Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Cryptozoology and the Mongolian Death Worm

Well the sex sells post yesterday turned out not to be as popular as the previous days entry on Habba Syndrome.   I have been wondering whether that was due to the fact that there are far more searches done on sex than on Habba Syndrome and far more information available on the former than the latter so that any hits are diluted.  And let's be honest, anyone visiting this blog for titillation would be sadly disappointed.   What then creates hits on a blog from people who would never normally visit that blog?

So today I have decided to pick another obscure item that for some reason is featuring heavily in the Google trends list for today and that is the Mongolian Death Worm.   It is number 5 on the list as I write this but will change as the day goes on.  If you do read this post please check the link and leave a comment telling me where it ranks on google trends at the time you look at it.
No one has ever seen one of these, but they are described as being around five feet long, capable of spitting caustic or acidic saliva and sending electric shocks into their prey.  Shocks which apprently are strong enough to kill a camel.   You can read more details on wikipedia.
Why does this creature all of a sudden appear as a popular search on google today.  Searching the news items turns up the tale of Richard Freeman who is tagged as "The Man who hunts monsters for a living."
Freeman is a Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology a group of cryptozoologists who have dedicated their lives to finding evidence of creatures from fable, myth and legend.  The article appeared in "The Shields Gazette" on the 29th of January this year.  So can anyone tell me why the sudden interest in the Mongolian Death Worm today.  Am I missing something?

Here's a plea to any of you visitors who hit this blog as a result of that search.  Please leave a comment about why you were searching for this creature in the first place.

10 comments:

Anupam said...

I just found the name intriguing as it appeared on Google trends.
At 11:00 hrs GMT it was #8 on the list.
Anyways - it adds to the ye olde carbon powered database of mine :)

Andrew said...

Not sure which link I was meant to click on, so did the lot.

Anonymous said...

#10 on Google's Hot Trends (USA) as of 6AM CT.

Loz said...

And it ended the day at number 16 on the list and doesn't appear in the top 100 today at this stage.

Dorothy said...

That is one ugly critter.....I think I'll pass on checking on it's ranking for now..

Dorothy from grammology
grammology.com

Romany Angel said...

That is one butt ugly little creature Loz.

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ak47 said...

i've been googling this all evening. i ran across a story about it on environmental graffiti, and i'm fasinated. i've been trying to see if there are any actual scientific sitings of this or if its another "moth man" or "big foot" type situation.

enviro said...

Good read

Smarter is Better said...

I just saw a story on Beast Hunter on NatGeo about the Mongolian deathworm. That's why I as searching for it. I don't know what the google trend ranking was.