Texturize this!

‘Worms have played a more important part in the history of the world than most persons would at first suppose.” Charles Darwin

Have you ever felt the texture of the best friend of a gardener?  I DARE YOU!

Strathcona 1890 Truck Farm

Strathcona 1890 Truck Farm – Vancouver, BC Canada

To uncover how they play this role Darwin threw himself at his worm studies with as much childlike enthusiasm as he could muster; he was, until the day he died, eager to learn and full of ideas to help him do so. He set about a series of experiments to test the senses of worms; he had his children play instruments to them, his wife (who was trained by Chopin) played the piano to an audience of worms, light was shone on them, and they were vibrated, blown on and tickled. His conclusions:

Strathcona 1890 Truck Farm

Strathcona 1890 Truck Farm – Vancouver, BC Canada

‘Worms do not possess any sense of hearing. They took not the least notice of the shrill notes from a metal whistle, which was repeatedly sounded near them: nor did they of the deepest and loudest tones of a bassoon. They were indifferent to shouts, if care was taken that breath did not strike them. When placed on a table close to the keys of a piano, which was played as loudly as possible, they remained perfectly quiet’


Source: Charles Darwin and Evolution

18 thoughts on “Texturize this!

  1. NOOOOO!! I don’t mind them on the ground but I will avoid touching them at all cost. My children though are quite the opposite of me. They’d caress an earthworm like a beloved pet. Once, they chased me with it and I screamed like crazy.

  2. But they have no ears! LOL! Oooo! That’s a big one! Worm Picking is a way to get rich, if you hire enough Pickers! They can be a little slimy, and if you pinch them in half, both halves live! Does this mean they’re bilingual?

      • The worm clearly thinks like my gifted mind; having no brain at all… In fact, I now feel like the worm could beat me in a game of chess! Whereas you obviously, are out standing in your field! Anyway, thanks for letting me down gently!

        Truly your Zombie: Tin Man

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