I'm just going to come out and admit it. In the 6th grade, I kept cockroaches as pets. I grew up on a farm in Nebraska, and cockroaches seemed terribly exotic (oh cruel irony in light of my current home in Nebraska). I actually acquired the roaches for a science fair experiment (WOW! my parents let me raise roaches in their home, but wouldn't allow me to own a rubber snake when I was a kid, because it was "a symbol of the devil"). I got the cockroaches--commonlittle ones--from the entymology department at the University of Nebraska. I remember being particularly fascinated by the giant Madagascar Hissing cockroaches that they kept in the department. THOSE were some roaches! While I was presenting the project to the judges, a few cockroaches managed to escape, damning my chances, but it added a little bit of spice in between baking soda/vinegar volcanoes.
Imagine my delight when Mandi from Beadcircle emailed me about the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach jewelry from Black Chandelier. Each roach is painstakingly decorated with colored rhinestones, then mailed to your door! Your new friend will happily live on bananas (or dog food, if I remember my roach care manual). When you go out, the cockroach can be clasped to your clothing with a short chain. Imagine the friends you'll make! I wonder if anyone has made little outfits for their cockroaches? It would be great to have a roach Mini-Me... Imagine! Television would probably come calling. Me and my cockroach would be a version of "B.J. and the Bear" for the new Millenium.
LINK thanks, Mandi!