You know the end of the world is near when you start seeing the signs of the apocalypse everywhere you look. Swarms of insects, rumors of wars, the Chicago Cubs winning the world series, all have their basis in biblical prophecy, but raining meat?
Well we just found out about a town that woke up from an overnight rainstorm to one of the most disturbing sites you could imagine. Heck, we could not have imagined this. You are going to freak out when you find out what really happened.
Worm balls. Just saying it, or reading it for that matter, sends a chill up the spine and a queasy knot in the back of the throat.
But for residents of Denison, Texas, that is not just an unfortunate combination of words, its what they woke up to recently after severe rain storms pounded their town overnight.
When folks started out of their homes the next morning, they saw clumps of what appeared to be raw meat. Literally everywhere.
Upon closer inspection, the denizens of Denison discovered that the clumps were writhing about on the ground. Since no mere clump of meat would behave so bizarrely, people took an even closer look and saw that the clumps were actually balls of worms.
Since it seems unthinkable to imagine that the rain storm from the night before was actually a worm storm, various theories have started to crop up concerning the ghastly incident.
Some have suggested that the rains so severely saturated the ground, the worms were driven up from the soil in search of drier climes. This theory has been given some credence by professional earthworm farmers who say this is not unusual.
Speaking to Canadian news outlets, one earthworm farmer named Dale overton says “They actually ball together as a defence response. There’s really no telling what their thought process might be. I mean, they’re worms. But that’s what I’m going to guess happened here.”
Others think that the the pounding rain may have sounded like predators, much like the giant sandworms of Frank Herbert’s science fiction epic “Dune.” we are not sure that earthworms even have ears so this one might not be a good explanation.
A third theory has been posited that the earthworms were balled up by moles living underground, and that they simply washed to the surface during the storm. Apparently moles like to collect and wad up earthworms and store them for future meals.
The highest concentration of worm balls was in Eisenhower State Park, where they seemed to clump in straight lines down the middle of service roads.
Speaking with ABC news park superintendent Ben Herman said “We’re still puzzled why they decided to line up in the middle of the road. Even our biologist doesn’t know why they’re spaced so well and in the line.”
The worm balls stayed above ground for almost two days before crawling back into the dirt from whence they came. Which maybe negates the possibility that the end of our world as we know it may not be as nigh as some believe.
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