Did you ever think when a hearse drives by, that someday soon you too will die? They'll wrap you up in a bloody sheet and throw you down a thousand feet. The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the worms play pinochle on your snout. You'll crush them up and you'll spread them on bread, that's what you'll eat when you are dead!
Seriously! I talked with John Edwards, and once he got done showing me his award for being the biggest douche in the universe, he told me. And Theresa Caputo confirmed it. So you know it must be true.
Look them up, I'll wait.
Now you get the joke.
Anyway, this post is about worms. And it's not what you think it's going to be about.
When most people think of odd and worms, they think about how you can chop a worm in half and how both halves will go on to live productive lives. Well, that hasn't been my experience. In my personal experience, when a worm is chopped in half, one half lives for a while, and the other goes swimming until it get eaten by a fishy. Then the other half gets eaten too. (by fish. Eww....How To Eat Fried Worms was a book, not an instruction manual)
Besides, that's a myth. If you cut a worm in half, it does the same thing you do: it dies. Now, before you get your hackles up, remember, I'm otter and I know what I'm talking about. (as far as you know). Not all worms die when bifurcated. Just most of them. Most species of worm can't handle it. Some, however, can. A few species of worm will, when cut in half, re-grow the missing half. Or, one half of the worm will. The other half dies.
Just don't go around bifurcating worms unless you're going fishing. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't make you look cool. It makes you look.....well.....strange.
No, todays post is about a certain type of worm. There would be no point in halving it as it's really small. You can see it in the picture I used today. (and you thought it was just a baby worm!)
It's a member of a small group of worms that live in ice. Not the ground. Ice. They were first discovered in the Muir Glacier in Alaska in the 1880's. At first, people were confused as they only found them in the early morning and late afternoon/evening. They would have also found them at night, but it was the 1880's. They were too busy wooing their best gal at night to go worm hunting.
What's known about them is, they don't like warm, and they love cold. During the day, they head back into the glacier to get as cold as they can. Ice worms, while they aren't made of ice, will melt. At about 41 degrees, their molecular structure begins to denature. They basically liquify. So, they try to stay cold.
Scientists aren't 100% sure how they burrow through the ice. Some think they use minuscule cracks in the ice, and others think they secrete an enzyme that lowers the melting point of ice.
Anyway, that's the odd worm I wanted to tell you about. You probably don't have to worry about it, but, you know, next time you buy a bag of Glacier Brand ice at the local store, you might want to look for worms.