Mom let's kid eat cicada

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Becky - posted on 06/13/2011

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Really, she should never have had children because she let her kid put a bug in his mouth? That's a bit extreme! Where I grew up, bugs were a delicacy! If we go back, I'll teach my kids how to eat them. Guess I wasn't cut out to be a mom. Ooops, better call CPS on me!
I wouldn't post it on You-tube though. Then again, I wouldn't post any videos of my kids on there.

Lora - posted on 06/13/2011

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That Mom should have her head examined for letting her child put a bug (dead or alive) in his mouth. Some people should never have children.

Pamela - posted on 06/13/2011

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@Hope: well in many countries, cicadas are snacks for real people. Mmmmmm good! You only think its gross because you've not been raised to eat such delicacies. Frankly, I suspect dipping it in chocolate could make it quite tasty...

Pamela - posted on 06/12/2011

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Well, in other cultures, these insects are on the menu and a valid source of protein. I had a friend who lived in Japan and he and his family ate insects. So, it goes against our American sensibilities perhaps, but there are worse things out there than letting your kid eat an insect.

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Pamela - posted on 06/15/2011

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Well I finally viewed the actual video. The kid doesn't eat the thing. He plays with it - but doesn't actually eat it. The video ends with the cicada climbing up his face.

Nikki - posted on 06/15/2011

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Children put the nastiest things in their mouths...that's just what they do. I'm sure that she got the camera after she saw him with it in his mouth and realized that it wasn't going to hurt him. Most of the best videos are made on a wimb, you know lol

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One of the boys in my high school would eat pincer bugs and swallow live guppy's (or whatever type of small fish they were) out of the fish tank in our classroom...... He was quite popular getting paid to see what else he would eat. ;)

Katherine - posted on 06/15/2011

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Yum, dipped in chocolate, meal worms, UGH!!!! I so don't think outside the box.

Kathleen - posted on 06/14/2011

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Very gross, but *shrugs* extra protein. my son ate paper for awhile...extra fiber. Not going to hurt him. nasty yes, but will it really hurt him, probably not. Could be worse, sticking actual inedible things.

Carmina - posted on 06/14/2011

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it looks like im the only one who agrees with you katherine lol i think it is DISGUSTING and i would never do it or let my child, if i saw him doing it i would make him spit it out and come inside! yuck yuck yuck!!! scary for the bug too!

Chasity - posted on 06/14/2011

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omg that was funny he didnt actually eat it, he was playing with it, I know here we used to take lizards and let them bite our ears and they would hang there like earrings, sorta the same but not in the mouth. I personally wouldnt want my kid to put something like that in there mouth playing or not.

Katherine - posted on 06/13/2011

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I'm a "not try anything new" kind of girl. So I would NEVER eat bugs. My kids, oh well. They already have. Yum Yum.

Kellie - posted on 06/13/2011

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ewww yes, but perfectly natural. And if he did eat it, well the Aboriginal's (and the Natives from any country) ate/eat things like that all the time (I would assume anyway, I know the full bloods here do). It's protein LOL

Pamela - posted on 06/13/2011

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You know, I think cicadas dipped in lovely dark chocolate along with a lovely Malbec wine would be well...lovely.;P

Stifler's - posted on 06/13/2011

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Bahahahaha I NEED MY 500G STEAK FOR PROTIEN AND IRON. There's clearly no other source.

Johnny - posted on 06/13/2011

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Oh, heaven forbid that we couldn't eat 1/3 lb of beef in one sitting!

Charlie - posted on 06/13/2011

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Yeah imagine if you all had to stop eating beef because Hindus thought it sacrilege !

Johnny - posted on 06/13/2011

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I suppose there would be entire countries depopulated if people who eat things that gross other people out were to not ever have children.

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And yeah, the "some people should never have children" comment is a little (no, a LOT) out there. To each his / her own, I suppose. Crunch, crunch. :P

Johnny - posted on 06/13/2011

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No big deal. I see them being served at Night Market here. It's a delicacy. I've never tried it, I have the North American squeamishness built in, but I'm sure they are quite healthy.

I'm really saddened by the close-minded people who are suggesting it's abuse, neglect or that she shouldn't have had kids. Very narrow world you live in. It's just a bug! Really people.

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I'm not gonna seek out bugs for my son or myself to eat but I'd also probably not really care if he decided to try on on his own as long as it wasn't poisonous. I don't know that it's a boy thing though because I remember once when I was little I saw a thing on National Geographic about how monkeys (I think it's monkeys) will poke sticks into tree holes to eat the ants. I ate ants after that. Too bad they were fire ants lol But hey, crunch, crunch. And although there is a certain "ew" factor for me, I'd definitely eat a bug for two reasons. One, if someone was going to pay me (like on Fear Factor) or two, I'd totally eat the bug protein if that's what it came down to for survival.

Charlie - posted on 06/13/2011

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On average people eat 8 spiders a year in their sleep .

I really do not understand the assualt on the parents for the bug in the mouth ......the movie online maybe but a bug ? Come on !

Charlie - posted on 06/13/2011

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Heston ( the chef ) made an amazing looking dish with deep fried insects that he had injected with his own aoli mayonaise and some with salsa .

Jenn - posted on 06/13/2011

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It would gross me out because I don't like bugs.

@Dana S - those Japanese Beetles are a pain in my ass!!!! When they come out, they eat my plants and flowers, and they cling to the laundry that I hang out. And not only do they eat my plants - they hump on them - it's like a friggin' Japanese Beetle orgy! I think I did this right so you guys can see it - but here's some pics I took last summer of a cicada on my laundry and some humpin' Japanese Beetles LOL! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a...

Vegemite - posted on 06/13/2011

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Loureen have tried witchey grubs they're so tastey smoked

Jessi I love that show bizarre foods

Vegemite - posted on 06/13/2011

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hahaha my kids have eaten all sorts of things. Just the other day i picked them up from kindy and the teacher was horrified that my youngest had eaten a moth. I think she was more horrified by my MEH! response. Cicada wont hurt anyone but I would tell my kid it's yuk. Definitely wouldn't post it on youtube

Rosie - posted on 06/13/2011

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i did the same thing pamela!! i took a dixie cup full and horked it down, i was convinced it would give me super powers. :)

Hope - posted on 06/13/2011

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Nasty. Why would any mom let their child eat something like that? This is just irresponsible and gross. Get the baby some snacks to eat, for real people.

Jane - posted on 06/12/2011

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The only thing that bothers me about this is posting the thing on YouTube. Private family videos need to remain private family videos.

Becky - posted on 06/12/2011

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The fact that it's alive grosses me out, but otherwise, it wouldn't bother me. We used to collect flying termites and fry them in butter and salt and put them on baked potatoes in Africa. In the market, you can buy a bag of seasoned cricket parts - which I have eaten as well. So, I wouldn't eat a live one and would prefer my kids don't, but dead, meh, no biggie. I'll probably teach them how to eat flying termites when we take them out to Africa! :)

Kimberly - posted on 06/12/2011

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ok yeah i hate big bugs. i never knew what bug you guys are talking about but its huge. any way yeah i can see my son eating a worm or dirt. sorry if thats wrong of me but he is my husbands kid lol. but in no way in hell would i be video taping little alone that nasty big bug. i would be the one screaming and freaking out like a school girl ew ew ew. lol

Pamela - posted on 06/12/2011

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When I was six, I wondered what dirt tasted like. So I took a straw and sucked up a whole mouthful. I'm an all or nothing kind of girl.

Charlie - posted on 06/12/2011

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My child has refused to be called by his proper name today .....all day he has insisted he is Bear Grylls so it wont suprise me if he finds a bug to eat sometime soon.

Jane - posted on 06/12/2011

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As long as it hasn't been exposed to pesticide it isn't a bad thing. At least it is protein.

Many cultures eat insects routinely as part of their diets. Cicadas are big and so might be considered delicacies some places.

In fact, when we were in Venezuela, down in the jungle, we were invited to dinner by a native family, One of the items on the menu were Rhinoceros Beetle grubs, lightly roasted over the flames. My dad said they were crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and slightly sweet. He told the father of the host family that he couldn't let us have any and the father said back via two translators (Huaica to German, then German to Spanish) "I know what you mean. Once you let women have something good they demand it all the time."

Jenny - posted on 06/12/2011

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It doesn't bother me. My kids have eaten worms and dirt and french kissed the dog. Not my cup of tea but not a big deal either.

Rosie - posted on 06/12/2011

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gross yes, harmful i don't think so. i also would not video tape it and post it on youtube, but meh, it's not that big of a deal to me.

Charlie - posted on 06/12/2011

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Cicada-Portobello Quiche
Filling:
1 Portobello cap
¼ – ½ C blanched, teneral cicadas
Cut the Portobello into cubes. Sauté in olive oil until cooked. A few minutes before the mushroom is done cooking, add the cicadas and stir. Temporarily, set this mixture aside.

Crust:
¾ C whole wheat flour
3 T olive oil
3 T water
Mix together. Use rolling pin to roll out between two sheets of wax paper. Carefully remove top sheet of wax paper, and flip crust over into quiche pan or pie plate. Remove second sheet of wax paper. Fit crust into pan, fixing top edge and patching holes. Note: crust will be very thin.

Assembly:
¾-oz. carton basil
½ lb (approx.) cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 375° F. Put the mushroom-cicada mixture into the crust and distribute evenly. Chop the basil and sprinkle evenly over the filling. Grate the cheese and sprinkle evenly over the basil.

Custard:
4 eggs
1 - 1½ T whole wheat flour
1¼ C whole milk
1 tsp (approx.) cinnamon
¼ tsp (approx.) nutmeg
Break the eggs into a bowl, and whisk slightly. Add the flour and seasonings, and whisk until mixed. Add the milk and whisk until mixed. Set the pan of quiche in the oven, on the oven rack, then pour in the liquid.

Bake at 375° F for about 30 min until the top is golden brown. Cool slightly before cutting.

http://biology.clc.uc.edu/steincarter/re...

There are loads of recipes here.

Jodi - posted on 06/12/2011

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And there is the example of witchety grubs, a traditional Aboriginal Food.....I've never tried them, I don't think I could, but that is cultural.

Charlie - posted on 06/12/2011

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Insects are popular in Asia as food , I guess it is what we are accustomed to.



EDITED to add : and actually in our traditional culture , the Aboriginal people eat bogon moths and witchety grubs in fact there is an elder that lives in our town that asks for the witchity grubs when Jamie and his mates go wood chopping , Jamie himself has eaten them and said they taste nutty.

Jodi - posted on 06/12/2011

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And it IS cultural - I am pretty sure somewhere in the world, that would be part of the evening meal :D

Jodi - posted on 06/12/2011

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Good point Loureen......
And don't worry Lisa, I find it gross too!!! But I understand why my kids didn't, LOL. But I do laugh about it...after the fact :P

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