Naming A Cockroach After Your Valentine Is Actually Really Romantic

For the sixth year running, the Bronx Zoo is offering die-hard romantics the chance to name a cockroach after their beloved for Valentine’s Day.

The promotion gets a ton of press every year, probably because people find cockroaches so revolting that the whole idea seems pretty hilarious. Last year, a Buzzfeed writer suggested that instead of using the naming scheme to honor their loved ones, they use it as a way to get back at their exes. The San Francisco Zoo had the same idea, and marketed Valentine’s Day cockroach and scorpion naming rights as a way to tarnish the memory of ex-lovers.

But really, the Bronx Zoo had the right idea to begin with. Having a cockroach — in this case, one of the thousands of Madagascar hissing cockroaches that reside at the zoo — named after you should be considered an honor, not an insult. Here are just a few reasons.

Cockroaches are survivors

Anyone who’s ever dealt with a cockroach infestation knows how resilient these little guys and gals are. But instead of viewing that trait with frustration and hate, think about how incredibly freaking impressive it is. They can hold their breath for five to seven minutes at a time, develop resistance to pesticides in scarily fast time, and can survive harsh radiation that would destroy puny humans.

Females are tough and independent

In the United States, the population of Surinam cockroaches (pictured above) is entirely female — and they reproduce asexually.

Under “severe conditions” when no males are available, the American cockroach can lay fertile eggs “with no male participation,” according to the University of Massachusetts. You go, girl.

We need cockroaches more than they need us

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