No Cockroach Wrangling At The Calgary Stampede This Year…

Customs force Calgary Stampede food vendors to remove Cockroach Pizza from midway menus

h/t Waffle

  • andycanuck

    But if they get rid of the cockroaches, then it won’t be crunchy, will it!?

    • This is true;)

    • Alain

      If they get rid of all the cockroaches Calgary would be with its mayor and all the Muslims there would be gone.

    • “…lightly killed…”

  • I’m not what you’d call squeamish, but cockroaches are just awful. I’ve only ever seen them in Australia. I’ve tried to figure out why I viscerally dislike them so much (it’s not like I’m the only one). I think it’s that they somehow convey the impression that they’re about to run at you and swarm right up your leg. I don’t know how they convey, but they convey.

    (The flipside of my mild squeamishness is my less mild sentimentality. I always felt bad when I killed one. I think I might even have rescued one or two. But only the big ones. The baby cockroaches who drowned incidentally when I was rinsing off diving equipment never bothered me at all.)

    • Alain

      No, you are not alone in finding them repulsive, but I never felt bad about killing them. I don’t fear them; just find them disgusting on the same level as rats and mice.

      • Oh, I feel for rats and mice. I’m not totally nuts – I’ll have them exterminated if I have to. I know the kind of damage they can do. Mice once ate our dishwasher. But I do feel for them. They’re not bugs. They have feelings. I’ve rescued many a mouse from a cat. They fight like hell to live and they cry when they’re terrified.

        As I said, I am sentimental.

        • Exile1981

          Palmetto bugs are even nastier….

      • Justin St.Denis

        Earwigs freak the living shit right outta me. I bloody loathe them. Ugly, freaky, disgusting, horrible things…….

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I lived in a cockroach infested bedsit in downtown Winnipeg for a couple of years.
        They would crawl on me at night and freak me out.
        Or I’d see them in my ‘kitchen’.
        This place was really small.
        Maybe 25 by 15 feet.
        I only took the place because at $167/month I could afford to live on my own and figure things out after a really bad breakup.
        (Honey, I know we’re engaged and all. And I’ll always love you. But, you have to move out because I’m having someone else’s baby.)

        • k1992

          Dance, I think you’re great, and I generally agree with your comments but … you are truly insane. I say this respectfully (and being in rather the same situation).

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Please elaborate on your perception of my insanity.
            You’ve piqued my curiosity.
            And really, I don’t mind.
            I’ll give you a little more candy:
            I was in a shop meeting this week and two guys were at the end of their rotation and transferring out the next day.
            One guy, only a year senior, kept talking for the other guy.
            And someone noted that.
            I said, that guy isn’t talking for the other guy. The other guy has his hand up that guys ass and is making him talk.

          • k1992

            Well, with the caveat that I am probably (by the legal definition, at least) intoxicated, I will attempt an answer to your polite question. I think I had some difficulty following the complexity and subtlety of your comment to Alain (in fairness, my blood-alcohol level may have been a factor in this regard). I was confused, quite frankly, by your comment. Also, I have noted a general trend in your comments: they’re interesting, certainly, but they tend to be a tad … words fail me. Complex? Sophisticated? Loaded with hidden meaning? Confusing? They make Mamba’s comments seem juvenile and straightforward by comparison. So, essentially, I’m complimenting you and commenting on my own lack of sophistication (but not sophistry – plenty of that, I fear.)

            In other words, I feel compelled to withdraw my earlier proposition and replace it with the following: you are an evil genius, clearly bent on world domination and BCF is fortunate to have your advice on significant matters of national and international importance. There – hands, keep away from that keyboard before you get banned.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            For the intoxication thing, believe me, It’s Friday (I’m in Love) (That’s an oblique Cure song reference) and I am trying to catch up to you.
            And sophistry, I don’t know what that word means and I am too lazy to look it up, he said in his best Eddie Izzard voice.
            I don’t think they ban people here.
            They just suggest that some are not in the right place and should bugger off back to rabble.
            I don’t think that’s you.
            I am not an evil genius.
            I’m just some guy with teenagers, who have braces I’m still paying for and a deep desire for them to mature a little more so I can have the privacy to spend some quality time alone with my wife.
            And Mamba’s a most excellent host.

          • Clink9

            “I don’t think they ban people here” I wish I had your innocence still.

            I seen it wit mine own eyes!

          • I try to exercise mercy whenever possible. I think of you all like big, adult cockroaches, you see. Or mice, even. Not like earwigs.

            Does that help? I’m trying to help. To bring us all together.

          • Clink9

            You have way more patience than I. Mother of mice.

          • El Martyachi
        • Now that’s a break-up.

    • They are an awful thing to behold in the flesh.

    • jayme

      They should bother you – they carry nasty diseases, and they will travel on your clothing and infest your home, given the chance. They’re cannibals, incidentally. That’s something that tends to gross people out (except human certain Polynesian tribes, etc.).

      • Feh. Read my earlier comment.

        • jayme

          I beg your pardon, Mamba. (Incidentally, are cockroaches part of a healthy diet for snakes?)

          • I am not really a snake. I am an assassin.

            Anyway they may be cannibals but they didn’t ask to be and nobody’s perfect.

  • cmh

    Obviously an ‘Asian’ vendor

  • ontario john

    So they are kicking out the NDP?

  • Waffle

    I’m not sure, but I think there are different varieties of roach. Apparently they are rich in protein and were a staple in the diets of pre-Conquest Mexicans and South Americans.

    BTW, what do you think a lobster is?

    • Alex

      An ocean-going cockroach? Never seen the charm in them myself, and I’m from Nova Scotia. (At the lobster suppers I always ordered the alternative – roast beef, ham or whatever. Just being contrary.)

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        My wife loves shrimp and crab and lobster.
        When I tell her that shrimp are related to spiders she gets grossed out until the next time we go to a seafood restaurant.

  • BG

    This insects as food meme needs to die. Hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but someone started it, and someone keeps trying to make it happen, and I can’t help but wonder who, and why.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Me, too.
      I’ve been watching and reading variations of this crap since I was a kid.
      What was that show back in the seventies with some guy whose name sounded like Roy Campanella?

  • Edubeat

    Ummm yummy maybe a few anchovies would give it that Western Canadian zip!

  • I thought that was a pic of Barack Obama. Looks just like him!