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Man's Death After Eating Roaches Raises Questions (Contest to Win a Snake)
10News ^ | 10/10/12

Posted on 10/10/2012 11:11:40 AM PDT by nickcarraway

As a Florida medical examiner tries to determine how 32-year-old Edward Archbold died after eating insects during a contest to win a snake, people around the country are asking: Why?

Authorities said Archbold became ill soon after winning and collapsed in front of the Ben Siegel Reptile Store where the contest was held. The store is in Deerfield Beach about 40 miles north of Miami. Archbold was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The grand prize in Friday night's contest was a live python.

Why would anyone eat a live cockroach? Why did he die Friday when several others in the contest ate the same bugs without incident? What inspired Archbold to shovel handfuls of crickets, worms and cockroaches into his mouth?

While eating bugs is normal in many parts of the world, the practice is taboo in the U.S. and many western countries.

Yet people do it for the shock factor, and many do so during contests or dares.

Experts point to the rise in reality TV shows and movies such as "Fear Factor" and "Jackass" as egging people on and breaking down the ick factor.


TOPICS: Food; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cockroaches; contests; darwinaward; floriduh; undignifieddeath

1 posted on 10/10/2012 11:11:42 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
The lesson here is don't do unnatural things to your body, especially if your incentive to do so is a snake.

Duh.

2 posted on 10/10/2012 11:15:39 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: nickcarraway

Clearly we need more laws to protect people from their own stuipidity...

/sarc


3 posted on 10/10/2012 11:19:52 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: nickcarraway

“Man’s Death After Eating Roaches Raises Questions”

*thinking*

I have no idea what those could be.


4 posted on 10/10/2012 11:24:05 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: nickcarraway

I’m guessing he had some undiagnosed medical condition because nasty or not, eating the bugs is probably not what killed him.


5 posted on 10/10/2012 11:25:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: skeeter

Clearly the winner of this weeks Darwin Award.


6 posted on 10/10/2012 11:25:45 AM PDT by bella1 (As it was in the days of Lot.....)
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To: nickcarraway

The really stupid thing is that you can walk into most decent pet stores and buy a ball python for about $50.

Of course, the last one I bought for my daughter came from a breeder. Still only cost $50.


7 posted on 10/10/2012 11:28:53 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: nickcarraway

I read he swallowed the live roaches without chewing them (killing them) to save time .... that’s how he won. Live roaches crawling around in your stomach is probably not a very good idea.


8 posted on 10/10/2012 11:30:50 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: nickcarraway
Experts point to the rise in reality TV shows and movies such as "Fear Factor" and "Jackass" as egging people on and breaking down the ick factor.

Yep...the stupid TV shows that few people watch are the cause of mass stupidity. I'll take "Darwin Award Winners" for $2000 Alex!

9 posted on 10/10/2012 11:32:09 AM PDT by gr8eman (Ron Swanson for President!)
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To: nickcarraway

My question is, “How did someone this stupid live to the age of 32?”


10 posted on 10/10/2012 11:36:31 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Una bruja.)
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To: nickcarraway

Roaches carry pathogens causing dysentery, streptococcus, salmonella, hepatitis B, E coli, cholera and other diseases.


11 posted on 10/10/2012 11:38:21 AM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: layman

Yes and they were 3 inch long roaches.


12 posted on 10/10/2012 11:40:00 AM PDT by Democrat_media (limit government to 5000 words of laws. Quantify limited government)
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To: nickcarraway

” Why did he die Friday”

Probably because his whole schedule was booked on Friday.


13 posted on 10/10/2012 11:41:43 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: lowbridge

That’s Thursday, dimwit.


14 posted on 10/10/2012 11:42:33 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: familyop
Roaches carry pathogens causing dysentery, streptococcus, salmonella, hepatitis B, E coli, cholera and other diseases.

These bugs were domestically raised and probably fairly clean and none of the things you listed kills in minutes. I guarantee this guy had other medical issues that killed him.

I had a friend who opened a beer, took a drink, and dropped dead on the spot. It was the undiagnosed brain aneurism that killed him, not the beer.
15 posted on 10/10/2012 11:43:20 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

“I had a friend who opened a beer, took a drink, and dropped dead on the spot.”

Call me squeamish but speaking for myself, I’d rather go that way than with a mouthful of cockroaches.


16 posted on 10/10/2012 11:46:55 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: cripplecreek
I had a friend who opened a beer, took a drink, and dropped dead on the spot. It was the undiagnosed brain aneurism that killed him, not the beer.

I hope that's the way I go.

Quick, unexpected, relatively painless, and WITH A BEER.

17 posted on 10/10/2012 11:47:27 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: familyop

Sounds like Sandra Fluke


18 posted on 10/10/2012 11:48:31 AM PDT by al baby (“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”)
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To: layman

“Slimy, yet satisfying.”


19 posted on 10/10/2012 11:48:53 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: cripplecreek

Sorry to hear about your friend. For his sake, his last act was a good one.


20 posted on 10/10/2012 11:48:53 AM PDT by cameraeye (A happy kaffir!)
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To: familyop

Bingo - they also presumably have parasites of their own, that would be also transferred if ingested without first cooking or roasting.

Did this contest operator even think to consult a doctor beforehand asking whether this is a good idea?


21 posted on 10/10/2012 12:03:36 PM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: nickcarraway
From an Orlando area radio show - take it for what it is worth - a caller said his buddy was there, spoke with the roach guy and said the roach guy was beyond hammered. Said the RG told his friend that he had to get plastered in order to compete, that he really wanted the snake prize. Likely outcome, the guy died of alcohol poisoning perhaps with a complication from vomit aspiration.

And as one of the FM talk show hosts said, she hoped the coroner was reeeeeeally careful when they cut open the stomach ...

22 posted on 10/10/2012 12:18:33 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Why not eliminate the middle man and have whoever feeds Obama his lines debate Romney directly?")
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To: nickcarraway

The question is “did he replicate” before he died?


23 posted on 10/10/2012 12:21:21 PM PDT by old school
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To: nickcarraway

The question this raises with me is, “what the hell is wrong with the human race?” Competitively eating live bugs, in order to win a live snake? Really? Anyway, if anyone in S. Florida wants a python, ffs just go out to the everglades and get yourself one - they’re everywhere!


24 posted on 10/10/2012 12:34:14 PM PDT by lump in the melting pot (Communism - a social experiment which, for ethical reasons, should not be performed on live humans)
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To: cripplecreek

I hope I have just finished the beer when it happens!

Mel


25 posted on 10/10/2012 12:40:08 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: Tax-chick
My question is, “How did someone this stupid live to the age of 32?”

BINGO!!! I've ben wondering the exact same thing! And the same goes for the idiots who didn't die.

26 posted on 10/10/2012 1:02:28 PM PDT by pgkdan (A vote for anyone but Romney is a vote for obama. GO MITT!!)
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To: pgkdan

“And the same goes for the idiots who didn’t die.”

Excellent point.


27 posted on 10/10/2012 1:09:52 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Una bruja.)
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To: headsonpikes

Picky picky picky! ;^)


28 posted on 10/10/2012 2:02:47 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: cripplecreek

Good points. No telling what the dude died from. Doesn’t appear that he was very generally bright.


29 posted on 10/10/2012 3:23:25 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: familyop

A few hundred years back it was common for wealthy Europeans to drink wine with ground up Egyptian mummy powder. It was apparently believed to be healthy.


30 posted on 10/10/2012 3:37:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Daffynition
"Did they taste like chicken?"
31 posted on 10/11/2012 6:59:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Daffynition
"Did they taste like chicken?"
32 posted on 10/11/2012 6:59:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Daffynition
"Just what would you do for a Klondike Bar?"
33 posted on 10/11/2012 7:00:02 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Daffynition
"Is eating cockroaches another of those jobs that Americans just won't do?"
34 posted on 10/11/2012 7:00:57 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!
While eating bugs is normal in many parts of the world, the practice is taboo in the U.S. and many western countries.

50 cents says Baraq Hussein Ubama ate them around the same time he ate dog meat.

35 posted on 10/11/2012 7:05:50 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: nickcarraway; Slings and Arrows
"You are what you eat." - Franz Kafka


36 posted on 10/11/2012 7:11:57 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: a fool in paradise

37 posted on 10/11/2012 7:36:43 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: a fool in paradise
Admits to eating dog...*now* it's roaches. What a pervert!


38 posted on 10/11/2012 12:44:57 PM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: nickcarraway

If they release the autopsy report, pls update us. Just curious.


39 posted on 10/20/2012 11:01:27 AM PDT by TennesseeGirl
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