Monday, August 17, 2009

And We Thought Snakes Were Icky …

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 6:03 PM

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Ever heard of the acid-spitting Mongolian death worm? Well, New Zealand TV journalist David Farrier and cameraman Christie Douglas have, and they’re trekking out to the Gobi desert for two weeks to with a gunnysack full of explosives to find it.

Clad in a lilac-hued, tight-fitting cartoon dinosaur T-shirt and square black frames, Farrier explains to hosts of New Zealand’s TV3, “In a way it sounds a bit weird, doesn’t it? When you start talking about the death worm, because people still think I’m not serious, they think this is a big joke. Where as this is sort of a fulfillment of a life-long dream, really, to go to Mongolia to track the death worm down.”

So, what exactly lies in this dapper, utterly-serious lad's future should he find this fabled 5-foot-long, red beast Mongolians have nicknamed the Allghoi Khorkhoi, or "intestine worm”?

“According to Mongolians, it spits concentrated sulfuric acid … so you’ll want to be covering your eyes over if the death worm’s close to you,” Farrier explains. “It’s distance attack, it shoots lightening out of its rectum directly at you.”

Um, right. Not even Zeus could do that.

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