A continuation of a discovery made a few days ago.
SON: What's the white thing in the cockroach cage?
ME: It's called an "unfertilized egg case." It's filled with things that look like baby cockroaches but aren't.
SON: So they're dead.
ME: Well, uh, no. It's like the eggs in the frig, how they're not going to turn into baby chickens, because there were no boy chickens around.
SON: And our cockroaches are girls.
ME: Yes. One of them had this egg case, and she's hissing a lot to protect it because she thinks she had 30 babies, but she didn't, really, because, uh, they're real but not real. Sort of.
SON: I don't get it.
ME: Honestly? Neither do I.