In July 2018, Russian scientists collected and analysed 300 prehistoric worms from the permafrost and thawed them. 2 of the ancient worms revived and began to move and eat. One is dated at 32,000 years old, the other 41,700 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There are only 23 words that date back 15,000 years and are considered the oldest known words in the English language. They are: thou, I, not, that, we, to give, who, this, what, man/male, ye, old, mother, to hear, hand, fire, to pull, black, to flow, bark, ashes, to spit, and worm. itworld.com/article/27099…
The US is in eternal battle with a flesh eating fly called the Screw Worm. Basically a maggot that burrow into live flesh, head first. There's a worm screw border guard at Panama, having mostly irradicating them in North America. Last US case in 2016. Yes, they will lay their eggs in you. entomologytoday.org/2018/…
Parents who give their children bleach enemas to cure autism have shared photos of "rope worms" expelled from their children, claiming they are parasites killed by the concoction. They are actually intestinal lining. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rop…
The Shepherd's Purse plant is considered a protocarnivore. The seeds of the plant attract and kill worms, which then decay and enrich the surrounding soil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Today I learned about the growing North American problem of jumping worms brought in from East Asia. They disturb the soil which then erode easily, dries out quickly, and generally makes poor habitat for many plants theatlantic.com/science/a…
Bill Gates succeeded in his mission to build a Toilet to help combat the sanitary crisis across multiple parts of Africa and India. Costing $350, its powered by worms, and doesnt require to be hooked up to a sewer system. businessinsider.com/bill-…
In WW1, glow worms were gathered and used in lamps to light the trenches. Also, due to their extreme ability to detect particles in the air, slugs were used to detect gas attacks. If the slugs closed their breathing spires and contracted, troops would know to put on their gas masks taskandpurpose.com/histor…
Ringworm isn’t actually caused by worms. It’s a fungal infection that got its name because the rash looks like a worm, not because it’s caused by a worm. healthline.com/health/rin…
The Rod of Asclepius, a snake winding around a stick and international symbol of medicine, represents the treatment for the bloodworm Dracunculus. This worm travels through the blood and eats its way to the skin: treatment involves wrapping the worm around a wooden stick and pulling it out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Today I learned about the Morris Worm, a computer program developed in 1988 meant to map out the internet. Instead, it basically crashed the entire web. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Dung beetles are so useful from their diet, Australia imported 43 different species of them to combat a rise in intestinal worms, bush flies, and grazing land being ruined because of non-native cows. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
A man intentionally walked in feces to infect himself with worms in order to build his immune response blogs.scientificamerican.…
Today I learned about invasive North American earth worms. All areas of North America that were covered in ice in the last ice age were devoid of worms before European colonization. If you've even encountered an earth worm north of the 45th parallel, it's almost guaranteed to be an Asian or European species. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…
Gulls Perform a "Rain Dance" to Mimic Heavy Rainfall Tricking Worms to Surface and Ultimately be Eaten birdspot.co.uk/bird-brain…
The American woodcock has the largest visual field of not only any bird, but of any terrestrial vertebrate because its large eyes are set far back and high on its head, causing its brain to be flipped upside down.It rocks back and forth while foraging and eats its body weight in worms every day. ruffedgrousesociety.org/w…
Worm Charming is a type of profession youtu.be/FK-Oo7NwPiQ
Wax Worms can eat and break down one of the most common plastics (polyethylene) into organic compounds. Wax worms are common insects which evolved to live in bee hives. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned of a little worm that helps repair and defend stony coral: Eunice norvegica! marlin.ac.uk/habitats/det…
Children from countries exposed to parasitic worms are less likely to be diagnosed with allergies science.sciencemag.org/co…
Today I learned about work grunting, aka worm charming. A sport, past time, and subsistence strategy practiced in many cultures around the world. as.vanderbilt.edu/catania…
Guinea worm disease (Dracunculiasis) is likely to be the first parasitic disease to be globally eradicated, and that treatment by slowly extracting the nematode by wrapping it around a stick hasn't fundamentally changed since at least 1550 BCE as described in an Egyptian medical papyrus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Ice worms are a family of worms that live entirely in glacier ice, feeding on algae, and are unique among animals because their metabolism increases as temperature drops. glaciers.nichols.edu/icew…
The Decretum by Burchard of Worms, (c. 950 –1025), recommends two years of penance on fast days for medieval women who have put live fish in their vaginas until the fish dies, then cooking it and feeding it to the object of their affection as a love spell. inews.co.uk/essentials/lo…
North American glacier iceworms, native to Pacific coastal areas from Alaska to Washington, are the only annelid worms known to spend their entire lives in glacial ice, capable of completing their entire lifecycles at or below the freezing mark.They usually perish when temperatures reach 40F/4C. alaskacenters.gov/explore…
In 2003 a computer worm called β€˜Welchia’ infected many computers to forcibly patch vulnerabilities and remove malware. It was regarded as a β€˜helpful worm’ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
If a flat worm's head is cut off, not only does it regrow its head and brain, but the new brain contains all the memories of the old brain. grist.org/living/cut-off-…
Velvet worms are segmented panarthropods with stubby feet that subdue their prey by squirting a sticky, quick-hardening slime (like silly string) from a pair of glands on their heads. Once their prey is ensnared, the velvet worm bites into it, injecting digestive saliva to liquefy the insides. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ony…
Worm-like amphibians called caecilians will eat the fatty skin of their mothers shortly after birth nature.com/news/2006/0604…
The palolo worm exhibits unique breeding behavior. During the breeding season the back part of the worm breaks free and swims to the surface as a separate animal, complete with eyes. The front end, still attached to its tube, regenerates a new posterior end. britannica.com/animal/pal…
There are 4 animals who use sunlight as energy: the eastern emerald elysia (a sea slug), the mint-sauce worm, the oriental hornet, and the embryos of the spotted salamander. owlcation.com/stem/Animal…
Jellyfish thrive in the man-made disruption of the oceans. Deep-sea trawling has also helped them. The trawlers drag giant nets across the ocean floor pulling up everything indiscriminately: sponges, worms and coral. That leaves an environment in which the jellyfish polyps can breed unchecked. phys.org/news/2019-09-jel…
Johannes Fibiger won Nobel Prize (1926) in Medicine for discovering a parasitic worm that causes cancer. Fermi won the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his demonstrations of the existence of new radioactive elements produced by neutron irradiation. Both of these theories were later disproved. realclearscience.com/blog…
Martin Luther, the founder of Protestantism, advocated setting synagogues on fire and & destroying Jewish homes, so that these "envenomed worms" would be forced into labour or expelled "for all time". wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin…
Tomatoes were feared in Europe for more than 200 years. They thought aristocrats who ate them died by lead poisoning, were classified as deadly nightshades - a kind of food known as an aphrodisiac. Even the fearsome look of the green tomato worms made people believe they made tomatoes poisonous. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, also wrote another book considered one of the worst horror novels of all time. The Lair of the White Worm has been described as "one of the most spectacularly incoherent novels ever to reach print", and H. P. Lovecraft called it "almost infantile". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Until the late 1700's, doctors believed that cavities and tooth pain were caused by worms. Until the 1940's, diseased teeth were removed as they were thought to be the source of all disease. It was at that point that root canal treatment became part of standard dentistry endoexperience.com/fileca…
A Colombian man died after a parasitic worm in his gut developed cancer which ultimately spread into his body independent.co.uk/life-st…
Today I learned of the "penis fish". Scientific name Urechis unicinctus, it is a marine worm common to the Pacific and resembles an uncircumcised penis. It is eaten raw as a delicacy in Asia and is known as "dog dick" in Korea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ure…
The parasitic worm Leucochloridium turns snails into virtual zombies, altering their behavior taking over their eye tentacles to mimic the appearance of maggots. They do this in hopes of having the snail's eyes (and themselves) being eaten by birds, in whose digestive system they reproduce. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leu…
Wax worms can eat and break down one of the most common plastics, polyethylene. Their digestive process breaks the plastic's chemical bond, producing an organic compound. researchgate.net/blog/pos…
A species of worm was named after Yoda due to the resemblance of Yoda’s ears: Yoda Purpurata advancedaquarist.com/blog…
Today I learned of the Spinochordodes tellinii, a worm that grows in host grasshoppers; when ready to mate, the parasite attacks the grasshopper's nervous system, forcing it drown itself in a nearby water source. Then the worm bursts out of it's body and mates, laying eggs for unsuspecting victims. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Researchers reported duplicating the glue that the sandcastle worms secrete and use to stick sand grains together underwater. They believe the glue to have applications as a biocompatible medical adhesive, for instance to repair shattered bones. For bone repair, it can replace pins and screws en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phr…
Seagulls stamp their feet to imitate rain, causing worms to surface britishbirdlovers.co.uk/b…
Flatworms reproduce by "penis fencing", where each worm attempts to stab the other with their penis. They are hermaphrodites, so the loser is impregnated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Lightnight bugs/fireflies are neither bugs nor flies- they're beetles. Additionally glow worms are not worms but larvae/maggots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
The first "weapon of mass destruction" in cyber warfare, a worm called Stuxnet, was jointly built by Israel and the United States (although neither country has officially admitted it)in an effort to destroy Iran's nuclear weapon program. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
Today I learned of the Bassian thrush's hunting strategy: fart on worms to drive them out of hiding en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Today I learned about the parasite leucochloridium paradoxum, it gets it self eatin by a snail, infects its eyes, making them appear as a worm or maggot, then takes over the snail forcing it out and exposed in light so a bird will mistake the eye for a maggot and eat it, then reproduces in its digestive track. insider.si.edu/2014/11/cr…
Today I learned of k. polythalamia, a mollusk known for living in elephant-tusk-like structures of calcium carbonate that can be absorbed to grow longer and burrow deeper. Instead of eating they sift mud for hydrogen sulfide to feed bacteria growing in their gills which produce carbon compounds to feed the worm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
A group of Caenorhabditis elegans worms, living in enclosed petri dishes, survived the disastrous reentry of Space Shuttle Columbia and the following impact with the ground and were recovered weeks after the tragedy happened in 2003. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Van Morrison recorded 31 nonsense 'revenge' songs to get out of a bad contract including one where he is telling the listener they have ring worm over his out of tune guitar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
Earth worms can survive under-water for two weeks allaboutworms.com/how-lon…
Game of Thrones actor Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) is a recording artist that goes by the name Raleigh Ritchie... youtube.com/watch?v=VB30o…
Romanian sewer workers accidentally discovered a cave which was sealed for 5.5 million years. Movile Cave is filled with evolutionary distinct exotic creatures (albino crabs, worms) which feed off sulfur-producing bacteria bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
Russian scientists recently thawed worms previously trapped in permafrost 40 000 years ago. These worms displayed signs of life and are considered the world’s oldest living creatures. bgr.com/2018/07/27/frozen…
Female Osedax worms which feeds on whale bones have dwarf males living inside the females gelatinous tubes the males heavily outnumber the females. The largest harem in study below was 607 males from a single female. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
Offspring of some worm-like amphibians called caecilians allow their young to eat their flesh. The mothers of Boulengerula taitanus create a nutrient-rich fatty outer layer of skin after laying their eggs. When their offspring hatch, the babies scrape this layer off with specialized teeth. nature.com/news/2006/0604…
Today I learned about Stuxnet, a computer worm developed by American/Israeli cyberweapon, which infected and ruined almost one fifth of Iran's nuclear centrifuges. Targeting industrial control systems, the worm infected over 200,000 computers and caused 1,000 machines to physically degrade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
Today I learned of Velvet worms, a creature that has existed and remained virtually unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs worldatlas.com/articles/w…
Many people in the Middle Ages attributed toothaches to a mysterious "tooth worm", a small, maggot-like creature that bored holes in their teeth and caused all kinds of dental disorders. Some doctors at the time believed that people's nerves were the worms themselves, and thus removed them. battlecreekmidentist.com/…
Octopuses have blue blood, beetles yellow, earth worms green and sea worms violet businessinsider.com/anima…
Today I learned of Toxacora, parasitic worms found in puppies and kittens, which are so numerous that a study in Bristol resulted in 3.7 Billion eggs in 4 tons worth of pet poop theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Planaria worms are considered immortal due to a limitless ability to regenerate - when cut in two both halves can regenerate indefinitely by growing new muscles, skin, guts and even entire brains over and over again. theguardian.com/science/b…
Today I learned about Dimitri Tsafendas, who wanted to end Apartheid in South Africa by killing Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd. Under death threads against him and his relatives he had to plead mentally ill, by stating that a tape worm in his guts told him to kill. He died imprisoned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dim…
There's microscopic worms living in millions of people's eyelash follicles and they reproduce while you sleep cbsnews.com/news/eye-mite…
Thomas Rockwell, author of children's bestseller How To Eat Fried Worms, is the son of beloved artist Norman Rockwell. He's also still alive and 86. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The Bobbit worm, which attacks its prey with scissor-like jaws, is named after Lorena Bobbitt. She cut off her husband's penis while he was asleep in bed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eun…
The earth's oceans may be teeming with massive, hollow, worm-like entities called pyrosome that can grow as big as a sperm whale mnn.com/earth-matters/wil…
Kevin Bacon initially thought he hit a career low with the film "Tremors" even stating that he "broke down and fell to the sidewalk" screaming "I can't believe I'm doing a movie about underground worms!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Hornworm Catarpillars on my tomato are the walking dead when little white rice looking things appear on their backs. Those things are actually cocoons of pupating Braconid Wasps, which are harmless to humans but a parasitoid of the worms. aggie-horticulture.tamu.e…
In 1972, in York, England archaeologists discovered the largest piece of fossilized human feces ever found. The dung measured 7 inches long and 2 inches wide and was created by a Viking in the 9th century who's diet consisted of meat and bread and was riddled with intestinal worms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llo…
There is a parasitic worm in grasshoppers that after growing to maturity, makes the grasshoppers seek water and drown themselves to return the parasite to water en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Within 6 months of the 2016 Rio Olympics; the Maracana Stadium was abandoned, had its power cut off, was invaded by worms and was missing nearly 10% of the stadium's 78,000 seats edition.cnn.com/2017/02/0…
There's a worm that earned the name "Eoperipatus totoro" because it resembles Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eop…
Aquatic hairworms can force the land-dwelling insects they live inside to commit suicide in water, where the worm then exits the host, revealing its length to many times greater than its drowned victim. Exactly how the worms control the brain of their host is still unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Oyster mushrooms are predators; luring, paralyzing and consuming nematode worms from the inside out using their mycelium. nps.gov/yose/blogs/mushro…
Biologists sort all animal species into 33 groups called phyla. More than half of them consist of some kind of worms. Mammals, birds, reptiles and fish are all in one phylum together. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phy…
After President Carter retired, he started an effort to eradicate the Guinea Worm, which infected millions of people with worms that slowly and painfully burrow out of the body over 3 months. By 2001, the infection rate was reduced by 98%, with 80% of the remaining cases in the Sudan warzone. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
In Polynesian mythology Maui from "Moana" died when he was crushed to death inside of a toothed vagina after shape shifting into a worm. moviepilot.com/p/how-maui…
The '@' sign is called 'crazy A' in Bosnian, 'snail' in Italian, 'worm' in Hungarian, 'monkey tail' in Dutch and 'cinnamon roll' in Swedish en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At_…
Moles have worm "larders" where they keep up to 1000 worms. Their saliva paralyses the worms and they store their still-living prey for later consumption. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
Acorns on the ground most likely contain worms and you should not bring them into your home (unless you want to share your space with weevil larvae) extension.iastate.edu/new…
Today I learned of rat lungworm disease, an illness where parasitic worms invade the human brain. Transmission to humans can occur after eating raw food containing slugs or snails and the pain caused by these worms has been likened to setting a hot iron inside the brain and pushing the steam button. civilbeat.org/2017/04/tad…
Tubeworms turn toxic water into food. The bacteria inside the worms use the toxic hydrogen sulfide in the water, which would kill most other animals, as an energy source to produce carbohydrates. businessinsider.com/these…
Scientists have discovered colonies of worms living in mounds of methane ice at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. solarsystem.nasa.gov/gall…
The word "worm" is one of the oldest words in existence, being used more than 15,000 years ago. zmescience.com/research/o…
Zombie worms are deep sea worms that eat the bones of a whale fall, and the microscopic males live inside the females to save themselves the trouble of searching for a mate. One female zombie worm was found with 111 males living inside her. ocean.si.edu/ocean-news/z…
There is a seldom-seen species of limbless amphibians known as caecilians, which spend most of their lives burrowing underground and are usually mistaken for either worms or snakes sciencenewsforstudents.or…
The Neem Tree, a tree native to the Indian subcontinent, has qualities that can treat intestinal worms, cardiovascular disease, fever, diabetes, gingivitis, and liver problems. The leaf is also used for birth control. webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ing…
When a glow worm pupa reaches adulthood, its final form has no digestive tract, which means it only has days to find a partner, mate, and lay eggs before it dies. waitomo.com/waitomo-infor…
1858, following a battle with Arapaho warriors Crazy Horse was given his father’s name, while his father took the name Worm. history.com/topics/native…
In Maori myth Maui tried to make man immortal by turning into a worm and entering the vagina of the goddess of death while she slept, to reverse the path of birth. A bird laughed at this and woke the goddess, who crushed Maui with her vagina's obsidian teeth, making Maui the first man to die. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hin…
Modern north american earth worms are not native and were brought over by english colonist. charlesmann.org/articles/…
The first widely disruptive computer worm was Christmas Tree EXEC, the worm would drew a crude Christmas tree as text graphics and then sent itself to each entry in the target's email contacts file. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
One of the first computer worms, the Morris worm, is believed to have caused significant damage only because of an error in the code in which its author overestimated the value of a variable, causing it to replicate much more quickly than intended. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Today I learned of a man in Fresno, California who developed and passed a 5-ft, 6-inch (1.7 m) long tapeworm after eating salmon sashimi. As sushi and other raw-fish products become more popular, the number of tapeworm infestations has increased, with some worms known to grow up to 50 ft (15 m) long. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
John Brunner, 1930s British Sci-fi author, is also credited with coining the term "worm" and predicting the emergence of computer viruses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Martin Luther (leader of the German Reformation) made a 65,000 word anti-Semitic text saying that Jews should be prosecuted and their schools should be burned, calling them "poisonous envenomed worms" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_…

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