Would you believe there is a Cockroach " Hall of Fame" and museum in Plano, Texas? If you don't know Plano, it's an upscale suburb of Dallas which houses 267,000 or so well-heeled inhabitants who you would not think would be the sort of people to glorify the cockroach. But, Texas is Texas where everything is bigger, and people delight in doing things that would be unthinkable elsewhere
As owner, and local pest control expert, Michael Bohdan , says: "It is not the Smithsonian." which is kind of an under-statement, but if you have a sense of humor, and especially if you've put down a couple of Lone Star beers before you visit, it could be a lot of fun.
The museum features little cockraoch exhibits-- dead cockroaches dressed up in costume " Liberoach-ie" (pictured above) is seated at a little piano on which sits a candelabra. Marilyn Mon-roachi and Ross- Per-oach are among the other celebrity roaches on parade. Then there are the dead specimens from all over the world which line the walls-- including Dallas's largest cockroach ever( two inches long) ewwwwwww. There are live exhibits as well ( double ewwwwwwww) Huge live roaches burrowing into the dark and feeding-- yuk.
As an ex- New Yorker, I can't say I am too fond of roaches, but I might make an exception for the Cockroach Hall of Fame. If I ever get to Plano I'll be sure to stop by. Yeeeee-Ha!