Well, NBC news just reported the cause of death of the man who died immediately after winning a cockroach eating contest in Florida a few weeks ago. Apparently, the death was caused by suffocation. A terrible way to die. May the man’s soul rest in peace.
My good friend Rufus Hornbecker and myself struck up a congenial conversation about this matter while sitting over one of a routine happy hour drinks. Rufus is the guy still trying to get on Obama Care, but still out of luck. However, our conversation today focused on this cockroach eating fatality.
Rufus looks at me and says “Deacon” . (I was once a lay minister and a lot of folks call me “Deacon”, actually my preaching didn’t work out when I found out I had a propensity to navigate toward wild women and hard liquor.)
Anyway, Rufus took a good shot from his frosted mug, and looks at me and begins his analysis of the matter at hand, “Deacon, I just can’t understand how a grown man can put a bucket of cockroaches down his throat and expect for any good to come of it.” And in response I say, “I have to agree with you on that one Rufus, sounds like a dumb thing to do”
And Rufus continues, “ I never have liked cockroaches, they just look sinister and evil to me, there is something demonic about them. I think they even have a brain, and they are smart. Try to corner one on a pantry floor, almost impossible. And you know they have lived through every major calamity known to the earth, and there still here everywhere. And I reply, “Never thought about it, but they are creepy critters”
And Rufus again, “I have to admit, when I was a kid, and after a dare, I did swallow a worm or two, but they slide right on down, but I imagine a cockroach is smart enough to grab a hold on the way down. And that’s what happened to that guy- too many cockroaches held on and closed up his breathing passage. Hell of a way to go.” And myself to Rufus, “I can’t disagree with you on that”.
And Rufus proceeds “It amazes me the horrible things people will put in their mouth, look at that fellow at the in of the bar, he’s eating a hog’s tongue. Can you imagine anyone eating anything that comes out of a nasty old hogs mouth. And then you have fish eggs and raw oysters” And my reply “Well Rufus…To each their own”
And Rufus once again, “That reminds me that I haven’t ate a thing all day” And Rufus calls over the waitress, “I’d like place an order please ma’am”. And the waitress, “That’s fine Rufus, what would you like to order today”. And Rufus continues to place his order with the waitress, “ Ma’am, just bring me a couple scrambled eggs, cooked a little on the soft side.” And the waitress, “Yes sir, Mr Hornbecker..We’ll have them right out”
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