Roach Couture: the New Fashion Bug

Don't hate me because I'm beautiful. Hate me because I'm covered in bugs.

Roach couture, brought to you by Salt Lake City-based fashion designer Jared Gold, is by far this season's creepiest accessory, The New York Post reports.

But armed with the knowledge that nothing is too creepy for the streets of the Big Apple, the Post sent off for a roach brooch to give the little creature feature a test run.

The bug bauble is an actual giant Madagascar hissing cockroach that is both alive and capable of hissing, which gives a whole new and unfortunate meaning to sporting a look that is too "loud."

The creepy creature is adorned with a bevy of colored Swarovski crystals, carefully glued to its hard outer shell. The roach is also equipped with a little clasp that connects to a silver chain with a cameo pin — an apparent throwback to an oft-forgotten Victorian-era trend of wearing bugs.

The crystal-encrusted critter is free to roam about on the wearer's arm.

Unsurprisingly, the Post's public pest test was, to say the least, a head-turner.

Some who saw the roach brooch were sarcastic.

"This really reinforces my theory that society is imploding," cracked Pete Donelan of Princeton.

Others were just amused.

"I never saw one gussied up like that before!" said Lisa Patrizio of Brooklyn.

Needless to say, the roach brooch hasn't been smashed ... er ... a smash with animal rights activists.

"For a person who doesn't mind a small animal excreting on them throughout the day and doesn't have an ounce of compassion for these small, defenseless animals, this could be just the gift," PETA spokesman Michael McGraw said.

Livin' on a Frog

DARWIN, Australia (AP) — A skeletal man claimed he survived for three months in the Australian Outback by eating frogs and lizards.

Ricky Megee, 35, from the east coast city of Brisbane, was severely malnourished when he was found sheltering on the bank of a dam on a remote cattle property in the Northern Territory, near the Western Australia border, in Australia's tropical north on April 5.

"(I ate) leeches out of the dam, frogs, grasshoppers, any sort of bugs that came within distance for me," Megee told reporters Thursday in the Northern Territory capital Darwin after his rescue, adding that he also grilled lizards.

He told some media his car broke down, but told others that he was carjacked.

Megee said his ordeal began late January as he was driving on a remote inland highway toward the coastal city of Port Hedland in Western Australia.

Police have yet to find the car and authorities have not verified his version of events.

Megee was in the Outback "for a considerable time," police said. Len Notaras, Darwin Hospital's medical director, said Megee — who is 6 feet 3 inches tall — arrived at the hospital weighing 99 pounds. He was treated for six days and was released Tuesday.

Megee was interviewed by police while he was in hospital.

"This man spent a considerable amount of time in this area at various dams and water holes surviving off the bush," police said in a statement.

Mark Clifford, a cattle ranch manager, said Megee was weak when found by his farm hands.

"He was skeletal, he was really emaciated and when the boys found him he could only walk and fall and stumble," Clifford said.

A police investigation has not uncovered any evidence "to suggest any criminal offenses have been committed," the police statement said.

Dreaded Dirty Diaper Dumper Drops Duds in a Ditch

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — A small stretch of this Wisconsin village might want to change its name to "Mount Unpleasant" now that the diaper dumper has struck again.

Residents along Braun Road report 12 to 15 of the used adult diapers have shown up in the grassy ditch, apparently dumped in the middle of the night. Similar activity had been reported to The Journal Times of Racine in January before it stopped, at least temporarily.

Police haven't received any reports about the latest incidents, said Lt. Wally Sparks when reached Thursday night.

The road is near Interstate 94, providing quick access and escape for whoever dumps the diapers, he said, and the area is not conducive to use of a surveillance camera to catch the culprit on video.

"It's a rural stretch of road," Sparks said. "Obviously you can't cover a quarter or half mile with a camera."

He said there was little police could do, unless a witness can provide a vehicle description or license plate number, which has not yet happened.

Anyone caught doing the dumping likely would be cited for violating the village's littering ordinance, he said.

That Stereo Is the Bomb!

NEW YORK (AP) — The police bomb squad, responding Friday to a call of a suspicious device inside a parked minivan in midtown Manhattan, blew out the vehicle's windows — only to find out the item inside was simply stereo equipment, police said.

The incident occurred when police received a 911 call from a passer-by who spotted the device inside a red minivan parked outside 4 E. 67th St., said police spokesman Dennis Laffin. It was a canister about the size of two shoeboxes, with a digital display of changing numbers and some loose wires visible.

"It looked suspicious," Laffin said. "I think anyone would have thought something was strange."

The police bomb squad responded after the 8:22 a.m. call, blowing out three side windows and the back window with a water propelled charge, Laffin said at the scene. A police robot was sent inside the van to take pictures of the device; the photos led police to determine the package was nothing more than stereo equipment.

The van's owner, a Bronx resident, has yet to hear the bad news about his windows.

Man to Court: Neener Neener Neener

BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) — A Serbian prisoner using needle, thread and safety pins stitched his lips and tongue together to avoid a scheduled court hearing in his robbery case, the Blic newspaper reported Saturday.

Zoran Raskovic, 27, in custody at Belgrade's central prison, is one of six people charged with a 2003 bank heist in the central Serbian town of Mladenovac, when the group allegedly made away with the equivalent of about $153,000.

A prison guard discovered Raskovic on Friday morning after he had apparently sewed his mouth together overnight.

The needle and the safety pins were likely smuggled into the prison, Blic said. A prison surgeon was called in and removed the self-inflicted stitches, but Raskovic, who had lost some blood, subsequently was too weak to appear in court Friday.

Raskovic's lawyer, Sanja Radenkovic, told Blic she was "in shock" as her client had never been a "psychologically unstable" person.

"He likely wanted to protest the unfair length of his imprisonment pending trial," she was quoted as saying.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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