If Alex gave that as the answer to the question, what’s the question?
- How much of what foreign substance is allowed in every 144 pound batch of Fig Newton cookie filling?
- What quantity of bug parts are plastered on the front of the average American pickup truck?
- How much of what substance was pumped out of Britney Spears’ stomach during a recent ER visit?
- The average American eats how many pounds of bug parts every year?
The real question is, of course, the final one: According to UC-Berkeley Cooperative Extension Specialist Vernard Lewis, the average American eats about 2 pounds of bug parts each year.
This all came about because Jonathan @ SFist swallowed a bug during his bicycle commute. Because much of the San Francisco Bay Area is so bug free, this was unusual enough that Jonathan had to research the issue. Read his findings at SFist.
The SFist article also turned me onto this cool outtake of Marlon Brando’s soliloquy on bloodlust when he suddenly makes a face and gasps, “I swallowed a bug.”
Two pounds of bugs. Who woulda figured?