There are plenty of adventurous foodies out there, putting "exotic" and sometimes live things in their mouths, usually because of a dare. And who wouldn't want to back down from a dare? Besides, for the most part, these daring foods are safe - it's only "exotic" to most people in the Western world - although eating live octopus poses a small threat. (The suction of the legs are still active, causing a possible choke hazard.)
Eating live cockroaches may sound disgusting to some, but to some cultures out there, it's perfectly fine, which is probably what went through the mind of Edward Archbold of West Palm Beach, Florida last week, when he entered and won a roach-eating contest held by a local reptile store. Unfortunately - and mysteriously - he collapsed and eventually died almost immediately after the contest, after he downed dozens of live roaches, bugs, and worms - even though they came from an inventory of insects "that are safely and domestically raised in a controlled environment as food for reptiles," according to the Associated Press.