Though cockroaches are our everyday pests, they are not as common and simple as we think they are, for the bizarre facts about them add a layer of mystery and complexity to their existence as well as the ways they affect our lives. Get ready to be thrilled at the following secrets that cockroaches don’t want you to know.
(i) This isn’t Twilight Zone. Believe it or not, a headless cockroach is not a lifeless bug! If you cut off its head, its body is still alive and kicking, and it can survive for weeks without its head because of its simple circulatory system; it can breathe through tiny holes in its body. However, a headless roach will eventually die of starvation simply because it has no mouth to eat.
(ii) If you think cockroaches are brainless little bugs, you are sorely mistaken. Cockroaches can develop memories. They learn to associate specific odors with sugar solutions. They remember things just like we do (How creepy are they?).
(iii) Not you, not even a professional runner can ever outrun a cockroach. Born without trained professionalism of an athlete, a cockroach can naturally run 3 miles per hour, well, that’s not record-breaking … but its six highly flexible legs and lightning reflexes will make you sweatily hard to catch up with them.
(v) This is something that cockroaches hate to share with you. They are filled with protein, highly edible and are delicious! They are served as popular snack and meal in Asian countries (try Thailand). You can fry them, toast them, boil them, and even saute them. Anyway, bon appetit!
References: https://www.abchomeandcommercial.com/blog/5-secrets-cockroaches-dont-want-you-to-know/ http://durbancentral.blogspot.my/2011/01/grand-cockroach-showdown.html (image source) http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-11-08/im-a-celebrity-2013-7-places-to-try-bushtucker-trials (image source) http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2w473t (video & image) http://www.huffingtonpost.kr/2015/02/10/-_n_6658162.html (video & image)