Sean Murphy, an employee at Preuss Pets in Lansing (Michigan), did something that a lot of us won’t even do a for a good amount of money. He stuffed 16 live cockroaches in his mouth and kept them in his mouth for more than 10 seconds. These cockroaches were not some ordinary ones but 2.5 inch long Madagascar cockroaches.

He seems to have unofficially broken the current Guinness Book of Record of 11 cockroaches in the mouth.

Sean Murphy, an employee at Preuss Pets, stuffs 16 cockroaches

“You know the first time I tried it, it was a little gross. I had a pretty bad gag reflex after putting like three of them in my mouth. But it’s really weird. It’s one of those things that got easier each time,” said Murphy.

So this begs the question: Why?

“Mainly just because I knew I could beat the record. And, I love my job and I love the store I work at. The store’s been around for 25 years in the Lansing area and there’s still some people who don’t know about it,” said Murphy.

“So I figured this would be a good opportunity for people to learn about our store and all the things that we do for animals and our conservation efforts.”

So how does it feel to have live cockroaches in his mouth?

“They can’t bite or anything like that, but they do have barbs on their legs which do kind of hurt a little.  That was the only thing I really had to worry about. Other than that, there’s no safety issues involved with it,” said Murphy.

Murphy tells WWJ his co-workers are proud of him. But what about his fiance, Holly?

“She was glad to see me follow through on it, and do something for the store. But she’s pretty grossed out by it.”


Good luck Sean with getting your name in to the record book!



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