HEADLINE – MAN DIES AFTER WINNING INSECT EATING CONTEST
First, a joke:
Question: What are a red neck’s most common last words?
Answer: “Hey, y’all, watch this!”
CRACKERBURG, Florida – The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms, authorities said Monday.
Cooter Renfield ate 600 German cockroaches, 300 Madagaskar hissing cockroaches, 200 Hercules Beetles, 50 crickets and an untold number of earth and meal worms before mysteriously collapsing. He was pronounced dead an hour later at Crackerburg General Hospital.
“At least he died doing what he loved most,” said his mother, Charlene Renfield.
“That boy just loved eating bugs,” said Ethel Renfield, Cooter’s grandmother. “Even when he was a baby he was always crawling around looking for bugs to eat. Maybe he spent a bit too much time with his grandfather. I was always hollering ‘R.M.’ – that was my husband’s name, R.M., ‘R.M,’ I would say ‘you stop that boy from eating bugs.’ But R.M. never did. Truth be told, R.M. loved him some bugs, too.”
R.M. Renfield made his name in the import business during the 1930’s before settling in Crackerville.