20 June 2013

Haaretz - wrong even in small things. Like roaches.

I didn't want to, but there is no escape, so here: a semi-funny article titled Tourist Tip #262 / Consider the Israeli cockroach. By Ruth Schuster. It starts with:

Dear tourist: Yes, Israel has cockroaches. Every continent has them. And the Israeli version is large and it can fly.
Since the article is aiming chiefly at American tourists, I can make an effort to credit Ms Schuster with an attempt to call the (fairly disgusting) flying roach "Israeli cockroach" - or anything else but by its real name.  Which is "American cockroach". In the insect world there is no such species as "Israeli cockroach", as it's very easy to check.

If only Ms Schuster had tried. But, since she belongs to the Haaretz brotherhood/sisterhood of the quick and the lethal, she doesn't have time for trifles. Obviously.

P.S. And the picture of the roach used in the article is wrong, too, by the way. Oh well...

Update: by special request.

Compare this with the picture of American roach from the above link and you shall see the difference.


SnoopyTheGoon said...

I think this thing actually is a tree roach, which is what they are called in Texas. They look like a large version of the American cockroach but are actually distinct and somewhat less filthy than the kinds that scurry out of dirty kitchens when you turn on the light.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Wow, you're a real friend!