Dave Barry on cockroach contest fatality

Humorist Dave Barry has a column for the Wall Street Journal about his home state of Florida which includes the following account of a 2012 bug eating competition:

Another vivid example of a Florida story that got national attention involved the death in 2012 of a man at a Deerfield Beach reptile store. I don’t recall ever seeing a reptile store when I lived in the Northeast, but down here they’re everywhere, like Starbucks, except instead of lattes they sell snakes.

Now: Try to guess what would cause this man to die at a reptile store. If you guessed that he was bitten by a venomous snake, thank you for playing, but no. The cause of his death—and here we are definitely in Florida-only territory—was eating cockroaches. The store held a cockroach-eating contest.

Now try to guess why this man entered a cockroach-eating contest. To pay the mortgage? To defray urgent medical expenses? Don’t be silly. He was trying to win a snake. First prize was a ball python—which, for the record, the man didn’t even intend to keep for his personal use. He planned to give it to a friend. Anyway, he won the contest, but tragically, the cockroaches did not agree with him. The reptile store stated on Facebook that the snake “now belongs to his estate.”

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  1. anonymous said

    September 4, 2016 @ 11:25 pm

    example of how OJ stirs the pot inciting Goldstein. Thats ok OJ just sit back and enjoy

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