6 posts tagged Worms
6 posts tagged Worms
Oh hai! The awesome world of science just got a whole lot cuter. Biologist and blogger Sofía Gabriela recently shared this outrageously cute photo of a newly discovered species of velvet worm that scientists have named Eoperipatus totoro because of its delightful resemblance to the Catbus in My Neighbor Totoro.
Photo by Nicky Bay.
[via Super Punch]
Because this is a fun sentence one rarely gets to use: Here’s an awesome example of nature imitating terrifying candy. This giant earthworm bears a remarkable resemblance to the World’s Largest Gummy Worm we first posted about a couple years ago.
This colossal creepy-crawly was found by Project Noah member Hoppy4840 in rich, wet forest soil in the foothills of the Sumaco Volcano in Ecuador. It measured approximately 1.5 meters (~4.9 feet) long and weighed at least 500 grams (~1.1 pounds). Funny thing is, we can’t help but think that, while it’s quite likely the earthworm is more nutritious, there’s no way it’s as tasty as the gummy version.
Artist and illustrator Stephen Andrade painted this awesome movie mashup depicting the giant worms from Tremors, Beetlejuice and Dune competing against each other in The Great Sandworm Race. He also created a brilliant version in which the image was digitally enhanced to look like a vintage pulp book cover. Andrade created the painting last year for Gallery1988's Crazy 4 Cult 7 group exhibition in New York City.
Visit Stephen Andrade’s website to check out more of his artwork.
"Remember: Walk without rhythm and we won’t attract the worm. It will go to the thumper."
The giant sandworms of Dune have been known to grow more than 400 meters long and have vast mouths filled with a fearsome array of crystalline teeth. They’re breathtaking and terrifying and now, thanks to canida, an Oakland, CA-based Instructables user, you can dress up just like one.
This awesome Giant Sandworm Shai Hulud Costume was created using an inexpensive children’s play tunnel, 6 yards of sandworm-tan fabric, mouth-pink fabric, posterboard, wire, a large cardboard box and basic sewing skills. Click here for step-by-step instructions. However you’ll have to figure out your own recipe for the spice melange.
We’ve shared unsettling images of the World’s Largest Gummy Worm, but don’t mistake these monstrous creepy-crawlies for a huge pieces of candy. This is the Giant Gippsland earthworm, Megascolides australis, the world’s largest earthworm. And while it’s at least as big as its candy counterpart, it’s not nearly as palatable. Nevertheless, these worms are clearly awesome.
One of Australia’s 1,000 native earthworm species, this humongous invertebrate is found in the clay soil along streams in Victoria, Australia. They average 1 meter (3.3 ft) long and 2 centimeters (.79 in) in diameter, but have been known to reach 3 meters (9.8 ft) in length. And, thanks to their squishy, expanding bodies, they can makes themselves appear even longer still. The Giant Gippsland has a dark purple head and a blue-grey body that - get ready for this - consists of about 300-400 body segments. How’s that for some fascinating nightmare fuel?
To those of you currently trying to crawl out of your own skin, there is one consolation: Although these worms live relatively long lives for invertebrates (about 10 years), they rarely if ever come to the surface.
To those of you looking to gross out your friends: While the Giant Gippslands rarely surface, their underground burrows can be detected by the audible gurgling or sucking sounds made as they slowly move around.
If you’re looking for a good gross-out prank or perhaps something to spice up your annual performance of How to Eat Fried Worms, check out these awesome edible worms that were made by Pennsylvania-based cpacker1 using little more than bendy straws and raspberry Jell-O.
Sure to be tastier than real worms, though we’ll admit they might be less nutritious, this wriggly treat looks perfect for Halloween (which is right around the corner), April Fool’s Day, or just a fun way to cheer up a friend or family member who recently had their tonsils removed.
cpacker1 created an easy Instructables tutorial for How to make a bowl of Jell-O Worms using bendy drinking straws and raspberry-flavored Jell-O. “The results are great but be sure to read the tutorial’s comments section for tips on how to make the process go more smoothly.”
[via Laughing Squid]