Hendrik Helmer from Australia, awoke a few nights ago to find that his ear canal had been invaded by a large insect. First he tried to suck it out with a vacuum cleaner, then to flush it out with water. But nothing worked. Finally, he was in so much pain that he went to the hospital, where doctors poured oil on the insect, a nearly inch-long cockroach, which pushed itself even deeper into Helmer’s ear before it finally died. Once the bug had stopped struggling, a doctor pulled it out with forceps.
Cockroaches can flatten themselves almost to the thinness of a piece of paper in order to slide into tiny cracks, can be frozen for weeks and then thawed with no ill effects, and can also withstand 126 g’s of pressure with no problem (people get squished at 18 g’s).
If a cockroach touches a human, it runs to safety and cleans itself.
Lazy and gross: Cockroaches spend 75% of their time resting.