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Man dies after cockroach eating contest

Posted on Tuesday, 9 October, 2012 | Comment icon 67 comments | News tip by: ozman


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Edward Archbold collapsed and died after scoffing dozens of live insects as part of the event.

30 contestants turned up at Ben Siegel Reptile Store near Miami to take part in the peculiar event which involved eating large quantities of live cockroaches and other critters. Archbold actually won the contest but soon complained of feeling ill before collapsing outside the store. He was taken to hospital but was later pronounced dead, authorities are now investigating the cause.

"Unless the roaches were contaminated with some bacteria or other pathogens, I don't think that cockroaches would be unsafe to eat," said entomology professor Michael Adams. The insects used in the contest were taken from domestically bred stock used as food for reptiles.

"A contestant in a roach-eating contest who downed dozens of live bugs and worms collapsed and died shortly after winning the contest in South Florida, authorities say."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #58 Posted by Ever Learning on 11 October, 2012, 18:51
he didnt look like he was chewing that well and a cockroach can still move for hours afters being beheaded.
Comment icon #59 Posted by Super-Fly on 11 October, 2012, 18:56
Why eat the filth?
Comment icon #60 Posted by Knight Of Shadows on 11 October, 2012, 19:00
arughhh cockroaches !! one of the things i really really dislike
Comment icon #61 Posted by Beckys_Mom on 11 October, 2012, 23:04
"There's bacteria on those things," said Richard Levine, spokesman for the Entomological Society of America. "I would never, ever advise anyone to eat them alive," Dunkel said, citing the spines on a roach's legs. "It's like swallowing a fishhook." Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/west_palm_beach/edward-archbold-roach-eating-contest-death-what-really-killed-the-west-palm-beach-man#ixzz292Cs9oyG
Comment icon #62 Posted by coldethyl on 12 October, 2012, 15:25
Dang, I just got the popcorn and coldethyl and Kazoo stopped arguing.
Comment icon #63 Posted by coldethyl on 12 October, 2012, 15:26
oo wow two people arguing with each other over something so insignificant you both win at the internets *golf clap* good job... *rolls eyes* the idea of a bug eating contest is stupid was this guy stupid who the **** knows and saying he could of been a pedophile is a pretty pathetic thing to say, obviously you both want to argue with each other and quite frankly both of you should get over it. I am.
Comment icon #64 Posted by Orcseeker on 12 October, 2012, 15:49
He's an idiot for dying from eating some roaches and other insects from a controlled breeding environment (which suggests they know what insects are put forward)? I didn't know it was a deadly practice to eat insects. In fact, in some parts of the world it is a way of life not to mention a likely part of a diet of early humans.
Comment icon #65 Posted by Lava_Lady on 13 October, 2012, 4:32
he didnt look like he was chewing that well and a cockroach can still move for hours afters being beheaded. Not after it hits the hydrochloric acid in all of our happy little tummies... It would be dissolved almost instantly.
Comment icon #66 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 13 October, 2012, 16:01
Lets all immediatley dismiss this guy as an idiot for engaging in a strange cultural activity. Its not like he had a family or anything. Or he lived every other part of his life as a decent human being. Nope he's an idiot for dying doing an activty no one ever died before doing. Woohooooo! Hmm, this is the first post in the thread that attacks someone else position. Impressive straw-man you built up after that focusing on your position being under fire. A wee bit hypocritical though to tell others they are wrong and then berate them for not allowing you to have your opinion. Reminds me of argu... [More]
Comment icon #67 Posted by Emin on 17 October, 2012, 23:19
Da roach godz looked down on the man and said......nuff let's take him out! ZAP! and he just fell dead....maybe.


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