Did you know? (Worm Edition)

That there is a giant earthworm in Australia that grows to over 10 feet long? I found this on page 11 of the book Worms by Theresa Greenaway.

Backyard earthworms eat by dragging vegetation into the ground and processing it in their burrows. Lowdown on Earthworms by Norma Dixon shows how you can make a wormery and study the way worms move sand throughout the garden.

Have you ever been heartbroken? Imagine if you were a worm. They have five pairs of hearts to pump their blood! Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley would be at full capacity with broken-hearted worms if they got sad like humans do. You can check out Elvis singing it on CD or the Hal Leonard Elvis Presley Guitar Chord Songbook for all the lyrics and chords.

A worm that is 10 feet long could easily be mistaken for a snake. Stalking the Plumed Serpent and Other Adventures in Herpetology by D. Bruce Means describes the authors adventures all over the world studying reptiles but also the Ouachita earthworm. They are largely misunderstood and all the while are working hard to aerate the soil and put necessary nutrients back into the earth.

How would you like to cook with worms? No? Ok….. How about gummy worms? Wormy Apple Croissants and Other Halloween Recipes by Brekka Hervey Larrew features the title dish and it looks delicious!

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. The Naughty Night Crawlers from Neptune by Dav Pilkey tells how Neptune night crawlers try to invade the earth through a wormhole from under Ricky’s back yard. Learn how Ricky defeats them in this 8th Ricky Ricotta adventure.

Probably one of the most well-known ‘worm items’ is a wormhole, which has absolutely nothing to do with worms. I don’t know why they call it that, but The Physics Book by Clifford A Pickover describes how wormholes could possibly work as time machines. For more information check out the DVD Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. It may just make the whole ‘hole’ thing easier to understand!

I must admit, my favorite worm is a book-worm. I have been accused of being one since I was little, and have no regrets. I have no idea where that phrase originated, but there are plenty of us out there. Now, you go be a bookworm to and read more about worms!