Drinking straws - Dangerous?

Monday, October 20, 2008

My friend, Beatrice forwarded this email to me this morning. After reading it, I think checking straws before using it should be my habit. Kotor ba tu ada telur lipas. Ewww.. 

CAUTION: Dangerous secret in the colored strawsPosted Feb 16, 2008by Hannie
Horrible story of mine goes back to year 2005 March.

I ordered a Club Sandwich and a Sprite in a restaurant somewhere in Manila . When I finished half of the sandwich I sipped a sprite. But it didnt taste like an ordinary sprite I used to drink. So I sipped once more, but it still tasted the same. It tasted like a sprite mixed with some kind of oil. I called the clerk and asked him if the sprite was expired. He said it was just delivered today. So I asked him to taste it. Then he also found that something was wrong with it.

Both of us were wondering for a while. Then I got to look inside the straw. There were a lot of tiny black round things that looked like eggs. So I cut the middle of the straw lengthwise to have a better look. Yuck. There were a lot of tiny black round things in it. I suppose they were eggs of cockroach. About 1000 eggs were there. Then I began to check all the other straws in the straws case one by one. Almost all of them contained black eggs that seemed to be either the cockroach eggs or excretions.

After the incident I began to check all the straws in the restaurants and fast food chains that I had gone to. Almost of all the straws contained the same black eggs. Especially the darker the colors of straws, the more black eggs were found. In black straws, extreme amount of black eggs were found.
It was found out that it's because the cockroaches live (hatch eggs and excrete) in the dark places.

* 80% or more restaurants in the malls use red or black colored straws .



Guaria del Bosque said...

The alarmist tone of this story made me doubt its veracity, (it reminded me of the envelope glue story that was circulating around 2000) so I did some research and here’s what I found:

“Expectant roaches carry their eggs in a largish brown sac called an ootheca, a firm-walled egg case attached to Mama Roach’s posterior. A roach ootheca is about the size of a dried bean.” snopes.com

“An ootheca usually contains many eggs surrounded by a foam of protein which may then harden into a tough casing for protection. “ wikipedia.com

This strikes me as one of those hoaxes that people invent with just to gross others out.