Monday, November 14, 2011

Buget* (for Budget*)

"Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, think I'll go eat worms..." goes the dispirited children's ditty, and while bugs are not worms, exactly, most people hold exactly the same morose viewpoint when it comes to eating them as well. However, if you happen to be on a tight budget, bugs just might fill the bill. Many insects, in fact, are not only edible, but highly nutritious, and commonly consumed throughout the world. While I couldn't find any appetizing pictures on Wikimedia Commons of chocolate-covered ants or anything to feature here, I did come across this adorable picture of a couple of dapper-looking grasshoppers who could be heading out to lunch. (Actually, they're copulating, but it seems they might have already had a bit of grass to get them in the mood.) Mexican grasshoppers are often eaten roasted with chiles and lime and are called chapulines. Not to bug you about this, but try and budget some time to check for today's typo, which was found 15 times in OhioLINK and 428 times in WorldCat.

(Differential Grasshoppers, copulating, by Eric R. Eaton, Oct. 10, 2010, from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

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