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April 5, 2007

As I was saying just a couple of days ago, on the subject of worm-filled tacos in Mexico, icky food has become a common theme of this blog. And now, here we are at a market in Bangkok, where customers flock like moths to a flame when the insect sellers arrive with fried grasshoppers, water bugs, giant flies, larvae, mealworms and red ant pupae.

Mmmmmm, them’s eats! According to the bug-sellers, insects are low in fat and high in calcium. I guess it turns out I’m looking for more than that in my food, like maybe a lower gag reflex rating. If this all sounds great to you but you can’t make it to the market, you may order this stuff online:

By the way, I couldn’t help noticing an interesting facet of human nature. We have a video report today about the anniversary of the decadent chocolate Sachertorte, in which the reporter announces that she is going to eat a slice right now. But in our report about the insect market of Bangkok, the reporter just tells us water bugs “apparently” are delicious. Kind of a double-standard.

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An insect vendor packages silkworm pupae for a client at a Bangkok market April 4, 2007. REUTERS/Adrees Latif


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Silkworm pupae? Waterbugs? Grasshoppers? Mealworms?
What’s the deal? I came here for the fried lice!

I know. Now you hate me.

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Why, this spotted dick tastes fabulous. What did you use instead of raisins?

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Miss! There’s a regular fly in my fried giant flies.

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Quit playing with your food, Rutherford.

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Kinda makes our “Fear Factor” contestants look like sissies.

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Waiter!! There’s lettuce in my bugs!

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You can take a country out of the Third World, but you can’t take the Third World out of the country.

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