Let the Bedbugs Bite
The new York Times has a fascinating article on the sudden return of the common bedbug after an apparent absence of 40 nearly years. It is an engaging read, very educational and loaded with information on this curious creature (did you know that unlike cockroaches or mosquitoes, bedbugs are not known to spread disease?)
But the most fascinating moment in the article (for yours truly) comes when we learn about the laboratory strain upon which most research is performed. And what’s most interesting about this strain, probably, is the way it has been lovingly cultivated by a dedicated, nameless Army researcher:
The classic bedbug strain that all newly caught bugs are compared against is a colony originally from Fort Dix, N.J., that a researcher kept alive for 30 years by letting it feed on him.
Your’e welcome, Stinquers. Not stop complaining about your job and get back to work… SLACKERS!!!