March 26, 2006

It Could Be Worse

... I could have been infested with Guinea Worm!

Ogi is one of the last areas of Nigeria infested with Guinea worm, a plague so ancient that it is found in Egyptian mummies and is thought to be the "fiery serpent" described in the Old Testament as torturing the Israelites in the desert.

For untold generations here, yardlong, spaghetti-thin worms erupted from the legs or feet or even eye sockets of victims, forcing their way out by exuding acid under the skin until it bubbled and burst. The searing pain drove them to plunge the blisters into the nearest pool of water, whereupon the worm would squirt out a milky cloud of larvae, starting the cycle anew. -

eeeeewww! mwwwaghh! bleuuuuukk!

and here I was feeling all miserable because of a sweaty night's sleep and too many bills...

Posted by phreq at March 26, 2006 09:08 AM | TrackBack
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