Consuming Folklore of Crickets
It is said, traditionally, that crickets, though they are omens of good luck when they appear in a house, will exercise vengeance when violence is done against them. Specifically, the relatives of a cricket that is killed by a human being will, according to folklore, come to chew holes in the clothing of the killer, giving special vindictive attention to socks.
To hear a cricket singing is supposed to be a sign of good luck. However, for a cricket to suddenly stop singing and leave a house is an omen of coming illness.
What, if these folk beliefs have any validity, will happen to the people of Wadsworth, Ohio, who have taken to drinking milkshakes thickened with cricket powder as part of “a growing trend in cricket consumption”? Will the entire town become sick and naked?