La La Cucaracha

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We got big cockroaches here in Texas.¬† I mean big ones, so big you can hear them walking along the floor in the middle of the night. In the heat of the summer I’ve seen them crawling out of the sewer. (Note that really nasty egg case in the picture.. I HATE those!)

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The story I always heard was that they ate dead skin and toenail clippings.

Turns out they are after something a lot different.

They eat pee.

Yeah. That. And there’s way more to the story.

(Start thinking about¬† Spiderman III Here, where that nasty black thing gets on his hand and turns him into… well lets just not go into what it turns him into, what you’ve got to remember, is that the black thing is a SYMBIONT! It needs Spidey and Spikey need it).

Well in order to get what it needs out of the pee, cockroaches have to team up with a certain kind of bacteria, that knows just what to do with it. And because EVERYTHING on the planet