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• A Utah state archaeologist was studying ancient human excrement in caves near the Great Salt Lake. He found insect fragments and wondered what bugs the Indians had been eating. One day, he saw a swarm of grasshoppers flying over the lake. A sudden downdraft of wind blew them all into the water, where they drowned. A few days later, the dead grasshoppers (by now thoroughly salted) washed up on shore where they dried in the sun. Curious, he picked one up and tasted it. It tasted like a roasted peanut, salty, crunchy, and full of protein. Mystery solved. • The Klamath Indians used to light fires beneath trees to smoke out the caterpillars of the Pandora moth which would be collected as they fell. Some Paiutes still eat Pandora caterpillars. When the U.S. Forest Service proposed a spraying plan to control the Pandora moth, the Paiutes sued, and won. • In Botswana, mopane caterpillars are relished. Named after the mopane tree which they feed off of, mopane caterpillars turn into the emperor moth, one of the largest moths on the planet. The caterpillars are huge, too, weighing about half an ounce each. The demand for these caterpillars is so great that their population has been drastically reduced. The one thing that has saved them from extinction is that the small, young caterpillars taste bad. It’s not until they get fat and ready to pupate that they taste goodso the smallest are spared to carry on the species. Researchers are trying to figure out a way to raise them in captivity on a caterpillar farm.


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• Why are there worms in the bottom of bottles of tequila and mescal? Tequila and mescal are made from agave plants, and the worms in the bottles are maguey worms, which feed exclusively on agave plants. The presence of the caterpillar in the bottle certifies authenticity. Also, tequila and mescal are usually double-distilled and are around 110 proof but they are sometimes watered down by greedy dealers. Caterpillar carcasses can’t stay in a state of perfect preservation for very long in watered-down liquor. So if the worm at the bottom of the bottle is in good shape, you know the liquor is pure.


• South of Mexico City near the town of Taxco at the temple on top of Mount Huizteco the residents celebrate the Day of the Jumil. The jumil is a type of stink-bug about half-inch long. Each year townfolk gather on the mountaintop to collect the insects, cook them, eat them, elect the Jumil Queen, and have a great celebration. These insects are a delicacy, suitable for serving to honored guests. Peter Menzel, author of “Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects” described their taste as, “Like an aspirin saturated in cod liver oil with dangerous sub-currents of rubbing alcohol and iodine.” The insects are indeed high in iodine, important in preventing goiter in an inland area far from the ocean’s natural sources of iodine. The locals say they taste slightly of apples.





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• Most kinds of caterpillars are edible, but don’t eat the brightly colored ones which may contain toxins. According to the rule of thumb for insect eating in the “Eat-a-Bug Cookbook”: “Red, orange, or yellow / forgo this small fellow / Black, green, or brown / Go ahead and toss him down.” • In general, avoid eating any insects that have a strong odor. • If you’re allergic to shellfish, avoid eating insects because the two are closely related. • Scorpions are eaten just like shrimp. • Boil slugs in vinegar to remove mucus, then stir fry in butter and garlic.

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• Boil wasps and bees before eating to neutralize the poison in their stingers. • In Colombia they enjoy ant paste, which is spread on bread. • Canned ant eggs, available in Thailand, goes best when spread on toast.

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• Over four decades, he was involved in making over 250 films, innumerable cartoons, and many TV appearances. • His gift for impressions meant that he was invaluable to Hollywood producers who needed help with dubbing sound tracks. Humphrey Bogart was battling throat cancer in his final film “The Harder They Fall” (1959), and spoke his lines so softly that they couldn’t be heard well. Paul Frees dubbed over the lines in a perfect imitation of the star. • Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Frees was called upon to dub dialogue of other actors to correct for foreign accents, poor English proficiency, or bad line readings. Sometimes he was needed to over-dub just a few lines; other times he dubbed entire roles. In the 1959 film “Some Like It Hot”, Frees provides the voice of the funeral director as well as much of the falsetto voice for Tony Curtis' female character Josephine. Frees also dubbed the entire role of Eddie in the 1966 Disney film “The Ugly Dachshund”, replacing actor Dick Wessel, who died of a heart attack before the sound work on the film was finished.

• Paul Frees really came into his own in the world of cartoon commercials. He played the part of the Farmer in the Jolly Green Giant ads; Toucan Sam for Froot Loops; and Boo Berry for Monster Cereals. • But his most famous role, the one for which he is still remembered today, was as the voice of Poppin’ Fresh, the Pillsbury Doughboy. More than 50 actors auditioned to do the voice for the Pillsbury Doughboy, including Paul Winchell, who did the voice for Tigger from “Winnie the Pooh.” Paul Frees won the role, and his iconic giggle is famous. The commercial first aired in 1965, and since then, Poppin’ Fresh has appeared in over 600 ads. • Paul Frees died in 1986 at the age of 66. Upon his death, Jeff Bergman, who also voiced Charlie the Tuna, took over the voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy. • Poppin’ Fresh is recognized by 87% of American consumers, yet few know the name of Paul Frees. When asked if he resented that so much of his work was done anonymously, Frees replied, “Sometimes, yes. But it’s nothing I can’t overcome when I look at the bank balance.”


• Beginning in 1942, Frees found that his talents were in demand in the world of radio. He played a wide variety of parts in audio dramas, often playing the role of several characters due to his ability to change his voice. In one radio series, he played not only every part in the drama, but also the narrator.

• Unlike many voice actors who did most of their work for one studio, Frees worked extensively with at least nine of the major animation production companies of the 20th century, including Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and others.


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• But Paul Frees’ talent shown most brightly in his work as the voice of various cartoon characters. He voiced the part of Boris Badenov (The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show), Inspector Fenwick (Dudley Do-Right), Weevil Plumtree (George of the Jungle), and Ludwig Von Drake (with Donald Duck).




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