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(Mercury News)   "The giant Palouse earthworm has taken on mythic qualities evoking the fictional sandworms from 'Dune.' The worm is said to secrete a lily-like smell when handled, spit at predators and live in burrows 15 feet deep"   (mercurynews.com ) divider line
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2009-07-11 07:02:29 PM  
The spice must flow.
 
2009-07-11 07:09:28 PM  
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2009-07-11 07:11:33 PM  
As opposed to the legendary worm D. lovezombius, which spits when handled, can tell that a burrow is 15 feet deep, and, contrary to anything you've heard, does NOT smell like a corpse lily.
 
2009-07-11 07:31:22 PM  
Original link from a over a year ago showing the worm:

Link (new window)

Original thread:

Link (new window)

Photo of the worm in question:

media.katu.com
 
2009-07-11 07:34:37 PM  
surbrook.devermore.net

STAMPEDE!
 
2009-07-11 07:35:12 PM  
i4.photobucket.com


/shamelessly "borrowed"
 
2009-07-11 07:52:04 PM  
Meh, let me know when they discover sandtrout.
 
2009-07-11 08:00:45 PM  
These are OUR tax dollars at work.

Aren't you proud?
 
2009-07-11 08:04:20 PM  
Silly scientists. Everyone knows you need a thumper to call a worm.
 
2009-07-11 08:15:07 PM  
Not quite as cool as the MONGOLIAN DEATH WORM!

img161.imageshack.us
 
2009-07-11 09:01:29 PM  
imaginarycinema.com
 
2009-07-11 10:12:44 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

Wants to show you his worm.
 
2009-07-11 10:15:09 PM  

Therion: Not quite as cool as the MONGOLIAN DEATH WORM!


i'm pretty sure that worm is alive and well and was recently found terrorizing an aquarium in england (new window):

www.cryptomundo.com

mildcolonialboy.files.wordpress.com
 
2009-07-11 10:15:20 PM  
www.buzzyworld.com

//hot
 
2009-07-11 10:30:22 PM  
EricTheHalfABee [TotalFark]

That... That is the stuff of nightmares... I'm sure when it was born the sound of babies crying broke the silence of whatever deep dark watery pit it occupied. Kill it. We should kill it now before it's too late.
 
2009-07-11 10:38:35 PM  
wow, who'd have though Shudde M'ell likes having his picture taken....
 
2009-07-11 10:41:48 PM  
What the hell does a lily smell like?
 
2009-07-11 10:47:53 PM  

ABQGOD: What the hell does a lily smell like?


Pull my finger ...
 
2009-07-11 10:57:55 PM  

ABQGOD: What the hell does a lily smell like?


A flower?
 
2009-07-11 11:01:25 PM  
I'm here in the Palouse, getting a kick out of these replies....


Can't remember the last Palouse-themed thread on Fark, even on the Geek page.
 
2009-07-11 11:05:23 PM  
Muadib!! Muadib!! Muadib!!
 
2009-07-11 11:05:52 PM  
Funny, I had a dream last night that's fitting to this story. I was entering a dark damp house in the woods barefooted when the owner of the house shone a light on his front yard. The whole lot was a mass of pink and grey writhing 3 to 4 foot worms. I was on the porch at this point and lifted my foot to see about 5 worms peeking out of the sole of my foot about an inch each. I grabbed one and extracted it from my foot and could feel it squirming inside my leg and tugging at my skin as the whole (hree feet of it came out. I've been getting nauseous all day thinking about it.
 
2009-07-11 11:35:20 PM  
www.thepaddedcell.org
\Will review this research
\\hot like Dune
 
2009-07-11 11:36:49 PM  
bitstrands.com
 
2009-07-12 12:11:48 AM  
Well at least it smells nice.
 
2009-07-12 12:11:57 AM  
The Sleeper must awaken...
 
2009-07-12 12:20:05 AM  

real shaman: These are OUR tax dollars at work.

Aren't you proud?


Yeah. It's a keystone species for a damaged ecosystem. Finding out more about it can help us restore it to a functional state. And figuring out a way to make it breed might well boost farm yields. We don't know, and this research will help us find out.

Oh, hey, look, science solves problems that right-wingers don't have the mental capacity to even consider as worth thinking about. Whodathunkit.
 
2009-07-12 12:21:07 AM  
I've got a 3ft spitting worm, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2009-07-12 12:36:15 AM  
Hmmmm, can you say "goodbye wheat farming"......
 
2009-07-12 12:43:30 AM  
Australia laughs at your puny worms

i25.tinypic.com
i26.tinypic.com

Source (new window)
 
2009-07-12 01:02:23 AM  

whereisian: Australia laughs at your puny worms


Australia doesn't count. No matter what animal or plant you name Australia has a weirder, more poisonous version.
 
2009-07-12 01:07:44 AM  
I just finished reading God Emperor of Dune, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2009-07-12 01:08:05 AM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: whereisian: Australia laughs at your puny worms

Australia doesn't count. No matter what animal or plant you name Australia has a weirder, more poisonous version.


That's what happens when continents go wandering off by themselves.
 
2009-07-12 01:29:42 AM  
i486.photobucket.com
Eeewwwwwwwwwwww.
 
2009-07-12 01:35:05 AM  
www.gamebo.co.il

Hot like microwave cheese.
 
2009-07-12 01:45:36 AM  

jeanwearinfool: I grabbed one and extracted it from my foot and could feel it squirming inside my leg and tugging at my skin as the whole (hree feet of it came out. I've been getting nauseous all day thinking about it.


Well then, whatever you do, do not google "guinea worm".
 
2009-07-12 02:23:38 AM  
Not gonna use this to make a vindictive joke about the people of Idaho, not gonna use this to make a vindictive joke about the people of Idaho

A giant tolerable-smelling worm in Idaho. Sounds smarter and further-evolved than the rest of what comes out of that state!

/Whoops. Kinda slipped out.
 
2009-07-12 03:33:16 AM  

real shaman: These are OUR tax dollars at work.

Aren't you proud?


Yes!
 
2009-07-12 03:38:38 AM  
Bless the Maker and all His Water. Bless the coming and going of Him, May His passing cleanse the world. May He keep the world for his people.
 
2009-07-12 07:19:22 AM  
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2009-07-12 09:27:54 AM  
whereisian: Australia laughs at your puny worms

Are they poisonous as well? Everything else on that damn continent is.
 
2009-07-12 11:52:57 AM  

jeanwearinfool: Funny, I had a dream last night that's fitting to this story. I was entering a dark damp house in the woods barefooted when the owner of the house shone a light on his front yard. The whole lot was a mass of pink and grey writhing 3 to 4 foot worms. I was on the porch at this point and lifted my foot to see about 5 worms peeking out of the sole of my foot about an inch each. I grabbed one and extracted it from my foot and could feel it squirming inside my leg and tugging at my skin as the whole (hree feet of it came out. I've been getting nauseous all day thinking about it.


there was a movie about a batch of worms that became carnivourous after being struck by lightning

i recall watching it in the late 80's or early 90's
 
2009-07-12 12:02:57 PM  
MilesTeg

Bi-lal kaifa.
 
2009-07-12 12:59:07 PM  

captainktainer: Yeah. It's a keystone species for a damaged ecosystem.


no, it's a farkin myth that hasn't been documented, ever..... keystone species... bullshiat.
 
2009-07-12 01:19:59 PM  
Hopefully it's not as boring.
 
2009-07-12 02:46:58 PM  
In my backyard, here in the PNW, I have earthworms that are over 2 ft. long, about as thick as a thumb, and faster than any damn worm I've ever seen. They come out of the ground and graze like cows on the decaying organic matter on top of the soil. They seem to like moss and lichen the best. I'm totally fascinated by them. Haven't seen any of them since the hot spell started though.
 
2009-07-12 02:57:04 PM  

real shaman: no, it's a farkin myth that hasn't been documented, ever..... keystone species... bullshiat.


Yes. The multiple specimens that have been collected aren't documented.

Just keep diggin' that hole deeper, kid, maybe you'll find a worm.
 
2009-07-12 03:29:50 PM  

jeanwearinfool: Funny, I had a dream last night that's fitting to this story. I was entering a dark damp house in the woods barefooted when the owner of the house shone a light on his front yard. The whole lot was a mass of pink and grey writhing 3 to 4 foot worms. I was on the porch at this point and lifted my foot to see about 5 worms peeking out of the sole of my foot about an inch each. I grabbed one and extracted it from my foot and could feel it squirming inside my leg and tugging at my skin as the whole (hree feet of it came out. I've been getting nauseous all day thinking about it.



Was the experience something like this?

img140.imageshack.us

They're real. My grandfather was infected with one in Africa during WWII.
 
2009-07-12 03:36:10 PM  
But anyway, laffo at the stoner scientists.


FTA:On a recent day, Umiker drove eight 3-foot long metal rods into the ground in a small circle and connected them to batteries. Then he flipped the switches. The only sound for several minutes was the hum of a cooling fan.

"I'm kind of bummed we haven't seen anything yet," Umiker said.

Eventually, a small rust-colored worm dug its way to the surface. It was not a GPE, but it was collected for study anyway."



"Dude this sucks. Lets just research that red one instead." "Ok"
 
2009-07-13 11:29:53 AM  
Sounds like my penis.
 
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