Friday, September 22, 2006

Line Jumping Now Legal at Six Flags Great America

You never know when a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach will come in handy. In May, we reported that the creatures can be made into an attractive and fashionable fashion accessory. And now, they will actually be able to do you some good. Especially if you like to ride the popular rides with long lines at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois.

That's right. Beginning October 7, the park will begin, as part of its Halloween-themed FrightFest, a promotion daring customers to eat a live Madagascar hissing cockroach in exchange for unlimited line-jumping privileges. Anyone who chows down the entire 2- to 3-inch horned cockroach gets a pass for four people to cut to the front of ride lines through Oct. 29.

The park plans to make money, too. They're going to take a picture of each cockroach eater. If you like yours, you can get a 4x6, 5x7, or a keychain or refrigerator magnet with the picture on it. It's gonna look something like this:


Just in case you don't like your roaches raw, the park can accommodate your tastes. The bug buffet continues with a cooked roach eating contest Friday, Oct. 13.

Six Flags spokesman James Taylor is hoping someone can beat the 2001 Guinness Book of World Records feat in which a British man downed 36 cockroaches. We're thinking that the winner should get the fridge magnet photo for free, even if the record isn't broken.

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