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People Built A Shrine And Held A Funeral For This Dead Cockroach Someone Forgot To Clean Up

RIP Rosie Roach

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"There has been a dead cockroach in the anthropology building's stairwell for at least two weeks. Some enterprising person has now made her a little shrine," Alvard wrote. By that evening, the memorial had grown.


By then, word of Rosie's memorial was starting to spread around campus.

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Speaking to BuzzFeed News, a representative for the University's anthropology department said that around a dozen people attended Rosie's cremation, though more passed throughout the day to pay their respects.

"The memorial brought our department together and added to our sense of community. Students from outside the department would come by daily to see what had been added and would comment on how great this was," they said.

RIP Rosie Roach. Hope you're scuttling about that cupboard in the sky.

Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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