Walk without rhythm


78 Responses to “Walk without rhythm”

  1. CountZero says:

    Showed the photo to a mate over a couple of beers tonight down the pub, we’ve decided it’s actually a Mongolian Death Worm. Well, I frankly can’t think of a better name for the fugly little critter.

  2. Muse says:

    The company that took that has a Flickr account with lots of amazing and horrific microscopic images. This one is an even scarier angle of a worm. Also, this image reveals the terrible secret that ladybugs start life on the opposite end of the cuteness spectrum.

  3. IronyElemental says:

    Hail, adventurer. I am making a batch of my grandmother’s spicy wormtusk stew, but it looks like I’m fresh out of wormtusks! would reward you handsomely if you’d collect 12 of them from the Hydrothermal Worms that lurk in the waters north of town…

  4. Anonymous says:

    If you’re like me, you crave details on the real critter when you see cool pictures like this. I’m no expert, but a little sleuthing leads me to believe this is a scale-worm of species Lepidonotopodium piscesae, first documented by Marian Pettibone, 1988 (PDF). See another scanning electronic microscope image of those nasty chompers here; more details at EOL.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If you scale down your fear of predatory fangs (and such) and look at it from a braver point of view…such as how the heck do we NATURALLY clean up a planet-worth of scavenged carrion (or some other form of decomposition or wastage), there is a tenuous, respectful but sound kind of beauty to be found in those awful chompers.

    Each one is slightly rotated…what up with that?!

    Such a leap of appreciation however is really about your tolerance/ fear level though.

    I found the following quote a helpful thought for arm chair adventurer… I bumbled across it on the National Geographic Channel the other night:

    “There is a meal for everything on this interconnected planet”

    Does that quote not help a little bring those awful vicious looking teeth down to a manageable size for you?

    • facetedjewel says:

      It would were I not imagining now, as when I first saw the picture, that somewhere down in the dark depths of its maw there are a second set of choppers waiting to lunge out even further.

  6. CountZero says:

    Just a thought, perhaps it’s really the Stuxnet Worm.

  7. Gulliver says:

    Kill it before it metamorphosizes into a shrieker, you fools!

  8. Anonymous says:

    The sleeper awakens!

  9. Palomino says:

    And the FEI SEM photo contest:


    In 2010, FEI invited owners and users of our microscopes to submit their best nano-scale images for a chance to win great prizes. Dr. Harald Plank of the Institute of Electron Microscopy, and Dr. Clifford Barnes of University of Ulster won the grand prizes for their amazing entries.

    This year, FEI invites owners and users to submit their best SEM, TEM, DualBeam, and FIB images for a chance to win Apple.com gift cards, and this year’s grand prize – a Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera with 18-200mm VR II lens and carrying case.

    Winners will be announced on fei.com August 1, 2011.

  10. julianafanana says:

    hydrothermal? or hydrotheremin, perhaps?


    Please tell me this is a nice worm and not some kind of horrid parasite. Nightmares! Do Not Want!

  12. PJG says:

    Yeah, I’m not sleeping after seeing that. Sweet googly moogly.

  13. David Carroll says:

    Gaga’s next look?

  14. BenMS says:

    And just like that, I am compelled to watch the film clip for Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim. Whenever anyone mentions it, or mentions the line from it that was originally in Dune, I have to watch it.

    It’s a sickness. A fever, if you will. And the only precription – is more Walken.

  15. Anonymous says:


  16. lewis stoole says:

    it needs a needle tip to highlight the relative size.
    how many can fit on the head of a pin?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Looks like something that belongs in Dune. The worm 10,000 years before!

  18. SKR says:

    Great Shai-halud man, that’s going to give me nightmares.

  19. Nicky G says:

    These bastards should have been in Honey, I shrunk the Kids! Would have been a MUCH more entertaining movie.

  20. Kosmoid says:

    All God’s children got to eat

  21. TEKNA2007 says:

    That’d make an awesome velour plushtoy.

    Or Halloween costume. No, don’t put the candy in the bag, just drop it right here in the mouth. Or else! Om nom nom.

    • Felton / Moderator says:

      That’d make an awesome velour plushtoy.

      I was thinking the same thing. Someone should make a series of microorganism plushtoys, if it hasn’t already been done.


    Who can I petition to get a Rule 34 exemption for this?

    • enkiv2 says:

      Exemption? This is what rule 34 is FOR.

      Extra points if this little bugger is hermaphroditic, or has bedbug-style “traumatic insemination”, or mantis-style “sexual cannibalism”.

    • Anonymous says:

      What the hell kind of Fleshlight is that?! ;)


    Google ThinkGeek Plush Microbes. They’re adorable!

  24. futnuh says:

    Definitely pitching this to the 4 year-old as 2011 Halloween costume. (The older kid would want to emasculate it by losing the teeth and adding a unicorn horn.)

  25. Anonymous says:

    ” Fear is the mind killer…”

  26. GIFtheory says:

    I’m just hoping it was destroyed before it spewed forth an army of zerglings.

  27. GeekMan says:

    At first I thought: “Wow. What fucked up artist created that ugly nightmare sculpture?”
    Upon reading the caption: “Oh. Electron microscope image. It’s REAL.”

  28. Anonymous says:


    Look at those baby blue eyes. THE NEXT HOST OF “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” is what we’re lookin’ at here, folks.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Look closer… http://goo.gl/fBSqN

  30. Anonymous says:

    i.d, could use this in their next doom game.

  31. emmdeeaych says:

    Rob, perfect caption.

  32. EarthtoGeoff says:

    If I were a small, liberal arts college, this would totally be my mascot. But since I’m not, it still totally will be anyway.

  33. Snig says:

    Maybe if we start a rumour that the top horn is a powerful aphrodisiac, we could help save the rhinocerous from extinction.

  34. erochelson says:

    This is no cave…

  35. Felton / Moderator says:

    Walk without rhythm

    Of course, to these things, we’re the improbably large creatures that live in unbearably dry places.

  36. Anonymous says:


  37. Anonymous says:

    good thing the aliens who were building the pyramids ran across these things when they were the size of a bus and used a shrink ray on them.looks like they also exiled them to the depths of the planet for good measure.

  38. muteboy says:

    “Hallo my sunshine gaaaal!”

  39. Anonymous says:

    “Hello my baby, hello my darling, hello my ragtime gaaaaaal…”

  40. Anonymous says:

    is that the worm from tremors?

  41. Anonymous says:

    Are you sure this is the head?

  42. Anonymous says:

    All things dull and ugly, All creatures short and squat, All things rude and nasty, The Lord God made the lot.

  43. Just Good Sense says:

    HAH! I assumed the title was from Tremors and wondered why all you dummies were referencing Dune. Then I looked up the phrase. ME <– idjit.

    W’ever. It looks like a Graboid more than anything to me.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yep. They had a Tremors maarathon last weekend on the local cable annex.

      “Broke into the wrong gol-durned rec-room, didn’t ‘cha?!?!?”

  44. YourPaleBlueDot says:

    The teeth on that thing! Anyone have a species name?

  45. CountZero says:

    Wow, they really do walk among us. Or squirm, wriggle or something! Thank the Gods those are microscopic; imagine the hysteria if they were macroscopic, say about the size of your arm…

  46. numcrun says:

    Surprised this hasn’t degenerated into a creation vs evolution battle.

  47. Anonymous says:

    You don’t want to see this in your own microscope.

  48. tincansongbird says:

    It looks like a claymation character. Maybe something from a Tim Burton movie or a Douglas TenNapel game. Very weird and impossible to look away from.

    That said, look at its mouth structure. It’s very elegant for such a tiny creature. I bet, on its scale of existence, that worm is a bad motherfugly.

  49. wood29 says:

    ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn

  50. AirPillo says:

    That worm is f***in’ metal

  51. victorvodka says:

    what strikes me is that amazingly vertebrate-like lower jaw. it’s a great example of convergent evolution, since it derives from different body parts than the vertebrate jaw.

  52. jacord says:

    Bless the Maker and all His Water. Bless the coming and going of Him, May His passing cleanse the world. May He keep the world for his people.

  53. Anonymous says:

    I was curious about the identity of this critter, so I contacted a friend who has studied hydrothermal vents. His reply:

    “Probably belonging to the genus Alvinella or Paralvinella. These are relatively small vent worms that have numerous filamentous sulfur bacteria attached to their outer surface. Unlike the large vent worms with internal symbionts Alvinella etc. probably graze on bacteria and archaea as food sources, hence the rather dramatic mouth. There was a highly controversial (= almost certainly wrong) claim about the upper temperature limits of these worms being well above that of any other known metazoan.”


  54. Anonymous says:

    This looks like something that 50 people team up to kill in World of Warcraft.

  55. JoshP says:

    ‘I shall bend as a reed in the wind’ was the first that came to mind…
    but on second thought I suppose the better quote would be.. ‘We have worm sign, Usul, the likes of which God has never seen.’

  56. Freek says:

    Somebody call Kevin Bacon, he’ll take care of it…

  57. Wickedashtray says:

    Maybe something we can expect to see in the depths of Europa’s oceans? (if we ever get there)

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