|Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 07:12 pm: |
This is intriguing. Wonder if the expedition will ever return. Hope to god you can access the links. Anyway, here goes:
|Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 07:17 pm: |
I should add, by the way, that the first link is a thread by a group of scientists who have recently journeyed to Mongolia in an attempt to trace the renowned (or fabled) creature.
Word is, however, that their plans to do a daily thread giving an account of their expedition has met with some difficulty. The satellite phone they took with them doesn't work, so they can't give their daily account as planned.
|Posted on Saturday, May 07, 2005 - 01:01 pm: |
I've often wondered if Frank Herbert read about that worm, and extrapolated it for use in 'Dune'.
|Posted on Saturday, May 07, 2005 - 01:23 pm: |
Now that put me off gingerbread for a while...
|Posted on Saturday, May 07, 2005 - 04:26 pm: |
Interesting links. Lot's of potential story ideas...
|Posted on Saturday, May 07, 2005 - 04:28 pm: |
' shouldn't be there.
|Posted on Saturday, May 07, 2005 - 09:51 pm: |
Mongolian Death Worm? This just screams for a psychosexual interpretation to me.
|Posted on Monday, May 09, 2005 - 03:23 am: |
A very attractive beast. Looks like it was crossed with a shooting cucumber. But since it is being compared to the gila monster, you might be interested in April 29 news:
"The (US)FDA ... has approved a new injectable diabetes drug synthesized from gila monster saliva..."
|Posted on Friday, May 20, 2005 - 05:14 pm: |
Amazing story, AnnaT. What an irony (typical of Nature! or maybe only of the reductive way that we perceive Nature) that this supposedly "dangerous" little creature is now seen, potentially, to yield such enormous benefits to us even littler humans. We're so good at giving animals a bad press, and so bad at giving them a good one. So hoorah for the gila monster.
And, indeed, StephenB, when I posted this thread, I was tempted to throw down a gaunlet saying--a prodigious prize to whosoever can write the best tale based on this real life drama! But then I thought better of it, thinking that maybe it was better if we just followed the progress of these hapless but intrepid maniacs who, it seems, are quite capable of making up a very bad tale of their own.
ByronB: A psychosexual interpretation? Well, I've slept with worse things than a Mongolian Death Worm (although, they would say they've slept with worse things than me).
|Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - 08:35 am: |
Well, the mission is complete. Judge for yourselves how successful it was:
They've got a nice photo of a dust devil, though, which arguably makes the whole thing worthwhile.
|Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - 07:42 pm: |
Very hmm. "Unfortunately we did not catch or photograph the Allghoi Khorkhoi, but we have interviewed new witnesses and identified several unique areas where this creature probably lives."
Reminds me of the saying "I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't believed it."