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Oh we sail the ocean blue, and our saucy ship's a beauty.
We are sober men and true, and attentive to our duty.
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Let's hear three cheers and one cheer more for the well-bred captain of the Pinafore!
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If he got some of the eggnog into his lungs instead of his stomach, he did not technically 'drink' all of it. He used a combination of drinking and inhaling to dispose of the eggnog. I would disqualify him on that technicality.
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http://entoweb.okstate.edu/ddd/insects/horsehairworms.htm
Horsehair worms have a relatively simple life cycle for a parasite. Their larvae form a cyst that sticks to plants. These are eaten by crickets or grasshoppers or similar insects. A mantis might pick one up by eating an infested cricket. Upon ingestion, the cyst releases the larva, which lives inside the insect and matures into an adult worm. It may be eating the internal organs of the host, or perhaps lives on nutrients in the host insect's blood. When mature, the worm somehow causes the host insect to seek out water. I recall a horrible news story about a swarm of crickets that jumped, lemming-like, into a swimming pool, releasing swimming worms en masse. At times, these worms may release themselves from their insect hosts on the smallest hint of free water, such as rain or even a mopped floor.
Oh, you don't have to worry about being infested with horsehair worms. They only infest insect hosts.
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How did it all fit? You may notice that we never see the head of the mantis as the worm is coming out in the jar. Obviously, the long worm was concealed in the glove, and was threaded through the mantis by the person holding it.
(OK, actually the worm was curled up inside the insect. It made room for itself by eating the insect's internal organs as it grew.)
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