Monday, August 7, 2006

Cockroach facts are stranger then fiction

Bored at work, Sitting on the Comp ( occupational hazard if u r a corporate lawyer working in a stuffy organization and are not permitted to leave even if u are as BORED as a dead pigeon lying on the sidewalk) So, to kill time I decded to research on COCKROACHES!!

WHAT?? WHY?? Come on how bored can one get???

Well... to my defence did any of you know the answer to the BIG question..

Does a Cockroach ever feel the urge to PEE??.. did u did u?? honelty have you never wondered?? Well if u have not thought about it thats your problem coz i was deeply troubled and more than curious. So this is what my Net digging uncovered.

Cockroach facts

Number 1

Scientists venture that, in the event of an all-out nuclear war, the three things likely to survive would be: viruses, silicone products and cockroaches.In truth the amount of radiation that cockroaches can withstand is equivalent to that of a thermonuclear explosion. So, show a little respect the next time your chasing one through the kitchen with a spray can in your hand!

NUMBER TWO ( these guys were more bored than me!!)

fertile eggs of cockroaches in a sealed bottle and we watched it till what felt like eternity! (The baby roaches emerged one by one and since there was no food to eat, survived on their own egg shells for weeks. Then they ate the dead siblings. Yes, that was fascinating).

Headless and Loving it ;-)

a cockroach could live a long time, perhaps a month, without its head.

The world's largest roach (which lives in South America) is six inches long with a one-foot wingspan.

Number Cruncher

Roaches By the Numbers
6 -- Number of legs on a cockroach
18 -- Number of knees on most cockroaches (at least!)
40-- Number of minutes cockroaches can hold their breath
75 -- Percentage of time that cockroaches spend just resting (how lazy can you get?)

Bad News
Some female cockroaches mate once and are pregnant for the rest of their lives (bummer).

Cracked Heels causing a problem??

Young cockroaches need only a crack as thin as a dime (about .5mm wide) to crawl into. Adult males can squeeze into a space of 1.6mm or the thickness of a quarter.

Wanna Race?
Cockroaches can run up to three miles in an hour. (Hey, it's no marathon, but it's not bad.)

How Chweeet!!

Male cockroaches transfer sperm to females in a "gift-wrapped" package called a spermatophore. Some males cover the package in a protein-rich wrapping that the female can eat to obtain nutrients to raise her young. Delicious!

Feminism has a new BAR (no not a bra! BAR)

These animals usually reproduce sexually. But in times of crisis when males are scarce, females can reproduce by a process known as 'parthenogenesis'. They can produce offspring-all female-with no help from males.

My daddy best

And if food is scarce, adolescent cockroaches can live on a very reliable resource — their parents’ feces.

Moral of story... they have been there done that and are almost always successfully showing u the middle finger