Friday, September 14, 2012
MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES:ORDINARY SIZED CHINESE MAN FINDS GIANT CHINESE EARTHWORM AND FLYING ADDERS IN KENT
Bob Skinner kindly drew my attention to the following story, from the Mail Online web site a few days ago. The original story (follow the link below) includes a video and photographs. `It looked like a snake!` Chinese man finds 19-inch long EARTHWORM in his backyard (and now plans to raise it himself)
An earthworm measuring half a metre in length has stunned neighbours after being found in the gutter outside a house. Li Zhiwei, a worker from the Forestry Bureau of Binchuan County, was putting some dates out to dry in his backyard when he spotted the massive invertebrate.
`It looked like a snake. I looked carefully and found it was actualy a huge earthworm.` he said He plans to raise the worm at his house.
According to www.kplctv.com biologists intend to study the soil-dweller to determine its classification and understand why it has been able to grow so long in a built up area. An earthworm`s size is closely related to its environment. They tend to grow longer during humid seasons if they absorb the right nutrition and have no natural enemies. Depending on the species, an adult earthworm grow to anything grow to anything from 10mm long and 1mm wide to 3m long and more than 25mm across. (1)
The second story was passed onto me by Nick Sucik in an e-mail to me way back on 27th December 2009 and is about an extract from the book Pictures in prose of nature, wild sport and humble life (1894), by the stupendously named Aubyn Bernard Rochfort Trevor-Battye who lived in Kent during the early part of his life. [Have you noticed how all the bad rulers in the world have short names, e.g. Adolf Hitler, Mao-Tse tung, Joe Stalin,etc,etc, however I digress!!] Here it is:
“The country folk in certain parts are firmly persuaded that the adder as it grows old develops a pair of wings and flies about. They quite believe that they have seen it flying. This diabolical accomplishment intensifies the terrors of the “death-arder”. Everything that creeps and looks like a snake is a death adder. The idea arose in the church, by mistake for “deaf adder,” long years before the School Board came (2)
- A.B.R. Trevor-Battye Pictures in prose…p. 239 and Flying Snake 4 (in preparation.)
Flying Snake issue 2 pp 30-36 has an article ` The Weird Weird Weird World of Worm Anomalies ` which mentions that the record British earthworm was 13 feet long,which seems ridiculously long in comparision to our Chinese chum. Talking of Flying Snake, the cover price will increase to £3.99 from £3 (because of the recent increase in the postage costs) when issue 4 comes out this October/November. But if you are a serious cryptozoologist you`ll be prepared to pay a serious price for a serious magazine
If you are a manager or boss, you’ve probably heard every excuse in the book from an employee on why they’re running late to work. But I’ll bet you’ve never heard this one before…
Redditor mard86 writes:
My co-worker sent an email saying he would be late because he was trying to untie a squirrel tail knot. I asked for a picture, and he delivered.
Here’s the email that was sent:
I was pressed into squirrel rescue this morning on my way out. 5 young squirrels got tangled in Christmas lights in my neighbor’s yard. We got the lights off, but now their tails are one big knot, so I have to bring them into a rescue place to untie them, as I am unequipped to untie squirrel tail knots. I should be in this afternoon.
I’m totally going to steal this one. I’m going to keep this pic handy too.
Click here to see larger image.
How can the Loch Ness creature see in the black inky depths of Loch Ness? It may, like some fish, use other senses it possesses and may even be blind. If eyes are not useable then evolution tends to remove them such as in some Blind Cavefish . Even so called ‘Blind Cavefish’ may not be completely blind as they have a light sensitive organ in their brains. (http://www.livescience.com/15923-blind-cave-fish-circadian-rhythms.html)
Happy 76th Thylacine day from the Grant Museum
By Jack Ashby
Another year has passed since the last known thylacine – one of the greatest icons of extinction – died of exposure. That makes 76 years today.
We have celebrated the thylacine here at the Grant Museum for some time. We have some fantastic specimens – including one of the only fluid preserved adults (with the added bonus of having been dissected by Victorian evolutionary giant Thomas Henry Huxley), and skeleton from the early 1900s, which belonged to Grant himself. The only recent thylacine-based activity that happened at the Museum was for all our thylacine-geek colleagues to watch The Hunter together, a film about a bounty-hunter hired to collect the last individual for an evil bio-tech company. It was brilliant.
The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012, Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.
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I am confident that it will be all sorted out in a day or two (but last time this happened it took six weeks). Here, however, is the latest tranche of news:
Rare bird lands at Athens airport
Bird migration forecasts early winter
COLLINS: When do birds migrate for winter?
Fall migration brings bird show to town
Continuing the background for the 1988 setup
On this day in 1254 the explorer Marco Polo was born. As a result of his travels Europe was introduced to pasta and mints with holes.
And now the news:
Polo spent some time in...
From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
- Cool Art, Cool Book — Linda Godfrey's man-bat illo for Gerhard book...
- The Paw Of A Werewolf? — Karl Shuker is hot on the trail...
- Mothman: Everywhere! — Links to no less than four new blog posts...
- A Puma Of The Black Kind? — News from the Mystery Cats Study Group blog...
- It's a Bird, It's a Plane... — Mothman in Canada...