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Study Shows Worm Grunters Imitate Moles

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the queue-the-jaws-theme dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 110

Science_afficionado writes "In the southeastern US, fisherman have an unusual way to collect earthworms for bait. The practice is called worm grunting, fiddling, snoring, or charming. It involves pounding a wooden stake into the ground and rubbing the top of the stake with a long piece of steel to produce a grunting sound that causes earthworms to come to the surface where they can be easily collected for bait. A study published today in the open access journal PLoS ONE shows that the technique works because the worm grunters are unknowingly imitating the sounds created by burrowing moles. Full text of the paper is available at PLoS ONE."

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FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380161)

I made it! [tinyurl.com]

Re:FP (0, Offtopic)

mlush (620447) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380361)

+1 funny

Re:FP (1)

chawly (750383) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380631)

You grunted ?

I guess... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380171)

it's not true what they say. The early bird doesn't get the worm. The stake does.

Re:I guess... (1)

deniable (76198) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380187)

I always heard it was two stakes and electricity.

Re:I guess... (2, Informative)

ROMRIX (912502) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380469)

I always heard it was two stakes and electricity.

Yes, 2 metal rods pushed 6 inches deep about 2 to 3 feet apart and connected to a fully charged car battery usually does the trick. They surface pretty quick.

Re:I guess... (5, Funny)

Pahroza (24427) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381285)

Less noise than a Thumper, smaller worms than Arrakis. Lame.

Re:I guess... (2, Funny)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 5 years ago | (#25385183)

The early worm deserves the bird...

Curious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380201)

How did thid method originate?

Re:Curious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380337)

Who knows, but I suspect someone like:

Observing earthworms coming to the surface while putting in fence posts.

or

Observing birds scratching at the grass & earthworms rising.

or

Any one of a number of things - it only takes one curious fisherman looking for a better way to get worms.

It's not really that curious is what I'm getting at I guess.

Re:Curious (3, Funny)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 5 years ago | (#25382803)

Ancient pagan religious ritual. The stake is obviously a phallic symbol. Somehow it survived among simple fisherman down to this day.

gotsilly (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380205)

I think that works for worms in more irradiated locations, but then you'll always be known as the 'worm-guy'.

Not news for nerds (2, Interesting)

Iamthecheese (1264298) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380231)

I protest! I protest mightily!

Re:Not news for nerds (4, Funny)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380257)

It's news for nerds...

Come to think of it, I noticed that my mom is doing this method whenever I instinctively go up from the basement...

Re:Not news for nerds (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380417)

Rubbing a stick in the ground to make five hundred earthworms crawl out over the space of half an hour must surely be news for nerds.

Re:Not news for nerds (1)

nicklott (533496) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380435)

You read it, you can't unread it!

Re:Not news for nerds (3, Funny)

crenshawsgc (1228894) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380525)

Ever since the term "hack" came to be applied to things like "lifehacker" and "funhacker" etc, I got liberal on the term "nerd" as well. For all you know, these fine folks are "wormhackers."

Re:Not news for nerds (2, Insightful)

weber (36246) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380571)

Actually it is very much news for nerds, just not for computer nerds. There are other kinds of nerds, you know! We're a diverse, colorful and lovingly bunch.
(...insensitive clod...)

Re:Not news for nerds (1)

Gewalt (1200451) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380729)

I protest! I protest mightily!

You have been judged as "not a nerd". Please surrender your uid and depart the website immediately.

Re:Not news for nerds (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381879)

It's a scientific study, and therefore qualifies as news for nerds.

Besides, this nerd enjoys drowning a few worms every now and again.

On a side note: My step brother used to claim that sticking two wire coat hangers in the ground and connecting them to a wall outlet would yield a bunch of worms. I never tried it.

Re:Not news for nerds (1)

FrameRotBlues (1082971) | more than 5 years ago | (#25383021)

Probably not in the immediate vicinity of the coathangers, but yeah, I've heard of that trick too. The worms think it's lightning, and come out of the ground just as they would in a storm.

Re:Not news for nerds (1)

dayton967 (647640) | more than 5 years ago | (#25383819)

Not only is this news for nerds, it's new for fisherman, earthworm admirers, birds, fish, and the mighty wormavore.

FTFA: (4, Funny)

cosmocain (1060326) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380237)

But what do the earthworms do if not collected?

And, guess what:

Worms that were not collected began to burrow back into the ground after traveling some distance.

Damned, and i always thought that disgruntled grunted worms do a kind of lapdance. Puh, another dream not come true.

Re:FTFA: (1)

Inda (580031) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380513)

I have not and will not read TFA.

I own a wormery and, funnily enough, after giving the worms a good feed, they breed. Dig them up out the ground? How medieval is that?

Re:FTFA: (1)

Aqua_boy17 (962670) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381113)

Damned, and i always thought that disgruntled grunted worms do a kind of lapdance. Puh, another dream not come true.

Don't you mean gruntled worms?

Obligatory (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380243)

Worm sign detected.

If we could only mimic the sound of money. (1)

miffo.swe (547642) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380253)

If someone could just conjure up a way to imitate money and put that thing in a volcano or something we could make earth a better place in notime.

Why go through all the trouble... (2, Funny)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380339)

...and potential legal problems with imitating money?

Just get a couple of adds... umm.. I mean articles... in the papers about lava bringing up diamonds and gold and oil and iPods to the surface.
At the same time take out another series of adds stating you will pay a premium for freshly hand-squeezed lava juice.
Follow that up with a series of adds about benefits of fresh lava to sex life and penis size.
Finally, take out another batch of adds for books and DVDs about the best ways and locations for lava collecting. Make those over the weekend and sell them for $29.99.
Once you get that thin rolling, hire someone else to keep the flow, get all your "data" about the booming "lava market" into a powerpoint presentation and find some investors.
Chanel their investments into personal accounts on Cayman Islands, personal bodyguards and campaign donations.

Oh yeah...

Profit.

Re:Why go through all the trouble... (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381353)

Also, hire washed up has-beens for some infomercials: just like synthetic hormone replacements got Suzanne Sommers, you could maybe go dig up Catherine Bach [wikipedia.org] or somebody like that, saying how she managed to make herself look and feel 20 years younger just by drinking some fresh lava everyday.

Re:Why go through all the trouble... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25383935)

I mean articles... in the papers about lava bringing up diamond

Diamonds are formed deep in the Earth. Guess how [wikipedia.org] diamonds get to the surface?

Re:If we could only mimic the sound of money. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380459)

Lawyer grunting, you say?

Re:If we could only mimic the sound of money. (1)

electrictroy (912290) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381697)

I hear that a similar technique involving puppies & babies will cause women to suddenly appear and make sounds resembling, "oooh how cute".

Who said the US had no culture? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380259)

Think that no more. Nowhere* else in the world has worm charming [wikipedia.org] become a national sport. With championships [youtube.com] and everything.

For another laugh, watch the Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin' Festival [youtube.com] . Yes. That's right. I said Sopchoppy. (hahaha, as well as the youtube vid, they have a page [wakullacounty.org] .

Man, I could go on & on, just search for worm grunting on google - fuck its funny.

* I await the inevitable, "we were first" replies from the old-worlders;)

Re:Who said the US had no culture? (1)

Missing_dc (1074809) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380619)

* I await the inevitable, "we were first" replies from the old-worlders;)

Too bad you posted AC, I hear the "old-worlders" have pretty strict moral codes preventing them from responding to you.

Re:Who said the US had no culture? (2, Interesting)

aproposofwhat (1019098) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380991)

* I await the inevitable, "we were first" replies from the old-worlders;)

Well, if you read your Wikipedia link, you'll find that the first World Championships in 1980 were in fact in the UK - some 20 years before Sopchoppy :P

Re:Who said the US had no culture? (1)

nicolas.kassis (875270) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381281)

Having lived in Wakulla county for a while I can tell you this Festival (one of about 50 or so this place has ;). There always seems to be a stupid festival) is pretty much the biggest one they have. Supposed to be World Renowned.

rain rain rain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380273)

making the sound of rain or water percipertaing and earth worms will (slowly) make their may to the surface to avoid drowning.
 

Re:rain rain rain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380499)

bullshit! They hear the rain hitting the ground and think its someone knocking at their door and they come up to see who it is.

Re:rain rain rain (1)

Sebilrazen (870600) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380975)

bullshit! They hear the rain hitting the ground and think its someone knocking at their door and they come up to see who it is.

You insensitive clod, you gave away the punchline to one of my jokes about the blonde Lumbricus terrestris! [wikipedia.org]

Re:rain rain rain (1)

pintpusher (854001) | more than 5 years ago | (#25382445)

That's no clod! That's my front door you insensitive clod!

oh wait...

IgNobel prize worthy (1)

chthon (580889) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380279)

When I stick my spade in the ground to do a little digging, then the worms come crawling out too.

When I just stick it in the ground to and move it back and forth, even then the worms come crawling out. Probably due to the fact that friction of the spade with the ground creates other noises than only the thud from the spade.

Re:IgNobel prize worthy (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380395)

I read the article and it says the grunting doesn't really sound like moles, and they react differently - while they surface for both, they move away from the moles but they do not move away from the "grunting".

Question: do earthquakes harm worms significantly? I'm thinking not likely.

Or is it just for the "grunting" the worms can't tell where the "mole" is.

Noooooooo! (4, Funny)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380281)

YOU KILLED THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER!

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/exploration/resources/wormgrunt_harvest_800.jpg [vanderbilt.edu]

Re:Noooooooo! (1)

weber (36246) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380583)

Maybe it's just me, but there's something odd about someone smiling so happily holding so many worms... I can't really put my finger on it...

Re:Noooooooo! (1)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380763)

I wouldn't want to put my finger on it... worms are slimy and dirty...

Re:Noooooooo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380921)

I'd be happy, too, if I figured out the 2 in:
1. Put stick in ground and pound.
2. ???? (Sell earthworms)
3. Profit!

Re:Noooooooo! (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380963)

Well, there is a jackoff technique used by sailors involving a jar filled with worms. It's sort of symbiotic -- their slithery action helps blow your load, your load is their food source.

Re:Noooooooo! (1)

ciderVisor (1318765) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381411)

Maybe it's just me, but there's something odd about someone smiling so happily holding so many worms... I can't really put my finger on it...

Here in the UK, we call pedos 'kiddie fiddlers'. Perhaps his smile is the 'worm fiddler's' equivalent of 'pedo-smile':

http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=spot_the_pedo [thebestpag...iverse.net]

Re:Noooooooo! (1)

BigBlueOx (1201587) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381567)

Maybe it's just me, but there's something odd about someone smiling so happily holding so many worms... I can't really put my finger on it...

Not to worry, this is a normal human reaction; one Richard Dawkins fittingly called "The Principle Of Least Horror". Your subconscious recognizes any grinning southern madman holding a huge ball of writhing tentacles as a devotee of The Old Ones and you run screaming from the eldritch terror, even if it means running to Slashdot where the angles and corners are somehow ... wrong.

Re:Noooooooo! (1)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | more than 5 years ago | (#25384741)

"For it is of old rumor that the soul of the devil-bought hastes not from its charnel clay, but fats and instructs the very worm that gnaws, till out of horrid corruption life springs, and the dull scavengers of earth wax crafty to vex it and swell monstrous to plague it."

From memory, my apologies to HPL if I quoted it wrong.

Re:Noooooooo! (1)

pintpusher (854001) | more than 5 years ago | (#25382491)

worms are money, in some segments of the population. Those look to be some premium nightcrawlers worth at least a couple of bucks a dozen.

Re:Noooooooo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380867)

Informative? Only on /.

Yum (2, Funny)

Akardam (186995) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381351)

Fresh Gagh

Re:Noooooooo! (2, Funny)

Zebedeu (739988) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381395)

YOU BASTARD!

Really news? (3, Funny)

Xest (935314) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380283)

It's been known for a long time that noises/vibrations bring worms to the surface. The only news here is that they're imitating the sounds created by moles (if that's really even true).

Even when I repot a plant in the garden and take it out of it's old pot and crumble the old soil mix away from it's roots the bits of soil falling off hit the floor and make worms come up because of the tapping sound of small objects hitting the floor presumably being much like the sound of rain hitting the floor.

I know this because the plants I repot are usually cacti and with the spikes resting on the floor and the rootball up in the air the worms have at times been dumb enough to come up underneath the cacti and ended up getting themself impaled on the spikes. I don't particularly like worms, especially ones I have to extract cactus spines from.

Re:Really news? (1)

Dr La (1342733) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380785)

I agree, this hardly seems news-worthy. Using vibration to bring out worms by sticking a pole, shovel or pitchfork in the ground and shaking it is hardly "unusual" either. Fishermen everywhere on the world have used this method for ages (I've always been told as a kid that the vibrations make the worm think it rains).

Maybe it is unusual only for city-dwelling academics...

Some bird species use the technique too by the way, they trample the ground to bring worms up.

Re:Really news? (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381185)

So because something is commonly done, but the reasons it works aren't known - there are competing explanations, your rain one was the one shown to be unlikely in the study - means those reasons shouldn't be looked at to determine if any of them are correct?

Much better just to stick with whatever random explanations we have. The dirt god does it!

Re:Really news? (1)

Dr La (1342733) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381311)

I was talking about whether it is news-worthy, not whether it is research-worthy. And commenting on some of the odd aspects of this /. news item - such as suggesting that this technique for worm-hunting was somehow unusual and geographically restricted while in fact it is a commonly used one, or at best a variation on a theme.

Re:Really news? (2, Informative)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 5 years ago | (#25382251)

I'd hazard to guess that most slashdot readers are city-folk who had never heard of such a thing before.

So objectively newsworthy since the research has shown one of the explanations to likely be true. And subjectively newsworthy since the bulk of the readership will have never heard of it before.

Yes the original articles language might be a bit on the hype it up side. Then again, maybe that particular technique of a rubbing a stake with a piece of metal is uncommon elsewhere? And the study only looked at it, other techniques might have a different mechanism.

Re:Really news? (3, Interesting)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 5 years ago | (#25384453)

I sit in a cube all day. The fact that I could stick a broom handle in the ground, rub a server rail on it, and summon my own army of earthworms is news to me. It is also useful and practical, should I ever get attacked by an dirt monster.

Re:Really news? (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 5 years ago | (#25386991)

I'm guessing you've named your cactus Vlad?

Ask a Fremen ! (3, Funny)

mjmjmj (1386071) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380313)

Thumpers have been known to work as well... (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thumper_(Dune)#T)

Re:Ask a Fremen ! (3, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380451)

Just make sure you have your maker hooks handy before you Try This At Home.

Burrowing mole or Burrow Owl? (-1, Troll)

Misanthrope (49269) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380317)

You know that Johnny Werzner kid - the kid who delivers papers in the
neighborhood? He's a fine kid. Some of the neighbors say he smokes
crack, but I don't believe it. Anyway, for his 10th birthday, all he
wanted was a burrow owl, just like his old man. "Dad, get me a burrow
owl. I'll never ask for anything else as long as I live". So the guy
breaks down and buys him a burrow owl. Anyway at 10:30 the other night I
go out into my yard and there's the Werzner kid looking up in the tree. I
said, "What are you looking for?" He said, "I'm looking for my burrow
owl." I say, "Jumping Jesus on a pogo stick! Everybody knows that a
burrow owl lives in a hole in the ground! Why the hell do you think they
call it a burrow owl, anyway?!" Now Stuart, do you think a kid like that
is gonna know what the queers are doing to the soil?

*bad musical reference, not actually bashing homosexuals*

Re:Burrowing mole or Burrow Owl? (1)

Zerelli (579376) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380607)

Long live the Dead Milkmen! Or would that make them Undead Milkmen?

Re:Burrowing mole or Burrow Owl? (1)

CoolHnd30 (89871) | more than 5 years ago | (#25384077)

Jumpin' Jesus on a pogo stick! Everyone knows that a burrow owl lives in a hole in the ground! Why the hell do you think they call them burrow owls anyway?

As if they invented the wheel (1)

Ofloo (1378781) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380325)

Birds step on the ground to make the same noise and where I come from they do it for ages.

I've known this for 25 years at least (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380357)

When i went fishing with my father we often got worms like this. He told me it represented moles. News at 11.

Better recipe:
take a metal pole
stick it in the ground (first!)
take a long (15ft) thick wire
wire the pole to a connector with one pin
stick that pin into the phase of your home ac

You'll see the worms jump out of the ground.

disclaimer etc: Of course you all are smart enough to pull the plug first and then collect the worms.

Re:I've known this for 25 years at least (1)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380415)

Ohhhhhh... wormssss... *bzzzztt*
worms..
*bzzztt*
worms...
*bzzzzzt*

Re:I've known this for 25 years at least (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380575)

Hehe, that reminds me of that program I saw on National Geographic recently about people who collected electric eels for a scientific study. Those guys did a lot of jumping and shouting: AAAAH! OOOH!! You can't switch those eels off fortunately; if you could it would not have been so much fun to watch those guys.

Re:I've known this for 25 years at least (1)

ciaohound (118419) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380809)

He told me it represented moles.

So, the wooden stake is actually the mole's attorney? The worms think a lawyer is coming, and that's why they jump out of the ground? Now it makes sense!

Re:I've known this for 25 years at least (1)

mikael (484) | more than 5 years ago | (#25385217)

Somebody was awarded a Darwin Award for doing similar:

A 63 year old man in East Germany (Zingst)electrocuted himself when running high-voltage lines (380V) through his yard in an effort to get rid of a mole on his vacation property. Apparently he put several metal rods into the ground and connected these to high-voltage lines. The police had to remove all circuit breakers before they could get on his property. They do not know yet how long he had been lying there before they found him on Wednesday. No word about what happened to the mole.

once great nation borders on obscurity/bad history (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380445)

so we're treated to more&more "stuff that matters" stories about almost nothing from our 'mainstream' media. so, it's not just robbIE anymore.

Simply stick a spade... (2, Insightful)

thrill12 (711899) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380471)

into the ground and hit it a few times (softly) to get the same effect. This is old knowledge, so now suddenly a scientific paper comes out and makes this Nerd News ? Then I know a few more:
Next week in the headlines:
* water drains the other way if you're in Australia
* put a magnet near a needle and you can make a compass !
* your coffee will be warmer if you put in the milk *before* you walk to the door and return to drink it

Any more lessons ? Please add them to my post, I think we all have few.

Re:Simply stick a spade... (4, Informative)

ollum (892607) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380497)

* water drains the other way if you're in Australia

No it doesn't. http://physics.suite101.com/article.cfm/thecorioliseffect [suite101.com]

Speaking of Australia........ (1)

icj (852635) | more than 5 years ago | (#25390255)

There are no moles here. I wonder if the mole impersonating trick works here... I'll have to find out.

Re:Simply stick a spade... (1)

hairykrishna (740240) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381083)

The news is that it sounds like moles, not that vibration brings worms to the surface.

Re:Simply stick a spade... (1)

Sebilrazen (870600) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381099)

* put a magnet near a needle and you can make a compass !

Close, but not quite. You need to magnetize the needle, then remove it once it's been. Then you need to float it on a liquid medium in a non magnetic container, coat the needle with oil first to improve flotation. Then you have an emergency compass. (I had to verify the oil part. [survivaltopics.com] )

Re:Simply stick a spade... (1)

thepotoo (829391) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381109)

The news is that we now know why the worms do this. This is very much news for nerds. Science nerds, anyway.

Re:Simply stick a spade... (2, Insightful)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381791)

You're right, there's nothing scientific about testing existing ideas to see if they're true or not. Or to see what the underlying reasons and mechanisms are.

Re:Simply stick a spade... (1)

forceofyoda (855030) | more than 5 years ago | (#25386363)

When I was a kid I would just put a two by four on the ground and hit it with a hammer. Worms galore!

I guess a lot of things sound like a burrowing mole...

so what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380507)

Round here the seagulls pound the grass with their feet to attract worms

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080126121505AA0f72V

Re:so what? (2, Funny)

ciderVisor (1318765) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381379)

Round here the seagulls pound the grass with their feet to attract worms

If fishermen were doing this illegally, would they be sent to Pound-You-In-The-Grass prison ?

Old hat (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380545)

We always got worms by sticking a rake or a shovel in the ground and shaking it. Even seagulls know the trick: they trample the ground with their feet. The worms are alarmed by the moving ground, thinking a mole is coming. They go to the surface and are grabbed.

Pitchfork (1)

bigattichouse (527527) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380587)

My grandpa (Washington State / Kent, WA) used a pitchfork. Stick it in the ground and wiggle it very quickly.

We did similar things to crabs too (5, Interesting)

2Bits (167227) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380641)

Different living things react to different things differently. That's nature. It's actually fun to observe, when you have time.

We did similar things to crabs too.

There is a kind of smallish crab living in the rice paddies. After harvesting season, we let the paddies to dry up. And those crabs would dig holes and live in there, to keep them wet and cool.

How do we get them? We dig the holes. But that's hard work, as some go as deep as one meter. And we were losing to our main competitor, some crab-eating egret. Those egrets could get the crabs many times faster than we could.

So, one day, we just sat there, watching how the egrets get them. We saw the egrets knock on the top of the hole with their beak or their foot, in certain frequency, and the crabs would just come out of their holes.

Ah hah, we just imitated the egrets, knocked on the hole too, and they came out. No more digging. I was nine.

Re:We did similar things to crabs too (1)

NeoSkandranon (515696) | more than 5 years ago | (#25385775)

Were they tasty?

Think of the spice down there (1)

elgringohondo (1384589) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380643)

Beware not to wake the big worms...

Re:Think of the spice down there (1)

adept89 (1375017) | more than 5 years ago | (#25381091)

He who controls the spice...

effects on Irish worms? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25380873)

Hmm. The Island of Ireland (Hibernia) has no moles. But it has earthworms. Wonder have they evolved the same response or not.

I'd imagine so, since both burrowing mammals and earthworms have been around a looong time, but maybe then they might have evolved to lose the response?

Myth! (1)

loic_2003 (707722) | more than 5 years ago | (#25380909)

water drains the other way if you're in Australia

This is actually a myth - it may be true for huge objects like weather systems, but the direction water goes down a drain is determined more by its shape.
I actually did an experiment with a friend in NZ to confirm this...

Also, hasn't just about everyone in the world seen a seagull doing a little dance [youtube.com] to bring worms to the surface?

This is, without a doubt, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25381409)

the most boring piece ever to be published on /.

It Sounds Like Rain. They Don't Want to Drown! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25382449)

Subject line says it all. And they call this kinda
stuff science?

Unknowingly? (1)

godel9 (564787) | more than 5 years ago | (#25382685)

The technique works because they unknowingly imitate moles? What happens when they find out what they're doing?

Collecting worms (1)

cavis (1283146) | more than 5 years ago | (#25382837)

I normally collect worms with a firewall and a good anti-virus program, but to each his own.

Re:Collecting worms (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25383017)

Firewall. I'll have to try that. I catch worms from questionable looking food in third world countries. Your method seems less painful.

Permitting? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25383039)

The technique [] reached its apex in the 1960's in Apalachicola when hundreds of people grunted for worms until the U.S. Forest Service began permitting the previously unregulated practice out of concern for the impact the industry was having on the native worm population.

So these Apalachicolan wormgrunters are such outlaws that they stop doing something once it's officially allowed? And the authorities are so smart that to stop a practice, they don't sanction but sanction it? Great system.

It's nerd-news. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25384025)

It's about wormholes, afterall.

This article is really interesting... (1)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 5 years ago | (#25385343)

...for the two and a half slashdot readers who like worms.

Do we have wormsign? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25388335)

We have wormsign the likes of which even God has never seen!

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