Worms

Do you see a worm?


Bostonist looks at a museum and sees a worm:

“…our first reaction to seeing the architectural rendering of the proposed structure was that its smooth, curvilinear shape reminded us of a gigantic smiling earthworm emerging from the expressway tunnel underneath the greenway.”

Bostonist: Lumbricus Terrestris

But this is nothing compared to the real thing: the Giant Worm museum (aka Wildlife Wonderland) in southern Australia, where visitors not only see the creature their region is famous for rendered large alongside the Bass Highway, but they can even walk through the belly of the beast and get an idea of what it’s like to be inside a worm. Wanna know more about the worm or the musuem? Yeah, you saw it coming: read the book.

Earthworms Tell the Tale

Once again, the Philippines takes the lead with the latest earthworm news. If an area has been logged (not anywhere, just there), you’ll see these particular worms in the forest. Not because the worms themselves are particularly attracted to logged areas–trees from coastal areas are transplanted to repopulate the area, and those trees have Brazilian worms in their roots. Got it? Good.

Oh, and these worms’ “excretion becomes compact, which blocks the entry of water into the soil instead of facilitating it and helping reduce floods.”

Where loggers go, Brazilian worms follow – INQ7.net

This Week in Fake News

In his column for the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Carroll speculates on the kinds of “good stories about the war” that the Pentagon has been covertly placing in Iraqi newspapers.

JON CARROLL:

“Endangered worms make a comeback: One of the rarest worms in the world, Aporrectodea (species withheld by request), has been spotted by biologists in more than a dozen locations around Mosul. Once driven almost to extinction by agricultural practices, the worm has used rich new sources of nutrients to thrive and multiply.

Said a worm expert: ‘First the land was allowed to lie fallow, then the ground was turned over in the course of the liberation. Add to that the calcium and potassium found in human bones, and iron in the blood, and you’ve basically got worm heaven. And I know the guys would have been happy to contribute to this new habitat.’ “

Moving the Worms


A whole mess of giant Australian earthworms have to be moved to make way for Progress. It’s tricky work–it’s taken two months, and they’ve moved 600 earthworms in that time, but with a 20% mortality rate. They may be big, but they’re fragile. Sometimes workers would spend two hours brushing the dirt away before they could move them.

Worming out of a problem – National – theage.com.au