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Mental Sampler 7

By now, I am sure you have read about the fertility-enhancing worm.  I didn’t click on the story at first because I didn’t want to see the pictures of the worm.  But, of course, curiosity won out.  Still.  Worms!

I think I found my deal breaker.  I don’t know if I could be infected with worms in order to have a baby. I am aware that I also didn’t think I could give myself injections, and I clearly overcame that fear.  But being infected with worms takes things to a different level.  I didn’t realize I had a limit, and yet here it is.

What do you think?  Could you purposefully become infected with worms?


Do you ever go on Atlas Obscura?  It’s one of my favourite places on the Internet.  You type in your zipcode (or the zipcode of wherever you’re going), and it spits out interesting things in the area.


I really want to go see this park of monsters.  I clicked on the article because I had been to Zuccari’s monster house in Rome, and thought they were related.  (See!  Mental Floss and Atlas Obscura go hand-in-hand.)  But they’re not.  And I missed this during my trip to Italy.  Must go back.


I checked Jojo Moyes’s new book, After You, from the library.  I decided to borrow it rather than buy it, mostly due to my experience with her other book.  I guess I wanted to see similarities before I committed?  I’m really enjoying it; it’s a continuation of the first story.  Though I’m only at the beginning.  Anyone else read it yet?

Side note: Tomorrow is #MicroblogMonday.  Get writing.


1 A { 11.29.15 at 10:25 am }

I have been on Atlas Obscura, but just from following links. I didn’t realize there was a practical use! Aside: I don’t really like Rome that much, but now I need to go back too!

I would have tried worms, if there was evidence that it would work.

I have not read After You yet, but I did really like the first one. The similar one didn’t make much impact on me as I forgot that I even finished it. 🙂

2 Lori Lavender Luz { 11.29.15 at 11:33 am }

No worms. No way.

Thanks for the Alta Obscura — new site to me.

May I go to Italy with you?

Haven’t read her. Reading Cheryl Strayed now.

3 Cristy { 11.29.15 at 1:43 pm }

What interesting about the worm article is it links something this community has already been talking about: the link between infertility and immunity. It’s important as so many REs claim there’s no link because there’s no evidence. But no evidence doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist and this may lead to a more aggressive investigation that could lead to new types of diagnosis and treatment.

The Atlas Obscura site is so cool! Great for a recent transplant like me.

And I want to go to Italy too. Can I join you and Lori?

4 35jupiterdrive { 11.29.15 at 1:46 pm }

I don’t know. I would make a terrible Trill. I hate the idea of something along those lines. As a child, I was horrified by jumping beans. So I think I not.

5 Katherine A { 11.29.15 at 3:21 pm }

I hate to admit this, but I saw the same article and thought “huh, I would have done this if I knew it worked.” Show me the science, and I’m generally on board. Although in this case, I definitely would want *really* good studies before I’d agree to it…

Love Atlas Obscura. My current obsession on there is the “Devil’s Swimming Pool”, a small pool that forms on the edge of Victoria Falls. The pictures are spectacular, but even if I had the money, time, etc, to visit, I’m severely acrophobic. Still fun to read about and look at the photos, though.

6 Rachel { 11.29.15 at 7:01 pm }

I had heard nothing about this worm and now that I’ve read the article, it gives me the willies. I just can’t imagine voluntarily getting infected with a WORM. Blarg. No matter the perks…

Have you read Jojo Moyes – Night Music? I’d be interested to know your thoughts. I read it and am still not sure where I stand on it (and I read it months ago!)

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