Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by nubka, Oct 9, 2012.
All that just to win a pet snake?!
A few years ago (here in Utah,) a mom died from drinking too much water in a contest. She was trying to win her kinds a Wii.
From reading the article, we don't know if it is the bugs that killed him. Since those bugs were raised to be lizard food, I doubt it is the bugs. We'll know more when the autopsy comes out.
Whatever it was, it seemed to hit him quickly.
Darwinism at it's finest.
Does the runner-up get the python now?
I'm not into autopsies in general, but that one - I'd want trauma pay!
I had much the same reaction. I'm not sure I could eat a cockroach if someone's life depended on it, let alone to win a snake.
I noticed a discussion in the article comments as to whether this is the sort of case a medical examiner would welcome or not.
That one surprises me. I thought with all the interest in marathons and running people were aware of water poisoning. Too much water and not enough sodium upsets the electrolyte balance and causes heart arrhythmia.
I'm sure they've actually seen worse...
I don't know, it's still not really common knowledge, IMO. Cause you're supposed to drink lots of water daily, right? Many people may just assume that more can't be unhealthy...
Oh god, I want to barf reading that story.
I really enjoyed the quote though: "Some of the snakes are pretty expensive. I thought if I could eat bugs to get one, it'd be a good idea." No. It is not a good idea. Go home.
The disease organisms/cockroach defecation doesn't make sense to me. Wouldn't that take time? He died too quickly for me to believe it was the bugs. Unless they were still alive and somehow moved into an area that could cause him to stop breathing, or something like that. Don't know if that's possible, thug.
Part of that contest was that they had to drink XX amount of water within a certain amount of time and they were not allowed to urinate. Just plain stupid!
There are consequences for extreme stupidity.
What is the liability for whoever thought of this?
Supposedly the contestants all signed a waiver so I would think and hope that they are not liable. No one was forced to participate.
I also don't think it could be any kind of poisoning. If it was something so severe to kill him so fast then surely other people would have at least gotten ill or died as well. I am almost tempted to think it was something coincidental like a heart attack or brain aneurism. Maybe the excitement from the contest got his blood pressure too high and it was the straw that broke the camels back?
All the contestants signed a waiver ... but of course no one though one could die from eating cockroaches.
I wouldn't necessarily call the contestants in this competition stupid. It wasn't like they picked up random roaches from people's apartments and ate them. They participated in an eating competition, and the roaches were supposedly raised in a clean environment as pet food (although all roaches are disgusting to me, regardless of where they were raised). The other contestants that ate the roaches didn't die.
I remember reading somewhere that the TV show "Fear Factor" is coming back to TV. The producers should think twice about having contestants eat disgusting things on the show.
I am totally not reading this article.
While I'm not a medical examiner or a doctor, what comes to mind as to what caused this guy's death would be something akin to either an allergic reaction of some sort (people can be allergic to roaches just like they can to other insects, fish, shellfish, and other animals) and died of anaphylaxis, or from aspirating vomit and dry-drowning.
Um, don't the contestants know what they're signing up for being on Fear Factor? If you're brave/stupid enough to be on FF, you get what you get.
I don't know about you, but if I was responsible for a show I certainly wouldn't want anyone to die on my watch, even if accidentally.
I think it's premature to call for an end to all "eat disgusting things" contests when we don't even know what this guy died of.
There are lots of TV producers who would LOVE to have someone die on their watch--it would make great ratings.
Until they get sued.
Long time ago there was a show on British TV (ITV?) where people sent in their names to do a daredevil stunt. A name was picked each week and a wheel spun to come up with a stunt which they had a choice of agreeing to or not. They were given a weeks worth of expert training and then the attempt was live. One week it was a long bungee jump from a huge crane in a parking lot. The ropes/clasps/something failed. The show was canceled immediately although it was quite popular.
http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/10/02/oregon-farmer-eaten-by-his-own-hogs/?iref=obnetwork Death by Hogs!!!
I'm sorry, but anyone stupid enough to enter a contest like this has to suffer the consequences. I agree it's probably an allergy, but smart contestants should test that out before they participate by eating small amounts of the various insects involved. Why anyone would do that, however, bewilders me.
Guess he wasn't feeding his pigs properly and they were really hungry.
Some allergies have been linked to trace amounts of insect parts in food, so I guess an even greater quantity of bugs consumed would have a more severe effect for someone who's allergic.
For some reason I keep reading the thread title as death by Bugs (Bunny).