He Ordered a Box of Crickets

Christopher Ingraham (previously at Neatorama) ordered a shipment of 250 crickets to feed Holly, his bearded dragon. It was the first time he bought insects over the internet, and possibly the last time.  

The crickets were shipped loose in the box. He closed the box and went back to work in another room, but apparently "had not sealed the box shut as well as I should have." The story of what happened after that is a hoot, told in a few succinct Tweets here. Or if you aren't paywalled, you can read an expanded account of the chaos at the Washington Post. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: Eerschay)

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My father-in-law had a big tub of crickets, and one day, he knocked it over. For a while, my wife and her sister were so freaked out by the crickets freely roaming the house. Then, after a few days, they were completely inured to seeing crickets in their shoes and beds. I think it took a few months before all the crickets died out or something like that!
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