Da Black Whole

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Crawling Dragon Burrows

William Burroughs lives!

or at least his Chief Obsession demonae does!

... and Lunch don't get any more Naked than giant venemous centipedes and bare skin!

unless the little lovlies are ground up into powder and snorted!

Whooeeee! Talk about the Black Rush!! ... makes meth look like baby powder...

giant centipedes, and an addictive powder extracted from their dead carcasses, figure prominently in Naked Lunch, and even more prominently in David Cronenberg's film version (1991)

IMDB's plot summary above hardly conveys the dark genius of this film, which tracks a series of descents to various psycho-spiritual sub-Zona Rosas

anyway, once you see the film, centipedes will seem, if possible, even less attractive than before

Briton Finds Venomous Centipede in House

Wed Aug 31,11:01 AM ET

LONDON - Aaron Balick expected to find a tiny mouse rustling behind the TV in his apartment. Instead, he found a venomous giant centipede that somehow hitched a ride from South America to Britain.

"Thinking it was a mouse, I went to investigate the sound. The sound was coming from under some papers which I lifted, expecting to see the mouse scamper away," the 32-year-old psychotherapist said Wednesday. "Instead, when I lifted the papers, I saw this prehistoric looking animal skitter away behind a stack of books."

He trapped the 9-inch-long creature between a stack of books and put it in a plastic container.

The next day he took it to Britain's Natural History Museum, which identified the insect as a Scolopendra gigantea — the world's biggest species of centipede.

Stuart Hine, an entomologist at the museum, said it was likely the centipede hitched a ride aboard a freighter, likely with a shipment of fruit.

"Dealing with over 4,000 public and commercial inquiries every year, we have come to expect the unexpected. However, when Aaron produced this beast from his bag I was staggered," Hine said. "Not even I expected to be presented with this."

The Scolopendra gigantea has front claws that are adapted to deliver venom when it stings, which can lead to a blistering rash, nausea and fever. The sting is rarely life-threatening, but painful.

yah, uh-huh . . . "rarely life-threatening, but painful " is ScienceSpeak for "Writhing on the guerney in the E.R., you will WISH a thousand times that you WERE dead!!"

so there ya go, William, you happy now? -- your little beastie has invaded the heart of the empire

got caught, tho, didn't he?



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