The Cockroach Hall of Fame and Museum
I always thought that if there was something people would never willingly go and stare at, it was the dreaded cockroach. It turns out I was wrong, because someone actually opened a cockroach museum.
The city of Plano, Texas is perhaps the only place in the world where you can find a hall of fame dedicated to the cockroach, one of manâ€™s greatest nemeses. And weirder still is the fact that it was established by a bug exterminator. Michael Bohdan has been fascinated with bugs for as long as he can remember, he loved playing with them when he was a kid and he has been making a living by killing them all his adult life. Bohdan says he has a love-hate relationship with roaches, he loves them in his museum, but he hates them in peopleâ€™s homes.
At the Cockroach Hall of Fame and Museum, set up in Michael Bohdanâ€™s pest-control shop, tourists, that arenâ€™t too disgusted by the mere thought of willingly looking at roaches, can see dead cockroaches dressed as famous personalities and set in exotic sets. For example, one of the most popular exhibits of this unusual establishment is Liberoachi, a dead cockroach dressed up in a suit and wearing a mink cape, playing a tiny piano. Liberoachi was donated by an 85-years-old woman from Fort Worth.
Back in the 80â€™s Michael Bohdan paid $1,000 for the largest cockroach in Texas, which got him an invitation on The Tonight Show. That started the roach craziness and before he knew it, the talented bug exterminator found himself on a tour judging a cockroach dress-up contest. After the promotional tour ended, all the funny-dressed bugs were to be thrown away, but Bodhan decided to keep them and put them on display in Plano. And thatâ€™s how the Cockroach Hall of Fame and Museum was born. Ever since then the bug-control master has been killing roaches and adding them to his collection.
Now the famous roach collection features more than 25 dressed-up bugs, including Marilyn Monroach, David Letteroach or Ross Peroach. People tend to act cautious the first time they enter Michael Bohdanâ€™s strange hall of fame, but once they realize most bugs in there are dead, they loosen-up and laugh at the funny exhibits.
I said most of the bugs are dead because Mr. Bohdan has some live cockroaches as well. His prized Madagascar Hissing Roaches are a lot different than the bugs youâ€™re normally used to (unless you live in Madagascar of course). Theyâ€™re 4 inches long, over one inch thick and make a hissing noise when theyâ€™re disturbed. Not a pretty sight unless you are a cockroach aficionado.
The Cockroach Hall of Fame and Museum also offers its guest some very special snacks. Michael Bohdanâ€™s barbecue-flavored Worm Snacks (dried roach larvae) are very popular with the kids, while most grownups politely refuse.
So if youâ€™re ever in Plano, Texas donâ€™t miss the opportunity of visiting what may just be the worldâ€™s weirdest museum.