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Back To School Bugs

Posted by Gwen |

Growing up, my friends and I called cicadas "back to school bugs" because they would come to town and start chirping the same time of the year that we went back to school. When we started hearing them, we knew our fun was about to come to an end. We would raise our tiny fists and curse them.

And, you know, they still piss me off with their incessant chirping. Chirping about geometry and chalk dust and having to dress for gym. Ugh. Cicadas are assholes. Even this one, who was thoughtful enough to stay intact for this post after dying on the patio table.

(thanks to wordsx3 for the technical support)


Cowguy said...

I had a dog once that ate 'em like crazy... I always kinda wondered what they'd taste like deep fried, but wondering about it is as far as I went with it.

I ate a live crawfish once, couldn't be any worse than that.

I ate a lot of controlled substances in the 70's as well, which probably explains the first two paragraphs.

This probably isn't the direction you'd think the comments would go... is it?

That is all. Carry on.

Mr. Condescending said...

those cicadas are NASTY. don't they only come up out of the ground every 4 years or something? I hate bugs like that!

Chemgeek said...

I hate those things with their whining screech. Get over it bugs!!! No one cares about your brood. Just die and stop making me feel compelled to buy wide-ruled paper and crayolas. Stupid bugs.

Renaissance Woman said...

My goodness...that bug is huge! Looks like it could fly away with a small child. Okay, maybe not fly since it's belly up, but you get my point.

Cora said...

Ewwwwww. Never seen one in real life - and I hope I never do.


Sass said...

My son's new favorite thing is covering his shirt in the shells of these raunchy things and running around the yard screaming, "They're eating me! THey're EATING me!!!"

Big fun. Big fat effing fun.

Sandy said...

Your post made me look up Cicadas on Wikipedia. These things live have 13/17 year life cycles. That's way too long for a bug. I don't like bugs, regardless of whether they are the harbingers of doom or not.

Son of a Thomas said...

We used to take there little shells they emerge from, cover my brother, then he would go running into the house screaming.

Worked every time

Dr Zibbs said...

Back to school bugs.


Soda and Candy said...

Gwennie, that's adorable!

I actually love cicadas because I love summer. I found a shell on my backyard fence the other day.

Do you pronounce it cic-ay-da or cic-ahhh-da?

words...words...words... said...

Let me at that smart mouth cicada! I ate crickets for a wilderness survival course.

Girl Interrupted said...

Stuff like this makes me so happy to be living in big-bug free England :)

Anonymous said...

I just chased one of those suckers away today. Honestly Gwen, I thought you called them "Back to Reform School Bugs"....let's be truthful here huh :)

SkylersDad said...

I never have seen one in person, we don't have them here. We don't have a lot of things here due to the high altitude, including brain cells. But you probably figured that out, huh?