5. Bug-eating is sanctioned in the Bible.
It's said that the Biblical backwoodsman, John the Baptist, sustained himself on a diet of locusts and honey. Today, many Middle Easterners capitalize on occasional locust swarms, drying, salting and stockpiling baskets these large, winged insects for later use in the kitchen.
In Leviticus, the book of the Bible where dietary laws are first addressed, it says that locusts are kosher - fit fare for most devout Jews. The rest of the insect kingdom is "an abomination to you," according to the Good Book. Scholars theorize that locusts were included in the A-list because they are so readily distinguished from other insects, thus limiting the chances of mistakenly snacking on a species already listed as impure.