MINI BELIEVE IT OR NOT –
Cockroach tea was a traditional remedy for tetanus and other ailments in 19th century Louisiana.
- In some cultures, cockroaches are praised for their nutritional value
- The Greeks and Egyptians used ground or boiled cockroaches for medicinal purposes
- Cockroach tea was an old Creole remedy for tetanus
- Along with a chaser of boiled cockroach poultice, it was thought to heal wounds and stingray burns
MINI BION EXTRAS
- Wingless Australian burrowing cockroaches, the biggest roaches in the world, are being kept as pets in Australia
- Cockroaches in Brazil are known to eat the eyelashes and toenails of children as they sleep
- On Jan. 26, 2011, police in Orlando, FL arrested a man for cockroach smuggling
“BIONs” – short for Believe It or Not – is the word we use at Ripley’s to refer to anything that is unbelievable and worthy to become part of Ripley’s lore and collection.