[worms] WORM FACTS, in two languages.

4ft worm, with teeth
4ft worm, with teeth
An earthworm can grow only so long. A well-fed adult will depend on what kind of worm it is, how many segments it has, how old it is and how well fed it is. An Lumbricus terrestris will be from 90-300 millimeters long.

A worm has no arms, legs or eyes.

There are approximately 2,700 different kinds of earthworms.

Worms live where there is food, moisture, oxygen and a favorable temperature. If they don’t have these things, they go somewhere else.

In one acre of land, there can be more than a million earthworms.

The largest earthworm ever found was in South Africa and measured 22 feet from its nose to the tip of its tail.

Worms tunnel deeply in the soil and bring subsoil closer to the surface mixing it with the topsoil. Slime, a secretion of earthworms, contains nitrogen. Nitrogen is an important nutrient for plants. The sticky slime helps to hold clusters of soil particles together in formations called aggregates.

Charles Darwin spent 39 years studying earthworms more than 100 years ago.

Worms are cold-blooded animals.

Earthworms have the ability to replace or replicate lost segments. This ability varies greatly depending on the species of worm you have, the amount of damage to the worm and where it is cut. It may be easy for a worm to replace a lost tail, but may be very difficult or impossible to replace a lost head if things are not just right.
Baby worms are not born. They hatch from cocoons smaller than a grain of rice.

The Australian Gippsland Earthworm grows to 12 feet long and can weigh 1-1/2 pounds.

Even though worms don’t have eyes, they can sense light, especially at their anterior (front end). They move away from light and will become paralyzed if exposed to light for too long (approximately one hour).

If a worm’s skin dries out, it will die.

Worms are hermaphrodites. Each worm has both male and female organs. Worms mate by joining their clitella (swollen area near the head of a mature worm) and exchanging sperm. Then each worm forms an egg capsule in its clitellum.

Worms can eat their weight each day.

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[twitter worm][breaking] 4ft worm attacking twitter!!

The world is in shock and awe as the beloved institution known as Twitter has come down with worms and viruses. Blogs, bloggers, microbloggers, and even real news sources are all twatted up over the big twit worm. Some estimate its as long as the 4ft space worm that is attacking aquariums internationally. Are the worms working together? It is not clear.. however PAO staff expert Frank Vondohboy says “the worms are independently assualting different aspects of human life. Whether they are together or apart, I am terrified of the possibilities”.

Blogs are exploding with information this morning as the worms are finally cleaned out of twitterville. They are blogging about other blogs and the blogs they blog on:

Techcrunch is reporting that a virus is rapidly spreading through Twitter:

its cool i'm chill, twitter worm
its cool i'm chill

“The service has apparently been infected by a worm originating from the owners of the website StalkDaily (Note: Do not visit this website, as it may cause your computer to become infected). At this point details are scant, but it appears that visiting the Twitter profile page of an infected user can lead your profile to become infected as well (some reports say that the worm modifies your ‘About Me’ section to include a link to the worm). Infected users begin to repeatedly spam tweets directing users to the StalkDaily website.”

While this attack happened this morning, “…it is only now hitting critical mass, with hundreds of related Tweets appearing on Twitter Search in the last few minutes alone.”

TechCrunch is recommending that if you want to continue using Twitter while this goes on use a third-party application (e.g. Twitterfox, Tweetdeck) instead of going directly to the Twitter site. You should read the article for the full details as I just wanted to get the warning out as soon as possible.

PAO Breaks open a fish story. With a 4ft long space worm.

Sometimes a story comes up that is so nasty, so crazy, and so amazing, that PAO just HAS to get involved. When staffers found this article, it was clear that this was one of those cases. Some background:

giant sea worm“Aquarium staff have unearthed a ‘giant sea’ worm that was attacking coral reef and prize fish. The 4ft long monster, named Barry, had launched a sustained attack on the reef in a display tank at Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium over recent months. Workers at the Cornwall-based attraction had been left scratching their heads as to why the coral had been left devastated and – in some cases – cut in half.
After staking out the display for several weeks, the last resort was to completely dismantle it, rock by rock.

Halfway through the process the predator was revealed as a four-foot polychaete worm. Staff eventually lured it out with fish scraps, but not before it bit through 20lb fishing line.”

Don't mess: The tropical worm is covered in thousands of bristles which are capable of<br /> inflicting a sting resulting in permanent numbness
Don't mess: The tropical worm is covered in thousands of bristles which are capable of inflicting a sting resulting in permanent numbness

Are you fcking serious? PAO researchers could not believe the amazingness of this discovery. So we dug deeper. We opened books, turned on computers, and fired up the Iphone App Store. The aquarium didn’t look too far to make a bold assumption as to where it came from.. the spokesmen we talked to was “basically claiming it came as a larvae on a rock they imported from Mars”.

Kind of silly, if you ask us – why blame outer space? PAO usually knows the “truth lies within” – people are to blame. Usually ones that are involved with the water, drugs, and the internet.

And just how? Why? What? Take a look at our major, massive, crazy discovery. It took over 5 months of fact checking and googling! READ ON FOR THE SHOCKING TRUTH: Continue reading “PAO Breaks open a fish story. With a 4ft long space worm.”

Fighting subcutaneous infestations

It is the afternoon already? Have you been able today, to rid yourself of the tiny vermin that crawl into yourself while you sleep every night, feeding on your hopes and dreams? Probably not, according to results from a new study by respected Ergonaut and Cornish Game Hen authority Stewart Coupland: “90% of the employed human subjects studied have not sufficiently rid their bodies of microscopic organisms by 2pm. Contrast this with the fact that only 31% of unemployed humans in this study were adequately deloused by 2pm. My findings indicate most (human) employees should be given longer lunches so that they have more time for personal grooming and bug removal.”

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