Thursday, August 25, 2016

Interesting Facts about Cockroaches

Did you know that cockroaches drink beer?
The fact of the matter is that roaches do seem to like alcoholic beverages, beer included. But it’s likely because of the sugars found in alcohol, and not because roaches love to party.
Cockroaches are really fascinating! Consider these:
The cockroach (scientific name: Blattaria) is estimated to be at least 200 million years old. And there are roach fossils dating back as far as 350 million years.
There are approximately 4,600 species of cockroaches and they can be found all over the world, in every continent – except Antarctica. And only about one percent are considered pests.
Cockroaches will eat anything. And we mean any organic matter. Apart from eating any human food, cockroaches can eat dead insects, paper, cloth, soap, wood, glue, hair and poop. Yup, just about anything.
A cockroach can live almost a month without food. A cockroach can live about two weeks without water. A cockroach can live for up to one week without its head. This is not because they don’t have brains. They do. But their brains do not control all of their functions. Rather, the organs that control the vital functions can be found in the thorax or the middle part of the cockroach. Therefore, a cockroach can lose its head and still survive. It won’t be able to drink, though, so it eventually dies of thirst.
A cockroach can withstand 10 times more radiation than a human. In fact, cockroaches were found in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where the Americans dropped atomic bombs, and in Chernobyl, where the worst nuclear accident happened. And not to mention a cockroach was Wall-E’s only companion in post-nuclear Earth.
Some cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes, and others can survive up to 30 minutes underwater.
Some female cockroaches only mate once and stay pregnant for life. Cockroaches can run up to 3 miles an hour – which is very fast given their size. Even a baby cockroach, called a nymph, can travel at close to those speeds.
Cockroaches can spread nearly 33 different kinds of bacteria.
And finally, roaches are edible. Yummy!
Richard Kaae, an entomologist at California State University, USA reckons that cockroaches are the number one insects feared by humans. So, it is not surprising that many people suffer from katsaridaphobia, or cockroach phobia.
Today, I was in Wisma IJM in PJ’s Jalan Yong Shook Lin to attend the IJM Toastmasters meeting.
I was one of two project speakers – and I delivered my Advanced speech from the Public Relations manual – assignment #3 The Persuasive Approach. My speech title was “Seeking Adventures” – a good speech, if I may say so myself.

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