Story reports that kids are smoking bed bugs to get high

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Honestly, every time I think I’ve seen it all, someone comes up with a new hoax. The next thing you’ll tell me is people are smoking roaches.

Wait. Never mind.

Anyway, this week’s exercise in online gullibility is a clever mixup of reporting on something called “dabbing,” or smoking butane hash oil. You make it by mixing liquid butane in with your pot. Which, frankly, seems stupider than smoking bed bugs.

If you take some footage of bed bugs and interweave it with legit reporting on this drug issue, it looks like this:

It’s from Arizona, so that does help it seem plausible, but this is a really well-done April Fools joke.  You can see part of the original video here; you’ll immediately recognize some of the language.  I haven’t been able to identify the original source of the expert talking head video, but I’m sure someone will find that soon.

Bed bugs do produce a variety of chemicals, many of which are under investigation for possible use in control. Dogs can also be trained to find bed bugs by learning their distinct odor. Personally, I’ve always thought that bed bugs smell like crayons. But I haven’t ever smoked them or licked them. And I have no plans to do so.

READ MORE via Smoking Bed Bugs Will Not Get You High | Science Blogs | WIRED.

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