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(National Geographic)   If you've ever wondered how to eat grasshoppers, ants, and spiders in style, today is your lucky day   (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com) divider line 32
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2013-07-28 02:00:15 PM  
Dried and ground up into protein powder is okay, but I think I'll pass on the shish kabugs.
 
2013-07-28 05:47:18 PM  
Exoskeletons stay exo-my mouth.
 
2013-07-28 06:00:15 PM  
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2013-07-28 06:46:43 PM  
I've not wondered this, nor do I plan to, thanks.
 
2013-07-28 06:47:30 PM  
i ate a lobster once, same thing.
 
2013-07-28 06:52:52 PM  
FTA: "an estimated two billion people regularly eat insects"

If Johnny jumps off a cliff, would you jump too?
 
2013-07-28 06:54:22 PM  
you could just watch the Subaru commercial
 
2013-07-28 06:55:01 PM  
I've eaten silkworms and crickets.  Silkworms aren't bad.
 
2013-07-28 06:57:18 PM  
Always wanted to try tarantula but I feel weird shopping for food at a pet store. Same reason I've yet to eat guinea pig.
 
2013-07-28 06:58:38 PM  
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2013-07-28 07:01:01 PM  
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2013-07-28 07:02:37 PM  
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2013-07-28 07:02:51 PM  
I ate a wasp once on a bet. Easy $5. Beyond that, the only bugs I've eaten were unintentional. Take my advice, keep your mouth shut when riding your motorcycle.
 
2013-07-28 07:04:45 PM  
According to statistics, I've eaten 7,303 spiders in my sleep.  I'm eating a salad right now, so going by average that's 4.59 insects this meal alone.
 
2013-07-28 07:07:47 PM  
I don't even...know...what...NO!
 
2013-07-28 07:09:36 PM  
Ewww.
 
2013-07-28 07:21:13 PM  
Be mindful of mandibles, spikes, and fangs during orgasm*.

*If eating a spider, she might squirt webbing.

:P
 
2013-07-28 07:21:22 PM  
I ate a deep-fried tarantula in Cambodia. Imagine a hairy crab soaked in stale oil.
 
2013-07-28 08:01:51 PM  
Not me. But once saw my golden retriever after trying for years to catch a fly, finally caught one and swallowed it joyfully.

Amazing however that for so many people of the world this is a regular part of their diets, and for us in the West, we get squeamish thinking of it.  I think I would be willing to try it if bugs are mushed up and it's prepared right as the guy in the article suggested.  Wonder how many bug cookbooks the guy has sold in the US.
 
2013-07-28 08:06:40 PM  

eldie: Not me. But once saw my golden retriever after trying for years to catch a fly, finally caught one and swallowed it joyfully.

...


I feed my hedgies live worms every few days. It still gives me the willies to watch it. Ewww.  O_o
 
2013-07-28 08:13:25 PM  

eldie: Not me. But once saw my golden retriever after trying for years to catch a fly, finally caught one and swallowed it joyfully.

Amazing however that for so many people of the world this is a regular part of their diets, and for us in the West, we get squeamish thinking of it.  I think I would be willing to try it if bugs are mushed up and it's prepared right as the guy in the article suggested.  Wonder how many bug cookbooks the guy has sold in the US.


Bugs would be okay if they weren't wrapped in all that hair, chitin, etc., and if they took off the legs, wings, mandibles, eyes and other bits. I eat cow, sure, but I don't eat it with all the hide, eyeballs, tails, hooves, etc. still attached, you know?
 
2013-07-28 08:57:39 PM  
Does he mention how to properly prepare and serve grasshoppers?

Unless you are eating them in small quantities as novelties, the legs are pulled off because they have no nutrition.

In Leviticus 11:22 grasshopper are ruled ok to eat but all other bugs are abominations and touching one will make you unclean. If the priests who wrote Leviticus actually ate grasshoppers then they were probably caught and cooked by slaves and/or women who removed the legs before serving. Why else would the priests write that they have 4 legs unless they had never seen the legs.
 
2013-07-28 08:57:50 PM  
But seriously, I have no qualms about eating bugs, so long as they are tasty.  The reasons I don't eat them now are a) I wasn't acclimated to eating them growing up, in fact, there was only negative reinforcement against it b) I don't know which ones taste good and which ones are foul and/or dangerous and c) they aren't readily available at the grocery store.
 
2013-07-28 09:14:24 PM  
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2013-07-28 09:22:18 PM  

whatshisname: I ate a deep-fried tarantula in Cambodia. Imagine a hairy crab soaked in stale oil.


My wife did that, too.

I do not understand why.
 
2013-07-28 09:29:33 PM  
they used to call me the ant eater in 6th grade cause i ate an ant once
 
2013-07-28 09:53:03 PM  
First you must properly butcher the grasshopper...

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2013-07-28 09:54:11 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: they used to call me the ant eater in 6th grade cause i ate an ant once


Some days you eat the ant. Some days the ant eats you.
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2013-07-28 10:03:52 PM  

Gyrfalcon: eldie: Not me. But once saw my golden retriever after trying for years to catch a fly, finally caught one and swallowed it joyfully.

Amazing however that for so many people of the world this is a regular part of their diets, and for us in the West, we get squeamish thinking of it.  I think I would be willing to try it if bugs are mushed up and it's prepared right as the guy in the article suggested.  Wonder how many bug cookbooks the guy has sold in the US.

Bugs would be okay if they weren't wrapped in all that hair, chitin, etc., and if they took off the legs, wings, mandibles, eyes and other bits. I eat cow, sure, but I don't eat it with all the hide, eyeballs, tails, hooves, etc. still attached, you know?


But there wouldn't be too much to eat if you cut off the legs, wings, mandibles, eyes and other bits...

My favorite bug eating movie clip is the Kevin Costner film, "No Way Out" when he grabs a bug from his windshield while driving in the car with Sean Young who asks what he's doing and Costner says "I'm eating a bug".  Hokie movie with silly lines like that, but a pretty suspenseful  story with some interesting twists and a hot sex scene in the taxi. Also interesting to see the world of computers in 1987.
 
2013-07-28 10:18:55 PM  

whatshisname: I ate a deep-fried tarantula in Cambodia. Imagine a hairy crab soaked in stale oil.


Now I definitely want one. Just not in Cambodia. The Bug Chef's recipe calls for burning off the hairs with a creme brulee torch first. It doesn't specifically say fresh oil, but that would take care of the second bad thing.
 
2013-07-28 10:22:47 PM  

whatshisname: I ate a deep-fried tarantula in Cambodia. Imagine a hairy crab soaked in stale oil.


o_O You're supposed to burn the hairs off first. Then just bake them in a large, succulent leaf of some kind over an open fire.

That's how they did it on Buggin' with Ruud.
 
2013-07-29 03:31:10 AM  
I am sticking with smoking bugs.

Thank you very much!
 
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