People Took Beetles To Court

People Took Beetles To Court

When beetles went to court, they were assigned a lawyer who argued in their favor. These trials typically had a religious bent, with the beetles being denounced as creations of the devil or a punishment from God. One case that began in 1545 pitted winemakers against weevils, and lasted for several years. The final judgment is unknown—rats or insects appear to have chewed up the page that announces the verdict.


Key Facts In This Video

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    Some experts believe that humans have evolved to fear bugs in the interest of our own survival. (0:38)

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    In the Middle Ages, courts convicted and sentenced groups of beetles. (1:01)

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    Japanese culture takes a far more appreciative stance on insects than American culture. (1:59)

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