An Elaborate Sendoff for Rosie the Roach

Do you recall Conrad, the dead raccoon that lay on the streets of Toronto so long that citizens memorialized him? That only went on for a couple of days. Rosie the Roach on the campus of Texas A&M University was honored for weeks! The roach lay dead for quite some time in the stairwell of the anthropology building when someone made it a little shrine. That was on December 3rd.

Things escalated from there, as the mourners came and added to the shrine, paying tribute to Rosie. They left coins, poetry, candles, and items to usher Rosie into the roach afterlife. Yes, that includes a roach clip. It’s amazing what students will do to put off studying for finals. Finally, on December 17th, Rosie had her final sendoff in a cremation ceremony. You can see the entire sequence of ten photographs at imgur. -via Metafilter

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