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In Search of the Death-Worm

  1. Sep 16, 2008 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.mania.com/lair-beasts-search-deathworm_article_87259.html
     
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    I wonder if they'd be good eating.
     
  4. Sep 16, 2008 #3

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    With or without spice?
     
  5. Sep 16, 2008 #4
    Hmm, maybe it'd make a good lure for catching the Loch Ness Monster.
     
  6. Sep 16, 2008 #5

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    At least El Blanco only kills for eating, while this worm has killed an entire herd of camels just for fun.
     
  7. Sep 16, 2008 #6
    I could never understand how an animal could travel through sand in a quick manner. Just watching the movie tremors is ridiculous enough for me. That is unless this death worm has tunnels that should have been found when the camels were found.
     
  8. Sep 17, 2008 #7

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    Shooting from the hip: I can easily imagine one way to account for this claim when combined with the claim of electrocution: The herd was hit by lightning. This sometimes happens to herds of cows, and the effects of a nearby strike are greatest in the presense of dielectric materials, like sand - the electric potential between the legs of the animal is maximized.

    I wonder if the death-worm is known to leave a trail of glass - fulgurites?

    In fact it occurs to me that fulgurites can even look like giant worms.
    http://www.minresco.com/fulgurites/fulimages/tx114b.jpg
    But I have never seen a red one.
    http://www.minresco.com/fulgurites/fulgurites.htm
     
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    Ivan Seeking

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    GROOOOOOAAAAAANNNNNN!!!! :rolleyes:
    Oh, they mean earthworms! :biggrin:
     
  11. Sep 21, 2008 #10

    Ivan Seeking

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    Um, er, I was thinking of lightning.
     
  12. Sep 21, 2008 #11

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    Or that. :rolleyes: :biggrin: That's the cool thing about mythology, at least to me (and I'd consider death-worms to fall under the category of mythology)...if you think about it long enough, you can see how natural phenomena might have gotten interpreted in such interesting ways. A streak of lightning viewed as a worm...yeah, that could make sense.
     
  13. Sep 21, 2008 #12

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    What I find a bit interesting is that few people claim to have actually seen one. Even the anecdotes often refer to indirect evidence that might be explained in part by lightning - the ability to kill many animals with one strike, and perhaps even the wormlike structures that can be left in the sand by a lightning strike. But then there are explicit descriptions of them that would be completely inconsistent with this idea. However, it wouldn't be surprising to find that there are a couple of explanations that account for the myth.

    From my point of view, what would be unusual is to have such a pervasive myth for no reason whatsoever. There should be either a strong cultural motivation, such as religion, or real phenomena that have been interpreted improperly...or there is a five foot blood-worm that spits acid and electrocutes camels. :biggrin:
     
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