Many years ago I read an account by someone who had been watching TV
with his wife, maybe the David Letterman show, and they had some sort
of animal on the show, whose trainer was feeding it mealworms. He
reported that somehow he and his wife had had a conversation about how
much they would have to be paid to eat a mealworm. The narrator was
struck by the huge gulf between their respective willingness to eat
He said something like this:
My wife said she would refuse a million dollars, ten million
dollars, refuse guaranteed financial security for us and our kids
for our entire lives, rather than eat one mealworm. But I could
imagine holding a regular job eating mealworms full-time for $5
I personally am so far away from the wife's end of the scale that I
have trouble believing that she wasn't exaggerating, and if she was
really offered $50,000,000 to eat a mealworm, she would find a way
to do it. But I'm not certain.
By the way:
Mealworms are not worms; they are beetle larvae.
Mealworms are healthy and nutritious, high in protein.
Mealworms have historically been consumed in many Asian
countries, particularly in Southeast Asia. They are commonly
found in food markets and sold as street food alongside other
edible insects. Baked or fried mealworms have been marketed as a
healthy snack food in recent history, though the consumption of
mealworms goes back centuries. … The small amount of space
required to raise mealworms has made them popular in many parts
of Southeast Asia.