Cockroach facts can be boring.
But have no fear!
We have complied the top 5 cockroach facts that you can use the next time there is a lull in the conversation.
That pretty girl by the bar?
I bet she would love it if a stranger walked up to her and started talking about how:
Roaches have killed people
We’ve all seen contestants on fear factor gobbling down god knows what in an effort to achieve their 15 minutes of fame.
Who knew someone would do the same simply for bragging rights (and a pet snake)?
A recent Cockroach Eating Contest (yes, this is a thing) was won by a gentleman who consumed what was described as a “bucket of roaches” in less than 4 minutes.
Shortly after claiming this victory(?), the man collapsed and later died. An investigation revealed that the gentleman died from asphyxia due to choking and aspiration of gastric contents.
But no worries, the Chinese are getting their revenge.
“La Cucaracha” is about weed
This familiar (and sometimes annoying) tune gets blasted way too often in Mexican restaurants and is stereotypically overused on TV shows and old school cartoons.
Interestingly enough, what is considered to be the Mexican version of our “Yankee Doodle”, La Cucaracha has as much to do with weed as it does “the cockroach”.
Just check out what these lyrics translate to:
La cucaracha, la cucaracha
Ya no puede caminar
Porque no tiene, porque le falta
Marijuana que fumar.
The cockroach, the cockroach
Now he can’t go traveling
Because he doesn’t have, because he lacks
Marijuana to smoke.
A roach with an empty roach-clip (ha ha) is most likely not what most people think of when they are trying to not make eye contact with the Mariachi band approaching your table at the restaurant.
Roaches will eat your children while they sleep
This cockroach fact may seem far fetched, but it is true!
Roaches are notorious for being able to survive in harsh conditions and can eat just about anything – including your dead skin, toe nails, and eyelashes.
An entomologist by the name of Herbert H Smith, while studying insects in Brazil, noted that many of the children in the village had chunks of eyebrows, eye lashes and even bits of finger and toe nails missing.
He found that the children were visited during the night by cockroaches which fed on the kids while they slept!
Luckily, roaches typically go after easier food first (i.e. leftovers) but when food is scarce, they can (and will) go after anything organic – like your sleeping children.
There are roaches in your coffee
As cockroach facts go, this one hits closest to home.
I am addicted to coffee. And it seems that I don’t much mind the taste (or crunch) or roaches!
Studies have found that there is simply no economically or efficient way to rid stored coffee beans totally of bugs and roaches. So coffee farmers simply grind up everything – roaches included!
Pre ground coffee has been found to contain up to 10% of “bug parts and material” – which is a perfectly acceptable level according to the FDA!
So not only are we drinking bits and pieces of bugs in our coffee, but the FDA basically says, “Meh, 1 out of 10 ain’t bad”.
Roach farts are melting the ice caps
Roaches contribute to global warming by releasing a tiny roach fart every 15 minutes.
Farts (whether it comes from a roach or your butt) contain methane, which is 23 times more powerful in terms of it’s contribution to global warming, than the carbon dioxide that comes from your car’s exhaust.
Now, a single roach “toot” is harmless. Cute even.
But multiply that single “toot” by the trillions of roaches currently scurrying around on Earth, and you’ve got yourself a huge methane delivery system that would put the Klumps to shame.
Oh, and even after a roach dies, it’s body continues to release methane for 18 hours.
Somebody better call Al Gore and tell him to get on the Pest Control industry.
Now if those cockroach facts don’t impress your friends, we don’t know what will!
(other than conversations that don’t involve cockroach facts)