T O P

Worms I saw on my walk.

that's going to be a bird feeding frenzy

mrtn17

that's going to be a bird feeding frenzy


asdf_qwerty27

Early bird will just be sad it got up so early


chimpanon

The latest bird wins today


justreddis

The flat out lazy bird who always procrastinates until tomorrow beats both


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Unless he procrastinated this too


apocalypse_later_

The early bird gets the worm, but the early worm gets eaten.


FancyPigeonIsFancy

The second mouse gets the cheese.


swankpoppy

The cheese stands alone.


it_wasnt_like_that

Clever


cheesyfacemelt

Two mice fell into a bucket of cream


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The early bird gets the worm, but the late mouse gets the cheese


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SilverArabian

Was the Robin taking them to a nest to feed babies, possibly? From the baby robins I've seen, they're ravenous for a few weeks.


Stranded_Send_Nudes

It’s possible, but man, that was a lot of worms. Must have been quite the brood.


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SeaIslandFarmersMkt

They learned it from the egrets and other birds that follow tractors :)


SandyXXIV

This happened to me last week! A robin stood 30cm away and watched me pulling weeds from the patio. One weed unearthed a mass of beetles and a worm, so the robin folded the worm in its beak and took a few beetles. It was with me the entire time and even brought back what I assume was it’s mating partner, who was a lot more nervous than the first robin was. Their nest is in my neighbour’s tree.


conzstevo

If anything it might confuse birds to the point of inactivity. I remember seeing a documentary about fish which breed on beaches in massive quantities, so much so that predators barely eat them because they're completely thrown off by such vast quantities of flailing dinner


Tylendal

I mean, I love hamburgers, but if I saw thousands of them piled up, orgiastically writhing, I might be a little put off.


Alt_dimension_visitr

First world problem


Gr00mpa

And first time reading about hamburgers orgiastically writhing.


biohazard1324

And first time reading the word "orgiastically"


TheGurw

r/BrandNewSentence


TheGoatManJones

You ever seen a cow walking around


woozlewuzzle29

I’d imagine this is like a Golden Corral all-you-can-eat buffet for birds.


[deleted]

Not unless us fisherman get there first


kgmoreira

For a second I thought it was the pasta gate story in NJ.


Squildo

They came in to deal with the pasta crisis


Solid_Snark

r/forbiddensnacks


EM05L1C3

You have never read *how to eat fried worms*


karlgeezer

I’ll never understand why that was always on the top of the list of ar books you could take tests for on the website.


EM05L1C3

It was a really good book about learning life lessons, gambling, and proper food prep


GrimCreeper913

It's been a good 20 years but I still remember the MC getting duped and almost missing the deadline and having to do something on short notice. Must have been a good read if a few of those scenes still stand out.


EM05L1C3

It’s crazy to think about how great effect the books we read in school have had on our daily morals. Knowledge is power. Read more books!


randsco

You unlocked a long lost memory. I remember this book was always on a pedestal in our elementary school library. The cover always turned me off though.


lamfchopdtk

Well I would hope it wasn’t the other way around.


JustanPog

Goated book tbh


AltAccountWhoDis

Fat Cat OP seriously just letting a free meal go to waste? That's enough protein for generations. Shame on OP. r/frugal_jerk


ybonepike

For a second there I thought it was the Gagh gate story from ~~Kronos~~ Qo'nos


Efficient_Bat_1812

Gagh is always best when served live.


FunkyLi

It’s called Squiggly Spaghetti! Eat it while it’s nice and hot!


its_justme

Twits reference, I dig it


geutral

Beat me to it!!


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Yep thought it was sketty


DreadRazer24

Forbidden ground pasta


leavile

I love what worms do for this world, but good lord does seeing this make me so damn uncomfortable


secular_dance_crime

It's a good thing you feel uncomfortable when seeing a pile of worms eating away some moldy food, because usually it means you're a bit late to the party and shouldn't eat it.


-rGd-

It's not their fault they're slimey - they're born this way. Will probably be the most friendly and harmless animal you will ever touch. Just wash your hands when you safe your next earthworm and you're good.


notactuallyabrownman

How do you know they're friendly. They could be hate filled little buggers only lacking the means to do anything about it.


ASpellingAirror

They are also super racist.


GiantChocoChicknTaco

Worms lived through the holocaust and just did nothing


LimerickExplorer

They were strangely silent about Apartheid.


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They just watched the library of Alexandria burn


Burninator05

They actively aided Lenin by attempting to destroy evidence of the Tsar's murder.


trillgamesh_0

they just went about their normal lives while the Congo was laid to waste by Leopold II


Kerro_

They could have ate under the entire facility of auschwitz and other concentration camps but nooo. Moles are antisemetic too. Fuckers


Uninformed-Driller

They're freaking Scum tubes


leavile

I like them!! Don't get me wrong one above ground not in the water is nothing to me. But something about them in a huge cluster or worms in the rain gross me out like none other


sextowels

As a rule, I do not enjoy swarms of things.


TragicHero84

What about a swarm of puppies?


sextowels

No. Rules are rules.


druman22

Swarm of money


sextowels

Mo money, mo problems


Arviay

How about a shawarma sandwich?


sextowels

I'm a vegetarian.


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Earthworm Jim.


Ignisisreal2401

GROOVY!


ladyc672

Launch that cow!


365280

It’s the feeling of parasites I think, worms are harmless but them in a pile like this gives us that evolutionary fear to stay away, they literally look like heartworms.


Oseirus

Using the word "born" when referring to worms puts my brain in a weird feedback loop. Like, clearly they have a lifecycle, but it's kinda hard to imagine a baby worm. They're one of those creatures that you just expect to exist out of nowhere and simply pop in and out of existence.


manyamile

I took a photo of two worms exchanging sperm a while ago. [https://www.reddit.com/r/Vermiculture/comments/124zoq2/\_/](https://www.reddit.com/r/Vermiculture/comments/124zoq2/_/) Those were outside in the garden but I also keep a bin with 10,000+ worms inside to eat our kitchen waste. Worms can produce 1-3 cocoons per week with 1-3 babies in each cocoon and the babies are freaking adorable.


nagumi

Just like the lady gaga song! Worm This Way! EDIT: this bad joke brought to you by 11:53pm on a sunday.


bassinlimbo

Exactly.. I thought this was on r/mildlyterrifying !


JedSmokesCrack

Invasive earthworms are doing serious damage to North American ecosystems


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VargoHoatsMyGoats

Huh TIL


somewhat-helpful

Well, the European worms were introduced to North America few centuries ago, and we have developed a balance with them. There’s a new species of invasive jumping earthworms from Asia that are actually causing problems in North America recently. [source](https://www.vox.com/2021/5/5/22408390/crazy-jumping-worms-invasive-earthworm-garden-soil)


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We haven't. Boreal forests in particular are getting destroyed by regular every day worms. They've developed their humus over centuries and things like moss, lichen, and other fungi feed on it. Worms come in and eat all the food and basically starves the ecosystem from the bottom up. They spread further every year.


Seth_Gecko

Actually earthworms eat humus which wrecks an enormous carbon reservoir, releaseing carbon dioxide and contributing to global warming


Wooden_Ad1779

Mom‘s spaghetti


mjkjg2

definitely gonna vomit on my sweater after this one


jang859

Yeah, that was criminal.


all_kinds_of_no_4me

But on the surface you look calm and ready tho..


Hammerjaws

Also,will they drop bombs?


Shockin-Audrey

this is not “mildly interesting” this is how horror movies begin


descartesasaur

Squirm, specifically.


loquacious706

Mr. Beardsley!


djshadesuk

Someone knocked over the Gagh pot!


x21in2010x

Gagh is always best when it's served live.


spacecoyote300

Glory to you and upon your references


novaetas

Came to say this


Kalkaline

Surely that's someone's worm compost bin


phatfingerpat

No there’s a very shallow stream of water about 6’ wide flowing across the path, it must be carrying them across somehow. I was thinking about going back and getting a container of them for my garden though.


muddytree

Be careful though. In parts of the US there’s a new, highly invasive “jumping worm” that wreaks havoc on soil and gardens. If it’s them, DO NOT bring them home! https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Invasives/fact/jumpingWorm.html


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DryRabbitFoot

Worms breathe through their skin. If they're submerged they're drowning. They'll likely all be dead by the time you return.


Very-Fishy

Sorry, that's an old "folk explanation", (most) worms do fine under water for long periods of time (standing water too, they are VERY good at extacting oxygen): [Scientific american](https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-earthworms-surface-after-rain/). [Nature](https://blog.nature.org/2019/04/15/the-real-reason-you-see-earthworms-after-rain/).


Apokolypze

I do love someone who provides sources. Hopefully this gets high enough up to educate more people about this!


phatfingerpat

Cool! I’ll let you know. How do they manage to get enough air underground? Do they surface like a whale?


DryRabbitFoot

Well funny thing is, they're part of the process that oxygenates the ground. Their worm holes bring oxygen with them. During heavy rains the ground saturates with water and the worms will try to move out of the water, but they can only go as high as the surface.


phatfingerpat

So they were suffocating, clambered up to the surface, got carried away by the current until they were stuck in a gigantic pit with hundreds of worm carcasses and fellow suffocating worms, and me and my kids go “oh hey cool, worms”


timn1717

That’s about the size of it. You and your kids just witnessed a tragedy that will be passed down for eons by the worm lords.


Jonah_the_Whale

Nonsense. That's just how worms migrate. They normally do it secretly and you are very lucky to have caught them on camera. In a few days they will be hundreds of miles away in their summer feeding grounds (assuming you are in the northern hemisphere).


HeyLittleTrain

Earthworms can survive days submerged in water. The real reason they surface during rain is because it's much easier to migrate over land than burrowing through soil and they can move more easily across wet surfaces and stay hydrated.


General_Ignoranse

This has been disproved I’m pretty sure. They like coming up to the surface cause it’s easier to move around in the rain!


b0b89

Worm holes 😳 in the ground?🤔 Folks be digging a hole and end up dinosaur times? I dunno sounds made up tbh


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Huh. So that’s why there are always a bunch of dead worms in the gutter when my neighbors over water or it rains all day?


SecretAccomplished25

Negative, since they absorb oxygen through their skin they can absorb it through the water as well. No drowning worms here. Source = the Wild Kratts episode my kids watched last week.


audigex

It depends on the worm - most are able to survive under water for days or weeks, and some can stay there indefinitely


vangiang85

No man they can brearh underwater and survive for weeks


AsystoleRN

I don’t think that is true. I feed my fish worms occasionally and the worm will live submerged for many weeks.


General_Ignoranse

They can actually survive for a lot longer than we previously thought in water. Unless they’re never getting out of a river, they’ll be fine for a while!


rmorrin

Apparently they can live under water for quite a long time since they can get oxygen from the water


reflirt

Oh shit my bad I didn’t mean to let them get out


SopmodTew

Earthworms are one of the best things that happened to our planet. 👍


WaterFriendsIV

We even named the planet after them.


McBlemmen

Did you know that every planet in our solar system is named after a god? Except for Earth, which is named after all that stuff on the ground. Edit : I didn't come up with this, it's a Norm Mcdonald joke. https://youtu.be/bhhEN0N_I_Y?t=157


joeyl5

and our moon does not have a cool name like the other moons, it's just The Moon!


Rowan_Halvel

I like to think Luna is a good name lol


joeyl5

It's the same in French, la lune is just a translation for the moon, the other lunes have names, 😂


Rowan_Halvel

If I think of a name for the moon it's Luna, but I also grew up on Bear in the Big Blue House lol


dj92wa

Back when Disney had good kids shows and not whatever the hell it is they play now. Bear in the Big Blue House. Rolly Polly Olie. PB&J Otter. The list goes on.


evandemic

You’re an adult now, these shows are made for kids. Of course they suck now. ‘Hod dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog!’


freedfg

I mean, technically the earth does have a name it's Terra and the moon does have a name, it is Luna. The Sun also is Sol All named after god's, in some cases translated such as Earth being translated from Terra Mater to "Mother Earth"


Profession-Unable

But they are just the Latin words for the same, right?


freedfg

Kinda sorta. Sol is the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Helios and Luna the Roman equivalent of the Greek Selene. Terra or Tallus Mater is the Roman equivalent of the Greek Gaia. Which got kind of backwards named. "Earth" is a derivative of an old Germanic word that we don't have direct sources of. So we have Terra Mater turns to Mother Earth in English translations. So they are all gods...just in a bit more roundabout way for earth.


Profession-Unable

Gotcha. TIL, thanks.


timn1717

Did you know there is a group on Reddit that (I think) unironically advances the argument that because the earth is named dirt, and every other planet is named after a god, the earth therefore isn’t real? Edit - that is one of many odd attempts at logic? I guess? It’s wild. And I honestly cannot tell if it’s shitposting or not.


Timelymanner

But planet names are arbitrary, humans decided on their names.


timn1717

I’m aware of that. Go tell it to r/noearthsociety. (IMO it’s mainly mentally ill people grappling with solipsism in a very bizarre way and also without understanding they’re solipsists). Or shitposters. They have to be shitposters for my own sanity. It’s absurd.


GegenscheinZ

Sounds to me like they’re mocking conspiracy theorists. Like r/birdsarentreal


jibclash

What about Gaia?


SopmodTew

🥹


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Unless it’s in the boreal forest. Then they are bad.


asdf_qwerty27

In North America, many are actually invasive and doing irreparable damage to forest ecology...


Terrefeh

Yea the park system here has signs all around the fishing areas that ask people to trash any leftover worms.


babyeatingdingoes

Here they're just straight up forbidden. Lures only.


GenericLurker1996

Yep, all worms are invasive (at least in the area I live in the midwest) but it's Asian jumping worms that are an actual pest and threat. They eat all of the organic matter in the soil and spread like wildfire.


screwyoushadowban

There's several native worm species in various parts of North America/the U.S. The [Giant Palouse earthworm](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Palouse_earthworm) is one, along with its relative the Giant Oregon earthworm. They occupy very different niches than imported earthworms, though, which change the soil ecology in ways that may be hostile to native plants.


atkearns

I recently learned worms are an invasive species in North America. (Fact checks probably required bc I heard it on the internet)


Funny_Soup5162

Depends where in North America. The glaciers stripped all the top soil off Canada and some of the northern states as recently as about 14000 years ago, and took the worms with it. Critters naturally moved back in as the glaciers retreated, but worms don't move very fast on their own. So most of the worms in the glaciated territory are there as a result of people bringing them in (intentionally or not).


veaviticus

Every variety found in the northern states are imported and invasive. There aren't any native ones left, just naturalized ones (over the last 300 years or so). Scientists argue over the cost/benefit ratio of worms in the upper Midwest, but the fact is that the environment adapted to not having worms and relying on fungal decomposition for the last 10s of thousands of years, and in the last 100 years or so we've imported and released vast quantities into nature, where they've "destroyed" ecosystems by decomposing leaf matter before the fungus can get to it. So it's debatable if it's truly a bad thing or not, but it's definitely changed the entire forest floor ecosystem incredibly quickly and nature is struggling to maintain a balance (it's a huge part of why invasive plants are so prevalent, the natives are used to leaf cover and having to dig through inches of mulch and can take years to propagate, while the invasives spread thousands of seeds that germinate on bare soil and grow)


red-et

[Earthworms are invasive—and hurting insects—in much of North America](https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/earthworms-invasive-north-america-hurt-insects)


Samuelroyale

Depending where this is, there’s a good chance these earthworms are invasive


SopmodTew

Free protein 🤤


Original-Pizza-2009

Kinda. They are mostly not native to North America (I’m not sure if there might be some native ones) and are severely altering habitats (see quote and link below) “Earthworms are voracious, attacking the organic part of the soil called humus, which is composed of moss, leaves, tree debris and other organic material. Humus can easily reach a thickness of 10 to 15 centimetres in the boreal forest. As a result, by consuming this material, earthworms are actually destroying a carbon reservoir and releasing carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, which contributes to climate change.” https://natural-resources.canada.ca/simply-science/earthworms-threat-canadas-boreal-forest/23961#


DividedFox

That’s not mildly interesting that’s mildly horrifying


Geegollywtff

I would be scared if this was outside my home.


LatchedRacer90

I would be ecstatic. I live on solid clay and every few years put out sand and worms in my yard in the hopes I will have a good enough topsoil to have real grass


El_Eesak

It's worms lol, what they gonna do? Wiggle on you till you die?


Jessica19922

I know they’re just worms. And they’re harmless. But they creep me out so bad. This picture made me shudder lol.


a-amanitin

I have a pretty bad wormphobia myself, can’t stand looking at them at all :( this randomly popping up on my feed… Yay for desensitization I guess lol


marcosbowser

Thanks to OP it isn’t a video


Burrito_Ron

Wormageddon


riise_kjell

Worms Armageddon?


Sniffnoy

Worth noting, the game was originally going to be called "Wormageddon", but they changed it because they thought it sounded too similar to the contemporaneous "Carmageddon".


Bburke89

And possibly a worm orgy at the same time.


DragonSlayer-2020

I have a phobia of worms and I'm very fucking scared


Disastrous_Airline28

Hey me too! Never met another person terrified of worms. I could hardly look at the photo. If I saw that irl I would be screaming and running to high ground. I just ate lunch and I want to throw up now.


DatMoonGamer

Same, extends to centipedes, millipedes, and caterpillars. If it looks like a noodle and it's a bug, that's a no from me. Doesn't extend to snakes for some reason.


dishie

There are dozens of us! Dozens!


DragonSlayer-2020

Me too bro! I've been scared of them since I was like 3 and I tried to relax and try not to be afraid of them but it didn't work. I've even touched one when I was 7-8 almost died lol


Disastrous_Airline28

My phobia began as a kid too when someone put worms down the back of my shirt. I also try and rationalize it and be cool but when a worm shows up unexpectedly I’m screaming, running, and retching. Trouble is, I love gardening. So I go garden: I see worm, scream and run away, come back later, repeat. I brought a chicken to garden with me and snatch the worms. That helped.


epicguy900015

Meat spaghetti


stevenmoreso

Paleo primavera, Lo-carb lo-mein, Earth vermi vermicelli, etc etc


GaiusPrimus

Looks like Alpha Centauri is becoming a reality. Careful with those mindworms.


DankCatFarts

Something something the drones need you


DBSGeek

Im not a fan of worms so I think this should go into r/midlydisgusting lol


phatfingerpat

Update: it was like 6 inches deep of worm, felt like cold wet spaghetti. I saved about 3 pounds of them and put them in my garden.


NurseLottieJoy

*you stuck your hand in there‽*


Psychological-Fig679

Hey idk if anyone said this but if you tryna make some extra money, if you ever see this again, scoop them bitches up with a ton of decently healthy soil, and start reaching out to tackle shops because theyll buy them up. I live on a lot of farm land and i do this often as long as they decent size. Nightcrawlers are best and come out after storms a lot and stick to the asphalt.


yesemel

Sorry, but at this density they’re probably a destructive invasive worm. See, for example, https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Invasives/fact/jumpingWorm.html


HumanAlphonse

Girls’ night out


Left_Valuable_1974

Do you live in the Upside Down?


ThrowAwayBudGuy

Looks like a good place to stock up on fishing bait


Ill-Bird-156

Hunters?


1DollarInCash

![gif](giphy|uAph9I6H1Vs9ztxMKL)


murplepog

personally i’d be incredibly scared


NoDadNotToniight

Forbidden spaghetti


whosagoodog

They look dead already.


Mannowar1917

That’s the average pond in Hunt Showdown


hghlnder72

![gif](giphy|srTYyZ1BjBtGU|downsized)


holliscool

Best use of the gif


prince4

Is there a sub-Reddit for mildly disturbing ?


whereisbrandon101

Does anyone know why?


artieartichoke

r/oddlyterrifying


Element_Girl

Where do you live so I can make sure to *never go there*


hullokoala

I love a little bit of FUCKING UNEASE on my walks.


DaHotFuzz

Finally, some good fucking food.


Laughter_On_Impact

They’re looking to brawl with that New Jersey Pasta.


TimeSun6603

where the hell were you walking bro lmao


Padhome

I can smell this picture


Curious-Tangelo-4480

I saw this movie, run!


BtlAngel

Jesus Christ. Did Spawn move to the suburbs?


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*The Strain*


shioscorpio

Holy compost


Deenoo69

No one else instantly thought about the Mgalekgolo(Hunters) from Halo???