Name your poison, folks…
Good evening, folks, welcome to Snake & Shake, home of the Sssssssssizzling Cobra Burger! I’ll be your server tonight. Have you decided what you want?
Yes. My wife will have the broiled lobster, please.
Very good choice. Please walk on over to that tank and select your lobster, ma’am…
And, for me, I think I’ll try the Sssssssizzling Cobra Burger! That’s made with 100 percent fresh cobra meat, right?
It sure is, sir. Now if you’ll just step into that glass booth filled with slithering cobras, you can select the snake you want and bring it out.
Hold on. I have to catch a live cobra, myself?
You didn’t think WE were going to do it, did you, sir? Here’s your forked stick and your burlap bag.
Now, wait just a frickin’ minute! I can SEE several other guys just lying on the floor of that booth, totally still. What’s up with them?
I suppose they’re just making a careful selection, sir. I’ll be right back with your milkshakes….
Top: A customer eats a cobra meat burger at a Chinese restaurant in the ancient city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, April 1, 2011. Snake hunters catch about 1,000 cobras from Yogyakarta, Central Java and East Java provinces each week to harvest their meat for burgers, priced at 10,000 rupiah ($1.15) each, as well as satay and other dishes.
A worker holds a Cobra before killing it for its meat.
REUTERS photo by Dwi Oblo