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   Undertoad  Wednesday Sep 12 08:36 AM

September 12, 2007: Japanese wasp crackers



Spluch catches this one, an animal IotD which has been helpfully pre-baked into a crunchy, stingy form. A Japanese snack baker has come up with the idea of embedding wasps into a rice cracker, Of course, since so many of us enjoy eating crackers with homemade wasp dip.

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Wasp hunters from the village, who are mostly in their 80's, catch them in nearby forests.

They are then boiled in water, dried and sprinkled over the cracker mix, which is then stamped by hot iron cracker cutters.

A bag of 20 crackers costs 1.60 pounds, but output is limited as the wasps are caught in the wild for optimum flavour.
Right, you don't want to deal with those inferior domesticated wasps, they suck.

At least the aging wasp hunters -- the mighty, proud wasp hunters! -- are not going without employment.


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Sep 12 08:47 AM

From the link...

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The jibachi senbei, or digger wasp rice crackers, each contain five or six black insects which are clearly visible to the naked eye.
5 or 6? Typical Madison avenue. The picture shows the cookie stuffed full of waspy goodness, but the truth is in the fine print.


Emrikol  Wednesday Sep 12 09:38 AM

I'll ask the question:

What about the stingers?!?!?!?!



Sheldonrs  Wednesday Sep 12 09:49 AM

"...output is limited as the wasps are caught in the wild for optimum flavour..."


So these are free-range wasps?

Do they have any milk-fed wasps? Those are the most tender.



Flint  Wednesday Sep 12 10:23 AM

What's the difference between a WASP and a Cracker anyway? Somebody ask freshness...



Shawnee123  Wednesday Sep 12 10:37 AM

Oh no you di'int!

Cracker ass cracker.



SteveDallas  Wednesday Sep 12 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Flint View Post
What's the difference between a WASP and a Cracker anyway? Somebody ask freshness...
Wasps are the bosses. Crackers are the peons. It leads to a great deal of cognitive dissonance for those of us crackers who got promoted into management while the wasps were distracted by their golf games.


monster  Wednesday Sep 12 12:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Flint View Post
What's the difference between a WASP and a Cracker anyway? Somebody ask freshness...







Sheldonrs  Wednesday Sep 12 12:16 PM

Well at least nobody asked if they have Jews in crackers.



monster  Wednesday Sep 12 12:25 PM

what flavor is your bf anyway? :p



lumberjim  Wednesday Sep 12 12:27 PM

he's chocolate....or pumpernickel, i think



Flint  Wednesday Sep 12 12:28 PM

I saw a loaf of bread at the store, billed as "DARK PUMP" ... srsly



Sheldonrs  Wednesday Sep 12 12:48 PM

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Originally Posted by monster View Post
what flavor is your bf anyway? :p
As of a week ago, he tastes like EX.


monster  Wednesday Sep 12 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
As of a week ago, he tastes like EX.
Oh dear, sorry. I wondered if my impertinent question was a little below the belt....


fargon  Wednesday Sep 12 01:41 PM

Ewwwww!



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Sep 12 01:48 PM

Bee nice.



Sheldonrs  Wednesday Sep 12 01:49 PM

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Originally Posted by monster View Post
Oh dear, sorry. I wondered if my impertinent question was a little below the belt....
Not to worry. It was my idea to end it and it probably should have been done long ago.

As for below the belt, it's where i do my best work. ;-)


Elspode  Wednesday Sep 12 03:23 PM

At least you don't sound terribly heartbroken, Shel. How long were you lads an item, anyway?



rfoxx  Wednesday Sep 12 04:08 PM

When you consider that wasps eat spiders which eat flies which eat poo, that just has nastiness written all over it.



monster  Wednesday Sep 12 04:16 PM

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Originally Posted by rfoxx View Post
When you consider that wasps eat spiders which eat flies which eat poo, that just has nastiness written all over it.

yeah but they'e wild caught! that makes all the difference. It's free-range poo. healthy poo. the type that falls onto lush meadows and makes beautiful flowers grow


Happy Monkey  Wednesday Sep 12 04:40 PM

Of course, the plants that make up most of the rest of the cracker eat poo directly.



spudcon  Wednesday Sep 12 05:13 PM

Just because they're caught in the wild, doesn't mean they haven't been eating food that's full of hormones and insecticide. And just how brutal are those 80 year olds to the helpless wasps they slaughter?



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Sep 12 08:50 PM

Why they boil them like lobsters... throw them screaming into the cauldron, while they do that old man cackle. The nicer ones only do it to wasps cutting across their lawn.



Gravdigr  Wednesday Sep 12 09:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Flint View Post
What's the difference between a WASP and a Cracker anyway? Somebody ask freshness...
10,000 points to Flint!!! Bravo! -from an original CAC (crackerasscracker)


Adam  Thursday Sep 13 10:20 AM

Am I the only one who is wondering how, exactly, does one "hunt" wasps?

I'm guessing a powerful insecticide sprayed from far away. Think: RAID.
In my experience, you have to SOAK them with it. Wasps are tough SOB's.

So, maybe the boiling is more to clean off the bodies than to cook?
(I'm sure they're totally safe to eat after boiling!)



Undertoad  Thursday Sep 13 11:23 AM

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Am I the only one who is wondering how, exactly, does one "hunt" wasps?
I guess they use bee-bee guns.


glatt  Thursday Sep 13 11:29 AM

Maybe they don't use pesticide to catch the wasps. Maybe they just suck them up with a vacuum cleaner like this guy.



Clodfobble  Thursday Sep 13 01:34 PM

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Originally Posted by glatt's link
The catch above is from leaving the machine running for 9 hours straight while I went to work. The machine doesn't suck the wasps out of the nest, it just catches most of the wasps that come back from the field. Coming out of the nest, most of them are smart enough to crawl away from the suction before getting airborne, but coming back, they get get sucked in on the landing approach.
That's one day's worth of wasps, from a single location.


ferret88  Thursday Sep 13 02:53 PM

[quote=Adam;384815]Am I the only one who is wondering how, exactly, does one "hunt" wasps?[quote]

Maybe they catch them one by one with chopsticks.



HungLikeJesus  Thursday Sep 13 03:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
As of a week ago, he tastes like EX...
...LAX?


morie  Friday Sep 14 09:07 AM

hey, ya think if i put dog shit on a stick, people will buy it? better yet, what if i called it art, how much could i sell it for?



monster  Friday Sep 14 10:39 AM

How about Poop in a Cup?



Shawnee123  Friday Sep 14 11:11 AM

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Originally Posted by monster View Post
How about Poop in a Cup?
Isn't that the Justin Timberlake song?


bobman  Friday Sep 14 06:31 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
How about Poop in a Cup?
How about Poop in a Can (or 90 cans)


lumberjim  Friday Sep 14 07:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
Isn't that the Justin Timberlake song?
it's my poop in a cup!

1...squat on top of a cup

2...put your dump in the cup

3...put a top on the cup


it's my poop in a cup!


Flint  Saturday Sep 15 12:47 AM

True Story

I used to sing a song that went like this:

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Poo-poo! Pooin' it up!
Woo-ooo! Gonna poo in a cup!
Srsly, I wouldn't login at midnight on Saturday just to make that up.

:::goes back to doing homework:::


lumberjim  Saturday Sep 15 01:40 AM

i trust that everyone saw the reply video from this wicked hot chick?



beauregaardhooligan  Saturday Sep 15 07:06 PM

So can I get some waspsabe to go with my cracker?



HungLikeJesus  Sunday Sep 16 02:16 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
I guess they use bee-bee guns.
Ya, that's a good one.


wolf  Monday Sep 17 12:30 AM

Interesting, an IOTD that I wouldn't suggest eating.



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