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(News.com.au)   It's 4ft long, spits acid and throws lightning and lives underground. The only way to hunt it is with dynamite. Meet the Mongolian Death Worm   (news.com.au ) divider line
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2009-08-03 08:53:28 AM  

Therion: kills people by spitting concentrated acid or shooting lightning from its rectum


Bout damn time...
 
2009-08-03 08:53:53 AM  

thelordofcheese: EchoMike: Obligatory "Tremors" reference.

Obligatory "Dune" reference.

Obligatory and obscure "Beetlejuice" reference.


Do I win?

No.

/Magic: The Gathering has too many
//plus, they're Wurms


Beaten to the Alaskan Bull Worm reference. Damn!
 
2009-08-03 08:54:24 AM  
www.startrek.com

He can kill them with his bare hands.

They look like the Genesis worms from Spock's torpedo-casket.
 
2009-08-03 08:54:56 AM  
Oops. Didn't mean to post the whole song.
 
2009-08-03 08:57:21 AM  

Lord_Dubu: sycraft: Ya.... I'm thinking no....

While the idea of a previously undocumented worm species isn't far fetched, this sounds like a folk legend. In particular, the "lightning from it's butt" part. There are two big reasons this isn't real likely:

1) You are talking about a being with two, very different, very effective active defense mechanisms. While that is possible in theory, evolution doesn't seem to produce something like that often, if ever. As natural selection favors one trait, others, fall by the wayside.

2) More important is the fact that it won't work. It would take a tremendous amount of electricity for this to work as advertised, and there just isn't a way for a being to produce that. The reason why an electric eel can do what it does is because salt water is highly conductive to electricity. Thus it doesn't need that powerful, it is around 500 watts (500 volts, 1 amp). Well shooting electricity through the air requires a hell of a lot more voltage. To get an arc of just 0.1 inches requires 3000 volts. 2 inches? Now you need 70000 volts. Of course if you want that to do any damage, it needs to have some amperage backing it up and thus be very high power. A high voltage, low amperage bolt does nothing.

You have to remember that air is a lousy, lousy conductor of electricity. As such you need big voltages to get an arc. Van de Graaff generators? Those operate up the the range of hundreds of thousands to millions of volts. Very low amperage of course. Lighting? That's over a hundred million volts, and tens of thousands of amps.

This isn't the kind of shiat a small body can generate. It is, however, the kind of story random people can generate. A lighting worm sounds scary, it just doesn't work.

Thank God for your verbose extrapolation of the obvious. Were it not for your sharp analytical mind I'm sure most farkers would have mistakenly believed a giant Mongolian worm could shoot lightening from its ass!


Brilliant of you to express your rage at someone else's opinion by quoting the whole thing while whining it is verbose.

Yer mom's choking on her her Cheezwiz... time for you to run up from the basement and give her a big hug (not one of those ones that gets you stiff).

After that you can figure out the intarwebs..
 
2009-08-03 09:02:31 AM  

Occulto: destrip: "If a Mongolian says they have seen a big worm-like creature out in the desert they haven't really got any reason to lie," he said.

Neither did those ever-intelligent Middle Easterners, who two millenia ago spun a story that was outrageous at face value, yet so compelling that billions around the world still go to opulent buildings dedicated to the story each week and fork over untold sums of money in the name of one or another of the main characters.

/hallelujah, shalom, allah akbar, cha-ching!
//isn't it ironic that the main Christian figure threw the money changers OUT of the church?

*yawn*

There's a thread about a worm that shoots lightning from it's butt, and the best you can contribute is a limp wristed dig at religion?


Give him a break, he is just showing how gullible people are by comparing fairy tales.
 
2009-08-03 09:03:29 AM  

oi_piss_me_off: gopher321
In other news, monkeys apparently fly out of my butt.

i've always wondered where they came from...good to know.


It's evolution. Monkeys arose from our asses, not the other way around.

TMYK.
 
2009-08-03 09:03:59 AM  

A Shambling Mound: /img hot like Front's mic


Is that a pic of MC frontalot? Collaborator of Kompressor?
 
2009-08-03 09:06:51 AM  

destrip: Neither did those ever-intelligent Middle Easterners, who two millenia ago spun a story that was outrageous at face value, yet so compelling that billions around the world still go to opulent buildings dedicated to the story each week and fork over untold sums of money in the name of one or another of the main characters.

/hallelujah, shalom, allah akbar, cha-ching!
//isn't it ironic that the main Christian figure threw the money changers OUT of the church?


I'd worship worm who shoots lightning from its rectum
 
2009-08-03 09:07:10 AM  
Coming from an Australian news site I was sadden that this creature was supposed to be in Mongolia (yes I know it was in the headline). I mean Australia seems to be the storehouse of creatures that can kill you in the most unique and painful way that the Mongolian Death Worm would fell right at home in the deserts of Northern Territory.
 
2009-08-03 09:07:47 AM  
s2.buzzfeed.com

Not impressed
 
2009-08-03 09:09:13 AM  
Walk with rhythm.
 
2009-08-03 09:11:18 AM  
This thread is wanting me to play D&D right now but I am at work in the Cancer Lab.... darn you subby!
 
2009-08-03 09:12:34 AM  

rwellor:
After that you can figure out the intarwebs..


I'm not sure... but I think you just bemoaned my bemoaning verbosity quoting an entire post whilst quoting not only my post but the post I was bemoaning...

I think you might be doing it wrong.
 
2009-08-03 09:12:42 AM  
 
2009-08-03 09:14:46 AM  
That's a hell of a thing to call my penis.
 
2009-08-03 09:15:07 AM  

fireclown: A Shambling Mound: /img hot like Front's mic

Is that a pic of MC frontalot? Collaborator of Kompressor?



That it be. What a glorious thread... acid-spitting worms shooting lightning out their asses, Dune, Beetlejuice, MC Frontalot and now KOMPRESSOR.

I wonder if they plan to ATTACK AND RELEASE the worm?

ecx.images-amazon.com

/there's a bitter taste to my cinnamon roll
 
2009-08-03 09:15:54 AM  
Ah, finally I understand everything. A farmer sees a worm producing an electric fart in Mongolia, being hot the fart then floats up into the jet stream, on the way it passes thought an unsuspecting 747 where all the passengers freak out and call it Ball Lighting. The jet stream carries it over the USA where people capture it on their camcorders and call it a UFO.
 
2009-08-03 09:19:10 AM  

Jmast7: Not impressed


I remember that story... ::shudder
 
2009-08-03 09:19:41 AM  
wow...guess I should change the name of my penis now.
 
2009-08-03 09:22:21 AM  

Jmast7: Not impressed


God damn that image still haunts my dreams.
 
2009-08-03 09:23:44 AM  

mattyc: wow...guess I should change the name of my penis now.


Call it Captain Winky
 
2009-08-03 09:26:09 AM  
There very well could be something to it. I wouldn't expect venom-spitting, lightning-defecating worms, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was a real animal that was the source of it.

Herodotus mentioned hearing about giant, aggressive gold-digging ants. People thought it was a complete myth for centuries. It turned out to be a mistranslation. They are actually large marmots.
 
2009-08-03 09:26:11 AM  
Watch out for those Desert Worms because that sleep spell can be brutal.
 
2009-08-03 09:34:08 AM  
Gaboo came here for this.
 
2009-08-03 09:34:09 AM  

skinink: A foot and a half taller and I would have guessed it was my ex-wife.


Along this same line of thought:

Phonetically, the word Gobi means "very large and dry" in the Mongolian language.

Apparently, my X-wife should have been named "Gobi."
 
2009-08-03 09:35:47 AM  

EchoMike: Obligatory "Tremors" reference.

Obligatory "Dune" reference.

Obligatory and obscure "Beetlejuice" reference.


Do I win?


And how!
 
2009-08-03 09:37:16 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: Seriously, what are the odds of that image NOT being from a Dungeons and Dragons player's manual?


It's more likely from the Monstrous Compendium.
 
2009-08-03 09:37:34 AM  
I know who can help
www.filmcritic.com
 
2009-08-03 09:37:43 AM  

jondiced: Wouldn't one of these be a lot easier than dynamite?


I was thinking the same thing!

PLUS, you could actually re-use the thumper...
 
2009-08-03 09:37:53 AM  

one0nine: I wonder if they plan to ATTACK AND RELEASE the worm?


I gotta know. Are they the same guy?

/MARMADUKE!
 
2009-08-03 09:38:19 AM  

The Onanist: skinink: A foot and a half taller and I would have guessed it was my ex-wife.

Along this same line of thought:

Phonetically, the word Gobi means "very large and dry" in the Mongolian language.

Apparently, my X-wife should have been named "Gobi."


checks profile.... How you doin'?
 
2009-08-03 09:39:49 AM  

HONDOWAYNE: 9 out of 10 people drop one of those AFTER eating at TACO BELL!


BWAAAAA-HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, yo quiero el baño
 
2009-08-03 09:40:24 AM  
Sing it with me!

"...the Mongolian Death Worm can never be buggered at all..."
 
2009-08-03 09:41:57 AM  
icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com
 
2009-08-03 09:42:26 AM  

Jmast7: Not impressed


What the hell is that? Do I want to know?
 
2009-08-03 09:42:56 AM  
Twilit Aquatic Morpheel is unimpressed.

www.zeldawiki.org
 
2009-08-03 09:43:05 AM  
Soon as I read that it could consume the English with lightning bolts from it's arss I knew I could follow that worm into any battle.
 
2009-08-03 09:43:35 AM  
FTFA -

Farrier said there been up to four unsuccessful expeditions searching for the death worm in the last 100 years, the last two in 2003 and 2005, which had used night vision goggles to look for the worm.

Do they not know how it is with the goggles, and what they are able to achieve?
 
2009-08-03 09:43:58 AM  
Sometime after this photo was taken Kevin Bacon was seen dancing on top of the Sand Worm to the soundtrack of Footloose.

i378.photobucket.com
 
2009-08-03 09:44:00 AM  

geekluv: This thread is wanting me to play D&D right now but I am at work in the Cancer Lab.... darn you subby!


No doubt, I'm gonna have to dig out my dice when I get home, thanks to subby!

/wonders if the Mongolian Death Worm also has psionic abilities...
 
2009-08-03 09:45:29 AM  

nimblehuman: geekluv: This thread is wanting me to play D&D right now but I am at work in the Cancer Lab.... darn you subby!

No doubt, I'm gonna have to dig out my dice when I get home, thanks to subby!

/wonders if the Mongolian Death Worm also has psionic abilities...


It would be cool in D&D if you could have a Sand Worm as a pet.

/has a wolf as her pet in D&D but its a lazy one and just wants to be fed all the time...
 
2009-08-03 09:46:20 AM  
god damn mongorians!
 
2009-08-03 09:49:13 AM  
""If a Mongolian says they have seen a big worm-like creature out in the desert they haven't really got any reason to lie," he said."


How about because they are human and have been alone in a hut for months at a time?
 
2009-08-03 09:49:59 AM  

Gothnet: Jmast7: Not impressed

What the hell is that? Do I want to know?


Yes. Yes, you do. Enjoy! :)
 
2009-08-03 09:51:10 AM  

kagemaru026: god damn mongoriansmongolians!


FTFY sorry for being a grammar nazi there....

how you doin'? missed ya.
 
2009-08-03 09:51:29 AM  
A caecilian, perhaps?

1.bp.blogspot.com

/ Believe it or not, this is an amphibian. They have cute little faces!
 
2009-08-03 09:52:41 AM  
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

Maybe it's this guy here.
 
2009-08-03 09:52:52 AM  
Mmmmmm...Shai-Huluuuuuuuuuuuud!
 
2009-08-03 09:53:06 AM  
geekluv:
FTFY sorry for being a grammar nazi there....

i know what i said.

how you doin'? missed ya.

meh. i suck at flying planes in 1943, and spent all night trying to get better. still suck.
 
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