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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Tiny Mouse, London Style

Centi... that's metric, right?
Speaking of feet, here's what Londoner Aaron Balick found when he tracked down the "mouse" skittering around behind his TV: a 9-inch long centipede, Scolopendra gigantea. Gotta wonder about the next of kin, and I don't mean Mr. Balick's.
Source: AP on Yahoo.

19 Emissions:

Blogger omar emitted...

I am thoroughly disgusted by this.

9/01/2005 03:16:00 PM  
Blogger anaglyph emitted...

Ain't that a nice specimen too. Imagine getting up in the middle of the night and finding that snacking on the cat food.

9/01/2005 04:21:00 PM  
Blogger Lou (a.k.a. rainpuddles) emitted...

THAT is horrible. I think I might have had a heart attack if I had found that creature in my home. [shudders]

9/01/2005 06:14:00 PM  
Blogger Glo emitted...


9/01/2005 06:25:00 PM  
Blogger Jen emitted...

It must be confused. It has yet to realise that it's family has been extinct for thousands of years.

9/02/2005 01:59:00 AM  
Blogger ScroobiousScrivener emitted...

"...that's metric, right?"

hee hee hee!

9/02/2005 04:07:00 AM  
Blogger Radioactive Jam emitted...

Omar - I agree. The guy might be clamping the poor thing's genitalia for all we know. It's disgusting and wrong.
Anaglyph - Or snacking on the cat...
Lou - Indeed. Something this creepy simply should not exist at this size.
Glo - Well put.
Jen - One might hope so, though I'm thinking if this Thing is anything like normal-sized bugs, its next of kin are (1) plentiful, (2) nearby and (3) breeding.
Scroobious - I hoped you'd catch that. Thanks!

9/02/2005 06:33:00 AM  
Blogger jedith emitted...

There must be a mad scientist with an atomic enlarging particle beam creating large bugs and such.

9/02/2005 09:22:00 AM  
Blogger Nadia emitted...

Fairly terrifying, but as long as it's not a reptile, I can deal.

9/02/2005 09:50:00 AM  
Blogger Cate emitted...


Now excuse me while I go hyperventilate in the corner and try to pretend I never saw this.

9/02/2005 10:00:00 AM  
Blogger Radioactive Jam emitted...

Jedith - you seem disturbingly well-informed on this process. I'm not sure I want to know, but are you-- no. Never mind.
Nadia - so it's reptiles, eh? I'll see what I can find.
Cate - believe it or not, I have pretty much the same reaction every time I see this. Okay maybe I'm not hyperventilating as much today. So... *devious smirk* did you notice where this thing was found?!

9/02/2005 10:16:00 AM  
Blogger A emitted...

Just wondering...have you ever seen a millipede?

Most disgusting...this thing...btw.

9/02/2005 05:05:00 PM  
Blogger Amber emitted...

I would have been standing on the couch screaming in registers deafening to humans and animals alike, if I wasn't doing the screaming while bolting in blind fear out the door and down the road.


9/02/2005 08:51:00 PM  
Blogger Radioactive Jam emitted...

A - no millipedes, I'm fairly certain. Please don't tell me these monsters exist with even more legs...
Amber - duet, maybe? I'd cover the lower registers. This might make a good studio tool for emo bands.

9/02/2005 08:59:00 PM  
Blogger Nadia emitted...

RaJ - Yeah! More with the emo-dissing!

9/02/2005 10:07:00 PM  
Blogger Lou (a.k.a. rainpuddles) emitted...

Quick! New post! I hate checking here for a new post and seeing that ugly creature... it gives me the creeps every time! [shudder]

9/04/2005 07:45:00 PM  
Blogger ScroobiousScrivener emitted...

I may be a bit late on this, but you should know that millipedes certainly do exist. In South Africa, they're also known as shongololos. They're quite cute really, very little, and have an endearing habit of curling themselves up into a tight coil when disturbed.

9/06/2005 08:59:00 AM  
Blogger Radioactive Jam emitted...

Lou - understood; we aim to please.
Scroobious - with the exception of certain venomous arachnids and pretty much any member of the far-too-extensive family of cockroaches, I can accept cute for most insects. My ability to perceive cuteness is inversely proportional to size, though, with a sharp fall-off at approximately "thumbnail." I expect the specimen shown here also has some endearing when-disturbed habits, such as trying to sting the life out of its disturber. This wouldn't bother me if the thing didn't appear so... capable.

9/06/2005 12:21:00 PM  
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