The Polar Vortex Is Annoying, But It Could Be Good For Your Backyard

The Polar Vortex Is Annoying, But It Could Be Good For Your Backyard

Sure we’re all sick of winter. The crazy Polar Vortex has been wreaking havoc across the country and we’re ready for it to retire. But even with all the negatives the cold front has brought, including billions of dollars lost to canceled flights, it could be saving the government billions of dollars when it comes to containing invasive insects. [More]

Now with free caterpillar!

Don’t Worry, The Caterpillar You Found In Your Dinner Is Totally Safe To Eat

Unless that’s what they set out to eat in the first place, people aren’t thrilled to find insects in their food. Reader V. and his family are vegetarians, and were even less thrilled than most people to find a worm in their package of frozen edamame from Trader Joe’s. When he wrote to complain, the company was pretty transparent about what the critter was and how it ended up in their dinner. The company gave a refund. But V. found the company’s assurance that the critter was safe to eat insensitive. [More]

Strawberry Frappuccinos No Longer Vegan, Contain Ground-Up Bugs

Strawberry Frappuccinos No Longer Vegan, Contain Ground-Up Bugs

A few years ago, we happily passed on the news that a change in Starbucks Frappuccino flavors meant that you could get some flavors in a vegan formulation. But now, if you’re a Frappuccino lover who eschews eating animals, you’ll have to stay away from the strawberry variety from here out. The good news is that the newest base doesn’t contain artificial red food dye. The bad news is that’s because it’s been replaced with cochineal extract, a dye made from dried, ground-up insects. [More]

Woman Buys Milk With Free Bonus Insects, Complains For Some Reason

Woman Buys Milk With Free Bonus Insects, Complains For Some Reason

American consumers are so ungrateful. An Indiana woman bought a gallon of Great Value house-brand milk at Walmart that included a delicious selection of flour bugs. She’s currently pregnant, so why didn’t she appreciate the extra protein? She declined the store’s offer of replacement milk, and wants a refund. [More]

New York Requires Landlords To Tell Tenants Of Bedbug History

New York Requires Landlords To Tell Tenants Of Bedbug History

Since New York is being eaten alive by bedbugs, the state government has stepped in to make landlords disclose a one-year history of bedbug infestations at properties to prospective tenants. [More]

Bedbugs Spread Across America In Search Of Delicious Fresh Humans

Bedbugs Spread Across America In Search Of Delicious Fresh Humans

New York City is experiencing a bedbug infestation, with the critters back in the news for munching on humans at a movie theater and even the Empire State Building. We expect to hear about bedbugs in densely populated urban areas like New York and San Francisco, but NPR reports that the critters are showing up nationwide. [More]

McDonald's Now Serving Free Take-Out Scorpion With Breakfast

McDonald's Now Serving Free Take-Out Scorpion With Breakfast

Science teacher Jeff Tallman in Arizona ordered an egg McMuffin yesterday morning, and it apparently included a side he didn’t order. Not hash browns: a baby scorpion.

Nighttime Itching? Bed Bug Infestations Up 500% Worldwide

Nighttime Itching? Bed Bug Infestations Up 500% Worldwide

Call it the Twilight phenomenon. The EPA held its first ever “bed bug summit” last week, to discuss the rise in infestations of the tiny nocturnal bloodsuckers. There was talk of more ‘bed bug task forces’ in big cities, possible federal research into new technology such as steaming or freezing the bugs, and lots of icky close-ups of parasites.

Ocean Spray Contains Dye Made From Insect Shells

Ocean Spray Contains Dye Made From Insect Shells

Did you know that the dye used to color Ocean Spray is derived from bug shells? Ocean Spray contains cochineal extract, made from, natch, the shells of the cochineal insect.

UPDATE: Applebee's Is Sorry About Huge Insect Leg In Salad

UPDATE: Applebee's Is Sorry About Huge Insect Leg In Salad

Remember that huge grasshopper-ish insect leg that Reader Stacie pulled out of her mouth while eating an Applebee’s Apple Walnut Chicken Salad? After her story was posted to the Consumerist, Stacie was contacted by Applebee’s and finally got the apology that she wanted.

Insects Love Apples

Whilst browsing the Apple forum, looking to find a solution for why my MagSafe connector wouldn’t actually charge my MacBook Pro anymore (solution? “Buy a new one!” Thanks, Apple chuckleheads.) I came across this remarkable cry for fumigatory technical support and the accompanying video illustrating his problem: insects living inside his monitor.

Aunt Jemima Worm Horror

Aunt Jemima Worm Horror

Poor Aunt Jemima can’t catch a break. First she is created whole cloth to remind middle class white children how nice it was back when our families could afford slaves. Then she has to serve her ungrateful, illusory masters meal worms.