“With a short scream mixed with a laugh, 15-year-old Bettie Abney of Nanuet rushed from the cooking demonstration to her friends, hands to her mouth, calling ‘I ate bugs! I ate bugs!’ ‘I wouldn’t,’ said Nasreen Jones, 17, of Nanuet. ‘It’s nasty.’ Author and chef David George Gordon is used to people panning his creations. The author of ‘The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook’ was at the Palisades Center yesterday to help promote the IMAX film ‘A Rainforest Adventure: Bugs! in 3D.'” Radni Weiner reports for The Journal News, a newspaper serving Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties in New York.
“He cooked, he lectured, he joked, and he oversaw a competition among the strong-stomached for an Apple iPod that was won by Manhattanite Shai Pariente, 22. Pariente was fastest among three finalists at eating a baker’s dozen of oven-baked cockroaches – and he did it with his hands tied behind his back and without ketchup. ‘They were good,’ he said, cradling the box with the small computer inside. ‘Crunchy and salty. I would eat them again,'” Weiner reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: In related news, a contest in Alameda, California required people to eat two slices of pizza and drink as much free beer as they could to win a Dell DJ; there were no takers and the contest was cancelled. Organizers cited carbo-loading concerns among potential entrants combined with the lack of a compelling prize for the contest’s collapse. One onlooker told MacDailyNews, “I’d rather eat bugs than get stuck with a Dell Digital Junkbox.”