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Last of the Hong Kong pictures

2002-12-13 19:56:26+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

[] No more, I promise. This one is blurrier than I'd hoped for, but I'm a long haired hippy type, and trim fit police with their pant legs tucked into their socks, ie: efficient looking, scare me. So I casually took the picture as I wandered by. This is what a police car looks like over there. Enough said?

[] And this one too is a bad shot, the reason I took it is that I couldn't figure out what the hell the creature in the bag to the lower right is. I'm sure it's a shrimp. I sleep at night by telling myself that.

[ related topics: Photography Law Enforcement Automobiles Hong Kong Dan's December 2002 Hong Kong Trip ]

comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment made: 2002-12-14 07:37:13+00 by: ebradway

Lower right? Or middle right? The middle right looks like some form of freshwater crustecean (crawdad, crayfish, etc).

#Comment made: 2002-12-14 18:07:59+00 by: Dan Lyke

Middle of the bag in the lower right. It had some leg configuration that did not look like a water creature.

#Comment made: 2002-12-16 16:42:14+00 by: other_todd

It could be a bug, Dan. It has been known to happen. Insect-eating is a part of every part of the world that doesn't have white skin. (If you looked in the right places I bet you could have even found some canned or bagged commercially as snack food.) They are also dried and ground up and used as an ingredient or a medicine.

The brown critter in middle right, by the divider in the case, has a grasshopper-like leg configuration, and the other things that are the same color brown look like the bodies of something in the palmetto-bug ilk - i.e. big beetles or such.

For more on this topic please see the excellent Man Eating Bugs by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Alusio, and/or the "Small Things" chapter in Good To Eat, a book about world food taboos, by Marvin Harris.

I haven't eaten any big bugs myself (I suspect, silly as I find these food biases, that I would have trouble biting into one) ... but I have had fried ants on white rice (long story) and they were tasty. Peppery.

#Comment made: 2002-12-16 17:47:27+00 by: Dan Lyke

I've had silkworm pupae, and heard that grasshoppers can be fairly tasty, but the whole palmetto thing goes against my grain.

#Comment made: 2002-12-16 17:58:06+00 by: Larry Burton

Every motorcycle rider eats bugs. It can't be helped.