I've been warned about not posting any more gross-out photos of bugs on this site. So I thought I would just post a photo of a toaster, so you can think about how big a toaster is, for the sake of scale.
I literally thought a bat had flown into our apartment last night. That's how big this bug was.
We were just settling in to watch a little Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist after dinner, and I went to fill my water bottle (I've become one of those disgusting people who never stops sucking on their water bottle, like a baby with a pacifier). That's when I saw something huge and black fly in the kitchen window (it's stuck open), ram itself against a ceiling lamp, and fall onto the counter.
"It's a bat!" I screamed.
"No, it's not," said my roommate S. "It's a grasshopper."
Oh good, I thought.
But no! Not good! We tried to chase it out but man, this thing was fierce and practically the size of a toaster (see above). Using S's squash racket, a pot, and the bathroom trash can, we managed to scare it into hiding under the refrigerator. Still shaking, S, A, and I settled down to watch the movie.
An hour and a half later, literally as the credits rolled, our little friend poked his head out from under the fridge. We were off again! Thirty minutes of squealing, yelling "you try to hit it with the squash racket!" and "ew don't use my shoes!", and hiding in the bedroom later, and P came home.
And he killed it.