Last cicada post, I promise. Actually, I don’t promise, but we can hope. You see, I thought cicadas were cool before, but now I find out they do more than taste good — they scare the hell out of children and send them to the ER!
Julian Reif sends in this article that quotes Dr. Ray Baker of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital about numerous cicada related injuries. Dr Baker notices a spike in ER visits everytime the buggers emerge, due to kids running away in fear and into something far more painful (like a brick wall) or attempting to kill a cicada only to end up hurting themselves or a friend (such as by hitting a pal in the nose with a baseball bat).
My favorite: “‘We had a stab wound to the arm from a kid who was trying to kill a cicada on the arm of another child but unfortunately he was using a knife,’ Baker added.”
Lots more fun examples in the article.
[Instant update from Renee: Learn the ugly truth at Cicadaville.com!]