Monday, July 27, 2009

Acid-spitting and lightning-throwing

I've long been intrigued by the notion of the Mongolian death worm, if only because it sounds more the stuff of horror movies than, say, Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster.  Now two New Zealanders have embarked on a quest to try to track down the fabled creature which supposedly haunts the Gobi Desert.  According to this splendidly straight-faced report of their expedition (though I note that the story is categorised under 'entertainment'), the worm 'jumps out of the sand and kills people by spitting concentrated acid or shooting lightning from its rectum over long distances'.  Which, you must admit, is quite a trick. 

I wish them well.  As it happens, I'm up to Loch Ness in a couple of weeks so perhaps we'll be able to exchange photographs on my return...


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