According to Reuters, a Thai man is keeping scorpions as pets to atone for years spent cooking them as snacks to sell in the streets of that country.
Four thousand-six-hundred of them, to be exact…though I’m not quite clear on how one arrives at an exact figure for such a thing.
Now, I love to cook. I’ve cooked a few chickens, steers and even rabbits; crabs, prawns and lobster live, no less, and in boiling water. Personally, I’ve never had the urge to repent but, I confess, it’s early. I just recently passed the half-century mark (recent, in terms of universal time, that is…). There’s still time to do the Rosary.
I’ll bet the Thai “Pirate of Penance” is older. I would say he sees his end in sight but, with forty-six hundred scorpions in his basement, that seems obvious.