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August 28, 2019


This new species of blood-sucking leech with 3 jaws, 59 teeth discovered in DC-area swamps

(Thanks to wiredog, Bill Hudgins and Not My Usual Alias)


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"You've reached the office of Moscow Mitch McConnell. To make a campaign donation please stay on the line."

A longer story at the Washington Post talks about the Smithsonian Museum's "curator of parasitic worms", which has gotta be a fun business card.

Didn't we have this story last week?

Then again, it must be hard to keep track of all the parasitic infestations in that particular area.

Was it republican or democrat?

Yeah Rod, this story was done before. But its an important story, one everyone can re-leech to. That was really bad wasn't it ?

Kinky Friedman says the word politics can be broken down to poly--meaning many and ticks, which are blood-sucking parasites. Now we have a new species of blood-sucking Washington parasite to deal with. At least they seem content to stay in one place--for now.

A gruffaleech! Why, didn't you know?
He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws,
And terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.

apologies to Julia Donaldson

Le Pet, you know that Kinky looked to join those ranks some years ago. He ran for governor. I seem to recall there were quite a few candidates that time around. I voted for him just because nobody else was more appealing.

Leech biologists may be even rarer than new species of leeches. I work with loons, some of which live in high-altitude fishless lakes, and feed on leeches.

When loon biologists needed help with identification of their prey, it was not easy to find. I suspect there's not a lot of grant money available for leech research — they lack charisma, at least to humans.

Blood-sucking leech, doo doo doo doo doo doo
Blood-sucking leech, doo doo doo doo doo doo
Blood-sucking leech, doo doo doo doo doo doo
Blood-sucking leech!

Is it time for back-to-school shopping already?

Rod Nunley--I'm acquainted with the Kinkster. He is a great guy and a talented novelist. On his run for governor he received quite a good showing of votes. Especially for someone who is also a singer/songwriter with titles like "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in bed," I doubt he got a lot of feminist votes.

Le Pet and Rod, as I recall, when asked about his qualifications for the office, the Kinkster replied, "If you look at the last several we've had, how hard can it be?"

"curator of Clitellata" ??????????

Is the “Journal of Parasitology,” the same as Roll Call?

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