Scorpion Sucker

2013 April 1

Sam’s lollipop seems to have some contamination.

She liked the candy part, but she said the scorpion was kind of bland.

This is obviously the sort of thing that one eats for effect, and not because one particularly likes the flavor. It looks like the sting was removed before the scorpion was embalmed in sugar[1], so there wasn’t even the danger of getting a painful post-mortem sting on one’s tongue.

As it turns out, she didn’t get this from any sort of specialty shop. Our local grocery store stocks them. Much to the surprise of the parents of any number of small children, I’m sure. At any rate, this is pretty much the only way we’re ever going to see real scorpions around here – they certainly aren’t running around out in the wild.

[1] I suppose this is one way of preserving arthropod specimens. Pure sugar is actually a really good preservative as long as it doesn’t get wet, so this would have kept indefinitely. Until somebody ate it, that is.

2 Responses
  1. April 1, 2013

    Well, there goes my theory that scorpions migrate.

  2. Carole permalink
    April 1, 2013

    Kind of sad, really. Of course I have trouble killing an ant.

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