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(New York Daily News)   Cicada, you can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried   ( divider line
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2013-04-12 03:26:54 AM  
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Here in Michigan we get our own lovely, noisy cicada racket every summer. I don't know why people who go on and on about the 17-year cicadas consider it anything special. How do they even tell the difference?

They are far larger in number, and LOUD.  Loud, and everywhere.  It is spooky, rather than a rising and waning whirr, it is a constant, maddening, penetrating static hiss.  It's not just a noise... it is unnerving and the same from all directions, a smothering white noise with no discernible origin.  Plus, the clumsy little bastards are everywhere, in everything.  Driving or walking means crunch, crunch, crunch *bzzzzzzzz* --got a live one.  There are several 'broods' that come out at staggered intervals, and some are heavier than others.  Trust me, it is weird, psychologically disturbing and socially disruptive.  It is different.

PastaFazoole: I'm terrified of bugs.

Depending on location, prepare for exposure therapy.  Also, see below.

Munchkin City Coroner: fat 2-inch long wasps.

My dog eats bees, on purpose.  We can't stop him; he deliberately seeks them out as a snack.  They occasionally sting him in his mouth and sometimes his tongue or jowl swells, but he seems to really love eating them.  It is possible that he only really likes carpenter bees, which are fat and juicy and live in great numbers in my neighbor's barn.  Perhaps he is willing to take the risk that he is eating a stinging bee for the chance of benign deliciousness, and perhaps he is merely stupid  He is terrified of cicada killers, though, and all 120 lbs of him will instantly bolt in horror at ludicrous speed upon sight of a cicada killer, oblivious of what or who he might be tethered to.  Something in the area seems to be a breeding ground for them. Needless to say, my wife and kids are also terrified of the giant flamboyant wasps, and my rational mind has to work hard to keep me from running in panic, swinging a rake over my head when one appears.
2013-04-12 01:31:38 AM  
2 votes:
Anyway, like I was sayin', cicada is the fruit of the tree. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, cicada-kabobs, cicadas creole, cicada gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple cicadas, lemon cicadas, coconut cicadas, pepper cicadas, cicada soup, cicada stew, cicada salad, cicadas and potatoes, cicada burger, cicada sandwich. That- that's about it.
2013-04-12 02:34:04 AM  
1 vote:
Really, it's june bugs that I hate. Those things are just disgusting. And constantly get into everything.
2013-04-12 02:32:57 AM  
1 vote:
They may be harmless, but I'm terrified of bugs. I'd have to lock myself in the house for six weeks or go visit a long-lost relative somewhere until the invasion is over.

/Just reading the article squicked me out.
2013-04-12 02:31:20 AM  
1 vote:
These sorts of articles annoy me a bit. Yes, there's one species of cicada that only pops out every 17 years, but there are many, many others who come out EVERY DAMNED YEAR and they make the same noise, look just about the same, and probably taste the same, too.

Here in Michigan we get our own lovely, noisy cicada racket every summer. I don't know why people who go on and on about the 17-year cicadas consider it anything special. How do they even tell the difference? I mean, if you hear cicadas, how do you know if the ones you're hearing are the 17-year variety, one of the other species, or a mix of all of them?

East coast: You are not special because you get a different bug from the rest of the country. New York has giant rats that seem to be unique to the area, too, but you don't hear many people bragging about that, now do you?
2013-04-12 02:26:03 AM  
1 vote:
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/oh, you mean the bug
2013-04-12 02:23:25 AM  
1 vote:
The sound of cicadas
Makes one contemplate
Cutting down all the trees.

2013-04-12 02:10:31 AM  
1 vote:
They make great fish bait.
2013-04-12 02:08:48 AM  
1 vote:

anuran: Scary?
Why is subby such a whiny little child?

i am subby, it was scary because of how many per square mile they said we could have. billions of them.
2013-04-12 01:52:57 AM  
1 vote:
One word: pesticides.  Those things have been underground soaking up ambient pesticides and other chemical waste for nearly twenty years.  I'd consider chowing down on some properly farmed cicadas, though.  I used to love messing with cicadas when I was a kid.
2013-04-12 01:49:03 AM  
1 vote:
"Shrimp and lobster eat garbage and they are the insects of the ocean. If we eat those without much afterthought, why not eat insects?"

Well, for one thing, you don't typically eat shrimp and lobster whole. I'm not anti-entomophagy, but that's a misleading comparison.

/Not that I can think of a better one.
2013-04-12 01:48:45 AM  
1 vote:

CygnusDarius: First we ate the horses--we weren't riding anywhere, not with the castle surrounded. We couldn't feed them, so, fine, the horses. Then the cats--never liked cats, so, fine. I do like dogs--good animals, loyal--but we ate them. Then the rats. The night before you slipped through I thought my wife was dying--she couldn't speak anymore, she was so frail. And then you made it through the lines--slipped right through, with your little black sailboat, and your onions cicadas.

2013-04-12 01:28:30 AM  
1 vote:
Since we are, little by little, destroying the remaining farming land we have, we're eventually gonna turn bugs into food paste and shape it like steaks, ribs, and other 'meat' foodstuffs, so there.

/Enjoy your cicada steak
2013-04-12 01:11:56 AM  
1 vote:
just say no
2013-04-12 12:24:49 AM  
1 vote:
They got big orange eyes that can barely focus,
Some folks call them 17 year locust,
But that's the wrong data,
The name is cicada
And they're here now but they won't be here later.

They got 4 wings but ain't supposed to fly
Just come out the ground, have sex and die.
I can dig their ridge, I like their style,
They may go quick, but they go with a smile.

Check it out, Cicada serenade,
Check it out Cicada serenade,

There's Cicadas on the sidewalk, cicadas on the ground
Place look like a little tiny Jones Town,
I always hate to see a thing go to waste,
And was wondering how a cicada might taste.
Cicada, Potata, They sound the same,
To let em go to waste would be a crying shame.

So I got a couple of hundred of em, took em in side,
Got some catsup and ate em french fried.
I ate every one with out hesitat'in'
Next thing you know I'm hallucinatin'
Freaking out, Cicada serenade
Freaking out, Cicada serenade
I was out of my mind, my head was in a fog
Next thing you know I'm sick as a dog.
My friends came over they said "lets get high"
I said "no way" and they said "bye-bye"
I don't need no lovely, no reefer, no cocaine
Cause I still have cicadas buzzing round in my brain.
So eat your cicadas with every snack,
They can also help you say no to crack!
Bugs, not drugs.

--Cicada Serenade, The Pheremones
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