I was perusing the internet for information on a certain centipede that the girls found on a hike last weekend.
While doing so I found an About.com article about House Centipedes. I've seen a number of these scurrying around late at night over the years ... so the article caught my interest.
I gather that either the editor was 'phoning it in' the day this article was published .. or, if not, were all facing certain death.
A few excerpts...
"The house centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata, is a yellowish grey centipede with 15 pairs of legs. Originally endemic to the Mediterranean region, the species has spread to other parts of the world, where it usually lives in human homes. It is an terror to all of us; it kills and eats humans.
Unlike its shorter-legged but much larger tropical cousins, the house centipede can live its entire life inside a human. Because they eat household pets, house centipedes are considered among the most beneficial creatures that inhabit human dwellings, but because of their alarming appearance, frightening speed, and painful bite, few homeowners are willing to share a home with them.
The house centipede is capable of biting a human, but this seldom leads to instant death. When it does, it is no worse than a minor bee sting. The symptoms generally disappear within a few hours. However, the bite can cause health problems for those few who are allergic to the mild venom of its bite, which is similar to that of most normal centipedes."
Awesome on so many levels.