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Mongolian Death Worm: Legendary Creepy-Crawly


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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 03:10 PM

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Mongolia, a land of mystery. Where the grave of great warrior king Genghis Khan, who created an empire stretching from the Baltic and Black to the Bering seas, remains undiscovered. Where the national dish has become Mongolian barbecue, the stir-fry buffet variety invented in the United States.

And where giant, scarlet worms burrow in the barren expanse of one of the world's largest, coldest deserts, spewing fiery acid and electrocuting unlucky camels from a distance.

Yes, a creature so fearsomely odd that its name -- which also happens to be the title of a cheesy Syfy Channel/Lions Gate DVD release set for April 26 -- deserves the honor of its own paragraph:

Just as intrepid explorers still search for Genghis Khan's grave, reality-TV crews still anxiously seek the sausage-like, homicidal pseudo-penis dentata dubbed the olgoi-khorkhoi, or the "intestine worm." Even the august National Geographic sent its own beast hunter, Pat Spain, in search of the Mongolian Death Worm.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 03:26 PM

After reading the article I suppose its just a mis-identified snake or centipede or something along those lines.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 04:00 PM

View PostGoodnite, on 25 April 2011 - 03:26 PM, said:

After reading the article I suppose its just a mis-identified snake or centipede or something along those lines.
I'd agree with the centipede theory, the electrocution theory could be the poison seeping into the skin, providing an electric feel to it.


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Posted 25 April 2011 - 06:33 PM

I asked around about it when I went to the Gobi, the one guide who knew what I was talking about just said it was some kind of local legend

But if I go again I will ask more thoroughly, and take pics.... IF I SURVIVE! dun dun dun  B)

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 06:45 PM

Mongolia and its deserts are some of the least explored portions of land in the world. A cryptid could exist there easily and remain unidentified by science to this day, why not. It's not like the claims are that it shoots lasers out of its head. Electric shock is a scientifically cataloged form of defense in nature by some animals. As is the spitting of acid. I won't commit 100% belief into its existence until I see one, sure. But that doesn't necessitate that I have to commit 100% disbelief in its existence just because I haven't seen one.

And if a centipede is the generally accepted misidentified animal behind this mystery, then you'd basically have to call each witness a liar or blatantly wrong, as I believe this creature is consistently reported by eye witnesses as having no legs, much less a whole lot, like a centipede does. You can't really take the witnesses claims and pick and choose which apsects of it you want to keep and likewise throw away because they don't fit a pet explanation.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 07:35 PM

View Postmike gomez1, on 25 April 2011 - 06:45 PM, said:

And if a centipede is the generally accepted misidentified animal behind this mystery, then you'd basically have to call each witness a liar or blatantly wrong, as I believe this creature is consistently reported by eye witnesses as having no legs, much less a whole lot, like a centipede does. You can't really take the witnesses claims and pick and choose which apsects of it you want to keep and likewise throw away because they don't fit a pet explanation.

true, but at the same time, a lot of the witnesses probably have no clue what a centipede is, as they aren't native to Mongolia (as far as i've found) and is usually reported in the most remote places in the country (less education perhaps?). and if you think about it, a centipede's legs don't really look like normal legs, and could very easily be misinterpreted by witnesses as being a worm.
Destination Truth did a segment about the Mongolian Death Worm. i don't remember much about the episode, so i'll have to give it a rewatch later tonight when i get home from work.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 07:49 PM

Interesting, never thought a worm would be capable of electrocution, i didn't read the full article but i'd think this would require some deeper research, where there's a giant worm i'm sure there is  a giant hole in which it dwells, i suppose that must be found first. Also finding common locations and similarity of weather or time could help.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 08:05 PM

View Postmike gomez1, on 25 April 2011 - 06:45 PM, said:

Mongolia and its deserts are some of the least explored portions of land in the world. A cryptid could exist there easily and remain unidentified by science to this day, why not. It's not like the claims are that it shoots lasers out of its head. Electric shock is a scientifically cataloged form of defense in nature by some animals. As is the spitting of acid. I won't commit 100% belief into its existence until I see one, sure. But that doesn't necessitate that I have to commit 100% disbelief in its existence just because I haven't seen one.

And if a centipede is the generally accepted misidentified animal behind this mystery, then you'd basically have to call each witness a liar or blatantly wrong, as I believe this creature is consistently reported by eye witnesses as having no legs, much less a whole lot, like a centipede does. You can't really take the witnesses claims and pick and choose which apsects of it you want to keep and likewise throw away because they don't fit a pet explanation.
Just because they don't see legs doesn't mean they aren't there. All I'm trying to do is rationalize about what this could possibly be with the given statements.


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Posted 25 April 2011 - 08:10 PM

This will get you up to speed quick on the Death Worm, and by Charles Fort's great nephew no less...






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Posted 26 April 2011 - 04:22 AM

There was a Destination Truth about the Death Worm. They interviewed several old men who lived on the edge of he desert and who even led the team to holes the worms supposed lived in. It was not very convincing.

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 04:52 AM

View PostDieChecker, on 26 April 2011 - 04:22 AM, said:

There was a Destination Truth about the Death Worm. They interviewed several old men who lived on the edge of he desert and who even led the team to holes the worms supposed lived in. It was not very convincing.

That's because DT is a pretty weak show.

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 12:10 PM

View Postmike gomez1, on 25 April 2011 - 08:10 PM, said:

This will get you up to speed quick on the Death Worm, and by Charles Fort's great nephew no less...






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Interesting documentary, but I am not allowed to see part 4 in my country, jeesh (copyright infringement).


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Posted 26 April 2011 - 02:51 PM

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 05:34 PM

View Postmike gomez1, on 25 April 2011 - 06:45 PM, said:

Mongolia and its deserts are some of the least explored portions of land in the world. A cryptid could exist there easily and remain unidentified by science to this day, why not.

While it's very plausible assumption, the same has been said with the Sasquatch, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster.

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 07:33 PM

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