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Man collapses, dies after winning roach-eating contest in Broward
Miami Herald ^ | 10-08-12 | ANNA EDGERTON

Posted on 10/08/2012 9:31:07 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy

Edward Archbold was willing to do anything to win an exotic python — even eating bugs both crunchy and slimy.

His competitive spirit ended in tragedy.

After downing more than 20 giant creepy-crawlies, Archbold vomited, collapsed and died. The grand prize has been put aside in his name and will be given to his estate.

Friday night’s contest at a Deerfield Beach reptile store started with a party atmosphere, with food and drink – besides the bugs. The insect-eating began with an eye on the prize: a female Ivory Ball python that sells for $700.

Archbold, 32, wasn’t a “snake enthusiast” himself, said shop owner Ben Siegel, and it was the first time the West Palm Beach man had been in the store. Siegel described Archbold as someone who would be “up for anything.”

“He seemed like kind of a wild guy – he was wearing a bandanna, wrist bands and a shirt that said ‘Event Staff,’” Siegel said. “He was brought there by his friend, and he was trying to win the snake for him.”

According to rules posted in an online forum, the prize would go to “the guy or gal that eats the most bugs in 4 minutes without vomiting.”

Archbold was a crowd-pleaser, downing discoid roaches and worms one by one and winning the contest. But he started throwing up before he was able to collect the prize python.

He collapsed outside the store and was taken to Broward Health North where he was pronounced dead.

His body was taken to the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office, and investigators with the Broward Sheriff’s Office are awaiting an autopsy report to determine what killed him.

The store owner said it wasn’t the food.

Discoid roaches, Siegel said, are “eaten by people all over the world.”

The roaches served up at the contest were domestically raised. “They’re clean – raised for exotic pet feed,” Siegel said. “We sell expensive animals, and these bugs are perfectly safe.”

The “Midnight Madness” bug contest was the first one at Ben Siegel Reptiles on West Hillsboro Road, although an employee said “customers or close friends will eat them all the time as a dare.” Renee, who declined to give her last name, said she has also eaten bugs.

“The horn worm kind of tastes like a melon, but it has a sweet flavor. Crickets don’t really taste like anything, and meal worms have a kind of nutty flavor,” she said. “I’ve eaten the roaches too, but just the baby ones.”

Nearly 30 people participated in the contest Friday night, according to Siegel, including his brother Andy and a close friend who ate just one less bug than the winner Archbold. None of the other contestants got sick.

All the bug-eaters were “entirely aware of what they were doing,” and they “signed thorough waivers accepting responsibility for their participation in this unique and unorthodox contest,” according to a statement issued through the store’s attorney, Luke Lirot.

The insect-eating that grossed out observers on Friday night is not so unusual in other parts of the world.

Edwin Lewis, an entomologist at the University of California at Davis, described the surprisingly enjoyable experience of eating cooked waterbugs in Thailand, which are not too far removed from cockroaches.

“It’s kind of gross, but if he chewed them up, they wouldn’t be doing much to him,” Lewis said. “It wouldn’t be any different than eating a shrimp.”

Lewis suspected that an allergic reaction could have been the cause of death.

Siegal said he’d never heard of anyone dying from eating discoids.

“It’s nothing but pure, clean protein.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/08/3040873/man-dies-after-winning-roach-eating.html#storylink=cpy


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: bugged; darwin; roach; roachcoach
And my first wife thought I was nuts for trying the 64 ounce steak dinner challenge at Big Texan in Amarillo. (It's free if you finish it. I did but I was in, er, some distress for several days afterward.)
1 posted on 10/08/2012 9:31:18 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy
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To: atomic conspiracy

I’m wondering if the guy had a shellfish allergy? Many of the same substances in shellfish shells are also in insect exoskeletons (chitin, etc.)


2 posted on 10/08/2012 9:50:16 PM PDT by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: atomic conspiracy; Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro; Daffynition
Edward Archbold was willing to do anything to win an exotic python —

You know what they say— when there's a will there's a way.

3 posted on 10/08/2012 9:54:05 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Salamander
Hail Discoidia!
4 posted on 10/08/2012 9:54:17 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Wow, you should been on the very first Man v. Food !


5 posted on 10/08/2012 9:58:41 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: atomic conspiracy

Ive eaten off the Roach Coach but this is ridiculous.

EEEEwwww!


6 posted on 10/08/2012 10:00:20 PM PDT by Gasshog
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To: DemforBush
Roaches are related to lobster.

Palmetto bugs- the big Florida "state bird" wood roaches that live in palm trees, not the tiny nasty things that infest sloppy households- smell exactly like almond extract when you squish them.

They do get inside once in a while because they are attracted to light and water so there is always a chance you'll have one slip unseen through a door as people are dropping by in the evening only to come sailing out unexpectedly to fly great glorious loops over the dining room table when you have guests from up north... and whenever the good Lord thinks you need humiliation.

On the plus side such an airshow has a way of keeping people from overstaying their welcome.

7 posted on 10/08/2012 10:03:28 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

This was in the 70s. Quite a few people managed to finish it back then. The steak is still 64 oz but the “trimmings” are a lot more substantial now, and winners are comparatively rare.


8 posted on 10/08/2012 10:04:09 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Victory in Iraq: Worst defeat for activist media since Goebbels shot himself.)
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To: Ezekiel

Where there’s a will, there’s a probate lawyer.


9 posted on 10/08/2012 10:13:55 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: piasa

Palmetto bugs would occasionally sneak into my house in South Carolina. My cats appreciated the entertainment.


10 posted on 10/08/2012 10:16:07 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Live by the roach, die by the roach

11 posted on 10/08/2012 10:26:13 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: atomic conspiracy
Edwin Lewis, an entomologist at the University of California at Davis, described the surprisingly enjoyable experience of eating cooked waterbugs in Thailand, which are not too far removed from cockroaches.

They look a lot like cockroaches, but that famous Thai smile will quickly morph into something very unpleasant if you suggest they eat a cockroach.

Discoid roaches, Siegel said, are “eaten by people all over the world.”

AFAIK, cockroaches are not eaten by sane people anywhere.

12 posted on 10/08/2012 10:31:32 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: DemforBush
No allergy, just idiocy.
13 posted on 10/08/2012 10:33:20 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Fungi

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.


14 posted on 10/08/2012 10:35:26 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: P.O.E.

AGH! I had to reach archy in grade school. It drove me crazy (i.e. the lack of capitalization and punctuation).


15 posted on 10/08/2012 10:36:02 PM PDT by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Forfeit!


16 posted on 10/08/2012 10:38:14 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

You said it better than I did.


17 posted on 10/08/2012 10:42:08 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: shibumi

/quietly pounds head on palm rest


18 posted on 10/08/2012 10:43:59 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.)
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To: shibumi

“Ben Siegel Reptiles”

Wait...what?

I know Ben!

His Facebook critter auctions are legendary amongst herpers.


19 posted on 10/08/2012 10:45:40 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

What kind of distress: pukin’ or poopin’?


20 posted on 10/08/2012 10:50:58 PM PDT by drew
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To: piasa
Roaches are related to lobster.

Well, sort of. Crustaceans like lobster are in the same Arthropod phylum as insects, but so are spiders and centipedes, and I ain't eating them. A barnacle is actually more closely related to a lobster than a roach is.

21 posted on 10/08/2012 10:51:13 PM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer
As I once told a proud Vegan, when you're hungry enough, you'll eat ANYTHING.
22 posted on 10/08/2012 10:59:21 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (How do you insult an Obama Voter? Call them an Obama Voter.)
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To: atomic conspiracy
If you can eat this:

(Shrimp)

... then why should critters like hygienically-raised roaches gross you out?

23 posted on 10/08/2012 11:10:40 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: atomic conspiracy
And my first wife thought I was nuts for trying the 64 ounce steak dinner challenge at Big Texan in Amarillo. (It's free if you finish it. I did but I was in, er, some distress for several days afterward.)

I've eaten at the Big Texan twice over the years. mighty good eating, and I am a big woman with a big appetite. But I don't know if I could finish a 64-ounce steak, with all the trimmings, in under an hour to qualify for a free meal.

24 posted on 10/08/2012 11:13:44 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: atomic conspiracy
And my first wife thought I was nuts for trying the 64 ounce steak dinner challenge at Big Texan in Amarillo. (It's free if you finish it. I did but I was in, er, some distress for several days afterward.)

I've eaten at the Big Texan twice over the years. mighty good eating, and I am a big woman with a big appetite. But I don't know if I could finish a 64-ounce steak, with all the trimmings, in under an hour to qualify for a free meal.

25 posted on 10/08/2012 11:13:51 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: Ezekiel

This is the consequence of eating Michele Obama’s “healthy” new foods.

Next contestant should tell her to “BUG OFF”.


26 posted on 10/08/2012 11:26:37 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Salamander
"/quietly pounds head on palm rest"

It's kind of like the way Curly Howard would say "Discordia."

"Dis-COY-dee-ah"
27 posted on 10/08/2012 11:48:33 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

/pounds head much harder at mention of Three Stooges


28 posted on 10/08/2012 11:57:02 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Oh wow! I live right around the corner! We joked that night about a snake strangling someone when we saw the ambulance and police out there, but damn... Now I feel bad.

I gotta tell the kids when they wake up.


29 posted on 10/08/2012 11:57:34 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: piasa

I always tried to tell people that Palmetto bugs (while ugly) are not about a nasty house if you see one occasionally. Especially if it’s been a dry summer.


30 posted on 10/08/2012 11:58:50 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Salamander
"Nyuk! nyuk! nyuk!"
31 posted on 10/09/2012 12:09:40 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: stormer

Just think of tarantulas as small fuzzy terrestrial snow crab. :-)


32 posted on 10/09/2012 12:12:48 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: stormer

Just think of tarantulas as small fuzzy terrestrial snow crab. :-)

Probably not real tasty in butter like crab but maybe better as a Maryland style “spidercake,” or a New Orleans softshell arachnid po boy.


33 posted on 10/09/2012 12:14:54 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: atomic conspiracy

I thought that was a 72 ounce steak?


34 posted on 10/09/2012 12:48:55 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: piasa
That was the joke when I lived in north FL.

How did FL solve it's roach problem?

They renamed 'em palmetto bugs.

35 posted on 10/09/2012 1:02:13 AM PDT by Eagles6 (DNC 2012 Convention: Celebrating infanticide and sodomy. Denying God.What could possibly go wrong?)
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To: atomic conspiracy
The grand prize has been put aside in his name and will be given to his estate.

A coupon for a local exterminator?

36 posted on 10/09/2012 2:38:49 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

That’s a 72oz steak. I eat there several times a year.


37 posted on 10/09/2012 2:40:15 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: James C. Bennett

“why should critters like hygienically-raised roaches gross you out?”

Oh I dunno, the option to cook and peel and remove less desirable body parts vs. a live wriggling crust with a liquidy oozy center?


38 posted on 10/09/2012 3:13:29 AM PDT by rusty millet
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To: atomic conspiracy

he probably caught some kind of stomach bug...


39 posted on 10/09/2012 4:33:58 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: atomic conspiracy

It’s not really “winning” if you die.


40 posted on 10/09/2012 5:36:28 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: atomic conspiracy
Rest in peace.

I've never thought that eating contests are all that safe, regardless of the food.

41 posted on 10/09/2012 5:49:10 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Maybe there was a scorpion mixed in the bunch.


42 posted on 10/09/2012 5:57:55 AM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: GeronL
I thought that was a 72 ounce steak?

Maybe that's counting the bone. Or the grissle.
43 posted on 10/09/2012 6:00:55 AM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: Moltke

>>>It’s not really “winning” if you die.<<<

Stellar post! Ha!


44 posted on 10/09/2012 6:11:08 AM PDT by delcopatriot
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To: atomic conspiracy

The estate has to feel a bit better that they at least left the snake to them....(sarcasm).


45 posted on 10/09/2012 6:28:27 AM PDT by oust the louse (Obamacare has morphed into a tax on staying alive.)
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To: delcopatriot
Thanks! (Inspired, perhaps, by Gen. Miller in the movie In The Loop: "Twelve thousand troops. But that's not enough. That's the amount that are going to die. And at the end of a war you need some soldiers left, really, or else it looks like you've lost.")
46 posted on 10/10/2012 4:12:26 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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