Tuesday, November 10, 2009


(PICTURE: A jar of marinated crickets.)

I've said it before and I'll say it again: You can take the boy out of Fear Factor, but you can't take Fear Factor out of the boy.

As I've mentioned once or twice, I worked for the television show Fear Factor for a number of years. Every once in a while the show would pay me $100 to taste test something revolting. Well, old habits are hard to break. As class was ending on Friday I heard Katie next door talking with her students about crickets. One of her student's mother had marinated a jar full of crickets and the student had brought them in for Katie to try. I walked into the classroom, approached the table and was the first one to gobble one down. Unlike the stuff I would eat at Fear Factor, the crickets were actually delicious.

(PICTURE: The cricket is in my hands and soon to be in my belly.)

Katie -- after bugging out for a few seconds -- eventually ate a cricket too. Paula then walked into the room and matched my bravery as she ate a cricket without flinching.

(PICTURE: Katie in her moments up to eating her snack.)