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2013-07-20 02:08:59 AM
A burger made of pulverized mealybugs would be nearly indistinguishable from chicken nugget style patty. You'd never know. Serving a whole, fried spider? Retarded.
 
2013-07-20 02:25:00 AM
hmmmm...NOPE!
 
2013-07-20 02:26:46 AM
no

NO

AW ... HELL NO!
 
2013-07-20 02:31:53 AM
Well, I guess it's worth a shot, but I doubt I'd like it.
 
2013-07-20 02:32:45 AM
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2013-07-20 02:39:25 AM
I would never eat a spider, because venom. Or in the case of tarantulas, hair which is specifically evolved to act as an irritant. I've thought about roasted locusts, though. I'd need some spicy sauce for dipping, like sambal.
 
2013-07-20 02:46:08 AM
Yum!

I was about to go cook some dinner when I clicked on it.  Yep, still hungry.

Not bugs though - just pork./
 
2013-07-20 02:51:17 AM

HotWingAgenda: I would never eat a spider, because venom. Or in the case of tarantulas, hair which is specifically evolved to act as an irritant. I've thought about roasted locusts, though. I'd need some spicy sauce for dipping, like sambal.


I've had roasted locusts with some kind of spicy chili sauce.  It actually wasn't half bad.  It was kind of like eating really crispy grilled pork or chicken skin.  Much like my prom date, it was one of those things I started doing just to say I'd done it, but once I dug in, it was a pretty good experience.
 
2013-07-20 02:54:04 AM
If I got stoned enough, I'd eat a deep-fried tarantula.
 
2013-07-20 03:03:52 AM

doglover: A burger made of pulverized mealybugs would be nearly indistinguishable from chicken nugget style patty. You'd never know. Serving a whole, fried spider? Retarded.


exactly. if I were going to eat grasshoppers all civilized-like, I'd eat them the way the chinese eat dried shrimp.

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2013-07-20 03:08:33 AM
I had a friend in high school whose dad worked at a novelty company where they made insect candies.   I tried quite a few bugs covered in chocolate.  I always thought the chocolate would have been better without the bugs...  NTTAWWT.
 
2013-07-20 03:15:07 AM
WAITER! There's no fly in my soup!

/if you make cows sacred then you need to get your protein from somewhere
 
2013-07-20 03:18:06 AM
Joe Rogan writes for NPR now?
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2013-07-20 03:23:39 AM
does not look like bacon to me
 
2013-07-20 03:47:42 AM

DigitalCoffee: WAITER! There's no fly in my soup!

/if you make cows sacred then you need to get your protein from somewhere


Beans, nuts, legumes, soy, etc.

If you do the ovo-lacto thing, there's plenty of eggs.
 
2013-07-20 04:03:35 AM

darwinpolice: HotWingAgenda: I would never eat a spider, because venom. Or in the case of tarantulas, hair which is specifically evolved to act as an irritant. I've thought about roasted locusts, though. I'd need some spicy sauce for dipping, like sambal.

I've had roasted locusts with some kind of spicy chili sauce.  It actually wasn't half bad.  It was kind of like eating really crispy grilled pork or chicken skin.  Much like my prom date, it was one of those things I started doing just to say I'd done it, but once I dug in, it was a pretty good experience.


Well, I've never considered cannibalism. I hear we taste too gamey.
 
2013-07-20 05:19:12 AM
I once ate a barbecued seagull because it was the first meat I'd been offered in more than a week. (Weird situation, long story.) And I still would not eat the deep-fried spider. That is yucky. Spiders are not people food. Crabs and lobsters are only just barely people food, and if they were smaller, they wouldn't be. Crayfish or crawdads or whatever the freaky mini-lobsters from rivers are called, those are a gray area where you can eat them if you must, but we shall all suspect you of being Cajun. Spiders are just too far.

If we must use bugs for food, may I suggest we feed them to a larger, tastier animal which we can then eat once it's converted the yucky bugs into, say, delicious white meat? Chickens, for instance, can be fed on insects and grain.
 
2013-07-20 06:12:52 AM

SpiderQueenDemon: I once ate a barbecued seagull because it was the first meat I'd been offered in more than a week. (Weird situation, long story.) And I still would not eat the deep-fried spider. That is yucky. Spiders are not people food. Crabs and lobsters are only just barely people food, and if they were smaller, they wouldn't be. Crayfish or crawdads or whatever the freaky mini-lobsters from rivers are called, those are a gray area where you can eat them if you must, but we shall all suspect you of being Cajun. Spiders are just too far.

If we must use bugs for food, may I suggest we feed them to a larger, tastier animal which we can then eat once it's converted the yucky bugs into, say, delicious white meat? Chickens, for instance, can be fed on insects and grain.


You're just protecting your minions.
 
2013-07-20 06:35:19 AM
A bumblebee flew in my mouth last week when I was riding my bike.

I reflexively blew it right back out, so now I can say I've blown a bumblebee....
 
2013-07-20 06:44:22 AM
No, no, maybe?

I'm a bit of an arachnophobe day to day (especially guys over 1" across) and tempura fried vengeance seems opportune.
 
2013-07-20 06:55:05 AM
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2013-07-20 07:13:29 AM

SpiderQueenDemon: I once ate a barbecued seagull because it was the first meat I'd been offered in more than a week. (Weird situation, long story.) And I still would not eat the deep-fried spider. That is yucky. Spiders are not people food. Crabs and lobsters are only just barely people food, and if they were smaller, they wouldn't be. Crayfish or crawdads or whatever the freaky mini-lobsters from rivers are called, those are a gray area where you can eat them if you must, but we shall all suspect you of being Cajun. Spiders are just too far.


http://www.worldhum.com/features/how-to/how-to-eat-fried-tarantulas- in -cambodia-20091201/

Tarantulas first started meeting with woks in large numbers during the tragically widespread food shortages of the brutal 1975-1979 Khmer Rouge regime
 
2013-07-20 08:01:25 AM

wildcardjack: No, no, maybe?

I'm a bit of an arachnophobe day to day (especially guys over 1" across) and tempura fried vengeance seems opportune.


Until he starts moving...
 
2013-07-20 08:40:17 AM

doglover: A burger made of pulverized mealybugs would be nearly indistinguishable from chicken nugget style patty. You'd never know. Serving a whole, fried spider? Retarded.


Yeah, I think insects are going to be an increasing part of the global diet, since they're incredibly cheap, nutrient-dense, and environmentally-friendly. But I think for most people that transition is going to have to happen with products which are insect-meal formed into hotdogs and hamburgers and thing, where it's more of an abstract idea that it was once an insect.
 
2013-07-20 09:17:37 AM
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2013-07-20 09:24:20 AM
I went to a showing of the Indiana Jones trilogy at the Alamo Drafthouse where they served mealworms with one of the dishes. The were crunchy.

/too bad they fired the head chef, the new menu sucks
 
2013-07-20 09:56:06 AM

HotWingAgenda: I would never eat a spider, because venom. Or in the case of tarantulas, hair which is specifically evolved to act as an irritant. I've thought about roasted locusts, though. I'd need some spicy sauce for dipping, like sambal.


I believe the venom is neutralized by cooking, and isn't orally active anyway. The urticating hairs could be a pain in the ass, but I recall watching a documentary that showed a couple of South American Indian hunters in the rainforest. As they hunted, they came across a tarantula, and decided to stop for a snack. They burned the hairs off over a fire, and put the spider in the coals to roast. Apparently, it tastes something like lobster.
 
2013-07-20 10:09:47 AM
Stoned. NPR is stoned. Always.
 
2013-07-20 10:50:21 AM
img.pandawhale.com
 
2013-07-20 10:58:50 AM
I've eaten bugs before and as a person who has eaten them, I will say that there's no reason to eat them unless it's a bet.  It's not like they are filling enough to be a real food replacement, so even starving people get very little out of eating bugs.
 
2013-07-20 11:09:18 AM
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2013-07-20 11:10:13 AM
I've had grasshopper tacos before.  They were a bit overseasoned, but good overall.

I've watched enough Bizarre Foods to know that bugs taste like what they eat.  If I was going to seriously try them, I'd hope I could find some that were specially fed and herbicide free.

We were supposed to get a bunch of cicadas this year, but I ain't seein' them (and again, I don't know what the hell is in the soil around here).
 
2013-07-20 11:10:53 AM

HotWingAgenda: darwinpolice: HotWingAgenda: I would never eat a spider, because venom. Or in the case of tarantulas, hair which is specifically evolved to act as an irritant. I've thought about roasted locusts, though. I'd need some spicy sauce for dipping, like sambal.

I've had roasted locusts with some kind of spicy chili sauce.  It actually wasn't half bad.  It was kind of like eating really crispy grilled pork or chicken skin.  Much like my prom date, it was one of those things I started doing just to say I'd done it, but once I dug in, it was a pretty good experience.

Well, I've never considered cannibalism. I hear we taste too gamey.


Game?! Have you looked at our exercise rates?
 
2013-07-20 11:11:03 AM

doglover: A burger made of pulverized mealybugs would be nearly indistinguishable from chicken nugget style patty. You'd never know. Serving a whole, fried spider? Retarded.


I was caught chitin on my diet.
 
2013-07-20 11:51:43 AM
Would you like to know more?
 
2013-07-20 11:54:09 AM

SpiderQueenDemon: I once ate a barbecued seagull because it was the first meat I'd been offered in more than a week. (Weird situation, long story.) And I still would not eat the deep-fried spider. That is yucky. Spiders are not people food. Crabs and lobsters are only just barely people food, and if they were smaller, they wouldn't be. Crayfish or crawdads or whatever the freaky mini-lobsters from rivers are called, those are a gray area where you can eat them if you must, but we shall all suspect you of being Cajun. Spiders are just too far.

If we must use bugs for food, may I suggest we feed them to a larger, tastier animal which we can then eat once it's converted the yucky bugs into, say, delicious white meat? Chickens, for instance, can be fed on insects and grain.


In South Louisiana they're referred to as crawfish. Personally I don't like them. Pain in the arse to peel, and usually expensive as fark to get.
 
2013-07-20 12:32:01 PM
I'd try some of that. Dog tasted good... How bad could a grasshopper be?
 
2013-07-20 04:53:55 PM

EvilEgg: You're just protecting your minions.


You'd think so. A lot of people assume that the name is a Lolth reference, but it's actually a Steely Dan one. The irony is that I am actually rather afraid of spiders, formerly clinically-phobic, in fact, and was called Spidey all through middle and high school after a humiliating incident with one of the creatures of which we do not speak.

In college, the classic-rock DJ at the college radio station heard 'Spidey' and (rather generously,) assumed that it was short for SpiderQueenDemon because I was quite fond of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's work, and the 'upgraded' nickname stuck. I still answer to Spidey, though, and my little godchildren call me Aunt Spidey.
 
2013-07-20 06:05:09 PM
The spider looked good. I'd probably eat deep-fried anything with the right dipping sauce. Except Twinkies.
 
2013-07-20 06:49:53 PM
for some reason this one made me laugh

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2013-07-20 07:04:20 PM
Not more than a week ago they were saying not to clean your ears. Like not at all, ever. Farking disgusting.
 
2013-07-20 10:09:46 PM
FTFA: Gordon recommends dusting the deep-fried tarantula spider with smoked paprika.


*I* recommend dusting damn near everything in smoked paprika.
 
2013-07-21 12:51:18 AM

Towermonkey:

In South Louisiana they're referred to as crawfish. Personally I don't like them. Pain in the arse to peel, and usually expensive as fark to get.
In Baton Rouge, I had Crawfish Etouffee. It was, simply, the tastiest thing I have ever had in my mouth. I'm drooling now, just thinking about it. Laissez les bon temps roulez!
 
2013-07-21 01:52:55 AM
I'd at least try a tarantula leg. Hell, it looks like a crab, and crab is damn tasty.
 
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