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Artw, I trust you completely.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 11:16 AM on January 12, 2013 [13 favorites]


WARNING: you probably don't even want to see the thumbnail.
posted by roger ackroyd at 11:18 AM on January 12, 2013 [7 favorites]


Damn nature, you scary.
posted by Bathtub Bobsled at 11:18 AM on January 12, 2013 [5 favorites]


Well, this turns the whole point of Metafilter right on its head.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 11:18 AM on January 12, 2013 [10 favorites]


Okay, how on earth did a spider that size manage to eat enough to feed a worm that size? I mean, yes, it was gross, but I'm still curious.
posted by YAMWAK at 11:18 AM on January 12, 2013


I just wanted to say we're all counting on you.
posted by boo_radley at 11:20 AM on January 12, 2013 [7 favorites]


Paging elizardbits

because I'm not clicking and would rather just read what she has to say in the matter.
posted by zippy at 11:20 AM on January 12, 2013 [15 favorites]


Wow, i never even heard of something like this. I only knew about the fungal infection, and the wasp parasites of course, but this is super interesting.
posted by dhruva at 11:20 AM on January 12, 2013


Apparently it's a mermithid parasite.
posted by dhruva at 11:22 AM on January 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


"ABANDON SHIP!"
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:23 AM on January 12, 2013


As a cleanser, here's a Charles Stross article about tapeworms.
posted by Artw at 11:23 AM on January 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


Why is one of the related links a yogurt taste test?
posted by boo_radley at 11:23 AM on January 12, 2013 [13 favorites]


You were right. I didn't want to watch that.
posted by asnider at 11:24 AM on January 12, 2013


I wish to say that my non-clicking is a sign that my mother did not raise any fools.

I admit that a sneaking feeling that this is Artw's way of stopping me from seeing a delightful kitten video is making me want to click, but I am stern in my resolve.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:26 AM on January 12, 2013 [7 favorites]


Okay, how on earth did a spider that size manage to eat enough to feed a worm that size? I mean, yes, it was gross, but I'm still curious.

It probably grew inside the spider.

Okay, since we're on the topic of worms, probably one of the more disturbing memories of my adolescence was baby-sitting for family friends who had just brought home a puppy from the pound.

The puppy took a shit on the rug, and little worms were waving around in the pieces of poop. The worms were the colour of engorged tissue, and had little diamond-shaped heads.

Funnily enough, several years later I became a big David Cronenberg fan.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:27 AM on January 12, 2013 [19 favorites]


I ... I ... I need deworming medication, just in case. And bleach for my eyes.
posted by RedOrGreen at 11:27 AM on January 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


I'm actually more interested to know if that second spray at the end actually killed it.. because the worm was swimming around in that leftover residue without it actually slowing down.
posted by royalsong at 11:27 AM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wow. I used to work in a zoology lab that focused on insects, and a lot of them are infested with various parasites. But if anything like that had ever crawled out of one of my dissections I think I would have quit school and gone into hiding.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 11:27 AM on January 12, 2013 [23 favorites]


I'm actually more interested to know if that second spray at the end actually killed it.. because the worm was swimming around in that leftover residue without it actually slowing down.

My main thoughts on that were THERE IS NOT ENOUGH FIRE IN THE WORLD.
posted by Artw at 11:29 AM on January 12, 2013 [14 favorites]


Naw, that wasn't that bad... actually a little disappointing. If it was thousands of baby spiders erupting out of the abdomen of the big spider each with hundreds of parasitic worms boiling out of them, we might have something to squick about.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 11:30 AM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Worm Within.
posted by Dasein at 11:30 AM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


It is not a cute cat video. It is a link to a Gawker page, which is bad enough, which in turn links to a horrifyingly nightmarish video of a worm coming out of a spider's stomach.
posted by jeather at 11:33 AM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


I usually forward articles like this along to my wife as a little joke, but I think this one would land me in divorce court.
posted by The Card Cheat at 11:34 AM on January 12, 2013 [11 favorites]


Good heavens.

I think that was actually a worm in a tiny spider cosplay outfit.
posted by toadflax at 11:35 AM on January 12, 2013 [28 favorites]


I am not clicking!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 11:35 AM on January 12, 2013


Hmmm, that spider seemed kind of big and now, I am reading about roundworms and may need to do a parasite test. Yick.
posted by jadepearl at 11:39 AM on January 12, 2013


I'm actually more interested to know if that second spray at the end actually killed it

Nematodes have a thick and often multilayered cuticle, so no, I don't think so.
posted by hat_eater at 11:40 AM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Okay, now I'm convinced that putting the title before the post on the front page is a good idea.
posted by JHarris at 11:42 AM on January 12, 2013 [60 favorites]


Is anyone else hungry?
posted by shakespeherian at 11:45 AM on January 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


*SQUINCHES EYES TIGHTLY SHUT*

findmyhappyplace findmyhappyplace findmyhappyplace findmyhappyplace findmyhappyplace

*CURLS UP IN BALL. ROCKS BACK AND FORTH SINGING 'STAR TREK' THEME IN A TRAUMATIZED VOICE*
posted by zarq at 11:46 AM on January 12, 2013 [6 favorites]


I used to have a phobia of spiders, but now I have a phobia of giant terrifying worms that live inside spiders. Thanks, internet!
posted by jess at 11:46 AM on January 12, 2013 [13 favorites]


I have no idea how these people go their giant parasitic worm stuck in their dead spider stomach or why.
posted by sendai sleep master at 11:47 AM on January 12, 2013 [6 favorites]


So that spider was basically a worm suit.
posted by 2bucksplus at 11:48 AM on January 12, 2013 [8 favorites]


Yet another opportunity to tell this one?

I've seen this happen in person. It wasn't a giant spider, or really all that big of a parasite, but it was still horrifying. Summer camp in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona, early morning, and I was taking my time in the toilet before everyone else woke up. A little bug trundles along under the stall door, and the movement caught my eye.

The little thing was clearly struggling, and it only made it about halfway across the floor bounded by my stall before it came to a rest and died. This was a Jesus camp, so I took a moment to consider what it all meant, whether I was being accosted by The Lord in the bathroom again. (The first time that happened is a story for another time.) Anyway, I spent some time with my eyes closed, and when I opened them again it was still dead.

But it jiggled a bit. A draft? No. Death throes? Maybe. I watched it close, unsure if the slight movement I was seeing was my imagination or what?

Also it seemed to be growing. Very slowly, its tail was getting longer. But it wasn't a tail, it was one of these things. A little tiny bug, about an inch long, spewed an parasite out of its anus. It wasn't until about 3 inches were visible that I actually believed I wasn't hallucinating. At about 5 inches I started screaming.

It took about 15 minutes to wriggle all 8 inches out of the bug husk it was leaving behind, and then that fucker itself crawled along the floor, flopping one end in a weirdly coherent spiral as it looked for a new host. It died too eventually, much in the same way its host did.

Well, without the whole anal ejection of a parasite part, of course.
posted by carsonb at 11:48 AM on January 12, 2013 [52 favorites]


I have no idea how these people got their giant parasitic worms wedged into their dead spider's stomachs, or why.
posted by blue_beetle at 11:50 AM on January 12, 2013 [8 favorites]


Personally, I kinda feel bad for the spider all the way around.
posted by briank at 11:51 AM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


You know you're hungry when you see this video and your response is, hmm, that worm kind of looks like food. I wonder if you could cook one and if so, would it taste good?

Also carsonb, please, please tell us the story about the other time you were accosted by the Lord in a bathroom!
posted by capricorn at 11:52 AM on January 12, 2013 [7 favorites]


Watch the video? Hell, I'm not even reading this thread.

I wonder if I'm the first person to make that comment.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 11:54 AM on January 12, 2013 [7 favorites]


(The first time that happened is a story for another time

I think it is a story for THIS time.

And now I have an idea for another fpp: parasitic worms as treatment option...
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:56 AM on January 12, 2013


Also carsonb, please, please tell us the story about the other time you were accosted by the Lord in a bathroom!

Yes, please. Those of us who were brave enough to get through all these parasite comments have earned it.
posted by amyms at 11:56 AM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jeez people, the video isn't that bad.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 11:56 AM on January 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


A little tiny bug, about an inch long, spewed an parasite out of its anus. It wasn't until about 3 inches were visible that I actually believed I wasn't hallucinating. At about 5 inches I started screaming.

While that happened to you at Jesus camp, I can't help but see your story as coming from the Cthulhu Mythos, Nyarlathotep smiling down at you.
posted by JHarris at 11:57 AM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


(The first time that happened is a story for another time.)

Is it another yet, uncle carsonb?!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:58 AM on January 12, 2013


WHY WOULD YOU EVEN

NO
posted by elizardbits at 12:02 PM on January 12, 2013 [14 favorites]


N

O
posted by elizardbits at 12:02 PM on January 12, 2013 [31 favorites]


I am starting to suspect that Artw is actually Chuck Palahniuk.
posted by 4ster at 12:04 PM on January 12, 2013 [6 favorites]


Speaking of parasites... Parasites that become the tongues of fish
posted by drezdn at 12:04 PM on January 12, 2013


it's ok, grannie elizardbits, it's ok. Just drink your special "water", it's be ok.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:04 PM on January 12, 2013


NO~~~~~~~~:o
posted by zippy at 12:05 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


fish don't have tongues
posted by lazaruslong at 12:09 PM on January 12, 2013


At first I thought that said "a woman's stomach". Now that I know how relatively harmless this video is, I'm almost tempted to click on it.

Almost.
posted by DU at 12:09 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


WHY DIDN'T YOU WARN ME?
posted by duffell at 12:15 PM on January 12, 2013


Yeah, my imagination has provided enough of the picture, here.

(Puppies are just a way of delivering some horror to your home in a cute package. Every puppy has worms, until you deworm them. Sometimes it takes a few tries. And then there is the horror of parvo, which will steal your puppy from you. :( And, as it turns out, there are anti-vax dog owners. But the upside: puppies!)
posted by maxwelton at 12:16 PM on January 12, 2013


DO NOT CLICK

I see what you did there...
posted by Thorzdad at 12:19 PM on January 12, 2013


but is it art
posted by naju at 12:22 PM on January 12, 2013 [10 favorites]


It took about 15 minutes to wriggle all 8 inches out of the bug husk it was leaving behind, and then that fucker itself crawled along the floor, flopping one end in a weirdly coherent spiral as it looked for a new host. It died too eventually, much in the same way its host did.

The only way this story would be better/worse was if you watched in horror as a tinier parasitic worm inched its way out of that parasitic worm.
posted by naju at 12:25 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Since practically all animals have parasites, and some parasites have parasites, parasitism can be thought of as the most common and successful way of life. (Lifestyle?)
posted by binturong at 12:26 PM on January 12, 2013


A unnecessary reminder that no matter how bad things get, they can always get worse.
posted by tommasz at 12:27 PM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


A unnecessary reminder that no matter how bad things get, they can always get worse.

Yes, we could be sprayed with poison only to have a parasite roughly our size emerge, writhing, from our gut.
posted by Dasein at 12:30 PM on January 12, 2013 [5 favorites]


"Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on,
While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on"


Augustus de Morgan, A Budget of Paradoxes
posted by Perfectibilist at 12:34 PM on January 12, 2013 [9 favorites]


OK. Looks like there is a commercially available eyebleach. I'll click on the link, now.
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 12:40 PM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


DUDE.





DUDE.





just... just.... DUDE.





However, if that were a bedbug instead of a spider i would have paid cash money dollars and watched it 50 times.
posted by louche mustachio at 12:42 PM on January 12, 2013 [6 favorites]


Huh. Well, that killed my plans to have ramen for lunch.
posted by jamaro at 12:46 PM on January 12, 2013 [5 favorites]


Well! That was just a big pile of NOPE! NO THANKS! GONNA GO BOIL MY FACE AND SOUL NOW!
posted by palomar at 12:53 PM on January 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


More bizarre than the worm in the spider was the sound the parasite made as it unwound. Sounded like Nickelback or something!
posted by dobbs at 12:54 PM on January 12, 2013 [8 favorites]


Sounded like Nickelback or something!
Hey, not cool.



I mean, that worm has feelings, too.
posted by xedrik at 12:59 PM on January 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


Is this the new goatse?
posted by a humble nudibranch at 12:59 PM on January 12, 2013


The only way this story would be better/worse was if you watched in horror as a tinier parasitic worm inched its way out of that parasitic worm.

I have not and will not watch the video, but based on the description, it could be worse by watching something chew its way into the spider, get comfy on the inside, then eat its way back out.

If you need other sick ideas, subscribe to my newsletter.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:00 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOT CLICKING.
posted by sarcasticah at 1:00 PM on January 12, 2013


Another long, disgusting thread emerges.
posted by benzenedream at 1:06 PM on January 12, 2013 [13 favorites]


NOPE
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:09 PM on January 12, 2013


I really didn't think it was that bad. It was kind of like spaghetti wiggling around next to a spider.
posted by Somnolent Jack at 1:13 PM on January 12, 2013


parasitism can be thought of as the most common and successful way of life.

Works for Congress.
posted by radwolf76 at 1:17 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm finding even the comment thread hard to handle while eating this creamy potato soup I made last night that has fennel in it, but not done the right way, too many fronds and stem strings like celery cut wrong. The texture is almost... hairy.
posted by gusandrews at 1:17 PM on January 12, 2013


There was an old woman who swallowed a fly.

I don't know why she swallowed a fly.

Now she has worms.

There was an old woman who swallowed a spider.

It wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.

I don't know why she swallowed the fly.

Now the spider has worms.

posted by Sys Rq at 1:18 PM on January 12, 2013 [13 favorites]


It would have squicked me out more to see the beginning of the worms' eruption, so I didn't think it was too bad. I will admit to being pretty itchy right now though.
posted by annsunny at 1:20 PM on January 12, 2013


Somehow worse than I thought it would be. And I thought it would be pretty bad.
posted by Sokka shot first at 1:31 PM on January 12, 2013


Carsonb:

What happened at Jesus camp should have stayed at Jesus camp.
posted by sutt at 1:38 PM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


There was an old woman who swallowed a fly...

Curse you, Sys Rq!
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 1:42 PM on January 12, 2013


It died too eventually, much in the same way its host did.

Well, without the whole anal ejection of a parasite part, of course.


That would be REALLY impressive if it did, like matryoshka dolls. Of course, there seems in the video to be too much parasite for the spider, and your description gives that impression for your case as well, with each one being bigger than its host. Extrapolating your story, the next one expelled would be bigger, and the next one after that, and so on until we reach the Midgard Serpent, wrapping the world in its coils at Ragnarok.

So it is more like an Alien/Doctor Who/Thor mashup. And to be fair, I found watching the video about as enjoyable as I would find reading Alien/Doctor Who/Thor crossover fanfic, so there is that.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 1:45 PM on January 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


Reminder to self: never randomly click on links in FPPs while eating spaghetti carbonara... :(
posted by Wordshore at 1:45 PM on January 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


"Yes, we could be sprayed with poison only to have a parasite roughly our size emerge, writhing, from our gut."

Chloroform-assisted childbirth was a great scientific advance and don't let anybody tell you different!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 1:48 PM on January 12, 2013 [5 favorites]


Okay, how on earth did a spider that size manage to eat enough to feed a worm that size? I mean, yes, it was gross, but I'm still curious.

This has been alluded to above, but the worm was not eating the spider's food in the way that a tapeworm might be eating your food if you have a tapeworm. (Hey, have you been checked for tapeworms recently? Seen any eggs in your poop?) Here's how it works:

The worm enters the spider as a much smaller larva, and then develops inside the spider by eating the spider's living guts. Typically parasites like this will eat non-vital organs first, leaving their hosts alive for as long as possible so that they can eat as much as possible before the host dies. Since arthropods are generally fairly robust and can sustain a lot of damage without actually keeling over and dying (at least right away) parasites can often eat up quite a lot of their host before it croaks. At the end, that spider was almost certainly little more than an empty exoskeleton packed full of coiled-up wormflesh.

Also, there may have been more worms inside that we didn't see. Since Mermithidae (which dhruva linked above) develop to adulthood inside their hosts, they generally breed within the host's body (unlike parasitoid wasp and fly larvae which are laid on/in the host as eggs and emerge as larvae or young adults) and then once it dies they all spew out in a bunch to lay their eggs.

The more you know...
posted by Scientist at 2:08 PM on January 12, 2013 [21 favorites]


The more you know...

..the more likely you are to drink bleach, just in case?
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:10 PM on January 12, 2013 [6 favorites]


I was traumatized by this video earlier this week.

Here, have some nice duck videos to make it all better.
posted by ApathyGirl at 2:17 PM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


If you watch the video closely you can see the older worm helping the younger worm climb out of the spider. So cute. I squeeed.
posted by special-k at 2:20 PM on January 12, 2013 [5 favorites]


If you watch it backwards, it's the heartwarming (heartworming?) tale of a worm putting on a spider suit.
posted by Pyry at 2:25 PM on January 12, 2013 [12 favorites]


Do not show to Cyriak.
posted by Devonian at 2:26 PM on January 12, 2013 [11 favorites]


... I am never going to embrace Gawker, am I?

brb searching Lifehacker for tips to deal with parasites
posted by fatehunter at 2:29 PM on January 12, 2013


85 comments and not one person has said WTF KIND OF SPIDER WAS THAT? The worm is gross but the SPIDER THE SIZE OF A CHIHUAHUA is beneath your notice?
posted by HotToddy at 2:30 PM on January 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


I'd prefer a pet spider over a pet chihuahua any day.
posted by special-k at 2:33 PM on January 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


I bet spiders get freaked out about this stuff too, worrying that a worm is going to crawl into their mouths while they sleep.
posted by orme at 2:35 PM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Thanks Scientist - it makes a lot more sense to me now. It's obvious in retrospect, but I had the completely wrong idea in my head.
posted by YAMWAK at 2:35 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


...whether I was being accosted by The Lord in the bathroom again.

This is not at all fair to say. The Lord just has a wide stance.
posted by mondo dentro at 2:42 PM on January 12, 2013 [7 favorites]


...they generally breed within the host's body...

Sheesh. And I thought getting it on in a toilet stall was gross...
posted by mondo dentro at 2:46 PM on January 12, 2013


Don't see what all the fuss is about. According to the worms in my brain, that was a perfectly attractive roundworm.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:48 PM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


I've been on a soba kick this week, so the worm didn't look that bad to me. Now if the skater had sprayed soy sauce on it, that might have been a little gross.

If it was thousands of baby spiders erupting out of the abdomen of the big spider each with hundreds of parasitic worms boiling out of them, we might have something to squick about.

That happened to my dad once. (To clarify: the baby spiders emerged from the abdomen of the spider he killed, not from his abdomen. My brother Ziggy and my other brother Ziggy are pretty sure that our mother went to all the work of birthing in the family.)

Then again, my dad had bad luck with spiders and insects and all kinds of creepy-crawlies. When we living in one of the roachiest places in Scarborough, he got exasperated with the building management's spraying schedule and decided to kill the little bastards himself. He got a can of bug spray from Canadian Tire, walked into the kitchen, moved the fridge so he could get to where they were hiding, and he sprayed the bejeezus out of a cluster.

They made a rush for him. At least one managed to crawl up his leg (under his pants) and he had to dance for a while to shake it out before he stomped it to death. (We had to hear about the dance later because once he dropped the can and started swearing in French, my sister and I ran screaming to the bedroom.)

Dad didn't try to spray them again, but just started apartment hunting hard. And in the period before we moved, we could see that our cockroach colony seemed very different from the colonies at out neighbour's apartments, where they would come out when it was dark and skitter away when a light was flipped.

No, our roaches were out in the open and didn't even try to hide any more. They seemed to want to be wherever we were, doing what we were doing. My mother took a sip of her coffee once and had to spit out a roach that hadn't been in there when she started drinking it. And more than once, my sister or I woke up with a roach at the foot of the bed, lurking like a curious, sparkly vampire, but with more legs. True fact: if your mattress is fairly soft, slamming a roach with a Readers Digest Condensed Book volume will not do much to kill it. You have to knock it off the bed first.

We were thorough and lucky when we packed (and sprayed and sprayed) boxes for our move because we didn't bring a single roach with us to our new place. But I still don't understand how our roaches seemed to collectively change behaviour right after my Dad sprayed one cluster. Did they collectively decide to freak us all out as revenge? Did a survivor of the onslaught on my Dad report back that the big warm things seemed to taste like tourtière? I have no idea.
posted by maudlin at 2:52 PM on January 12, 2013 [10 favorites]


Here, have some nice duck videos to make it all better.

Still not clicking any video links in this thread.
posted by radwolf76 at 2:53 PM on January 12, 2013 [7 favorites]


the SPIDER THE SIZE OF A CHIHUAHUA is beneath your notice?

We're all Australian you see.
posted by elizardbits at 3:12 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


There has been at least one baby spider 'splosion in my time as well. Let's see, I was about a tween then, but the wolf spider was still the size of my hand at the time. It was in the kitchen sink, and I tried to coax it into a cup for safe transport to the wash out back. The instant I touched a leg with the rim of the cup the entire thing just BLEW UP into a fine mist of baby spiders. All thoughts of safe transportation fled out the opposite ends of my brain from the basic lizard part, which took over and started the sink faucet. And the screaming.
posted by carsonb at 3:13 PM on January 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


Oh, carsonb, now I am having my own wolf spider flashbacks, from when I was somewhere around age 12. A wolf spider was hanging out on the outside of the bathroom window. I noticed it when I walked in, wow, that's a big one, oh well at least it's on the outsi--

What's that on the wall inside the window? And all the way down the wall? And in the tub? Are those...those are baby spiders, that wolf spider has kind of EJECTED all of its million baby spiders around the edges of our CLOSED WINDOW and now the tub is FULL OF SPIDERS.

I look back in amazement that I didn't just give the hell up and flee to Siberia, never to be heard from again. I think the prospect of leaving and allowing even more spiders to pour into the house was just too horrifying to contemplate. So I took after them with a damp sponge--whack, whack, whack, dozens of times. Baby spider murderer.

(Look, I'm sorry, okay. I know wolf spiders are delightful things to have in moderation for their predatory abilities and, I don't know, their cute little eyes or whatever, but it was a spider firehose into the house and they weren't paying any rent and they're just lucky I didn't set the entire bathroom on fire and consider it a fair trade.)
posted by theatro at 3:37 PM on January 12, 2013 [6 favorites]


ApathyGirl wins, as far as I'm concerned.
posted by JHarris at 4:15 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Still not clicking any video links in this thread.
They really are videos of super-cute ducks doing super-cute duckie (and doggie) things! One of them was even posted on Cute Overload!

ApathyGirl wins, as far as I'm concerned.
SEE?!?
posted by ApathyGirl at 4:48 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


That baby-duck-swimming-in-sink video is super cute right up until the woman turns on the disposal.

Monster.
posted by Scientist at 4:52 PM on January 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


carsonb:

Dude. What goes on in the wolf spider STAYS in the wolf spider.

And fuck if I'm clicking the post's main link. Fuck that.
posted by sutt at 5:07 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Pfft, how bad can it be?
*click*

*face turns deep red then pale*


I see.
posted by Smedleyman at 5:08 PM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Surprised nobody's mentioned The Thing yet. My first reaction was, "you've gotta be fucking kidding me".

So if I swallowed one of these things, I'd be able to tell before it finished consuming any of my organs, right? Some noticeable amount of pain? Blood in the stool? Something? [shudder]
posted by equalpants at 5:21 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


That was much less horrifying than I imagined, which may say something about me, I guess.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 5:24 PM on January 12, 2013


So if I swallowed one of these things, I'd be able to tell before it finished consuming any of my organs, right? Some noticeable amount of pain? Blood in the stool? Something?

I'm not sure it would even try to eat you, but I imagine that it would reach the adult stage, get old, and die, before even managing to finish off a fraction of one of your organs.
posted by ymgve at 5:50 PM on January 12, 2013


Not only will I take the title at face value, I will not read any of the comments. Is this some kind of Zen thing?
posted by Splunge at 5:57 PM on January 12, 2013


Duck duck.
Goose.
OH MY GOD WHAT IS THAT COMING OUT OF THAT DUCK?!!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:58 PM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


"Still better than Les Mis..."

Best comment ever.
posted by clvrmnky at 6:11 PM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Duck duck.
Goose.

FTFY.
posted by ApathyGirl at 6:24 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


The size of that worm is pretty amazing. Worms are pretty gross. Wolf spiders covered with babies are considered cute around here.
posted by bongo_x at 6:37 PM on January 12, 2013


So, funny story. I've got kind of a fear of parasites, probably from when i was little and told my mom "I make a nake!" after being potty trained, tapeworm. I don't remember this really, but my mom tells the story a good amount, so i do now too. Anyway, that's not the story. Not long after getting my new pet bunny that was rescued from being released outside, i noticed something odd on his chest. Turned out he had a botfly larva. Adrenaline hit me, and i grabbed him and got that thing out.

Wanna see the same species but in a cat get pulled out? No, probably not, but here you go.

For weeks, and even now months later, i have that irrational fear that every pimple or bump on my skin is one just waiting. :P
posted by usagizero at 7:12 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wolf spiders covered with babies are considered cute around here.

bongo_x, where are you? I'm only asking so that your 'here' and my 'here' never, ever overlap.
posted by Ghidorah at 7:17 PM on January 12, 2013 [6 favorites]


Not all that terrible. Would have liked to see it from the initial appearance of the worm.
posted by eyeballkid at 7:45 PM on January 12, 2013


Wanna see the same species but in a cat get pulled out? No, probably not, but here you go.

I have it on good authority from a bona-fide tropical entomologist that if you get a bot or warble fly the best thing you can do is just let it work itself out on its own. They secrete enzymes that prevent infection and promote wound healing, and any scarring from the fly exiting naturally is likely to be considerably less than the scarring that would result from surgical removal. They are also totally painless.

Super gross, though.
posted by Scientist at 7:49 PM on January 12, 2013


I'm not sure it would even try to eat you, but I imagine that it would reach the adult stage, get old, and die, before even managing to finish off a fraction of one of your organs.

Oh, yeah, that'sbetter. Yay, dead worm in my insides!
posted by adamdschneider at 8:14 PM on January 12, 2013


I've been planning on doing a post about how most of us cannot stop ourselves from clicking on links that we KNOW will squick us out, or rubbernecking at accident sites, and then tying that in to the popularity of the old shock sites like ogrish.com, rotten.com and stileproject.com. But not tonight. Tonight I'm just having nightmares.
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 8:39 PM on January 12, 2013


First rule of the Internet: If a link says DO NOT CLICK ON ME I AM HORRIBLE, believe it. Do not click on it. You will be happier if you do not.

I am happy that I live by this rule.
posted by egypturnash at 8:49 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


I clicked on the link, Ray!
posted by turgid dahlia 2 at 9:26 PM on January 12, 2013 [9 favorites]


I'm generally fine with just about anything mother nature decides to show me. My reaction is more likely to be "Neat!" than "Ew!"

But this... I... *deep breath*

Okay.







Okay.
posted by brundlefly at 10:25 PM on January 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


bongo_x, where are you? I'm only asking so that your 'here' and my 'here' never, ever overlap.

I am speaking of my place, I won’t speak for the neighbors or the general Atlanta area. My wife squeels from the porch for me to come look at the babies.
posted by bongo_x at 10:31 PM on January 12, 2013


Okay. posted by brundlefly at...

If the guy who invented the term, "vomit drop" had to take a moment after watching the video....
posted by zarq at 10:41 PM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Nasty video but I honestly recoiled more at maxwelton's reference to dog anti-vaxxers. Yeesh.
posted by glhaynes at 10:49 PM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


OK, I have actually watched the wolf spider babies thing happen.


I was at work, and saw something out of the corner of my eye, moving very strangely. Then I saw that there were HORDES of somethings that just sort of appeared.

Then I realized it was wolf spiders, and that, strangely enough, settled my mind immensely, so I watched them all climb up on Mama's back until she trundled off with a writhing swarm of babbies on her back. It was fascinating and really kind of impressive and kind of gross but not awful.

Of course, I was so engrossed in my own personal nature documentary I forgot I was on camera. The person monitoring the cameras called me on the radio to ask if I was OK, because I suppose I had been hunkered down staring at the floor for quite some time. It was very difficult to explain. Especially since I rather like wolf spiders, but there are others who do not share that feeling and just don't want to know about such things happening in the same building. Or even the same state.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:27 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Aaaaah, now I see why we added titles to the main page.
posted by ztdavis at 11:30 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was expecting the spider parasite to be at least as gross as this video showing Bot Fly larvae removal from this poor guy's elbow. Thoroughly, impressively disgusting -- good luck to you if you choose to watch this before trying to fall asleep.
posted by nadise at 11:50 PM on January 12, 2013


Ngyah.
Where are the brain-cleansing ducks? I need the brain-cleansing ducks!

Ahhhh, much better.

Hey guys? I think I might have a duck problem.
posted by ApathyGirl at 12:10 AM on January 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


orme: "I bet spiders get freaked out about this stuff too, worrying that a worm is going to crawl into their mouths while they sleep"

And they have so many more eyes to bleach, too.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 12:43 AM on January 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


Well, I was going to have spaghetti with mushrooms for dinner tonight...
posted by Decani at 3:32 AM on January 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


I like to imagine if you click on any of the links about losing weight with one weird trick it goes to this.
posted by Artw at 6:33 AM on January 13, 2013 [8 favorites]




Went to a new, much anticipated, Italian restaurant last night. Luckily, my daughter (almost 13) ordered spaghetti carbonara. I pulled this out to show her about halfway through dinner.

Hee hee!!
posted by pearlybob at 7:33 AM on January 13, 2013


Keep in mind that that wood trim is only about 3/4"/2cm high. This spider and worm are actually pretty tiny.
posted by Flashman at 9:20 AM on January 13, 2013


Well I clicked it. That was much more disturbing than I thought it would be.
posted by A Bad Catholic at 9:32 AM on January 13, 2013


That's... my, that's quite a lot of worm.
posted by dogheart at 10:09 AM on January 13, 2013


Did anyone else think of this when they saw today's OGLAF comic? very NSFW
posted by melissam at 12:17 PM on January 13, 2013 [5 favorites]


Tainted Meat parody of Depesche Mode's Tainted Love.
posted by jeffburdges at 3:46 PM on January 13, 2013


Honestly, my thought was that, it can't be a giant worm if it isn't inside a giant spider, and come on guys, giant spider.

So, I clicked, and... yeah, kind of gross, but also cool in an organic clown-car kind of way. Besides, if you want gross, let me take you on a very special tour of a medical library someday. If you sign a release beforehand.
posted by Halloween Jack at 4:21 PM on January 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Why yes, I did want to see that!

Thanks for sharing!
posted by Pudhoho at 6:04 PM on January 13, 2013


Halloween Jack: "Besides, if you want gross, let me take you on a very special tour of a medical library someday. If you sign a release beforehand."

I'll take you up on that offer. Where are you located?
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 12:59 AM on January 14, 2013


So my husband mentioned seeing this video last night and I said to him, "I bet that blue filter place [our code for Metafilter] has a lively discussion of it consisting mostly of spiderphobes who were warned freaking out because they didn't follow directions."

Also, I think this calls for an update on elizardbit's theory of the True Nature of Australians: they are actually a swarm of parasitic worms inside giant spiders inside shark suits inside people suits.
posted by drlith at 5:45 AM on January 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


sevenyearlurk: "But if anything like that had ever crawled out of one of my dissections I think I would have quit school and gone into hiding."

Yup, hiding is becoming an increasingly popular vocation in the wake of videos like these.
posted by Deathalicious at 7:26 AM on January 14, 2013


I'll take you up on that offer. Where are you located?

Not near Mexico City, sadly. But any decent med school library should be able to set you up. Start with birth defects, dermatology, and emergency medicine; parasitology would bring it all back home. Atlases in the above subjects will sometimes give you excellent pics.
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:34 AM on January 14, 2013


Ugh...

That was a HUGE spider. I can't imagine just happening across that in my house.

Thanks, or not, for sharing that. I made the choice to NOT watch that before going to bed last night
posted by zombieApoc at 5:46 AM on January 15, 2013


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