Who here likes the bug praying mantis? I do...I think it's a cool creautre.....any one wanna chat about it go ahead and post. If you know anything like any intersting facts about the mantis post them here!
Reality is scarier than horror movies~
I was working the till at a grocery store close to closing and this lady came in with a hijab on (a headscarf that was covering her hair) and as she walked by I noticed something on the top of her head that looked like a green clothespin. Then I looked closer and it was a praying mantis. I didn't say anything because I was ringing a customer through but I thought "that's cool, I didn't know they could be trained as pets".
Then later on she came through my till and she was behind the two women I was helping and she STILL had the praying mantis on her head on the exact same position. So I said "hey, look! She has a pet praying mantis trained to sit on top of her head! How cool is that?" Just trying to make conversation instead of my usual zombie angry bored self.
The ladies FREAKED OUT. They started screaming and pointing at this poor woman who barely spoke English and she was so scared and they kept pointing to the top of her head and eventually the lady with the hijab brushed the top of her head and the praying mantis fell off. SHE freaked out too. Apparently it wasn't a pet. So everyone in the store ran over to see what happened and everyone was scared to approach this praying mantis sitting in the middle of the floor. The packer boys tried to be tough but as they approached it it raised its little claws and they got scared. Eventually someone tossed a box over it and put it outside.
The poor lady ran out so embarrassed didn't even finish her transaction. I felt so awful after.
Long story short, praying mantises are usually not pets trained to sit on top of one's head while they grocery shop and I have never felt blonder in my life. And now if there's anything even slightly related to praying mantises on Facebook or Twitter I get tagged in it. :l
A few years back I went on vacation to the Philippines. While sitting at an airport, I looked around and noticed something green was moving on my shoulder. It turned out to be a very small praying mantis that was probably no more than an inch big. It was basically just hanging out there, giving me the whole "so what's up yo" look while making small arm movements. Still don't know how it got there.
And then there was the time where my dad and I spotted what looked like a huge praying mantis in the window of the basement bathroom. It was pretty big, maybe around 8 inches long, if not more. Since it was kinda buried in the snow and pushed against the glass we didn't really bother to investigate or do anything about it. When spring arrived, it was gone.