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Writer's Block: Creepy Crawlies 
29th-May-2008 01:42 pm
Hello cthulhu
If you had the chance to go crazy and completely overhaul your appearance, what would you do? Or: Recount a remarkable incident involving insects.

Odd, no Writer's block for today (May 29)... did LJ decide to discontinue?

As for this one, Back in High School, for AP Bio, we had to do an insect collection with 15 of the 30 orders represented. (Thank G-d, I had no desire to go looking for book lice.) Well, I managed to capture a grasshopper and get him in the killing jar. Where he wouldn't die. I stuck the jar in the freezer after 2 hours of watching it try to suffocate (and feeling like Satan himself for trying to kill the bastard).

Well, after it had been frozen I pinned it (upside down, it turned out) to the styrofoam display board. At which point it started moving again. At which point I put it (pin and all) back in the jar amd back in the freezer. I pin it again in the morning and drop it off in Mrs. Lee's room before first period. (Bio was my last class of the day, and I really didn't want to drag insects around through 6 other classes and lunch.)

I run into Mrs. Lee on my way to another class later in the day, where she informs me not only did I pin the bloody grasshopper upside down, but it resussitated in 3rd period and she had to put it in the freezer again. It also managed to lose one of its back legs trying to get up again.

So, that's the story of the zombie grasshopper that wouldn't die.
29th-May-2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Grasshoppers are EVIL! I'm absolutely phobic about them. And no I'm not talking about it, just relating the incident (for which I thankfully have no memory of, but relate it from stories my mother told) gives me the shakes.
30th-May-2008 06:27 am (UTC)
Grasshoppers and crickets are among the only bugs that don't really bother me anymore:)
30th-May-2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
GOOD! You can come mow my lawn for me!!!!

*running from the evil hoppy hoppies*
29th-May-2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, my. That cracks me up. Note to self: never use grasshoppers for an insect project.
30th-May-2008 06:27 am (UTC)
Most of the rest of the insects were fairly easy to get. Although I let my brother get the yellowjacket for me.
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