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The Headless Horseman? Err… Horseroach?  A cockroach can live a week without its head. It only dies because without a mouth, it can’t drink water.

More cockroach tea, anyone? Brewed from cockroaches, this tea has been used to treat dropsy—a kind of sickness or inflammation.

Cockroaches in your gourmet dinner? Maybe not as a main dish, but they have been used in sauces, condiments and as appetizers.

The outdoor temperature can be estimated to within several degrees by timing the chirps of a cricket.  It is done this way: count the number of chirps in a 15-second period, then add 37 to the total.  The result will be very close to the actual Fahrenheit temperature. This formula only works in warm weather.

Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.

What if you skinned your knee and white blood came out? If you’re a cockroach, no big deal. Cockroaches bleed white blood.

Butterflies taste with their hind feet.

The world’s largest roach is six inches long with a one-foot wingspan.

Cockroaches have at least 18 knees!!! .

If you were to collect one of every species of cockroach found in the world, you’d need a lot of jars to put them in. There are some 5,000 species of cockroaches worldwide.

Ants stretch when they wake up. They also appear to yawn in a very human manner before taking up the tasks of the day.

If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

Pregnant for life? It doesn’t sound like much fun, but some female cockroaches mate once and are pregnant for the rest of their lives.

Bees have 5 eyes. There are 3 small eyes on the top of the bee’s head and 2 larger ones in front.

Roaches live all over the world, including the North and South Poles. In extremely cold places, however, they survive by moving in with humans.

Every night, wasps bite into the stems of a plant, lock their mandibles (jaws) into position, stretch out at right angles to the stem, and, with legs dangling, fall asleep.

No food for a month–not even a crumb? Roaches can go without eating for a month but will only live a week without water.

Cockroaches have six hairy legs. The tiny hairs found on each leg give them their sense of touch.

Roaches wear their skeletons on the outside of their bodies.