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The Twitterati have pushed aside ephemera such as Brexit or the prospect of a Trump White House with protests about the fate of "Dave”, a prodigious annelid that may or may not have been murdered in the name of science. Earthworm expert Emma Sherlock from the the Natural History Museum appeared on the Beeb today to talk about …

  1. Little Mouse

    15.7 inches?

    Flaccid, or at full stretch?

  2. Christopher Reeve's Horse
    Alert

    15.7 inch worm!

    And my install of Malware Bytes did f**k all about it

    Luckily, however, the NHM stepped in...

  3. Gruezi

    lumbricoid lovers the length of the land

    That is going to be my favourite phrase of 2016. And the year isnt over yet!

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  4. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

    H̶A̶L̶ ̶9̶0̶0̶0̶ NHM 2016

    "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I c̶a̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶d̶o̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶ have to kill you now"

  5. DNTP

    D**ks out for

    Harambe Dave

  6. Mephistro
    Trollface

    I'm glad to watch, once again...

    ...the social media users focusing on the really serious problems mankind faces, and trying to solve said problems.

    God bless them!

    1. John Lilburne

      Re: I'm glad to watch, once again...

      I recall a sequence of photos on some entomology forum thread. The first image was of a bee. The second post of the dissected wings, then came the genitalia. Caused a stir amongst the critter lovers on the forum. LOL.

  7. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Alert

    NHM killed Dippy!

    Twitterstorm 150 million years ago

    Dippy will be going on a tour of the UK in 2017...

    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/national-impact/diplodocus-on-tour.html

    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/dippy-the-dinosaurs-going-to-move.html

  8. Little Mouse

    Conspiracy Theory #52

    Apple had him killed so they could add him to their range of animal skin watch straps just like they did with Cecil the Lion

  9. Matt Ryan

    How to euthanise the worm

    After reading the story I asked Google. Apparently you freeze them for 48 hours.

    1. Geoff May (no relation)

      Re: How to euthanise the worm

      Isn't that for turning them into lawn darts?

  10. Blergh
    Holmes

    That's not proper units!

    What is wrong with this world?

    That should be written as 2.8571 Linguine

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html

  11. Eddy Ito
    Pint

    Cheers Dave. You'll be deeply missed on our next fishing trip.

  12. magickmark
    Thumb Up

    Earthworm Who?

    I read this story and thought of this:

    http://www.interplay.com/games/earthwormjim.php

    Anyone else remember this 'Groovy' guy?

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