Clinton´s live.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Tastes like chicken
Black
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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notice he ate 13 cockroaches and david booth said october 13th???

coincidence. i don´t think so...
rebel4ever
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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where is Darwin when you need him??
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Hmmmm ... roaches

((( drool )))
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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Eat roaches? Not for a million bucks.
Black
12/08/2005 10:18 AM
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i´ve eaten grubs before. they are crunchilicious!

i´d probably have no problems eating any other bugs, but i do dislike cockroaches.

except for those big madagascar hissing cockroaches..those guys rock. one of my friends has those as pets..they are cool creatures.

almost makes me a religious man.
Steve Jobe
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02/02/2006 11:15 PM
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iPods will make you deaf.

WHAT!!!!???

Apple Hit With iPod Hearing Loss Lawsuit
[link to www.informationweek.com]
Anonymous Coward
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02/02/2006 11:17 PM
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I wonder if he looked at his poo later?
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01/25/2014 10:35 PM
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Re: Man eats 13 cockroaches to win iPod
almost 10 years later, men are still doing crazy shit just to get noticed

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