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Scientists Discovered Cockroach “Milk” And It’s Healthy AF

Would you like some cockroach with your milk?

Yes, cockroach milk is a thing and the internet is freaking out about it, rightfully so.

Well, it’s 2016 and Donald Trump is a presidential candidate so I’m inclined to believe this one to be true. Nothing is shocking in this world anymore.

According to FWx and Science Alert, when mama cockroaches have baby cockroaches, they secrete a crystal-like protein substance that is quite nutrient-dense and provides a large source of energy. This “milk” is specific to a certain species of cockroach that gives birth to live young.

“The fact that an insect produces milk is pretty fascinating – but what fascinated researchers is the fact that a single one of these protein crystals contains more than three times the amount of energy found in an equivalent amount of buffalo milk (which is also higher in calories then dairy milk).” -Science Alert

I mean, we eat crickets and we’ve tried just about every other kind of milk out there from goat’s milk (and apparently buffalo milk) to almond and coconut milk. It’s only natural that it becomes the next type of “milk” that turns into a health fad. But these health claims are backed by scientists in India that are calling it a superfood so it can’t be that crazy, can it?

Have you heard about Cockroach Milk? 🍶 I kid you not 😳 #CockroachMilk #Cockroach #Milk

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The article by FWx indicates that this is more likely to be a supplement for people who already have a hard time getting nutrients:

“The nutrient-rich, protein-dense food is probably best suited for people who are already struggling to get enough calories to begin with.” -FXw

People on Twitter are having a field day with this, as they should, since it’s a pretty polarizing topic:

The finding proves to be too overwhelming for Wendy:

We’re with you John:

Let’s just hope Starbucks doesn’t come out with a Roach Milk Macchiato any time soon.



Source: FXw, Science Alert


Rebellious Cockroach Chills Next To A Restaurant’s ‘Grade-A’ Sign

cockroach grade a

Not entirely sure what constitutes an ‘A-grade’ for a California restaurant, but surely the inspector would have freaked had he seen roaches hanging out on the window.

California grades the cleanliness of establishments by giving them nifty little letter grades that are posted in front of the building.

With these posted letter grades, people can see an ‘A’ and feel like they can take naps on the floor. On the flip side, they can see a ‘C’ and expect sticky tables with weird smells coming out of them.

Well in a plot twist to Cali’s infallible system, a Redditor posted a photo of a cockroach peacefully resting right next to the posted ‘grade-A’ sign of a restaurant he frequents.

Of course, you always have to take things posted to Reddit with a grain of salt, but the poster seemed sincere when saying, “Believe whatever you want man. Honestly I wish it were fake considering I’ve had dinner at this place a several times.”

Unfortunately, the Redditor didn’t name the restaurant, so have fun guessing which California restaurant this was.

While this might cause great alarm for some customers, cockroaches are probably gluten free, so everything should be fine.

h/t brobible


Florida Man Dies After Bug-Eating Competition

Can eating bugs really kill a person?

A Florida man was pronounced dead shortly after participating and winning a bug-eating contest. Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach held a bug-eating competition in which the winner would take home the grand prize of a python.

Edward Archbold, a 32-year-old man from West Palm Beach, collapsed outside the store after winning the contest according to a statement released on Monday by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Of the 30 contestants competing for the python, Archbold was declared the winner. However, upon reaching the hospital, Archbold was pronounced dead. Michael Adams, a professor of entomology at the University of California at Riverside, explained that “unless the roaches were contaminated with some bacteria or other pathogens, I don’t think that cockroaches would be unsafe to eat.”

The bugs that were consumed were raised in a controlled environment as food for reptiles.

via: AP Photo: Death and Taxes